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"America less religious at the ballot box ?" - RFI


1/ Was the impact of religious affiliation in the American presidential election less strong compared to 2016, when Donald Trump had received massive support from white Evangelicals? Marie Gayte, a lecturer in American Civilisation at the University of Toulon and a specialist in the relationship between politics and religion in the United States, notes that this vote has remained acquired by the Republican candidate. On the other hand, the decline of the Republican vote among white Catholics in the key states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania played a significant role in the election of Joe Biden.

2/ Pierre de Charentenay, priest, member of the Society of Jesus, former editor-in-chief of the Jesuit magazine Études, observer of European and American political life. He published in 2018 "Democracy, the enemy of democracy" (Publications Chemins de dialogue).

3/ After the Islamist attacks in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine and Nice, two intellectuals open the debate. At a time of globalized communication, the sociologist of religions Jean-Louis Schlegel, in an article published in "Le Monde", discusses with Olivier Mongin, a former director of the magazine Esprit, the consequences of "exposing the cartoons of Mohammed to all the winds".

4/ Report at the chaplaincy of the Paris Police Prefecture. Created in 2015 after the attacks in Paris, they are five chaplains, Christians, Jews and Muslims, listening to the discomfort and questions of the police officers who have recently been under great stress. For his report, "There is a thirst for spirituality among police officers", Paul Marion, a student at Sciences-Pô Journalism, received the Religions-Jeunes journalistes prize awarded four years ago by the jury of the Ajir (Association of journalists providing information on religions), a jury chaired by the writer and editorialist Franz-Olivier Giesbert.

5/ "Dieu et la Silicon Valley" (Buchet and Chastel). Eric Salobir is Dominican, geek and passionate about science fiction. Following the Dominican tradition of knowledge and transmission, his book guides us through the sometimes dizzying universe of high technology where the world of tomorrow is being prepared with AI, artificial intelligence, generalised robotics, Big data, etc. for better or for worse. Hence the importance of measuring the ethical issues at stake in the Californian valley, which he is debating in the multidisciplinary think tank "Optic" he has created.


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