RELST 308/308H: Schedule of Readings & Assignments (W17)

Week 1: Laying the Foundations

January 4: Class introductions, expectations, definitions, and context

IN-CLASS:  Code of Ordinances (Norfolk, Virginia)

January 5: “American Religion 101”

READ: “Model of Christian Charity“(Winthrop);  “The March of the Flag” (Beveridge); “Faith in America” (Romney)

WATCH: “Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association” (Kennedy); “Speech, 1984 Democratic Convention” (Cuomo)

January 6: “American Government 101”

READ: The Constitution of the United States; “Government 101” (Vote Smart).

WATCH: “I’m Just a Bill” (Schoolhouse Rock)

Week 2: The Nuances of Advocacy

January 9: “Religious Liberty 101”

GUEST: Prof. Craig Wansink, Joan P. & Macon F. Brock, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

READ: “Civil Religion in America” (Bellah); “The Culture of Belief and the Politics of Religion” (Marshall)

January 10: “Religion & American Politics 201”

READ: AVNER, “Introduction” and chapter 1

DUE: Public Statement to Norfolk City Council

January 10 (evening): Norfolk City Council

MEET: Norfolk City Hall (810 Union Street) @ 6:30 pm

READ: “City Council Guidelines” (Norfolk); “City Council Meeting

January 11: Religious Institutions & Advocacy, I

READ: “The Politically Active Church” (Cook); “Understanding the Lobbying Efforts of a Church”” (Manderino); AVNER, chapter 2

January 12: Religious Institutions & Advocacy, II

READ: “Sources of Clergy Support” (Djupe); “‘The ERA Is a Moral Issue’: The Mormon Church, LDS Women, and the Defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment” (Young)

DUE: Advocacy Write-up

January 13: Professional Religious Advocates

READ: “The Ideal Lobbyist” (McGrath); “Lobbying in the Shadows” (Robinson); AVNER, chapter 3

DUE: Web Site Analysis #1

Week 3 & 4: Putting it All To Good Use

January 16: NO CLASS (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day)

READ: AVNER, chapter 4

January 17: Lobbying on the State Level

READ: “Religion in the Legislative Arena [Wisconsin]” (Yamane and Oldmixon); “Religious Lobbying in Virginia” (Larson, Madland, and Wilcox)

January 18: Lobbying in Virginia

READ: “Registration of Lobbyists” (Code of Virginia); “General Assembly Issue: Church and State” (Va. Public Access Project)

DUE: Web Site Analysis #2

January 19: The “Johnson” Amendment

READ: “The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations” (Internal Revenue Service);

January 20: Limitations

READ: “Rendering Unto Caesar?” (Feld); “More Honored in the Breach” (O’Daniel)

January 23:

READ: HOLYOKE (entire); “Where to Look, What to Ask? Frames of Reference for Ethical Lobbyists” (Susman)

January 24: Washington, DC

MEET: Godwin Hall parking lot, 6:30 am

READ: Lobbying Congress: An Overview of Legal Provisions and Congressional Ethics Rules (Congressional Research Service)

January 25: International Issues

READ: “Praying for the Persecuted Church” (Castelli); Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (U.S. Congress)

January 26: Conclusions

DUE (in class): Final Paper