Best Lead of the Month
'Nothing divides the United States from Europe like religion. America has its public piety and its multitude of thriving sects. Europe has its official secularism and its empty, museum-piece churches. Ninety percent of Americans say they believe in God, while only about 60 percent of Britons, French, and Germans say the same. American poltiics is riven by faith-based disputes that barely exist across the Atlantic, while European debates take place under a canopy of unbelief that's unimaginable in the United States, where polls show that a Muslim or a homosexual has a better chance of being elected president than an acknowledged atheist.'
--from Crises of Faith by Ross Douthat in the current issue of The Atlantic. You can review past best leads of the month here.