DISCUSSES IMPORTANCE OF MORALITY IN ELECTION
The importance of moral issues
played a significant role in determining the winner of the 2004 presidential
election, and James Skillen, president of the Center for Public Justice,
suggested that the various definitions and interpretations of morality
show how critical the Christian influence is in American society.
"If you don't have highly
moral people, democracy can't function properly," Skillen said to Trinity
students, faculty, and staff on November 16, "and you can't have highly
moral people without religion. The church has been a key factor in the
identity of America."
Skillen described the Center
for Public Justice as "a Christian-democratic, Christian -pluralist organization
committed, from an international point of view, to justice for all." During
his visit, he talked about the perceived differences between President
George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, particularly as they relate to the
morality of war.
"Many people have little
consciousness of just war that calibrates their thinking," he said. "Christians
should have weighed and measured more the social meaning of a just war.
I think we live with an illusion of what's happening in the world, which
is part of the (gap) between what the federal government does and how we
live our lives.
"There are a lot of people
who voted for President Bush because they see him as a model for what they
think America should be. They are comfortable with him because he holds
some of the same core values that they hold."