2016-07-27
Archive of articles that have appeared on the politics page: Index of topics:
  • The Election and Recount
  • Church/State Separation
  • Religious Right/Evangelicals
  • Presidential Politics
  • John Ashcroft
  • Joseph Lieberman
  • News Analysis
  • Protestants in Politics
  • Jews in Politics
  • Catholics in Politics
  • Muslims in Politics
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Death Penalty
  • Abortion
  • Religion in Public Life

    The Election and Recount    (back to index)
    How the Faithful Voted: Religion and the 2000 Presidential Election
    By John C. Green, James L. Guth, Lyman A. Kellstedt, Corwin E. Smidt


    Is America Two Countries Masquerading as One Nation?
    The election results reveal a deeply divided nation, with divisions that transcend region and socio-economic status.
    By Richard Land

    God, Not Chads
    How George Bush used religious talk to woo evangelicals without alienating moderates.
    By Steven Waldman

    I Need a Hero
    We finally have a president, but we have no winners. What America needs now is hope.
    By Joan Chittister, OSB

    Ten Days for Democracy
    An invitation to join others in praying with our legs, in the spirit of King and Heschel.
    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    The Electoral College: What's This All About?
    This country was never intended to be a direct democracy.
    By Charles Colson

    Two Points the Election Pundits Have Missed
    Despite the intense coverage, the media have overlooked two critical issues.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    The Rule of Law Must Prevail
    No matter who won the popular vote, if Bush took Florida, he should be president.
    By Charlotte Hays

    A Morality Scorecard
    So far, Bush is the one who has flouted ethics, but Gore may catch up.
    By Steven Waldman

    A National Unity Government
    Transcending ego is the only way to solve our election crisis.
    By Michael Lerner

    The Mislaid Election
    The choice between stability and justice is a false one.
    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    Do We Have Ourselves to Blame for the Recount Process?
    In a two-party system, it might be immoral to vote for splinter candidates who seem the most moral.
    By Joan Chittister, OSB

    Caesar and Christ
    Should we disobey our government?
    By Charles Colson

    Arbitrary, Capricious, and Fair
    A coin toss would make the winner feel blessed rather than entitled.
    By Steven Waldman

    The Rule of Law, or the Rule of the Courts?
    Why are the courts picking our president?
    By Gary Bauer

    Christians, Politics, and the Uncertainty of the Future
    What does the election mean to American Christians?
    By T.D. Jakes

    Would King Solomon Choose Bush or Gore?
    Perhaps the wise king would suggest a compromise.
    By Jack Miles

    What Florida Could Learn From Urim and Thummim
    The biblical selection process was laborious, slow, and wise.
    By Jack Miles

    A House Divided
    The closeness of this presidential election shows what neither candidate talked about--how divided we are over our basic values.
    By Gary Bauer

    Prayer Warfare?
    Many evangelical Christians are praying that God will intervene in the Florida recount.
    By Christine Wicker

    The Religious Right Backed Their Boy
    Bush's ability to capitalize on this potent minority may have been what blocked Gore from victory.
    By John Green

    A Time for Reflection: Analyzing the 2000 Election
    The election results reveal a national case of moral schizophrenia.
    By Charles Colson

    Ralph Nader and the Greater Evil
    By Joseph Telushkin

    Whoever Wins, America's the Loser
    Republicans support freer access to guns. Democrats support abortion. Either way, the new government will legitimize violence.
    By Father John Breck

    Church/State Separation    (back to index)
    Stand and Pray
    By Christine Wicker

    Texas Jesus Day
    The official text of the proclamation

    Congregation's Tax Battle Provides Churches With New Political Voice
    Appeals court ruling gives blueprint for campaign involvement
    By Charisma News Service

    Charitable Choice
    'Faith-based organizations' are here to stay. But what about that whole church-state thing?
    By Martin E. Marty

    Hang Six
    Christians should talk about the Six Commandments, not Ten. Just post those and constitutional contraints fade away.

