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Campus tilting

"Campus tilting" Continued...

Issue: "Return to war?," May 5, 2012

You started doing more reading while you were working at Colorado Christian. It was the first time I was exposed to the idea that I could and should be an advocate for the free market because of my Christian convictions. Reading Michael Novak's The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism for the first time, I asked, "How is it possible no one ever said that to me?"

Which people do students at Christian college often hear? Guys like Shane Claiborne, Donald Miller, Jim Wallis come to speak at campuses.

What obstacles do conservative Christians face in communicating a different understanding? While there is an approach to conservatism that deals with the issues society faces in a humane way, we're not known for caring about people, even though our policies do. Meanwhile, the policies the left promotes do not help poor people. We need to make the moral case for budget reform based on the understanding that we should take care of the least among us. We need to show how continuing to spend on programs like Medicare and Medicaid without regard to the long-term implications is in no way beneficial to the poor.

And now you're moving on to a new position that has you staying in Washington and directing the Manhattan Declaration movement. How did that transition happen? I heard about the position and talked with folks. It moved very quickly-a month from initial contact to hiring. I saw on manhattandeclaration.org that the declaration itself now has about 525,000 signatures.

Many people understand one of the lasting lessons that I'll take away from AEI: The family is the cornerstone of society. Broken families have dire economic consequences, and-to start at the beginning-life and marriage are at the core of human thriving.

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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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