Topics in the News: Faith-Based Organizations

Tim Kaine on Principles & Values : Jul 27, 2016
My values are faith, family, and work

My parents, Al and Kathy, taught me about hard work and about kindness and most especially, about faith. I went to a Jesuit high school. We had a motto in my school, "men for others." And it was there that my faith became something vital. My north star for orienting my life. Faith, family, and work.
Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2016 Democratic National Convention

Donald Trump on Principles & Values : Feb 29, 2016
Agrees with Hillary on marijuana, campaign finance, trade

Hillary and Trump do agree on some, including:The bottom line: If you prefer a polar opposite to Hillary, Trump should not be your chosen candidate. And if you prefer someone who will dismantle forever the Bush legacy, Hillary should not be your chosen candidate. Neither is the extremist their opponents make them out to be.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton On The Issues, by J. Gordon

Ted Cruz on Families & Children : Feb 25, 2016
Hispanic values: faith, family & patriotism

The values in our [Hispanic] community are faith, family, patriotism. I campaigned the same here in Houston or Dallas as I did in the Rio Grande Valley, defending conservative principles, telling my father's story of coming to America with $100 dollars in his underwear, not speaking English, washing dishes, having hopes and dreams for the American dream.
Click for Ted Cruz on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Jan 30, 2016
Disagrees with Bernie on crime, drugs & foreign intervention

Where do Hillary and Bernie disagree on the issues? This list comprises legitimate differences on issues, not just differences of fervency or recency:
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Bernie vs. Hillary On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon

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Rick Santorum on Civil Rights : Aug 6, 2015
Stop harassing and persecuting people of faith

Q: What would be your 1st executive order?

SANTORUM: We're going to suspend & repeal every executive order, every regulation that cost American jobs & is impacting our freedom. And second, the First Amendment Defense Act, which is protecting religious liberty, if it's not passed by then, because the president will veto it, I will institute an executive order to make sure that people of faith are not being harassed and persecuted by the federal government for standing up for the religious beliefs.

Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript

John Kasich on Families & Children : Aug 6, 2015
Nothing is more important to me than faith, family & friends

My father was a mailman. His father was a coal miner. My mother's mother could barely speak English. And their son today stands on this podium not only as the governor, but a candidate for president of the United States.

You know, I've had a lot of elections. But my elections are really not about campaigns. I tell my people that these are about a movement. And a movement to do what? To restore common sense. A movement to do things like provide economic growth. And a movement not to let anybody be behind.

You know, today the country is divided. We've got to unite our country again, because we're stronger when we are united and we are weaker when we are divided.

And we've got to listen to other people's voices, respect them. Because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, the Lord wants America to be strong. He wants America to succeed. And he wants America to lead. And nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith, and my friends.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript

Marco Rubio on Education : Apr 27, 2015
Theistic evolution: science and faith are not incompatible

On teaching creationism and evolution: "If you want to give them a truly rounded education, you should explain to them that there's a theistic creationism that exists, a theistic evolution that exists out there. The Catholic Church has adopted that position. It teaches that science and faith are not incompatible." April 2014.
Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: Fordham Institute EduWatch 2016 by Brandon White

John Kasich on Welfare & Poverty : Mar 7, 2015
Matthew 25 commands us to aid the less fortunate

Kasich has a message for the haters who have spent the past year or so sniping that he is insufficiently conservative: Bring it. "It's really odd, that the conservative movement--a big chunk of which is faith-based--seems to have never read Matthew 25."

For those in need of a New Testament refresher: In Matthew 25, Jesus admonishes his followers to aid the less fortunate. Kasich has cited the passage repeatedly of late in defending his ObamaCare-fueled Medicaid expansion--an act of Republican apostasy that prompted widespread dismay among his party brethren.

He gets back on track: "With this whole spiritual element, let's get away from the judgment side of it. I think it's actually what the Pope's trying to do. The Pope's saying, 'Why don't we get into the feeding the hungry and clothing the naked and helping the imprisoned and helping the lonely? That's what we're commanded to do. To me, this is a gift that I've been able to feel this way."

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: National Journal 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Andrew Cuomo on Welfare & Poverty : Jan 21, 2015
Establish office of Faith-Based community development

Proposals #27-34: Enact an economic mobility agenda to give every New Yorker a chance:
  1. Raise the minimum wage
  2. Combat hunger
  3. Invest in affordable housing and community development
  4. Expand Urban Youth Jobs Program
  5. Increase MWBE business opportunities
  6. Provide student loan relief to graduates with high debt
  7. Establish the Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services
    Click for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.   Source: State of the State address to 2015 New York Legislature

    Rick Santorum on Technology : Apr 28, 2014
    CEO of EchoLight Studios, making faith & family movies

    The mass entertainment industry-movies, television and radio, music, books and magazines, and now the internet, everything we commonly call "popular culture"-- promotes with chilling effectiveness behavior, beliefs, and attitudes that are virtually guaranteed to produce unhappiness in individuals and families. That is why I took the position as CEO of EchoLight Studios, a faith and family movie production and distribution company. We need to fight back by producing and promoting high-quality films that present the good, the true, and the beautiful. And if we a
    Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: Blue Collar Conservatives, by Rick Santorum, p. 78-9

    Mike Pence on Welfare & Poverty : Jul 16, 2013
    Faith-based community gives us hope for new opportunities

    While other states are struggling just to make ends meet, Indiana has made important investments in education and infrastructure and still ended the year with a surplus. But we still face many challenges as a state. We welcomed the recent news that the unemployment rate statewide dropped, but despite our positive trajectory, the people of Indiana feel strongly that our economy's growth is not matching the hopes, aspirations and dreams of our people. That's where some of today's honorees come in.

    Where would we be without our faith-based community and the leaders who give us hope and inspire us even as we roll up our sleeves and do the work we need to build businesses and provide new opportunities and help the hurting in our communities?

    Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Speech at Indiana Black Expo Governor's Reception

    Rand Paul on Immigration : Jun 12, 2013
    Latinos support GOP stances of faith and family values

    Republicans need to become parents of a new future with Latino voters or we will need to resign ourselves to permanent minority status. The Republican Party has insisted for years that we stand for freedom and family values. I am most proud of my party when it stands for both. The vast majority of Latino voters agree with us on these issues but Republicans have pushed them away with harsh rhetoric over immigration.

    In our zeal for border control, Republicans have been losing both the respect and votes of a group of people who already identify with our belief in family, faith, and conservative values. Hispanics should be a natural and sizable part of the Republican base. That they have steadily drifted away from the GOP in each election says more about Republicans than it does about Hispanics. Defense of the unborn and defense of traditional marriage are Republican issues that should resonate with Latinos but have been obscured by the misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants.

    Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: 2012 official Senate press release, "Hispanics natural GOP"

    Mike Bloomberg on Education : Apr 1, 2013
    Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin

    On Faith-Based Science: "It boggles the mind that nearly two centuries after Darwin, and 80 years after John Scopes was put on trial, this country is still debating the validity of evolution."

    Today, we are seeing hundreds of years of scientific discovery being challenged by people who simply disregard facts that don't happen to agree with their agendas. Some call it "pseudo-science," others call it "faith-based science," but when you notice where this negligence tends to take place, you might as well call it "political science."

    "It's scary in this country, it's probably because of our bad educational system, but the percentage of people that believe in Creationalism is really scary for a country that's going to have to compete in the world where science and medicine require a better understanding."

    Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Quotation cited during 2013 campaign on

    Barack Obama on Budget & Economy : Feb 12, 2013
    Uphold full faith & credit of US; keep government open

    I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won't be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let's set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let's do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let's agree, right here, right now, to keep the people's government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.
    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2013 State of the Union Address

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    Marco Rubio on Families & Children : Feb 12, 2013
    Answers lie with family and our faith, not politicians

    In the short time I've been here in Washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices like the ones the President laid out tonight.

    We don't have to raise taxes to avoid the President's devastating cuts to our military. Republicans have passed a plan that replaces these cuts with responsible spending reforms.

    In order to balance our budget, the choice doesn't have to be either higher taxes or dramatic benefit cuts for those in need. Instead we should grow our economy so that we create new taxpayers, not new taxes, and so our government can afford to help those who truly cannot help themselves.

    And the truth is every problem can't be solved by government. Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians.

    Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: GOP Response to 2013 State of the Union Address

    Paul Ryan on Abortion : Oct 11, 2012
    Private & public life inseparable on faith & life issues

    Q: What role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion?

    RYAN: I don't see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, about how to make sure that people have a chance in life. Now, you want to ask basically why I'm pro-life? It's not simply because of my Catholic faith. That's a factor, but it's also because of reason and science. I believe that life begins at conception. Now, I understand this is a difficult issue. And I respect people who don't agree with me on this. But the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

    Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 Vice Presidential debate

    Mitt Romney on Families & Children : Aug 28, 2012
    No "storybook marriage"; just family & faith

    I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a "storybook marriage." Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.

    A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage. I know this good and decent man for what he is--warm and loving and patient.

    He has tried to live his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one's fellow man. From the time we were first married, I've seen him spend countless hours helping others, and been there when late-night calls of panic came from a member of our church whose child had been taken to the hospital.

    You may not agree with Mitt's positions on issues or his politics. But let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next President: No one will work harder. No one will care more.

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Ann Romney's 2012 Republican National Convention speech

    Paul Ryan on Welfare & Poverty : Aug 11, 2012
    Subsidize and deregulate our wealth of faith based charities

    Many believe the social fabric of this nation is tattered beyond recognition. We must replace moral squalor with both public decency and private civility. I believe we can begin this process of renewal by relieving the tax burden on our families and by supporting, through subsidy and deregulation, our wealth of faith based charities. We can help restore good citizenship be freeing up individuals to become good citizens.
    Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website,, "Issues"

    Marco Rubio on Abortion : Jun 19, 2012
    Expand birth control exemption for faith-based organizations

    Rubio declared, "The federal government does not have the power to force religious organizations to pay for things that that organization doesn't believe in."

    The insurance requirement, part of the sweeping Affordable Care Act that had earned Obama such disdain among tea partiers, allowed narrow exemptions for churches but not other faith-based organizations such as universities or hospitals. Many states have similar laws, and the vast majority of health plans cover birth control. But the issue became a furious election-year fight, and Rubio its most high-profile combatant. "This is not about women's rights or contraception; this is about the religious liberties that our country has always cherished." "At the end of the day, it's about the fact that now the federal government has the power to force a religion to pay for something the religion teaches is wrong." Rubio's legislation, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, would expand exemptions for faith-based organizations.

    Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.177-178

    Ben Carson on Education : May 8, 2012
    Evolution and creationism both require faith

    An unusual controversy has erupted at Emory University over the choice of famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson to deliver this year's commencement address because he does not believe in evolution. Nearly 500 professors, student and alumni signed a letter expressing concern that Carson, as a 7th Day Adventist, believes in creationist theory that holds that all life on Earth was created by God about 6,000 years ago. It rejects Darwin's theory of evolution, which is the central principle that animates modern biology, and which virtually all modern scientists agree is true. The letter's authors are not seeking to have Carson disinvited. Instead, they say it was written to raise concerns about his anti-scientific views.

    Carson has spoken publicly about his views on evolution and creationism, once telling a convention of the National Science Teachers: "Evolution and creationism both require faith. It's just a matter of where you choose to place that faith."

    Click for Ben Carson on other issues.   Source: Wash.Post "Creationist views": on 2016 Presidential hopefuls

    Paul Ryan on Budget & Economy : Apr 27, 2012
    Bishops deny Ryan's "use of Catholic faith" as budget guide

    In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Ryan, the author of the House Republican budget endorsed by Mitt Romney, said his program was crafted "using my Catholic faith" as inspiration. But the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was not about to bless that claim.

    A week after Ryan's boast, the bishops sent letters to Congress saying that the Ryan budget, passed by the House, "fails to meet" the moral criteria of the Church, namely its view that any budget should help "the least of these" as the Christian Bible requires: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the jobless. "A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons," the bishops wrote. In fact, Ryan would cut spending on the least of these by about $5 trillion over 10 years--from Medicaid, food stamps, welfare and the like.

    Ryan didn't turn the other cheek, saying, "The work I do as a Catholic holding office conforms to the social doctrine as best I can make of it.

    Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: Dana Milbank in Washington Post, "Faith-based"

    Tim Kaine on Families & Children : Feb 10, 2012
    Pushed faith-based agencies into letting gays adopt kids

    In a monumental victory for religious liberty the state Senate on Thursday passed SB 349, a bill that protects private child placement agencies in Virginia from being forced to violate their faith principles when placing children. The Senate passed the legislation 22-18. The House passed an identical bill last week.

    Patroned by Senator Jeff McWaters (R-8, Virginia Beach), the bill protects the organizations and agencies that facilitate the majority of child placements in Virginia, helping hundreds of children and families every year. The bill was necessitated after an effort by homosexual rights groups and former Governor Tim Kaine to coerce faith-based agencies into adopting children to homosexual individuals regardless of those agencies faith principles.

    Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source:, "Religious Liberty Victory"

    Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Feb 10, 2012
    Path to conservatism came from family, faith, & life's work

    My path to conservatism came from my family, my faith, and my life's work. I was raised in a home shaped by and rooted in conservative values. My grandfather came to America from England. As a teenager, he was alone in a new country, but he risked it all for a chance at religious liberty and economic opportunity.

