John Fea's further thoughts on religion, civic humanism, and presidential politics have been posted here. Fea cheers the Democratic attempt to incorporate religious values rhetoric, with the following caveat:
"Of course, civic humanism and religious faith must always remain in tension in American life. Faith can easily get co-opted by civic humanism, resulting in the loss of religion's prophetic voice in society. Or civic humanism can be co-opted by faith, resulting in the kind of "Christian America" that many of today's Republicans attempt to defend."
At the same time, he suggests that "Civic humanism and the extension of faith to the problems facing all members of the national community just may be what the Democratic Party, and the United States, need at an hour like this."