Protecting and Strengthening Religious Freedom: A Memo to President-elect Obama

Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ryan Messmore; Thomas M. Messner

Research Area: Culture and religion; Government; Politics

Keywords: Faith-based government; Presidential transition; Secularism

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


President-elect Obama, you spoke truthfully when you said that "[o]ur law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition." That being the case, it is, as you note, a "practical absurdity" to expect Americans not to "inject their 'personal morality' into public policy debates." We agree with you that "[s]ecularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square."