Monday, December 31, 2007

Barack Obama on Faith

This is an old video that I probably linked to before, but I thought that it might be a good message as we head into the new year. Obama is probably my choice in 2008, and I might even register as a Democrat this week so that I can vote in the Arizona primary.

I think the best part of this speech is the call for a universal language of faith, one that isn't tied-down by denominational or religion-specific biases. In a time when many voters have a "religion test" for candidates, this is a welcome stance.

From the Obama 2008 site:

In June of 2006, Senator Obama delivered what was called the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years. Speaking before an evangelical audience, Senator Obama candidly discussed his own religious conversion and doubts, and the need for a deeper, more substantive discussion about the role of faith in American life.

Senator Obama also laid down principles for how to discuss faith in a pluralistic society, including the need for religious people to translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values during public debate. In December, 2006, Senator Obama discussed the importance of faith in the global battle against AIDS.

For more:

(PDF)Barack's Faith Principles
Read Barack's Call to Renewal Speech

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