    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Religious Right/Evangelicals   (back to index)
    Strings Attached?
    Some Christian conservatives worry that a religion-friendly government might not be the promised land they'd hoped for.
    By Deborah Caldwell

    The Prayer Breakfast and a President Who Feels Our Pain
    The president's promise to end discrimination against 'religious institutions' is greeted with an ovation.
    By Richard Land

    President Clinton Victim of 'Moral Religiosity,' Commentator Says
    Religious activists 'decisively reshaped political landscape' during administration.
    By Charisma News Service

    Get Ready for the Battle Ahead
    A fundraising letter by the founder of the Christian Coalition to its members.
    By Pat Robertson

    Breathing a Sigh of Relief...Before We Get Back to Work
    By Jerry Falwell

    Gore's Dirty Trick May Backfire
    Bush's 1976 DUI arrest laid the groundwork for a great Christian testimony, not an incapable leader.
    By Jerry Falwell

    'Fervent Prayer' Crucial for Election, Leader Says
    Pastor Dutch Sheets calls for a national prayer effort to help 'God's man' win
    By Andy Butcher, Charisma News Service

    The Rise and Fall of the Religious Right
    The religious right is in decline, but it's not too late for Christian conservatives to voice concern for 'the least of these'
    By Jim Wallis

    Conservatives, Prepare for Exile
    As a religious conservative, I'm sickened by Bush and Cheney pandering to the middle. But I'll vote for the guys anyway
    By Rod Dreher

    Why Christian Conservatives Like Lieberman, But Won't Vote for Him
    Even fundamentalists love his piety
    By Rod Dreher

    An Unorthodox Choice
    Aligned on social issues but sharply divided on abortion, how will evangelicals react to Joseph Lieberman?
    By Richard Land

    How Will He Play in the Bible Belt?
    Despite a few awkward moments, Southerners welcome Jewish politicians.
    By Lauren F. Winner

    The Errant Evangelical
    A presidential counselor in the line of fire
    By Tony Campolo

    Clinton's Debt to God
    In his recent apology, the president came across as a flawed human being and a repentant sinner, much like the rest of us
    By Richard Mouw

    The Lieberman Effect
    Is Joseph Lieberman awakening the religious left? Even conservative Christians should hope so
    By Charles Colson

    Prayers in the Precincts: The Christian Right in the 1998 Elections
    By John Green

    A Campaign of Intimidation, Deception, and Misinformation
    Jerry Falwell defends his right to call for religious conservatives to get out the vote By Jerry Falwell

    Shifts in Loyalties
    Tracing the development of the Religious Right's ties to both political parties By John Shelby Spong

    Principled Pragmatists?
    Christian conservatives in 2000, by the numbers
    By John C. Green

    Called Back to Duty
    Why Falwell is revving up his biggest campaign since the heyday of the Moral Majority
    By Deborah Caldwell

    Falwell's New Political Crusade

    The minister plans a huge new effort to mobilize Christian conservatives
    By Jerry Falwell

    The Christian Right is Past its Prime
    And John McCain knew this when he delivered Monday's anti-religious right speech in Virginia.
    By Michael Kelly

    Born-Again Voters Could Decide Who Gets Key to the White House
    Political profile of Christians more complicated than most people think
    By Andy Butcher, Charisma News Service
    February 2000

    The Manufactured Rift Between Catholics and Evangelicals
    By J. Bottum
    February 2000

    "The Truth About Bob Jones University"
    A statement from the school
    February 2000

    McCain Attacks Religious Right
    In Virginia, he criticizes Robertson and allies
    Speech by John McCain
    February 2000

    Reclaiming evangelicalism
    Charting a new approach to politics for evangelicals
    By Richard Mouw
    February 2000

    Plus: What is an evangelical, anyway? An interactive chart <>
    What's gotten into the religious right?
    By Rod Dreher

    The Moral Minority
    Conservatives have succeeded in politics, but our agenda hasn't necessarily been adopted.
    By Paul Weyrich

    Presidential Politics (back to index)
    The Prayer Breakfast and a President Who Feels Our Pain
    The president's promise to end discrimination against 'religious institutions' is greeted with an ovation.
    By Richard Land

    Reparations
    If it pays to be a victim, countless people will rush forward to adopt the label.
    By Armstrong Williams

    The Religious Imperative for Campaign Finance Reform
    Either president-elect should start a new administration by reasserting ethical financing of political campaigns.
    By Mark J. Pelavin

