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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."

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