    My father was born to American parents living in Mexico. When he was five, they moved back to the United States. His dad was a builder who went bust more than once. My Dad grew up poor and never had a chance to finish his college degree. But he believed in a country where the circumstances of one's birth were not a barrier to achievement.

    The values that allowed my parents to achieve their dreams are the same values they instilled in my siblings and me. Those aren't values I just talk about; they are values that I live every day. My 42-year marriage to my wife, Ann; the life we've built with our five sons; and the faith that sustains us--these conservative constants have shaped my life.

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference

    Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Jan 1, 2012
    OpEd: Faith informs his political and social positions

    One wonders what would happen if Romney were to take the opposite approach, if he were to transparently speak from his heart and argue that it is in fact the values of his Mormon faith that inform and enrich his political and social positions. Yes, he is the "business and economic expert," but he has also been shaped by the family values of his LDS forebears.

    One Romney supporter said, "What you are suggesting would be political suicide." I beg to differ. If Romney does not throw off the advice of his political handlers and begin to speak straight from his heart concerning his Mormon faith, especially to Evangelical Christians, it is doubtful he will become the 45th president.

    I would argue that the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon is not his great problem, Romney is his own biggest problem when he makes naive statements like, "Voters don't care what religion I have." Voters do care that he is a practicing Mormon, and they want to know how his Mormonism will shape and affect his presidency.

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney, by A. Jackson, p.199-200

    Rick Santorum on Principles & Values : Jun 13, 2011
    Govern via both faith & reason

    Q: I'm wondering what your definition of the separation of church and state is?

    PAWLENTY: Well, the protections between the separation of church and state were designed to protect people of faith from government, not government from people of faith.

    Q: How will that affect your decision-making?

    SANTORUM: I'm someone who believes that you approach issues using faith and reason. And if your faith is pure and your reason is right, they'll end up in the same place. I think the key to the success of this country, how we all live together, is because we are a very diverse country. We allow everybody, people of faith and no faith, to come in and make their claims in the public square, to be heard, have those arguments, and not to say because you're no a person of faith, you need to stay out, because you have strong faith convictions, your opinion is invalid. Just the opposite--we get along because we know that we--all of our ideas are allowed in and tolerated. That's what makes America work.

    Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH

    Sarah Palin on Civil Rights : Nov 23, 2010
    America follows faith in how we treat special needs kids

    What our culture does when it translates religious values into secular terms and applies them to useful ends isn't about brainwashing or converting--quite the opposite. It's a way of conferring a rich moral heritage while respecting everyone's religious freedom.

    All the great religions call on us to follow the Golden Rule: to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. One of the best ways America follows this faith in a secular way is in the treatment we give to individuals with special needs. Without so much as mentioning religion, we strive to treat these most vulnerable members of our society the way we ourselves would like to be treated.

    We could always do more, but America says a lot about itself in the way we support these amazing families. Not just with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, but in our private lives; in countless individual gestures in countless communities, our faith-rooted values are put to work to help special kids and adults.

    Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 240-241

    Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty : Nov 23, 2010
    My faith would inform my presidency

    Kennedy's famous speech [on Catholicism in 1960] is actually quite different from the way it is often described. Instead of reconciling his religious identity with his role in public life, Kennedy entirely separated the two.

    In the 2008 Republican primary, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's Mormon faith was likewise perceived as an issue by some voters. Claiming that many would be reluctant to pull the lever for a person of his beliefs, some pundits and political advisors urged him to "do a JFK." Just give a speech, they told him, and reassure voters that your faith will have nothing to do with your presidency. Instead, he gave a thoughtful speech that eloquently and correctly described the role of faith in American public life.

    Unlike JFK, Romney declared that our religious liberty is "fundamental to America's greatness." And he spoke openly of "how my faith would inform my presidency, if elected."

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.184-185

    Bobby Jindal on Education : Nov 15, 2010
    Tap faith-based groups to run charter schools

    The New Orleans charter school system in not perfect. Initially, Louisiana law dictated that charter schools should not "be supported by or affiliated with and religion or religious organization or institution." This was unnecessarily restrictive, because federal laws already prevent publicly funded schools from engaging in religious discrimination or conducting religious instruction. But there is no reason why we shouldn't tap the expertise of churches and faith-based groups to help us reform and enhance our education system. As governor, I have worked to eliminate restrictions that have shut these groups out.

    The key to success in charter schools is getting parents and the community involved, so we've tried to make parental involvement as easy as possible. We've also empowered teachers with a new law allowing a traditional school to become a charter school by a simple faculty vote

    Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p. 74

    Bobby Jindal on Environment : Nov 15, 2010
    Faith-based groups moved faster than feds during Katrina

    A sheriff in my district had called federal offices to ask for Katrina assistance and was told he would have to email his request. The bureaucrat was just following procedure, you see, to have a record of the request. When the sheriff mentioned that he, like the rest of his town, had no electricity, the bureaucrat suggested he call someone who could email the details--and be sure to include the part about not being able to email in the email. Almost every other official around the table told a similar story of the red tape maze.

    In many cases, charities, faith-based groups, and not-for-profit organizations move faster and are more flexible than federal programs. Don't get me wrong--there is a role for government, which has to build those levees and otherwise ensure our basic safety. And we must acknowledge that the National Guard responded to Katrina with stunning courage, as did the Coast Guard, which is estimated to have rescues 33,000 people. But FEMA's centralized model simply didn't work.

    Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.122-124

    Bobby Jindal on Principles & Values : Nov 15, 2010
    Elite harbor condescending view of people of faith

    Having attended Brown University, studied at Oxford, and served in the highest levels of government, I have spent a great deal of time interacting with folks who would be classified as our country's "elites." I've found many of these folks, who predominately reside in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor, harbor a condescending view of people of faith.

    To this day, it surprises me how little the national press understands about faith. When I was serving in Washington, I had lunch with a well-known reporter. Before we ate she saw me bow my head and say grace, ever so briefly mind you. She immediately asked me if everything was okay. She was startled and fascinated by what I had done. And the fact that it startled her startled me. She was not rude or condescending. She just didn't have any frame of reference for a person who would say grace in a public restaurant before lunch. But some of our top national reporters ARE condescending, & it goes beyond matters of faith.

    Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p. 33-34

    John Kasich on Principles & Values : Jun 15, 2010
    Biblical manifesto: old law is gone; have faith in God

      [My pastor] broke it down for us with a neat little checklist, culled from Romans, chapter 12:
    1. Dedicate yourself to clean and active Christian living
    2. Have your values, goals, and interests adjusted to the will of God, rather than to what society promotes
    3. Exhibit humility, produced by faith
    4. Use your abilities in a gracious manner for the good of all
    5. Develop a strong distaste within yourself for whatever you know to be wrong, and hold tenaciously to whatever you know to be right and good
    6. Care deeply about the welfare of others
    7. Serve God
    8. Hang in there in unpleasant, difficult times
    9. Be generous and friendly
    10. Be good to persons who treat you badly
    11. Identify with other people's circumstances
    12. Be humble, and associate with humble people
    13. Don't retaliate
    14. Be agreeable, not argumentative.
    I look at Romans, and it's like a manifesto. It says the old law is gone. It says that Christ is the sacrifice for all time and for those who have faith in God.
    Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.136&146

    John Kasich on Principles & Values : Jun 15, 2010
    Learned faith via pastor dying of cancer

    My pastor was dying of cancer. I was in my late 20s. His name was Father Joseph Farina, and he happened to be in Columbus, so he came to visit me. He was in great pain. I asked him if he was taking any medication to ease his suffering, and he said he was not. He said, "This is the trial God has placed before me."

    His faith made a big impression, because it was the first time I'd seen such conviction on full display. I'd heard about this type of thing. I'd read about it. And here it was, in all its splendor & glory. Here was this man, with a great mind, finding peace and comfort and surety in knowing that his pain was merely a trial he was meant to endure. And knowing full well that he would endure it. It opened my eyes, and the scales fell from them. It was shocking. Amazing. And ultimately transformative.

    Still, that kind of faith was elusive to me then. I drifted away from religion as a young adult. Then I looked up one day, and there was a huge hole in my life where God & religion had been

    Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p. 29

    John Kasich on Principles & Values : Jun 15, 2010
    Living life of faith can be a liberating thing

    Faith. It's at the core of every discussion we have in the Bible study group. But what does it really mean? Where does it get us in the end? We talk all the time about men of great faith, men like Moses and Abraham, Paul and the Apostles. We want to know what these stories mean, what it meant in biblical times to live a life of faith, and what it means today.

    Lately, what we've come up with is this: when you live a life of faith, it can be a liberating thing. Faith is a freeing principle. We tend to think of these memorable, transformative characters in the Bible as having special powers, but we don't really know that. We just know that they were men and women of great faith. And we also know this: faith enables you to hold on loosely without letting go.

    Faith reminds us that the first innings of this ball game will be played out here on earth, but we'll finish the game in the next life. We can go at it with some perspective, knowing that the whole game doesn't play out here.

    Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.126-127

    John Kasich on Technology : Jun 15, 2010
    Faith matters, but so does building up expertise

    [In the Bible], David was a shepherd, and that's not as easy job. This back-breaking, painstaking work prepared himself for his fight against Goliath.

    Nobody knew how prepared he was. In fact, David didn't know it himself, but he had faith. When he showed up, everybody laughed. They underestimated him. And the Saul insisted that David wear his armor, but he couldn't move swiftly or freely beneath the weight of it. David stood his ground and said, "Let me do my thing." And he did. He slew Goliath. He showed no fear. He was ready, because he'd put in the hours. It's like what Malcolm Gladwell writes in his great book "Outsiders". He says everybody who is an expert has to put in ten thousand hours building up his or her expertise. Well, David did just that. He put in his time, and God blessed his work, and it brought about a great change. He was not without flaws, of course, but he was a man after God's heart, if you will.

    Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Every Other Monday, by John Kasich, p.128-129

    Jeb Bush on Social Security : Dec 11, 2009
    Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies

    The Bush social services reform program [was] designed, in large part, to enable private companies, nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations to provide services that had traditionally been provided by the state: economic benefits to low-income citizens, protective services to children at risk of harm, community services to people who suffered from developmental disabilities, and medical services to poor citizens.

    The larger issue regarding the faith-based initiative was that virtually no effort was made to evaluate the activities of the organizations that received public money or to compare their costs and quality of service with those of other service providers. Analysis was impossible and as a consequence the state knows very little about the relative advantages and disadvantages of using faith-based organizations to deliver public services.

    Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p.144-6

    Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty : Dec 11, 2009
    Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board

    Governor Bush embraced with greater enthusiasm the use of religious organizations to take over activities traditionally provided by governmental agencies. Florida has a long history of working with religious based organizations to provide social services to disadvantaged citizens.

    To pursue his strategy, Bush created in the Office of the Governor a Faith-Based Advisory Board designed to mobilize additional religious organizations and to encourage their participation in his efforts to make nongovernmental organizations the primary mechanism for delivering public services in Florida. The board also provided direction to state agencies in their use of religious organizations in their work and technical assistance to the organizations in securing grant funds from both the federal and state governments. Bush also required state agencies to create official positions--called faith-based liaisons--to help eliminate internal obstacles to the receipt of funding for religious groups.

    Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 34

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Nov 18, 2008
    Faith voters flocked to me because GOP left them

    In the 2008 election cycles, the faith voters (often incorrectly dubbed the "evangelical voter," although many of these voters are Catholic, Jewish, or even nonreligious, but still committed to traditional concepts of marriage, respect for human life, family & community involvement) were forced out of their political homes.

    Had it not been for the homelessness of these valued voters and their fervor, my campaign would not have lasted through the summer of 2007. Because of them, we almost won the nomination and did it on money that wouldn't win a Senate race in some states.

    This vast army of displaced political refugees felt abandoned not only by the priesthood of the Republican party but also by those they had once looked to provide the balance if not a direct challenge to those in the party who would prefer that the "value voters" be seen on election day but not necessarily heard. In short, many of their leaders left them.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 46-47

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Nov 18, 2008
    GOP puts faith in individual; Dems put faith in government

    Even as a young man, I realized that Democrats and Republicans view the worked through different lenses. Democrats focus on government, and we focus on the individual. Democrats put their faith in government, and we put our faith in people. Democrats give government more control over our lives, and we give individuals more control over their own destinies.

    We've been successful because we've stuck to our platform of fiscal and social conservatism. We got in trouble in the 2006 midterm elections not because the voters rejected that platform, but because our own Republican officeholders did. Many of the party's longtime supporters were turned off by Washington's incompetence in handling Iraq and Katrina, its corruption, and its profligate spending. Having lost our reputation as competent managers and fiscal conservatives, we can't afford to lose our credibility as social conservatives as well. If we do, they will point to us and say, "The Emperor has no clothes," and deservedly so.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 8

    Sarah Palin on Government Reform : Oct 1, 2008
    No state-mandated religion, but public faith is ok

    Q: Thomas Jefferson wrote about the First Amendment, building a wall of separation between church and state. Why do you think that’s so important?

