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Release date: Oct. 17, 2000
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Author Stephen Carter To Talk About Wrongs, Rights of Religion in Politics

WHO: Author Stephen L. Carter

WHAT: Lecture & book signing on "God’s Name in Vain: The Rights and Wrongs of Religion in Politics"

WHEN: 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30, 2000

WHERE: Room 206, White Hall, 480 Kilgo Street, Emory campus.

COST: Free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Jones visitor lot on Dowman Drive. For a map of campus go online to

Stephen Carter, author of the best-selling "The Culture of Disbelief," redefines the role of religion in politics in his new book, "God's Name in Vain: The Rights and Wrongs of Religion in Politics." He points out that American politics is unimaginable without its religious voices. From abolitionist sermons to presidential candidates' confessions, Carter illustrates the ways in which religion and politics do and do not mesh well, and the ways in which spiritual perspectives make vital contributions to our national debates.

While the book defends political involvement of the religious, it also warns that such involvement does need sensible limits. Carter offers examples of principled and prophetic religious activism of those who have chosen God before country.

Carter also is the author of "Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby," "Integrity" and "Civility." He appears regularly on national news media and his writings in national magazines and newspapers. He is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University.

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