American flag waving in blue skyWritten by Don Byrd

In the most recent Report From the Capital, the Baptist Joint Committee’s Brent Walker gave grades to the religious liberty content of two recent commencement speeches: one given by former President George W. Bush, the other by Bush’s brother, likely presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Here is an excerpt to give you a hint as to how they turned out:

If Gov. Bush decides to run for president, I hope he will take a lesson from his big brother. He needs to understand that church-state issues are usually not black and white and the accommodation of rights of conscience sometimes needs to be balanced against the adverse effects on other people, rather than to offer pat answers and pander to friendly political constituencies.

Read the whole thing.