Do Politics and Religion Really Make Strange Bedfellows?
11 months ago
Check out this list and tell us.
While there is an argument to be made that there is not nearly enough of a separation of church and state in our country, plenty of religious leaders have chosen to challenge the separation head on by running for office. Here’s a look back at some of them. (Click here to see my original piece)
Rep. Robert Drinan (1920-2007)
Drinan was a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest when he ran for Congress as an anti-Vietnam War candidate. He would serve four terms in office from 1971 to 1981. A legal scholar credited as one of the figures responsible for helping Catholic politicians reconcile their personal convictions on reproductive issues with the law, Drinan would spend his later years as a law professor at Georgetown University.
Rep. John Cornell (1919-2009)
A Roman Catholic priest who held a PhD in history, Cornell represented Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional district from 1974 until his defeat in 1978. Though he was planning a political comeback in 1980, the Vatican then ordered priests to withdraw from politics that year.
Pat Robertson (1930-present)