David Mislin, The Conversation

David Mislin is Assistant Professor of Intellectual Heritage at Temple University.

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Why a Large Church Group Had Little Impact When it Opposed Kavanaugh's Nomination

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While the National Council encompasses many denominations, its constituent bodies represent a declining share of the religious population. Neither the Roman Catholic Church nor most large evangelical denominations belong to it. More importantly, political leaders do not view it as the voice of religious people as they did in the early 20th century. 

What History Can Teach Us About the Religious Liberty Debate

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Umbrella with religious messages being displayed at the Supreme Court of the United States, December 5, 2017 in support of religious liberties during the Cake Shop Religious Liberties/Gay Rights case. Jerome460 / Shutterstock.com

Since taking office, President Trump and his administration have strongly championed religious liberty, but only of a particular kind. At this week’s White House dinner for evangelical leaders, Trump emphasized that the U.S. is a “nation of believers” and promised to protect religious liberty.