This event occurred on April 9, 2008
The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
In this discussion with President John J. DeGioia, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) explained how he engages with domestic and global politics as a person of faith. Senator Brownback has taken the lead in numerous legislative battles in defense of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, beginning at the moment of conception. On issues of religious freedom, Senator Brownback is deeply "concerned about the tendency of the courts in recent years to weaken the First Amendment rights of religious groups or individuals to freely express their faith." In foreign policy, he believes that the "U.S. remains the only super-power nation in the world. With great power comes great responsibility, and we, as Americans, must continue to use that power for good -- to encourage political, economic and religious freedom throughout the world."
This event is one in a series on Religion and the 2008 Election, which is part of the Berkley Center's project on Religion and US Politics in Global Perspective.
Senator Sam Brownback is a Republican Senator from Kansas and a former presidential candidate known for his conservative and religious views. He grew up in the United Methodist church, was drawn to evangelicalism in the mid-1990s, and converted to Catholicism in 2002. In December 2006 he began a campaign for the Republican nomination for president. He dropped out of the race in October 2007, citing lack of funds, and later endorsed the candidacy of Senator John McCain. Senator Brownback is strongly pro-life, opposes abortion in all circumstances and argues for research that uses alternatives to embryonic stem cells. Since 2002 he has supported restricting the death penalty in all but extreme cases. He has supported the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. He has also been an outspoken proponent of labeling the violence in Darfur genocide and wants to promote democracy and human rights in Iran and North Korea. Senator Brownback currently focuses on issues such as promoting traditional marriage, health care reform, and tax reform including an optional flat tax. His platform has included judicial impartiality, the review and termination of underperforming federal programs, and the protection and renewal of American culture. He chairs the Senate Values Action Team.