Is Religion Political?
Date: March 7, 2006 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST
Location: Rotunda, Low Memorial LibraryModerator:
Marianne Hirsch, professor of Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Randall Balmer, professor of Religion, Barnard College
Jay Lefkowitz, partner, Kirkland and Ellis LLP; special envoy on human rights in North Korea
The Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, the first female Bishop in the Episcopal Church in the state of New York
David Allen White, professor of Literature, United States Naval Academy
This panel explored the role religion plays in American politics, and how religious institutions exert their political power in elections in the United States. The panelists examined conflicts that arose when human rights issues interfered with religious teaching, and how those conflicts might be resolved.