    The Immorality of "Lesser Evilism"
    Voting for the lesser of two evils is an evil unto itself.
    By Michael Lerner

    The Vision Thing
    Neither candidate is ideologically extreme, but is that necessarily a good thing?
    By Jim Wallis

    Gore's Dirty Trick May Backfire
    Bush's 1976 DUI arrest laid the groundwork for a great Christian testimony, not an incapable leader.
    By Jerry Falwell

    Bush's Muslim Backing
    In deciding to back the GOP presidential ticket, the candidate's actions were just one reason for an important endorsement
    By Ira Rifkin

    The Role of Religion in Election 2000
    What may be remarkable about the religion factor in this race is that it is a rather unremarkable factor...so far.
    By Mark W. Muesse and Stephen R. Haynes

    But What Does All the Faith Talk Mean?
    An open letter to George W. Bush and Al Gore from religious leaders
    By Jim Wallis

    Quipping About Capital Punishment
    Presidential candidates put a strange face on the death penalty debate
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Jesus and Mr. Gore on Treasure Island
    By Ben Witherington

    Should Joe Lieberman Keep His Faith to Himself?
    Secular fundamentalists are trying to crowd religion off the national stage
    By Jim Wallis

    Senator Gore Goes to Hollywood
    We could save the candidates a lot of time if we just turned off the TV
    By Roberto Rivera

    The Religion President
    How George W. Bush's faith shapes his politics and policies
    By Steven Waldman

    "Making America a Godly Nation Again"
    Buchannan's Reform Party Convention speech on why presidential candidates must not remain silent on moral issues
    By Patrick J. Buchannan

    Can Democrats Become the Morality Party?
    By Steven Waldman and John Green

    Debra Dickerson Reports From the Democratic National Convention
    Audio Journals

    Gary Bauer Reports From the Republican National Convention
    Audio Journals

    Bishop John Shelby Spong Reports From the Democratic and Republican Conventions
    Audio Journals

    Getting the Gay Vote
    By Emily Edwards; Mark Goodnight; Nicole Harrow; Alex Hollihan; Africa Taylor

    Presidential Theology
    This year's contenders follow a long line of presidents who brought religion to the White House
    By Martin E. Marty

    America Considers a Jewish Vice President
    Complete coverage of the Joseph Lieberman selection

    Gary Bauer's Audio Journal
    On location at the GOP convention

    Psychological Profiles of Presidents

    The Jewish Veepstakes
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Energizing Evangelicals
    George W. Bush can learn from John McCain's folly
    By Richard Land

    Primary Priorities
    By John Shelby Spong
    The presidential primaries show us what really matters to the American voter.
    By John Shelby Spong

    Dispatch from Nashville
    In Nashville on Super Tuesday, Al Gore reined in the religious rhetoric but still managed to preach.
    March 2000
    By Mark Oppenheimer

    The New Jewish 'Vote'?
    How will Jews vote in the presidential election? The answer has Bush quaking in his boots.
    March 2000
    By Marlene Adler Marks

    Religion and the Public Square
    Round 1: The Primaries
    By Jean Bethke Elshtain

    John McCain, Stoic Philosopher

    His heroic survival of a Vietnamese prison camp excites the public's imagination. But might it also renew America morally?
    By Rod Dreher

    Did John McCain unfairly diss Falwell, Robertson, Sharpton, Farrakhan?
    Read the arguments and vote
    By Arthur Magida, Charlotte Hays, and Gregg Easterbrook

    John Ashcroft     (back to index)
    An Office That Holds Bible Study Together...
    An Orthodox Jewish staffer lauds John Ashcroft's inclusion of minority religions in his Senate office.
    By Tevi Troy

    Are You for Us--or Persecuting Us?
    The Ashcroft nomination flap ushered in a new religious correctness.
    By Debra Dickerson

    Ashcroft: 'Faith Won't Hinder Me'
    New Attorney General 'not angry' over fiercely disputed nomination.
    By Andy Butcher

    Well, What Did We Expect?
    Why Ashcroft is a legitimate choice for Bush's attorney general.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    The Ashcroft Nomination: Recognizing the Double Standard
    Lieberman's faith was no big deal. Why is Ashcroft's?
    By Charles Colson

