Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Religious beliefs of the candidates play a key role in presidential elections. From concerns about electing John F. Kennedy as the first Catholic president, to questions about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, Americans have considered how those beliefs may impact a president.

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Indiana University Kokomo will host noted author David L. Holmes to discuss these issues, which he also writes about in his new book, Faiths of the Postwar Presidents, in a free political science and history forum Wednesday, September 25.

Andrew McFarland, associate professor of history, said how a president's beliefs guide him in the job has been a great topic of discussion for many years, especially in the most recent elections.

"We thought this topic was a good fit and would be of interest to our campus and community," he said. "There is so much discussion today about the role of religion in politics, and a great deal of debate about the separation of church and state."

The presentation is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130. It is open to the public, and free parking is available. Books may be purchased in the campus bookstore during regular hours, and Holmes will sign copies starting at 5 p.m.

The IU Kokomo campus bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.