Religion, Politics, and the Media: Where We've Been, Where We're Going
May 31, 2016 12:00 ET

At a time when faith and religious liberty are the subject of much debate, it is glaringly obvious that many members of the media are not aware of the essential role religion plays in our society. This lack of understanding begs the question: can politics and current events be written alone without the aid of context? Can the American media faithfully carry out its duty to tell the whole story if it does not grasp the rich culture of faith that surrounds its content? Join FRC and Michael Cromartie to learn about the past, present, and future of our nation's media and the role religion can and should play moving forward.

Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His area of expertise includes issues at the cross-section of religion and politics. Mr. Cromartie has contributed book reviews and articles to many prominent publications, including First Things, the Washington Post, Christianity Today, and World magazine. Mr. Cromartie has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio's All Things Considered, NBC's Evening News with Brian Williams, ABC World News Tonight, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, and the PBS news program The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Mr. Cromartie is the editor of fifteen books, including Religion and Politics in America; Religion, Culture, and International Conflict; and A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement. A senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum, he is also an advisory editor of Christianity Today magazine. On September 20, 2004, Mr. Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was later twice elected chairman. Mr. Cromartie is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.

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