In surveying the bleak electoral landscape, some Republican analysts have suggested that the GOP’s embrace of and by socially conservative religious voters has cost it dearly. Secularist voters who might otherwise be receptive to a Republican message are — so the argument goes — turned off by the moralizing and moralistic tone of candidates who […]
Joseph M. Knippenberg
Joseph M. Knippenberg teaches at Oglethorpe University.
Anticipating Constitution Day (Monday, September 17th), the First Amendment Center has released the results of its annual survey assessing our support for constitutionally protected freedoms. While I was pleased to learn that support for freedom of religion, speech, and the press — as a matter of general principle — remains stratospherically high, I was troubled […]
Last week, President Bush issued a Thanksgiving proclamation, something virtually every President has done virtually every year since 1863. Before then, Thanksgiving proclamations were the exception, rather than the rule, but even the exceptions are instructive and interesting. President Bush’s proclamation contains two explicit references to God and one mention of “our Lord.” There are […]
What a career President Bush’s faith-based initiative has had! In the 1990s, it was called “charitable choice” and found its way into a number of pieces of legislation — above all the landmark welfare reform bill of 1996 — passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President Clinton (a phrase we may have to […]
Just before the beginning of the fall semester, officials from Georgetown University’s Office of Campus Ministry met with representatives of six evangelical parachurch organizations and handed them a letter, informing them they were no longer welcome on campus. “[Y]our ministries,” they were told, “will no longer be allowed to hold any activity or presence (i.e. […]