Thinking Out Loud

June 30, 2008

Barack Obama on Faith & Public Policy – circa 2006

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“Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King — indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history — were not only motivated by faith, but repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause, To say that men and women should not inject their ‘personal morality’ into public policy debates is a practical absurdity; our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Barack Obama in his keynote address to the Call To Renewal Conference, 2006

Read a commentary on his faith views in today’s Christianity Today Online

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1 Comment »

  1. I have read Obama’s analysis of the relationship between religious belief and public policy. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

    Take abortion. It will no good to come out in the public square and say that abortion is murder because the Pope says so. It will be necessary to make arguments from science and biology and try to persuade your adversaries that abortion is wrong on rational grounds.

    I am just back from Unity, New Hampshire where I shook Obama’s hand. He is a winner.

    Comment by neilmckenty — June 30, 2008 @ 8:07 pm


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