    The Christian Menace
    What is one to do with a throwback like Ashcroft, someone who holds absurd views like, 'thou shall not kill'?
    By Ralph McInerny

    Why Pro-Choice People of Faith Oppose Ashcroft
    It's because we are anti-extremist, not anti-Christian.
    By Marjorie Signer

    Are the Left's Fears Legitimate?
    John Ashcroft's confirmation is inevitable, but what does it mean for those who aren't straight, white, and male?
    By John Shelby Spong

    Jesse and John
    The true hypocrisy is that the media and leftist organizations love to forgive...if you're a liberal.
    By Jerry Falwell

    "We Have No King But Jesus"
    John Ashcroft's remarks at Bob Jones University in May 1999.
    By John Ashcroft

    Joseph Lieberman    (back to index)
    The Real Test
    Joseph Lieberman's nomination represents progress, but it didn't get to the heart of America's fears about 'others.'
    By Debra Dickerson

    Message to Lieberman: Get Out of the Senate Race
    He violates his Jewish moral obligations by remaining in the Connecticut Senate race while running for vice president
    By Adam I. Arenson

    Should Joe Lieberman Keep His Faith to Himself?
    Secular fundamentalists are trying to crowd religion off the national stage
    By Jim Wallis

    Taking God's Name in Vain
    The ADL is wrong to blast Joe Lieberman's God talk, because religion must play a vital role in our public affairs
    By Michael Lerner

    Kennedy or Lieberman, Who's Right?

    The Triumph and Challenge of Joseph Lieberman
    It's a heckuva time to be Jewish
    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    Black Anti-Semitism Most blacks aren't anti-Jew, but enough are that the Democrats should be worried
    By Debra Dickerson

    Bad for the Jews, Bad for the Country
    Joseph Lieberman has strayed from the best aspects of Jewish tradition
    By Rabbi Michael Lerner

    Jewish Scapegoat?
    With one of their own up for veep, Jews are thrilled. They're also worried that Lieberman's failings could be blamed on them all.
    By Tova Mirvis

    A Deathblow Against Anti-Semitism
    Candidate Lieberman has the opportunity, virtually unparalleled in world history, to strike a blow against "the longest hatred."
    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    Why Orthodox Jews Are Nervous
    Orthodox groups have downplayed Lieberman's religion, while non-Orthodox ones have gushed.
    By Ari Goldman

    Lessons From Another Jew in High Places
    What we can learn from America's first openly Jewish officeholder.
    By Rodger Kamenetz

    Stronger Than Any Sermon
    Joe Lieberman's example proves that putting Torah first is not incompatible with living in contemporary society.
    By Eytan Kobre

    The Lieberman Advantage
    Why Lieberman Was a Smart Choice
    By Ed Kilgore

    Why Christian Conservatives Like Lieberman, But Won't Vote for Him
    Even fundamentalists love his piety
    By Rod Dreher

    An Unorthodox Choice
    Aligned on social issues but sharply divided on abortion, how will evangelicals react to Joseph Lieberman?
    By Richard Land

    A Choice that Will Alienate Blacks
    Blacks may think Gore has snubbed them in picking Lieberman.
    By Armstrong Williams

    How Jews Win in Christian States
    Like Kansas' Daniel Glickman, Lieberman won in a traditionalist Christian state partly by playing against type.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    How Will He Play in the Bible Belt?
    Despite a few awkward moments, Southerners welcome Jewish politicians.
    By Lauren F. Winner

    Will Lieberman's Nomination Drive Muslims to George W. Bush?
    Actually, many figure that if it can happen to a Jew, it can happen to a Muslim.
    By Rhonda Roumani

    Want Family Values? Compassion? Vote for the Orthodox Guy
    Senator Lieberman's faith gives moral weight to the Democratic ticket.
    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    Maybe All Politicians Should Observe the Sabbath
    Lieberman's religious observance hasn't hindered his ability to serve the public. It may even enhance it.
    By Joseph Telushkin

    News Analysis (back to index)
    Why I Oppose Hate Crime Legislation
    We can do better than politically-correct censorship
    By Jerry Falwell

