Sinners and winners (and sometimes both?)

As the Big Race starts to really heat up…

The Fordham Center on Religion & Culture is offering a program on Tuesday, Sept. 16 called: Sinners and Winners: Election ’08: Religion, Morality and Media.”

Sinners and Winners. You gotta like that.

The program is free and open to the public. It’s from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street.

Here’s the description:

From Mitt Romney’s Mormonism to Barack Obama’s pastor, religion has played a controversial role during the presidential race. Were the Democrats finally “getting religion”? Did Mike Huckabee represent a new face of evangelicalism? Were Senators McCain and Obama obliged to denounce outlandish statements by clergy supporters? Has the coverage of religion enlightened or obscured major moral issues facing the nation, like war, abortion, poverty and torture, and helped voters size up the candidates? An extraordinary panel will focus on both the issues and how well the news media have been covering them.

And here is your panel:

images.jpegRay Suarez is senior correspondent at PBS’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” He has covered and produced local, national and international stories for television and radio in Chicago, New York and Rome as well as for CNN and American and British news services. From 1993-1999, he was host of NPR’s nationwide call-in news program. “Talk of the Nation.” He is author of The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.

images1.jpegE.J. Dionne, Jr. is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at Georgetown University. A frequent commentator on national television, he is the author of many books, including Why Americans Hate Politics and, most recently, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right.

Andrew Kohut is President of the Pew Research Center, in Washington, DC., Director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. A frequent commentator on the interpretation of opinion polls, especially in national elections, he has co-authored, mostly recently, The Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics.

Peggy Fletcher Stack has been senior religion writer at the Salt Lake Tribune for seventeen years, covering leaders such as Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and major religious stories in the U.S., Africa, Europe and South America. She writes regularly about Mormon issues and ideas and followed closely the religion questions surrounding Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist.

Don Wycliff, after 35 years as a journalist, is currently associate vice president for news and information at the University of Notre Dame where he also teaches in its journalism program. From 1991 to 2000 he was editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune and from 2000 to 2006 its public editor. He also served as an editorial writer at the New York Times, and was a reporter or editor at other papers in Chicago, Dallas and Houston.

E.J. Dionne in New Ro tomorrow

20070416_dionne_3.jpgThe omnipresent political and social commentator E.J. Dionne will speak tomorrow evening (June 29) at 7:30 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10 Mill Road, in New Rochelle.

He’ll be talking about Catholic involvement in political life. He’ll address the Catholic bishops’ recent document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Reflections on Catholic Teaching and Political Life,” and will certainly promote his own new book, “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right.”

The event is free and open to the public.

It’s being sponsored by the Upper Room, a group of progressive Catholics with ties to the College of New Rochelle.