Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)
The year was 2004. It was late October in Minnesota and winter was corning. So was an election. The Presidential election of 2004 pitted the sitting President George W. Bush against Senator John Kerry. As a self-described "political junkie", I had been watching the debates and developments during the long campaign with great interest. Of particular interest to me was watching the political involvement of Evangelical Christians and their leaders develop and grow. On this particular Sunday in 2004, I was at my post as musician at an evangelical "mega" church in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. The church was very active in the presidential election of 2000 and even more active in the run-up to the 2004 presidential battle. The church had hosted conservative speakers on many Sundays and had encouraged its members (quietly and unofficially) to vote for conservative Republicans in all races. The church also participated in "live stream" presentations (with other evangelical churches) of speeches given by conservative political leaders on their giant screens.
Burns, Terence L., "The Bible and the Ballot: the Christian Right in American Politics" (2011). Theses and Graduate Projects. 910.