Friday, April 22, 2005

On Bush Speaking at Calvin College

President Bush is going to deliver a commencement address at Calvin College, a small conservative Christian liberal arts college in Michigan, this year. Given Bush's religious faith, there seems to be an expectation that Bush will address '"spiritual issues":
"Certainly he's aware of Calvin's Christian foundation," said de Haan [spokesperson for Calvin College], adding that he expects spiritual issues to be a part of the president's speech. "It would be a message that they've heard from other speakers as well. This is an amazing opportunity for the Class of 2005."
These type of speeches are a great opportunity for political leaders to give some thoughtful attention to and discussion of the relationship between private faith and the public forum. I hope President Bush takes the opportunity to speak in more than platitudes.


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