December 2, 84

Vol. iii , No. 05   


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Does America Have A Spiritual Mission?
DAVID SAPERSTEIN
ROBERT REILLY
Monday, November 12, 1984

Religion in Politics
JOHN ANDERSON
Tuesday, November 13, 1984

Religion in Politics
DAVID SAPERSTEIN
ROBERT REILLY
JOHN ANDERSON
Wednesday, November 14, 1984

One of the most controversial issues in the 1984 presidential campaign was the question of the proper relationship between the government and religion in America. In recent years legislators have debated this issue. Many Americans urge the establishment of prayers in public schools. Others lobby for a prohibition of abortion. The consideration of legislation to deal with these demands has produced continuing public controversy.

How do religious principles guide legislation? Is it a proper use of congressional authority to legislate in these matters? Should clergy become involved in partisan political campaigns? Is it the business of Congress to safeguard the morality of the nation?

These and related issues will be discussed in a three-day conference at Claremont McKenna College sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Office of the Chaplains. The first day of the conference, Monday, November 12, Rabbi David Saperstein and Special Assistant to the President Robert Reilly will debate the question: Does America Have a Spiritual Mission? On Tuesday, November 13, former Republican Congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, will deliver an address following dinner in the Athenaeum. The conference will end with a panel discussion with Anderson, Reilly, and Rabbi Saperstein following dinner Wednesday, November 14.