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Religion and America's culture war to be topic of Kristol lecture, March 11

Political analyst and commentator William Kristol will deliver a lecture titled "Under God? Is Religion at the Heart of America's Culture War?" on Tuesday, March 11. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building.

Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, an influential political magazine. He regularly appears on major television public affairs shows. His writings on political philosophy, American political thought and public policy are featured in both popular and academic journals. He served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H.W. Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan.

He is expected to discuss the tendency of secular liberals to differ from many religious believers -- including many Jews and Christians -- on morally charged issues of constitutional law and public policy. He will focus on examples such as the war on terrorism, bioethics and the Pledge of Allegiance controversies.

The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions as part of its series on "America's Founding and Future."

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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