The intersection of religion, government and social needs is where this journal has positioned itself throughout its history, so I accepted an invitation from the Aspen Institute to listen in on a discussion of the Bush administration’s faith-based initiative. The panelists, representing a remarkable range of opinion, included Michael Horowitz from the Hudson Institute, who served in the Reagan administration; Wendy Kaminer, contributing editor, the Atlantic Monthly; Martha Minow, Harvard Law School; Susan Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary; Douglas Kmiec, Catholic University; Bishop John Hurst Adams, Congress of National Black Churches; and Arthur Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago and a bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. (A videotape of the program is slated to be released at


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