Faith & Democracy

In a healthy democracy, respect is shown for the religious freedom and beliefs of every person. However, in our country today, religion is often used to divide and—more disturbingly—as a means to take away the rights of other people. Many Americans are people of varying faiths; others are not. In our pluralistic democracy, it is critical that those running for public office model how best to integrate their faith with their responsibility to all people, if elected.

The Faith & Democracy Caucus Project delves into the important issues around religious freedom but also how the faith and beliefs of candidates would inform their policy decisions.


1 | Should candidates share their personal religious beliefs when running for public office?
2 | How will your faith or values influence your views on public policy?
3 | What are the proper boundaries between religion and government?
4 | How will you protect the rights of people, especially the rights of those in the minority?
5 | How will you balance the principles of your faith or beliefs with your obligation to defend the Constitution if the two come into conflict?


Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund asked every 2020 presidential candidate the five questions related to religious pluralism (above) and an additional six questions that highlight critical issues at the intersection of religion and politics.

The following candidates have provided responses. To read them, please click on each candidate’s name below. The words are their own and have not been edited. Check back frequently as the responses of additional candidates may be added.

Press Release: Ten Democratic Presidential Candidates
Including Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg
Respond to Questions on Religious Freedom, the Intersection of Religion and Public Policy, and Civility (9.10.19)

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa & Action Fund is grateful for the opportunity to provide the candidate responses to our Faith & Democracy questionnaire. This effort is solely meant as a tool to educate voters on the candidates’ positions on these important issues. In no way is the publication of any candidate response to be seen as an endorsement of their candidacy for public office.