John McCain rarely spoke at length about his faith, but his political career illustrates how the relationship between evangelical Christians and the Republican Party has evolved over time.
Elizabeth Sherman is an assistant professor of American politics at American University in Washington, D.C. She recently wrote an analysis of John McCain’s legacy, exploring his views on the relationship between religion and politics, for The Conversation.
Gary Bauer is president of American Values, a conservative advocacy organization, and a commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He ran against John McCain during the 2000 presidential campaign but later helped him smooth tensions with evangelical Christian voters.
Marlys Popma was John McCain’s national coordinator for evangelical and social conservative outreach during his 2008 campaign. She previously served as president of the Iowa Republican Party and currently sits on one of the state’s judicial nominating commissions, helping to vet judicial appointments. Popma is also the senior campaign director for CampaignHQ, a conservative call […]
Samuel D. Brownback is the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. He previously served as governor of Kansas, as well as a U.S. representative and senator.
The Rev. William J. Barber II is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., and president of Repairers of the Breach, a national ministry for civil rights and social justice. In 2013, Barber began a campaign on behalf of the poor that instigated “Moral Mondays” — acts of civil disobedience and mindfulness designed to […]
Daniel Bennett is an assistant professor of political science at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., and the author of Defending the Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement.
David French is an attorney, a decorated veteran and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. He has served as senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom. He is a regular contributor to National Review, where he wrote several columns supporting a Supreme Court decision for […]
Margot Cleveland is a lawyer and an adjunct professor for the college of business at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. She wrote a column for The Federalist, where she is a senior contributor, about why she believes the Supreme Court will rule in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips — which […]