Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding
$70K Minimum Wage CEO
Next Time on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
Humorist Will Rogers was famous for joking, "I am a member of no organized political party. I am a Democrat." The 2008 Democratic National Convention demonstrated just how far removed today's Democratic Party is from that of Rogers' day.
Reporting from the floor of the Republican National Convention, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton says social conserative delegates there remain excited by McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin, pleased with her strong pro-life stance, and unphased by the news of her unwed teen-age daughter's pregnancy.
The 2008 Democratic National Convention began as no previous convention ever has -- with a prayer and worship service. The first official event here in Denver was an interfaith gathering attended by more than 3,000 people.
We have a story about two people in the vanguard of a historic grassroots movement that's brought hundreds of thousands of volunteers to the region. Its focus has shifted from Katrina's immediate aftermath to broader issues of social justice.
Listen to this episode online, download the MP3 and read the transcript.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick offered a curious contrast in his Democratic Convention speech earlier this week. He deemed Senator Barack Obama a man of vision and compared him to the policies and programs of the Bush administration.
In 2000, I was fortunate enough to attend the Republican Convention in Philadelphia as an instructor in an experiential learning program for college students. That convention, which nominated then-Texas governor George W. Bush for president of the United States, was noted for its overt attempts to present a diverse public face to television viewers.
The religion of a political candidate should not matter. This principle is not only supported by the doctrine of the separation of church and state articulated by the First Amendment and developed by Jefferson and Madison, it is also supported by the dominant traditions of the Christian church.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton reviews the transformation in the Democrats' approach to people of faith at this year's national convention and asks whether it will change public perceptions of the Democratic Party.