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October 27, 2008

The candidates' web pages for people of faith

The McCain-Palin campaign added an "Americans of Faith" page to its website, about 16 months behind Obama-Biden's People of Faith blog.

Beliefnet's Dan Gilgoff notes that the page is added months after rolling out pages for "American Indians for McCain and "Arab Americans for McCain."

This is the introduction:

"Once I was thrown into another cell after a long and difficult interrogation. I discovered scratched into one of the cell's walls the creed 'I believe in God, the Father Almighty.' There standing witness to God's presence in a remote, concealed place, recalled to my faith by a stronger, better man, I felt God's love and care more vividly than I would have felt it had I been safe among a pious congregation in the most magnificent cathedral." - John McCain

The page offers short explanations of McCain's stances in four areas: "Judicial Philosophy," "Protecting Marriage," "Human Dignity and Life," "Service, Community and Values."

Obama's People of Faith home page does not link Obama's faith to specific policies, but it has a lengthy blog, several links to Obama's speeches on his faith, and a list of endorsements from religious leaders.

Comments

The relationship between faith and politics is of great interest to people across America. While John McCain offers positions on certain issues that are amenable to religious conservatives, Barack Obama has directly addressed this question and pointed toward a solution to the growing political divisions in this country. Obama’s vision is to achieve a respectful integration of religiously motivated people into the fabric of the American political system. This fundamental change in the way religion is handled in American public life is more important to our future than a candidate’s position on any particular issue.

So conservatives have a choice: to be satisfied with a token gesture toward the religious right or to opt for a president who will genuinely welcome you as a person of faith to the political table and will not dismiss you when convenient. If I were a conservative Christian—and I once was—I would take the latter option in a heartbeat since transforming the way in which religion functions in the public sphere opens the door to new possibilities for the future, while “winning” on one or two issues only perpetuates the public manipulation of religion.

Barack Obama has offered a thoughtful, honest, and respectful vision of how faith and politics can productively intersect. He challenges us to reject the use of religion to divide us from our neighbors and appeals to us to embrace a future in which religious faith and faithful people can emerge from the margins and contribute to public life in an atmosphere of mutual respect. I, for one, am up for that challenge.

JKBerenson....well said. I too long for a political atmosphere where we can wrestle honestly with the issues that divide us as people of faith. I have not seen that in the Republican agenda and, to be fair it is only recently that as a person of faith I felt that many Democrats took me seriously. I don't think that's unrelated to the nomination of Sen. Obama who is unafraid and unapologetic in speaking honestly about his faith. That doesn't mean that if he should be elected we would all suddenly get along, but it does open a conversation that for too long has been closed off.

It is nice to read an article about faith that does not demonize Obama and points out facts that the media have never addresses about McCain.

I pray the hate and lies coming from the McCain do not affect Obama during the next week. The National Republican Trust PAC just released $2.5 million ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida about Rev Wright.

It is time that Evangelical Christians need to be taught how to get involved actively in voting for local bills that are related to "pro-life" and "anti-gay-marriage" issues. We cannot think that either candidate will have a definitly influence related to these issues. If Evangelical Christians do not start to make an effort to learn how to participate in these local votes, then we allow people have different values on these two issues to do what they want. We cannot just want a president to take care the issues and so we can sit passively doing nothing most of the time.
Local churches should be informing their congregation about local bills related to these issues. It is time, if Evangelicals still take a passive role on local bills, then gay-marriage will be granted state-by-state.
Christians who care about these issues have to prepare that they may have to get into certain votes or actions a few times a year, not just in a presidential selection, once in 4 or 8 years.
There are many complex issues involved in Presidential election other than 'pro-life' and 'anti-gay-marriage' issues. US's economy, global economy, and the US's political strength should all be put into the plate for consideration.

Unfortunately the people who were interested enough to listen to the sound bites of Rev. Wright never heard the whole commentary. What is captured are a few words without the whole context. When you hear the whole context what he states makes a great deal of sense. Most especially so if you come from the aspect of a minority in the United States.
You many think this is a great place for all people that is not necessarily the truth.
When one consideres the horrors of slavery and what was done to human beings and then consider today the horrors inflicted on those with whom Mr. Bush decided to murder with his shock and awe you can well see how God would damn America. We are getting paid back for the evil we have done to others. This evil is not washed away by the minimal good we do.
Stop the war, Stop killing soldiers and innocent people and the economy will return to its vibrant status. Let us help others and not plan for a war of 100 years as McCain wants.
Helping others does not include killing them.
If this becomes law of the land you could be next.
kiltyone@dslextreme.com

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