Justice Dept. Reshapes Its Civil Rights Mission, N.Y. Times, June 14, 2007:
In recent years, the Bush administration has recast the federal government’s role in civil rights by aggressively pursuing religion-oriented cases while significantly diminishing its involvement in the traditional area of race.Prosecutions of hate crimes and voting rights violations are down, protection of the rights of religious groups is more robust. Political appointees have affected the hiring of new lawyers, with an increase in graduates from religiously-based law schools (e.g., Ave Maria, Regent, BYU).
Maureen Howard alerted me to this long, interesting article.