Church State Relations Becoming More Intimate

June 25, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On June 25, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor traced recent developments that show how this years election appears to be reshaping the boundaries of church state relations. Some of the events included in this report are: A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week launched a 'faith-based caucus' of House members who back efforts to make it easier for federal grants to reach church-affiliated social programs. At a retreat in Denver, the US Association of Catholic bishops considered how far to use denial of communion as a goad to pressure politicians of the faith to vote in line with church doctrine. A national group of evangelical Christians pondered their role in national affairs - and whether their alignment and influence should be less closely tied to the Republican Party."