    A: His intention in expressing that was so that government did not mandate a religion on people. And Thomas Jefferson also said never underestimate the wisdom of the people. And the wisdom of the people, I think in this issue is that people have the right and the ability and the desire to express their own religious views, be it a very personal level, which is why I choose to express my faith, or in a more public forum. And the wisdom of the people, thankfully, engrained in the foundation of our country, is so extremely important. And Thomas Jefferson wanted to protect that.

    Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric

    Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Aug 27, 2008
    Have faith in God, in our country, and in each other

    We are Americans. We’re not big on quitting. But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president. We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance. I want you to think about your children and grandchildren come election day. And think about the choices your parents and grandparents made that had such a big impact on your life and on the life of our nation. We’ve got to ensure that the choice we make in this election honors the sacrifices of all who came before us, and will fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope. That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great--and no ceiling too high--for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, have faith in God, in our country, and in each other.
    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention

    Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Apr 16, 2008
    I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith

    CLINTON: [about Obama’s comment that people in small towns get bitter and they cling to guns & religion]: I think that is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of faith in times that are good and times that are bad. And I similarly don’t think that people cling to their traditions, like hunting and guns, when they are frustrated with the government. I just don’t believe that’s how people live their lives.

    OBAMA: Hillary has been saying I’m elitist, out of touch, condescending. Let me be absolutely clear. It would be pretty hard for me to be condescending towards people of faith, since I’m a person of faith and have done more than most other campaigns in reaching out specifically to people of faith, and have written about how Democrats make an error when they don’t show up and speak directly to people’s faith. The same is true with respect to gun owners. I have large numbers of sportsmen and gun owners in my home state, and they have supported me precisely because I have listened to them.

    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary

    Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Apr 16, 2008
    Faith is not just something to cling to in hard times

    Q: [to Obama]: You said people in small towns get bitter, and they cling to guns & religion. Now, you’ve said you misspoke?

    OBAMA: I meant: People are going through very difficult times right now. When people feel like Washington’s not listening to them, then politically they end up focusing on those things that are constant, like religion. They end up being much more concerned about votes around things like guns, where traditions have been passed on.

    CLINTON: I am the granddaughter of a factory worker from the Scranton lace mills, who was also very active in the Court Street Methodist Church. I don’t believe that my grandfather clung to religion when Washington is not listening to them. I think that is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of faith in times that are good and times that are bad. And I similarly don’t think that people cling to their traditions, like hunting and guns, when they are frustrated with the government. I just don’t believe that’s how people live their lives.

    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary

    Barack Obama on Education : Apr 13, 2008
    Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith

    Q: If one of your daughters asked you, “Daddy, did God really create the world in 6 days?” What would you say?

    A: What I believe is that God created the universe, and that the 6 days in the Bible may not be 6 days as we understand it. My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth, that is fundamentally true. Now whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible, that I don’t presume to know. But one last point--I do believe in evolution. I don’t think that is incompatible with Christian faith. Just as I don’t think science generally is incompatible with Christian faith. There are those who suggest that if you have a scientific bent of mind, then somehow you should reject religion. And I fundamentally disagree with that. In fact, the more I learn about the world, the more I know about science, the more I’m amazed about the mystery of this planet and this universe. And it strengthens my faith as opposed to weakens it.

    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

    Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Apr 13, 2008
    Faith sustains us in bitter times; faith isn’t bitterness

    Q: You have written of how faith sustained you in bitter times, as have many people of faith.

    A: I believe people are people of faith because it is part of their whole being; it is what gives them meaning in life, through good times and bad times. It is there as a spur, an anchor, to center one in the storms, but also to guide one forward in the day-to-day living that is part of everyone’s journey.

    Q: You have been extremely critical of Senator Obama’s recent comments in which he argued that som economically hard-pressed Americans have “gotten bitter and cling to guns or religion.”

    A: Well, he will have to speak for himself. Those comments do seem elitist, out of touch and, frankly, patronizing. That has nothing to do with him being a good man or a man of faith. We had two very good men and men of faith run for president in 2000 and 2004. But large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand or relate to or frankly respect their ways of life.

    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

    Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty : Apr 13, 2008
    Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help

    Q: In the faith community, we want a new commitment around a measurable goal, something like cutting poverty in half in 10 years. Would you commit to such a goal?

    A: I absolutely will make that commitment. I make that commitment with humility because we’ve got a lot of work to do economically in this country to bring about a more just and fair economy. It starts with recognizing the wages for average families have gone down during the most recent economic expansion. That’s never happened before. We’ve got to shore up the mortgage market. We’re going to have to change our tax code. It is a moral imperative to provide health care to every single American. And invest in early childhood education. Many of these can be part of faith-based initiatives I want to keep the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives open, but I want to make sure that its mission is clear. Faith-based initiatives should be targeted specifically at the issue of poverty and how to lift people up.

    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

    Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Feb 21, 2008
    Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age

    I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed and called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted. That’s what gets me up in the morning. That’s what motivates me in this campaign. I am honored to be here with Obama. I am absolutely honored. Whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. We have strong support from our families & our friends. I hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people.
    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Feb 7, 2008
    American’s greatness is because we’re rooted in our faith

    I realize it is not politically correct to say what I am about to say. But I have believed it since I was a teenager so I will not going to recant it now.

    The reason that America is a great nation is because America is a special nation. And the reason America is a special nation is because it was founded by people who were first on their knees before they were on their feet. We are a nation rooted in our faith.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 24, 2008
    Ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith

    We ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith. I don’t feel like a person has to share my faith to share my love of this country. If a person hates me because of my faith, I’m not sure if they understand what it means to truly be an American, where we can live with each other no matter how different our faith is. Faith has been an important part of who this country is. Most Americans believe in God. If you want a president that doesn’t, you’ll have to pick somebody else.
    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 24, 2008
    People should deal with the use of faith in my campaign

    Q: A Bush administration official said that, quote, your use of faith in your campaign gave him a “queasy feeling.” Your response?

    A: I would say that would be his problem, not mine. My faith does not give me a queasy feeling; it gives me a solid core from which I’m able to live every day. I don’t wake up every day and have to look at a poll to decide what I believe. My faith grounds me. It gives me some sense of direction and purpose. I don’t try to impose it on other people, and I certainly would never use the auspices of government to try to push my faith. But for me to run from it? Impossible. It’s who I am. If it gives some people a queasy feeling, then they’ll have to deal with it. The fact is, this country has always been a country where people were able to respect people who had faith.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida

    Newt Gingrich on Crime : Dec 18, 2007
    Supports Prison Fellowship InnerChange Freedom Initiative

    The Prison Fellowship program creates a faith-based center of commitment and activity aimed at changing the prisoner's outlook on life. Its results have been impressive. The graduates of Prison Fellowship's InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) in Texas found that they were two times less likely to be rearrested.

