Bill Clinton

Two Decades of Bipartisan Cooperation on Government Funding and Religion . . . this can’t possibly be about the U.S.

By: Carl H. Esbeck & Stanley Carlson-Thies

Ours is a time of polarization, partisanship, and decline in religion’s influence in public life, with heated debates about government’s relationship with religion. And yet, receiving little attention but no less significant than the divisiveness, is the 20-year bipartisan cooperation over federal aid to religious organizations that serve the poor and needy.

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The Clinton Presidency and the Pivotal Era for Religious Freedom

By: Allen Hertzke

President Clinton enjoys a permanent place in the annals of religious freedom because his signature is affixed to the two pivotal federal laws that shape policies over the protection of domestic religious liberty and efforts to promote it internationally.  Indeed, these two laws—the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA)—serve as bookends of his presidency and constitute a considerable legacy of the Clinton era. 

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