Ex-senator Danforth slams harsh rhetoric

Hefty cost of using religion to fuel political agenda
As a three-term U.S. senator and a former ambassador to the United Nations, Missouri Republican John Danforth has all the credentials and connections to savor the spoils of his party’s dominance in Washington.

Instead, at age 69, Danforth is combining his status as an elder statesman with his lesser-known role as an Episcopal priest to raise uncomfortable questions about what he sees as the hefty costs paid for using religious rhetoric to fuel a political agenda.

Since publishing two confrontational op-ed pieces in the New York Times earlier this year, Danforth has accepted a series of invitations to take his provocative questions on the road. His fall schedule had him as a panelist at Notre Dame, a guest preacher at Harvard and Yale and a featured speaker for Catholic and Episcopal groups in Washington.


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