    You don't have to believe in the power of faith to appreciate the benefits IFI provides to the community: fewer victims, safer neighborhoods, reduced court cases, and fewer prisoners.

    Many government officials find a faith-based solution unacceptable. They would rather have people commit more crimes and do more prison time than risk changing their lives with a faith-based approach.

    Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Real Change, by Newt Gingrich, p.214-216

    Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Dec 16, 2007
    Ok to appoint atheists or agnostics--no litmus test of faith

    Q: If you determined that the most qualified person for the Supreme Court or for attorney general or secretary of education happened to be an atheist or an agnostic, would that prevent you from appointing them?

    A: Of course not. You look at individuals based upon their skills and their ability, their values, their intelligence. And there are many who are agnostic or atheist or who have very different beliefs about the nature of the divine than I do, and, and you evaluate them based on their skills. But I can tell you that I myself am a person of faith and respect the sense of the common bond of humanity that comes from that fundamental belief.

    Q: But there’d be no litmus test?

    A: No, no. There’s no litmus test of that nature.

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Dec 9, 2007
    Judge Romney, & any candidate, by record, not by faith

    Q: Mitt Romney talked about his faith this week, and one columnist accused you of seeming to take the high road by refusing to declare Mormonism a cult, while making sure everyone knows that you are a Christian leader. Are you exploiting religious differences for political gain?

    A: I’ve not tried to say anything about Mitt Romney or anybody else. I’m happy to talk about my faith, but I’m not going to evaluate someone else’s. In fact, if people will look through the record, they’ll see me defending Hillary Clinton and her faith in this campaign--when asked to make a comment when she had talked about her Methodist faith, I defended her, saying I have no reason to doubt her sincerity. I’ve done the same thing with Mitt Romney and the same thing I’ve done with any other candidate.

    Q: Do you think it’s intolerant for voters to consider the tenets of Mormonism in judging Mitt Romney?

    A: I do think that’s inappropriate. I think people should judge Mitt Romney on his record.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 “Choosing the President” interviews

    Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty : Dec 1, 2007
    Partner with faith based community in empowerment zones

    Q: What leadership would you take to ensure that young people and Latino and Black communities not only have access to capital but to ensure that economic development is more inclusive of black and brown youth?

    A: In New York City we have seen the transformation of Harlem from a combination of government action creating an empowerment zone, the private sector coming in to take advantage of that and an explosion of entrepreneurial dynamism. We’ve also seen the faith based community like Abyssinians & others that have been partners with it and of course we’ve seen a lot of hip hop participants and leaders taking advantage of that. So we need this partnership. We need this partnership between the public and private sector and the not-for-profit and faith-based sector. And we need to make sure that young people have a particular stake in what we are going to present. That’s what I’ve worked on in NYC and in upstate NY and I intend to put that to work when I’m president.

    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

    Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty : Oct 25, 2007
    No faith-based initiative; it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it

    Biden expressed reservations about President Bush’s faith-based initiative in 2001, commenting, “They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and I’m not sure we’re not going to break something that’s already fixed.” In 2004, Biden co-sponsored the Second Chance Act; the bill, which still hasn’t passed in the Senate, would, among other things, provide $15 million in federal grants to community and faith-based groups that help former prison inmates.
    Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

    Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Sep 13, 2007
    Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square

    Q: We’ve heard a lot of talk about Democrats courting the Christian evangelical vote. But there are no commandments saying do not rape, do not torture, or do not commit incest.

    A: Yes, there are some inconsistencies and hypocrisy of people who mix religion and politics sometimes. I have said it’s important for Democrats to reach out to the faith community, and the reason is because 90% of Americans believe in God. It’s a source of values. It’s a source of their moral compass. And I know it’s a source of strength for me and my family. I think it’s important for us not to presume that faith has no part in the public square. Look at Martin Luther King, the abolitionists, the suffragettes. We have a long history of reform movements being grounded in that sense often religiously expressed that we have to extend beyond ourselves and our individual immediate self-interests to think about something larger.

    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Huffington Post Mash-Up: 2007 Democratic on-line debate

    Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Aug 31, 2007
    Americans want person of faith as president, whatever brand

    One by one the other presidential campaigns have committed “accidental” attacks on Romney’s religion. The presidential candidates were all quick to apologize for the actions of their campaign workers. In each case the candidates expressed regret and disappointment as they disavowed any attacks on religion. All stressed that they disavowed any attacks on religion. All stressed that they wanted to run a clean campaign that would not tolerate bigotry.

    Gov. Romney accepted the apologies, saying, “Clearly, any derogatory comments about anyone’s faith--those comments are troubling. The fact they keep on coming up is even more troubling.”

    It’s not all negative, however. At an early campaign stop a man in the audience challenged Romney directly, telling him that he would surely go to hell. The crowd groaned, then booed the man. Romney responded with what has become his signature comment on religion. “I believe Americans want a person of faith to lead the country. It doesn’t matter what brand.”

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: The Man, His Values, & His Vision, p. 93-95

    Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Aug 26, 2007
    Active in the Trinity faith community

    Obama has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, a Protestant Church in Chicago, for over 20 years. He, his wife Michelle & his daughters are active in the Trinity faith community.

    Obama’s faith shapes his values, as it does for millions of Americans. As he said in a recent speech on faith and politics:

    Our values should express themselves not just through our churches or synagogues, temples or mosques; they should express themselves through our government. Because whether it’s poverty or racism, the uninsured or the unemployed, war or peace, the challenges we face today are not simply technical problems in search of the perfect ten-point plan. They are moral problems, rooted in both societal indifference and individual callousness--in the imperfections of man. And so long as we’re not doing everything in our personal and collective power to solve them, we know the conscience of our nation cannot rest.
    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, “Flyers”

    Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty : Aug 26, 2007
    Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service

    Obama has a record of engaging people of faith on all aspects of his public service. His first job out of college was bringing churches together to help address the poorest Chicago neighborhoods’ pressing problems. After Hurricane Katrina, Obama united relief organizations and churches to discuss rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Obama also passed legislation that saved tithing from bankruptcy courts.

    In June of 2006, Obama delivered what a Washington Post columnist called perhaps the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years. Speaking before an evangelical audience, Senator Obama candidly discussed his own Christian faith and the need for a deeper, more substantive conversation about the role of faith in American life.

    In December of 2006, Obama joined Pastor Rick Warren to discuss moral leadership and Global AIDS. And in June of 2007, Obama challenged Americans to come together around a ‘Politics of Conscience’ to move our nation forward.

