Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, recently met with presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama for a private conversation on faith. Together with religious leaders from Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, and other traditions, the group talked about the senator's deep faith and its influence on his politics.
"This was an unprecedented sit-down for any political figure, let alone a much-in-demand presidential candidate," wrote Professor Kmiec. "Why would the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party devote so much time talking faith rather than politics? Quite simply, because it is the senator's deep personal faith that explains his audaciously positive hope for his country."