    Jesus and Mr. Gore on Treasure Island
    By Ben Witherington

    Unholy Activity in Little Havana
    Janet Reno has denied Elian Gonzales the opportunity to know the joy of one Easter.
    By Rod Dreher

    The true compassionate conservative
    John Paul consistently condemns both communist totalitarianism and Western individualism and materialism.
    By Rod Dreher

    No Threat to Marriage
    Every marriage faces challenges, but the legal status of gay couples is not among them.
    March 2000
    By Ben Daniel

    Protecting Marriage
    California voters will decide the future of marriage.
    March 2000
    By James Dobson

    Protestants in Politics (back to index)
    Bush: The Baptist Press Interview

    Triumph of the Therapeutic
    Clinton's Willow Creek confession shows how dramatically our culture's attitude toward sin and forgiveness has changed.
    By Charles Colson

    Gore's Years as a 'Searcher'
    Disillusioned after his Vietnam experience, Al Gore sought solace and answers at Vanderbilt Divinity School
    By Bill Tourque

    Gary Bauer Reports From the Republican National Convention
    Audio Journals

    Bishop John Shelby Spong Reports From the Democratic and Republican Conventions
    Audio Journals

    Stand and Pray
    By Christine Wicker

    Religion and public life
    Congregations meet the challenge.
    By Martin E. Marty

    Prayers in the Precincts: The Christian Right in the 1998 Elections
    By John Green

    The Lieberman Effect
    Is Joseph Lieberman awakening the religious left? Even conservative Christians should hope so
    By Charles Colson

    Jews in Politics (back to index)
    An Office That Holds Bible Study Together...
    An Orthodox Jewish staffer lauds John Ashcroft's inclusion of minority religions in his Senate office.
    By Tevi Troy

    Lieberman: Nation Experiencing 'New Spiritual Awakening'
    Former vice-presidential candidate discusses school prayer, anti-Semitism (or lack thereof), and faith-based programs.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    There Are No Jews in Bush's Cabinet. So What?
    American Jews have better things to worry about.
    By Elliott Abrams

    Are Young Jews Moving Toward the GOP?
    A Pennsylvania exit poll during this election suggests they may be.
    By Elliot Abrams

    Message to Lieberman: Get Out of the Senate Race
    He violates his Jewish moral obligations by remaining in the Connecticut Senate race while running for vice president
    By Adam I. Arenson

    Schwerner, Goodman, Lieberman, and Chaney
    The veep nominee's record as a civil rights warrior can help the Dems keep the black vote
    By Debra Dickerson

    The New Jewish 'Vote'?
    How will Jews vote in the presidential election? The answer has Bush quaking in his boots.
    March 2000
    By Marlene Adler Marks

    The Jewish Veepstakes
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    The Lieberman Effect
    Is Joseph Lieberman awakening the religious left? Even conservative Christians should hope so
    By Charles Colson

    The Triumph and Challenge of Joseph Lieberman
    It's a heckuva time to be Jewish
    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    Black Anti-Semitism Most blacks aren't anti-Jew, but enough are that the Democrats should be worried
    By Debra Dickerson

    Bad for the Jews, Bad for the Country
    Joseph Lieberman has strayed from the best aspects of Jewish tradition
    By Rabbi Michael Lerner

    Jewish Scapegoat?
    With one of their own up for veep, Jews are thrilled. They're also worried that Lieberman's failings could be blamed on them all.
    By Tova Mirvis

    A Deathblow Against Anti-Semitism
    Candidate Lieberman has the opportunity, virtually unparalleled in world history, to strike a blow against "the longest hatred."
    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    Why Orthodox Jews Are Nervous
    Orthodox groups have downplayed Lieberman's religion, while non-Orthodox ones have gushed.
    By Ari Goldman

    Lessons From Another Jew in High Places
    What we can learn from America's first openly Jewish officeholder.
    By Rodger Kamenetz

    Stronger Than Any Sermon
    Joe Lieberman's example proves that putting Torah first is not incompatible with living in contemporary society.
    By Eytan Kobre

    The Lieberman Advantage
    Why Lieberman Was a Smart Choice
    By Ed Kilgore

    Why Christian Conservatives Like Lieberman, But Won't Vote for Him
    Even fundamentalists love his piety
    By Rod Dreher

