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Limestone Prophets: Gauging the Effectiveness of Religious Political Action Organizations that Lobby State Legislatures*

Joe Micon

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 69, issue 4, pages 397-413
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/69.4.397
Limestone Prophets: Gauging the Effectiveness of Religious Political Action Organizations that Lobby State Legislatures*

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While much study has been conducted into the attitudes of Mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Evangelical, and Peace Church members concerning various public policy issues, less attention has focused on organized efforts of those faith communities to influence public policy. In this paper, I provide a quantitative analysis of the effectiveness of six religious political action organizations that actively advocate for social change before the Indiana General Assembly: the Lafayette Urban Ministry, the Indiana Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Indianapolis, Advance America, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Indiana Family Institute. I evaluate each organization's assets and the effect of those assets upon the organization's effectiveness in achieving its goals. I offer specific recommendations to improve the effectiveness of religious political action organizations.

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