The 2008 Presidential Election, the Supreme Court, and the Relationship Of Church and State

By Adele Auxier
November 07, 2008
Religion and politics enjoy an uneasy relationship in American life, and the 2008 presidential election has proven to be no exception. On one hand, Senator Obama and Senator McCain have come under intense scrutiny because of their association with controversial religious leaders Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Reverend John Hagee, respectively. On the other hand, Pastor Rick Warren’s widely praised “Civil Forum on the Presidency” demonstrated that many voters want to hear more, not less, about the candidates’ moral values and religious worldviews—and how those views shape their political positions...