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Pulpits and Politics: The Role of Religion in Elections
Last Featured: 9/27/2004

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Overview

Polls show a deep divide between voters who attend church regularly and those who do not. The rift has some predicting that this will be the most religiously polarized presidential election in U.S. history. In sharing his deeply held religious beliefs with the American people, the President says his actions, and the nation's, are guided by higher principles. Opponents charge that he is fanning the flames of division and some tactics are inappropriate in our democratic republic. As election-day nears, a religiously diverse electorate asks what role should faith play in the upcoming election.


Guests
Dr. Bob Edgar is general secretary of the National Council of the Churches USA. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Edgar came to the Council from Claremont Theological School, Claremont, Calif., where he was president from 1990 - 2000. Dr. Edgar was a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and the board of directors of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, an independent, non-profit organization that is a principal resource for Congress on environmental and energy issues.

Dr. Billy McCormack is Pastor of University Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA, a position he has held since 1981. He is a founding and current board member of the Christian Coalition and Director of the Christian Coalition Pastor's Council. In l981 he served as Southern Regional Director of the Freedom Council that had been founded by Dr. Pat Robertson to involve Christians in government. In l987 he served as Louisiana State Coordinator for the Americans For Roberston presidential campaign. He is Chairman of the governor's Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Advisory Board and of the Louisiana Drug Policy Board.

Closing Quote
"Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics."

— George J. Mitchell

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