    An Unorthodox Choice
    Aligned on social issues but sharply divided on abortion, how will evangelicals react to Joseph Lieberman?
    By Richard Land

    A Choice that Will Alienate Blacks
    Blacks may think Gore has snubbed them in picking Lieberman.
    By Armstrong Williams

    How Jews Win in Christian States
    Like Kansas' Daniel Glickman, Lieberman won in a traditionalist Christian state partly by playing against type.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    How Will He Play in the Bible Belt?
    Despite a few awkward moments, Southerners welcome Jewish politicians.
    By Lauren F. Winner

    Will Lieberman's Nomination Drive Muslims to George W. Bush?
    Actually, many figure that if it can happen to a Jew, it can happen to a Muslim.
    By Rhonda Roumani

    Want Family Values? Compassion? Vote for the Orthodox Guy
    Senator Lieberman's faith gives moral weight to the Democratic ticket.
    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    Maybe All Politicians Should Observe the Sabbath
    Lieberman's religious observance hasn't hindered his ability to serve the public. It may even enhance it.
    By Joseph Telushkin

    Catholics in Politics (back to index)
    Vote for the Party, Not the Man
    'Independents' are suckers for slick candidate packaging, while party platforms reflect genuine interests
    By Andrew Greeley

    Why Catholics Should Vote Republican
    The GOP's values are closest to the teachings of the Catholic Church
    By Tom Bethell

    Claiming the Catholic Vote
    Republicans say their agenda best reflects Catholic teaching. At least one bishop says Catholics aren't that easy to classify
    By Patricia Lafevere

    Why the Republicans Won't Get My Catholic Vote
    The Democrats' platform isn't perfect, but at least it doesn't favor the rich over the poor like the GOP's
    By Andrew Greeley

    The Manufactured Rift Between Catholics and Evangelicals
    By J. Bottum
    February 2000

    The true compassionate conservative
    John Paul consistently condemns both communist totalitarianism and Western individualism and materialism.
    By Rod Dreher

    "I Believe in a President Whose Religious Views Are His Own Private Affair"
    By John F. Kennedy

    Muslims in Politics (back to index)
    Memo to the Next American President
    The new administration must move beyond platitudes if it wants to achieve peace and stability to the Middle East.
    By John Esposito

    Bush's Muslim Backing
    In deciding to back the GOP presidential ticket, the candidate's actions were just one reason for an important endorsement
    By Ira Rifkin

    Will Lieberman's Nomination Drive Muslims to George W. Bush?
    Actually, many figure that if it can happen to a Jew, it can happen to a Muslim.
    By Rhonda Roumani

    Faith-Based Organizations (back to index)
    Jerry Falwell: The Beliefnet Interview
    --Listen
    --"Deep Concerns": Read the transcript
    --"I Am Not Anti-Moslem": His follow-up statement

    Is Bush's Religious Charity Plan Sinking?
    Religious conservatives are the surprising opponent of plan
    By Steven Waldman

    More Questions Than Answers
    Four things we think we know about the impact of faith-based organizations but don't--yet
    By Holly J. Lebowitz

    FAQs on GWB's FBOs
    Faith-Based Organizations 101
    By Holly J. Lebowitz

    Bush Should Keep the Faith
    Faith-based organizations have structural, as well as spiritual, advantages over typical government programs.
    By Armstrong Williams

    Strings Attached?
    Some Christian conservatives worry that a religion-friendly government might not be the promised land they'd hoped for.
    By Deborah Caldwell

    The Prayer Breakfast and a President Who Feels Our Pain
    The president's promise to end discrimination against 'religious institutions' is greeted with an ovation.
    By Richard Land

    A Faith Base for America
    An integral thread in America's social tapestry, faith-based groups represent the vision this country was founded upon.
    By T.D. Jakes

    Poor Black Folks Need God
    Could the GOP Be Right?
    By Eleanor Brown

    Will Faith-Based Organizations Be Able to Keep Their Faith?
    Despite the support of both presidential candidates, some in the faith community remain nervous about charitable choice
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Teen Challenge Shows Pitfalls, Promises of Faith-Based Outreach
    Bush supports FBOs. But a lack of accountability has raised questions about their effectiveness.
    By Alice Sparberg Alexiou