    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, “Flyers”

    Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Aug 19, 2007
    I believe in prayer; I’m dependent on my faith

    Q: Do you believe that, through the power of prayer, disasters like Hurricane Katrina could have been prevented or lessened?

    A: I don’t pretend to understand the wisdom and the power of God. I do believe in prayer. And I have relied on prayer consistently throughout my life. I like to say that, if I had not been a praying person before I got to the White House, after having been there for just a few days I would’ve become one. So I am very dependent on my faith, & prayer is a big part of that

    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic primary debate on “This Week”

    Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Jul 18, 2007
    Endured Monicagate through faith and inward spirituality

    [In 1968, with regards to revelations of Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky,] the strange press release from the first lady’s office referred to her husband in a political as well as a personal way, saying that she “is committed to her marriage and believes in this president and loves him very much.”

    Nonetheless, she turned inward. Her press secretary stated, “Clearly this is not the best day in Mrs. Clinton’s life. This is a time she relies on her strong religious faith.” Hillary elaborated, announcing, “I’m not sure I would have gotten through it without my faith.”

    There were in fact spiritual sources that Hillary tapped at this time, taking guidance from certain ministers. One such was civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: God and Hillary Clinton, by Paul Kengor, p.168-170

    Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : May 3, 2007
    Every person of any faith has deeply-held values

    Q: You criticized Gov. Romney for saying his faith wouldn’t get in the way of his governing.

    HUCKABEE: I never criticized Gov. Romney for that. When a person says, “My faith doesn’t affect my decision-making,” that the person is saying their faith is not significant to impact their decision process. I tell people up front, “My faith does affect my decision process.”

    Q: But you answered a question on Feb. 11 about Romney in this way: “I’m troubled by a person who tells me their faith doesn’t influence their decisions.“

    HUCKABEE: A person’s faith shouldn’t qualify or disqualify for public office. But we ought to be honest and open about it.

    Q: Gov. Romney, do you accept that he wasn’t talking about you?

    ROMNEY: Everyone who’s a person of faith has values that are deeply held. That’s what makes America such a powerful land: that comes from being a people of faith, but not people of a particular church or a particular synagogue. Rather, the great values we share are American values.

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : May 3, 2007
    My faith does affect my decision process; it explains me

    Q: You criticized Gov. Romney for saying his faith wouldn’t get in the way of his public life, his governing.

    A: I never criticized Gov. Romney for that. I said, in general, that when a person says, “My faith doesn’t affect my decision-making,” I would say that the person is saying their faith is not significant to impact their decision process. I tell people up front, “My faith does affect my decision process.” It explains me. No apology for that.

    Q: But you answered a question on Feb. 11 about Romney in this way: “I’m not as troubled by a person who has a different faith. I’m troubled by a person who tells me their faith doesn’t influence their decisions.” Why are you changing that point of view now?

    A: Well, I didn’t know I was changing the point of view. I want to state very clearly: A person’s faith shouldn’t qualify or disqualify for public office. But we ought to be honest and open about it. And I think it does help explain who we are, what our value systems are, what makes us tick.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC

    Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 7, 2007
    OpEd: Faith & heritage tied in personal passion for God

    Condoleezza's impenetrable strength, mysterious balance, and unshakable temperament are all evidence of three defining characteristics--a faith that runs deep in her heritage, a personal passion for God that runs thick through her veins, and moral convictions that are by-products of both.

    To know and appreciate the faith of Condoleezza Rice, no matter what your religious preference, you must learn about hers. To understand her passion for peace, you must become personally familiar with the chaotic state of the nation in which she was born. To fully grasp her heart and what has motivated her to exceed the limited expectations that enslaved both her race and her gender for hundreds of generations before her, you must examine her roots. To taste the inspiration for democracy that flows like a river from her heart, you must learn what it is that feeds her soul.

    Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by L. Montgomery, p. 15-16

    Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 7, 2007
    Baptized by her father at Westminster Presbyterian Church

    Like many babies born into a faith-based home and specifically in the Presbyterian denomination, Condi was dedicated and baptized by her father at an early age in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. The family continued to live in the back of the church until the congregation contracted to have a modest parsonage on the corner of Center Way South West and Ninth Terrace in Birmingham built when Condi was barely 2. The home was in a middle-class, predominantly black area of town just a few blocks from the church and would serve nicely for the years to come.
    Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by Leslie Montgomery, p. 35-6

    Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 7, 2007
    Legislating morality is browbeating about faith

    I worry a lot about the government and the church. I worry a lot about trying to legislative morality. A friend of mind said, 'You can't legislate love. You can't legislate values.' I worry a lot that what we have done is to sound judgmental and exclusive in the way that we talk to people about the role of our faith in what we do. Whatever the issue, this tendency to speak in such loud and judgmental tones has really hurt the message that we're trying to deliver. In fact, what's very interesting to me is that if you think about the way that Christ tried to meet those who did not believe, it was quite opposite. He didn't shout at them. He tried to meet them where they were. And he met every person in a different place with a different way of dealing with it. Shouting at people and judging them and browbeating them can't be the right way to open up the possibilities of faith to them."
    Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by L. Montgomery, p.202-203

    Jeb Bush on Abortion : Feb 15, 2007
    Created divisive "Choose Life" license plates

    Jeb injected religion into state government at seemingly every opportunity. He insisted that religious schools be allowed to take state money in the form of tuition vouchers, even though the Florida constitution prohibited the practice. He signed into law a divisive "Choose Life" Florida license plate that helps antiabortion groups raise money. He used state money to set up so-called "faith-based" prisons. He pushed through money to let his office fund antiabortion billboards along state highways.
    Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date, p.294-295

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 28, 2007
    Ordained Baptist minister; I make no apology for my faith

    Q: You are an ordained Baptist minister.

    A: Yes.

    Q: I want to ask you about something you said earlier in your political career: “Huckabee explained why he left pastoring for politics. ‘I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.’” Would you, as president, consider America a Christian nation and try to lead into a situation as being a more Christian nation?

    A: I think it’s dangerous to say that we are a nation that ought to be pushed into a Christian faith by its leaders. However, I make no apology for my faith. My faith explains me. We are a nation of faith. It doesn’t necessarily have to be mine. But we are a nation that believes that faith is an important part of describing who we are, and our generosity, and our sense of optimism and hope. That does describe me.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 28, 2007
    People of faith feel responsible for God’s world

    Q: Earlier in your political career, you said, “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.” You say now “My faith explains me”.

    A: I’m appalled when someone says, “Tell me about your faith,” and they say, “Oh, my faith doesn’t influence my public policy.” Because when someone says that, it’s as if they’re saying, “My faith is not so consequential that it affects me.” Well, truthfully my faith does affect me.

