Care about the concept of separation of churuch and state? Recently the blogoshere has probed what that means via a piece in the Times by Mara Vanderslice. Read Talk to Action on it here. Mara Vanderslice responds here on Street Prophets. In counterpoint to that, Frederick Clarkson worries about losing a core principle. At Faithful Democrats, Jesse Lava also gets into the frey and sides with Mara.
“You know how in musicals, characters break into song seemingly at random, usually with no awareness that there’s anything strange about singing at any or every moment of the day? Being at Ohalah is a little bit like that, and as I reflect on what it feels like to be heading home, I think leaving the singing behind may be the hardest part.”
First, they point out that “forty-four percent of young American adults agree that religion is a very important part of their lives.”
Often this faith is tied to what the next generation grew up with, but increasingly, the study finds that many attitudes toward other religions are changing. What I find significant is that attitudes toward some of the hot button issues of the past couple of decades seem to be shifting away from interest in the agenda of the religious right.
For instance, study director Judy Woodruff points out:
“In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of young adults feel that conservative Christians have gone too far in trying to impose their religious values on the country.
And even young evangelicals sometimes question their elders when it comes to issues like abortion and gay marriage. Support for Democratic candidates by young, white evangelicals jumped 10 percent this past election, a bigger increase than any other age group.”
Yesterday, Faith in Public Life hosted a press teleconference that highlighted faith leaders who are working to hold the new Congress accountable on the issues that were of greatest moral importance to Americans in 2006. The teleconference has already yielded hitsfor our partners, and a great AP Audio spot on faithful opposition to President Bush’s pending announcement on escalation in Iraq. Click here to hear the audio! It features Rick Ufford Chase of Christian Peace Witness in Iraq, Jeff Carr of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, and Paul Sheery of Let Justice Roll.
Talk of the Nation with Scott Simon featured an interesting segment yesterday on the role that religion will play in the new Congress. The interviews cover a lot of ground, including Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), and William D’antonio, fellow at the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University. Click on the icon at the right for the first twelve minutes of the show. For the complete show, click here and follow the link from NPR’s website.