America's religious war will test democracy's limits

Paula White, the White House's new head of faith outreach, said: "To say no to President Donald Trump would be to say no to God." Modern America has been split by culture wars before - in the 1960s and the 1990s. The tension building up to next year's election poses a far greater risk to US democracy.

As Mr Trump's chief proselytiser, Ms White's goal is to ensure that he at least equals the 81 per cent of white evangelicals who voted for him in 2016. Without them, he cannot win.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2019, with the headline 'America's religious war will test democracy's limits'. Print Edition | Subscribe