Balancing Church and State

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An Ongoing Effort

Post-Election Array of Religious Issues

Religion was the surprise issue of the 1984 presidential election campaign, and perhaps among the most divisive. It was a surprise largely because most American voters do not expect candidates for political office to campaign on religious or sectarian themes. Nor do voters expect their church officials to endorse political candidates. Yet both happened during the campaign, raising anew questions about the proper balance between church and state and between religion and politics.

The election is over but a host of church-state issues awaits court and legislative action. Others remain matters for further debate from the pulpit and in the press. Religious fundamentalists who say the nation has moved away from its traditional religious and moral values are striving ...

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