American Churches in National Politics

Archive Report

The Asheville conference or religious leaders to organize opposition to the candidacy of Governor Smith in the South, the campaign undertaken by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union to defeat the Democratic nominee, the pledging of the support of the Christian Endeavor Society to the Republican nominee, and other activities by Protestant clergymen and religious organizations in connection with the 1928 presidential campaign have again called up for debate the old question of “the preacher in politics”. On the one hand, questions have been raised as to the wisdom and propriety of clerical activity in the political field - which have been answered, on the other, with vigorous pronouncements upon the right and duty of the spiritual leaders of the people to make their influence ...

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