Dr. Oran P. Smith
Dr. Smith is a graduate of Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and the University of South Carolina, where he received a Masters (MPA) and Doctorate (Ph.D). His doctoral dissertation, later published by New York University (NYU) Press, was entitled The Rise of Baptist Republicanism. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on politics, government, and the role of Christians in politics.
His areas of expertise are research, communications, politics and public affairs. He is a former member of Gov. Carroll Campbell’s economic development staff and the staff of the Business & Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC). He has served as chair of the SC State Prayer Breakfast and is a Henry J. Salvatori Fellow of The Heritage Foundation.
A native of Greer, Dr. Smith lives in Leesville. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church (ARP), Columbia where he has served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC where he chairs the Academic & Student Affairs Committee.
Morality and ethics are so fundamental to our society that breaking the rules of appropriate ways of interacting with one another has a financial cost.
Trey Ward did something amazing even though it was against the law. I’m proud to call him a friend.
Sometimes there are opportunities that come along for common ground on issues that aren’t about left and right but about right and wrong. A woman should never be put in the position of having to choose between her baby and her job.
For fifty years we have wrestled with the pain that seemed to all come out in that one fateful year – 1968.
Your efforts to speak truth to power on behalf of the most important institution – family – will pay dividends in the future.
The unrivaled, positive impact of Palmetto Family made South Carolina a better place for you to live and raise your family.
I have been sharing with some of my close friends today the recent column by Rick Ezell “Four Facts About Faith.” Rick has an amazing way of boiling down biblical truth into short lists with memorable phrases.
During a recent trip to Texas, I caught up with Rep. Gary Palmer. We discussed college football, the congressional baseball game shooting and more.
South Carolina has a diverse palette of educational options to best meet the needs of every students. Which option is best for your family? Learn all about the choices here!
The iBelieve license plate is the only Christian tag in America. So how did South Carolina get it, how much longer will it be around and how can you get one? Find out here!
Joy mixed with shock captures Palmetto Family’s response to the recent closing of Taboo, a pornographic product store in Columbia, SC.
Please consider taking this challenge to help us continue to defend faith, family and freedom in South Carolina!
Reading between the lines of the decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, there is a bit of…shall we say…anxiety.
We are thankful for a number of blessings that have come our way in the past few weeks, but one of the greatest is our new office space.
Want to get to know South Carolina’s new governor, Henry McMaster? Don’t rely on his Wikipedia page or on one of those dime-a-dozen profiles. Get all the details only a lifelong friend can provide.
Court Candidate Worked For Liberal National Episcopal Church, Against Conservative South Carolina Bishop
Blake Hewitt was asked about what he considered the highlights of his legal career. His answer left lawmakers and Palmetto Family dumbfounded.
Under the stern gaze of Uncle Sam, what advice or even thoughts may we legally provide to you to get ready for tomorrow? Here are seven (7) points to ponder in no particular order.
In the Town of Greece decision, SCOTUS ruled for prayer. So long as the ones praying are official chaplains or are selected on a rotation, let them pray according to their own consciences.
The tenor of the SC Committee is very different from its counterpart in DC. “Reluctant” is how we earlier described our state investigation.
Though the state legislature adjourned in June, several committees have been working through the summer and fall to devote sufficient time to issues that require study outside of the typical legislative time frame.
As October is now in its final days, that dark place of 21 Days After is where many of our state’s citizens find themselves—left to finish the job and deal with the new normal when everyone else has moved on.
Life A.M.E. (After Mother Emanuel), can be different. If we keep eating and praying together across the racial divide, we can permanently add to our famous Palmetto values.
You may have read about controversies at Vanderbilt University and the California State University system where Christian student ministries were de-recognized by campus authorities.
Right now at the Statehouse, for at least the third time in as many sessions, the General Assembly is considering gambling legislation. This time there are three potential laws.
Our challenge today is no different than Jasper’s. Our troops are deployed around the world struggling for a free future against those who would take mankind into a new Dark Age.
To help us determine the proper course of action as Christians in this fallen world, we must continually look to scripture, but we can also be confident in following the biblically-sound example of William Wilberforce.
Last Saturday, I spoke at the graduation of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). Tiffany Deierlein’s valedictory speech was so impressive, I asked her for permission to post it on our blog.
At the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast a couple of weeks ago, those in attendance had the pleasure of hearing from SC Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.
Our Father in Heaven, we thank you for the time we have spent together this day. You have said where two are three are gathered together, you are there.
The days immediately following Christmas are generally a contemplative time. As we leave the tinsel and lights behind and face the New Year, it is a time for both recovery and preparation.
The debate we are having as a state on preschool issues is long overdue. To contribute to that conversation, here are several considerations we feel have been missing from the discussion.
Looking back on his administration, it is clear that God used Carroll Campbell as a public policy leader. Here are just a few areas.
I met Mr. Campbell in 1976 when one of the three people in my hometown of Greer who would admit to being Republicans invited me to attend a Campbell campaign barbecue at his farm near Fountain Inn.