Five religious leaders critique Reagan’s performance.

Carl F. H. Henry: “The President has reflected the conviction that moral absolutes are indispensable to the survival and well-being of the nation, notably on the issue of abortion. On balance, Reagan has helped the cause of Christianity, but the major battle remains ahead in the struggle against moral relativism. The notion that a democracy requires uncritical tolerance of all ethical deviations will, unless challenged, catapult America into chaos and undermine tolerance itself as a virtue.”

Martin E. Marty: “The Reagan policy that pays least notice to biblical and other Christian mandates to be stewards of the earth is most disturbing to me. For all his public relations and window-dressing, his Interior Department policies are very much directed to the short-range, not long-range, self-interest of the society and can lead to irreversible misuse of landscape, environment, and resource. Certainly the Bible mandates care of the earth, care of the body, care of the neighbor, care for justice and peace. No one doubts that President Reagan believes in these mandates, but millions have the freedom to believe that he does not carry them out properly.”

Richard John Neuhaus: “The Bible has an inordinate amount to say about the widow, the orphan, the stranger at the gate. It is outrageously preoccupied with the marginal. The Administration has seriously failed to communicate a different set of policies that can be equally as concerned for the poor and more effective than liberal New Deal proposals. To the extent that this Administration has lifted up the religiousness of the American people and particularly the increasing role of evangelicals, this Administration has helped. Reagan ...

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