If you’re in the D.C. area, you can come out to a panel tonight where I’ll be debating the role of faith in politics:
Don’t forget that tonight AFF will host a roundtable discussion on the topic of liberals and faith. Two years ago, Nancy Pelosi created a “Faith Working Group” for members of the Democratic House caucus to reach out to people of faith–primarily, conservative evangelicals and Catholics who have been some of the most reliable Republican voters–with hopes that this would help them secure a congressional majority. Now, Rep. Jim Clyburn, the former chairman of the Faith group, is the third-highest ranking member of the Democratic House. In general, the left has been courting the religious right with increasing fervor lately–note Barack Obama’s recent visit to an evangelical megachurch–with hopes of couching arguments about minimum wage, global warming, and sundry other causes in religious terms. How does all this square with liberals’ usual talk of separation of church and state? And how do religious conservatives best fit into the American political science? What should their greatest priorities be? How should those with a view toward the City of God approach the din of politics in the City of Man?
Joining us to discuss these issues are Patrick Deneen of Georgetown University, Mike Fragoso of the Family Research Council, Amy Sullivan of Washington Monthly, and Julian Sanchez of Reason. Joe Lindsley of the Weekly Standard will moderate.
The event will take place at the Fund for American Studies, 1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, near Dupont Circle. Drinks at 6:30; Roundtable begins at 7:00. Roundtables are free for members, $5 for non-members. So join today! Please RSVP to Kathleen O’Hearn at firstname.lastname@example.org.