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Hayley Campbell Hayley graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 2012 with a degree in Culture and Politics and a certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. At the Berkley Center, she...
Where do young people come down on questions of faith, values, and public life? How do they relate their values to public policy issues including education, economic inequality, and the environment? These questions, critically important for the 2012 election, are at the center of a campus conversation being organized by the Berkley Center and Georgetown University. This blog features an ongoing conversation about these issues between students selected as Millennial Values Fellows through a national competition. You can read and comment on their blogs here.

To learn more about the project, visit the Campus Conversation on Values page.

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November 2, 2012

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October 25, 2012

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October 4, 2012

Tyler Bishop (Vanderbilt) on How It’s All About Relatability: Voter Turnout

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Justice Divine

Scalesofjustice

December 19, 2011

2011 was not a good year to be a dictator. The death of North Korea's Kim Jong Il follows the murder of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. The passing of Kim Jong Il bookends a year of revolution, and grand shifts, in international politics. Yet, for all that we could say about the changes on the Korean peninsula his death, and the deaths of men like him, provides a profound moment of national reflection.
Religion in American politics is an increasingly polarizing issue. One only has to look as far as the Republican primary debates to see how divided America has become on issues of public religious expression. The left touts the essential principal of secularism, and the right fears the degradation of moral society with the rejection of public faith. How religion should exist within the public sphere has defined the culture wars of my generation. This coupled with a growing distrust of organized religion makes speaking to a single American conception of the relationship between church and state incredibly problematic.

However, with the death of men like Kim Jong Il, like Muammar Gaddafi, like Osama bin Laden, the right and the left, the religious and the atheists alike join in a rare moment of unity. When evil men die, we like to believe in divine justice. We want those who do unspeakable evil to be punished in another life. It is so fascinating to watch social media expose this strange phenomenon. Despite a variety of religious positions, we hold on to the hope that these men will meet their fate in the next life.

It is difficult to weed through what Americans believe in the secular age, but in these watershed moments it is even more difficult to ignore how certain values have been shaped by our historic Christian identity. Even when we reject the institution and the dogma, Christianity’s impact on the American worldview can’t help but bubble to the surface when evil men die.