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What role will religion play in the 2008 presidential election?

June 13, 2007

Wake Forest University Divinity School Dean Bill J. Leonard and U.S. News & World Report Senior Editor Dan Gilgoff will discuss the role of religion in the upcoming 2008 National Presidential elections at a reception in Washington, D.C., June 29 at 6 p.m. during the 2007 General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in Constitution Ballroom B at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

"I think that we will see a variety of religious voices and views put forward in the next election in ways that we did not see in the previous presidential campaigns,” says Leonard.  “I do think that the power and the rhetoric of the religious right in the public realm is undergoing serious evaluation and has probably peaked.”

Gilgoff’s new book, “The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelicals are Winning the Culture War,” has been described as a fair and factual account of the religious right’s rise to political power.  Leonard is the author or editor of 15 books, most recently “Baptists in America,” published by Columbia University Press.

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