    The Seventh Mark of Compassion
    Five years before charitable choice, a thinker often cited as an influence on Bush says faith should undergird social action
    By Marvin Olasky

    Having Faith in Our Neighborhoods
    The Indianapolis Front Porch Alliance
    By Stephen Goldsmith

    Churches as Government Partners
    Navigating 'Charitable Choice' is complicated, but a job worth doing right
    By Amy L. Sherman

    The Exodus Mentality
    Why Christians Must Care for the Poor, Even in a Bull Market
    By Michaela Bruzzese

    What's an FBO?
    The discussion of faith-based organizations on the campaign trail is a significant development in American political life
    By Jim Wallis

    Church's Job Training Program Challenged
    Bible-based course uses government money to help people find work
    By Charisma News Service

    God and Politics, Again
    How candidates treat the poor could become a new moral litmus test of politics for churches across the spectrum.
    By Jim Wallis

    The Kindness of Total Strangers
    How Catholic Charities USA turned from a revered institution into an arm of the welfare state
    By Brian C. Anderson

    Death Penalty (back to index)
    Quipping About Capital Punishment
    Presidential candidates put a strange face on the death penalty debate
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Operation Rescue Those Unjustly Sentenced to Death
    By Debra Dickerson

    Playing God
    George W. Bush is pro-death penalty. Is this remotely Christian?
    By James Wood

    Abortion (back to index)
    Why Pro-Choice People of Faith Oppose Ashcroft
    It's because we are anti-extremist, not anti-Christian.
    By Marjorie Signer

    RU Serious?
    What presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush didn't say about abortion and RU-486
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Why Some Pro-Lifers Regard McCain As a Menace
    His 'wink-wink' abortion views and drastic ideas about campaign finance could cripple the movement.
    By Charlotte Hays

    Life in the Beltway
    Why is the National Right to Life Committee attacking John McCain? Because it's more pro-money than pro-life.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Religion in Public Life (back to index)
    Bible-Cutters, Mystics, and Masons: Our Presidents
    The religious convictions of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington were far more controversial than George W. Bush's beliefs.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    Lieberman: Nation Experiencing 'New Spiritual Awakening'
    Former vice-presidential candidate discusses school prayer, anti-Semitism (or lack thereof), and faith-based programs.
    By Gregg Easterbrook

    The Politician as a Nursing Father
    This striking image from Presbyterian history should be a guiding principle for George W. Bush.
    By Richard Mouw

    Uncivil Religion?
    The recent presidential inaugural, with its explicit references to Jesus, failed to invoke the inclusiveness this country needs.
    By Wade Clark Roof

    Political Deliverance
    As in the '30s, the issues that most deeply divide us are religious and not political.
    By Jim Naughton

    Picking a Church When You're President-Elect
    For Bush, the task of choosing a new church may make picking a Cabinet look easy.
    By Jim Naughton

    Hillary's Higher Power
    We've heard a lot about Hillary's faith. But have we seen it?
    By Kim Phillips-Fein

    Religion and Politics, Then and Now
    "Orthodox Protestants" once favored the Democratic candidate for president. Times have changed.
    By Martin Marty

    Religion: How Visible Do We Want It?
    By Wade Clark Roof

    Kennedy or Lieberman, Who's Right?

    "Making America a Godly Nation Again"
    Buchannan's Reform Party Convention speech on why presidential candidates must not remain silent on moral issues
    By Patrick J. Buchannan

    Progressive Politics and God
    Religion is alive and well in America, and a good deal of what it says and does is progressive
    By Richard Parker

    Can Democrats Become the Morality Party?
    By Steven Waldman and John Green

    Triumph of the Therapeutic
    Clinton's Willow Creek confession shows how dramatically our culture's attitude toward sin and forgiveness has changed
    By Charles Colson

    "I Believe in a President Whose Religious Views Are His Own Private Affair"
    By John F. Kennedy

    A Screwtape Letter for the Twenty-first Century
    What a senior devil might think about religion and politics
    By Peter Wehner

    Prejudicial Evidence
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    Abolish the Chaplaincy?
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    Religion and public life
    Congregations meet the challenge.
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