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
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."
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