    Q: But when you say “take this nation back for Christ,” what does that say to Jews, Muslims, agnostics, atheists?

    A: I’d probably phrase it a little differently today. I don’t want to make people think that I’m going to replace the Capitol dome with a steeple. What it does mean is that people of faith do need to exercise their sense of responsibility toward education, toward health, toward the environment. All of those issues, for me, are driven by my sense that this is a wonderful world that God’s made, we’re responsible for taking care of it.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 28, 2007
    We are a nation of faith, and we are stewards of God’s world

    Q: You said: ‘I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.’“ Would you try to lead it into being a more Christian nation?

    A: I think it’s dangerous to say that we are a nation that ought to be pushed into a Christian faith by its leaders. However, I make no apology for my faith. We are a nation of faith.

    Q: But when you said, “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ,” what does that say to Jews, Muslims, agnostics?

    A: I’d probably phrase it a little differently today. It means that people of faith need to exercise their sense of responsibility toward education, toward health, toward the environment. All of those issues, for me, are driven by my sense that this is a wonderful world that God’s made, we’re responsible for taking care of it, for being stewards of it.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

    Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty : Jan 4, 2007
    First Amendment never intended to shut out voices of faith

    The First Amendment is often used illegitimately as a way to shut out the voice of faith in the public square when it was in fact intended to do the opposite. The first Amendment declares that “Congress shall pass no law which respects the establishment” of a specific religion or prohibits the free exercise thereof. Essentially it can be defined in this simple summation: “Government is not to prohibit or prefer a particular religion or faith.” It is not the government’s role, responsibility, or its right to prohibit the expression of one’s faith.

    Those of us with faith know that government should guarantee that those expressions will not be prohibited. At the same time, we should be warned that they will not be preferred over another in some official capacity.

    The First Amendment was intended to ensure that the voice of government did not drown out the voices of faith.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p.154

    Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty : Dec 1, 2006
    Supports Charitable Choice for funding faith-based providers

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: PAC website,, “About”

    Sarah Palin on Education : Nov 3, 2006
    Faith-based materials ok in homeschooling

    Ideally, the purpose of administration is to ensure that our schools offer such choices to parents, students and teachers. Choice in public education is a relatively new idea, but is already widely implemented. We see from our experience that innovation such as charter schools, homeschools, correspondence, Montessorri, and various other alternative schools have a broad appeal to parents, students, teachers and administrators. There is still room to grow our choices to serve more families.

    I support and respect the rights of independent homeschoolers and those who partner with local and state-wide school districts. There must be equity in treatment of all homeschoolers in all programs across the state. The use of privately-purchased, faith-based materials should not be a reason for withholding funding.

    Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska

    Sarah Palin on Welfare & Poverty : Oct 22, 2006
    Funding for faith-based initiatives is adequate today

    Q: Do you support an increase in state-funded, faith-based initiatives?

    A: We see an adequate level of funding for faith-based initiatives today.

    Q: What, specifically, would you do to help make rural Alaska sustain itself economically?

    A: I support a municipal revenue sharing so local areas can prioritize their own needs. The state needs to establish a rural energy plan. Commercial fishing is a mainstay for many villages, and I oppose actions that cut off Alaskans from our fisheries.

    Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile

    Barack Obama on Abortion : Oct 1, 2006
    Extend presumption of good faith to abortion protesters

    [An abortion protester at a campaign event] handed me a pamphlet. “Mr. Obama, I know you’re a Christian, with a family of your own. So how can you support murdering babies?”

    I told him I understood his position but had to disagree with it. I explained my belief that few women made the decision to terminate a pregnancy casually; that any pregnant woman felt the full force of the moral issues involved when making that decision; that I feared a ban on abortion would force women to seek unsafe abortions, as they had once done in this country. I suggested that perhaps we could agree on ways to reduce the number of women who felt the need to have abortions in the first place.

    “I will pray for you,” the protester said. “I pray that you have a change of heart.” Neither my mind nor my heart changed that day, nor did they in the days to come. But that night, before I went to bed, I said a prayer of my own-that I might extend the same presumption of good faith to others that had been extended to me.

    Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.197-8

    Rick Santorum on Welfare & Poverty : Apr 30, 2006
    Discriminatory to NOT give money to faith-based groups

    In the Welfare reform Act of 1996, many liberal churches supported the concept of charitable choice, and it was about doing good works for the poor with the government still controlling the purse strings, but nevertheless, they were still supporting an idea that STRENGTHENED CHURCHES. It wasn't until 2001, that "armies of compassion" would be eligible for social service grants.

    What happened between the late 1990s and 2001? America had elected a president who was actually going to IMPLEMENT the 1996, 1998, and 2000 charitable choice laws.

    Liberal senators have now effectively blocked any expansion of charitable choice, claiming that it promotes discrimination. I argue that not giving money to faith-based organizations to perform social services, services that serve the common good, is the real discrimination.

    Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Family, by Sen. Rick Santorum, p.104-105

    Rick Santorum on Welfare & Poverty : Apr 30, 2006
    Promotes Individual Development Accounts set up by churches

    Sen. Lieberman and I have been promoting Individual Development Accounts. IDAs act like a 401(k) program for low-income individuals. These programs are set up, many by faith-based organizations, with a mix of federal, state, and private dollars. These organizations help their low-income clients set up accounts at their local banks, provide training on how to manage these accounts, and then match individual contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $500 a year. These accounts earn tax-free interest and can be used to pay for education, to buy a home, or to start a business. In other words, these accounts launch low-income people into the asset accumulation game.

    Our legislation will create approximately $2 billion in tax credits for financial institution and private investors that create IDAs. We have tried for years to create a federal IDA tax credit as part of a broader initiative called the Charity Aid Recovery Empowerment (CARE) Act, which would help charitable organizations help the poor.

    Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Family, by Sen. Rick Santorum, p.151-152

    Tim Kaine on Abortion : Nov 8, 2005
    I have a faith-based opposition to abortion

    I have a faith-based opposition to abortion. As governor, I will work in good faith to reduce abortions by:
    1. Enforcing the current Virginia restrictions on abortion and passing an enforceable ban on partial birth abortion that protects the life and health of the mother;
    2. Fighting teen pregnancy through abstinence-focused education;
    3. Ensuring women’s access to health care (including legal contraception) and economic opportunity; and
    4. Promoting adoption as an alternative for women facing unwanted pregnancies.
    Too often politicians are interested in scoring political points, rather than in reducing the number of abortions. Many of the legislative proposals introduced in the General Assembly, like the ones to require unnecessary building standards for doctor’s offices that perform abortions, are just political grandstanding. They encourage division and lawsuits rather than contributing to the goal of reducing abortions.
    Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source: 2005 Gubernatorial campaign website, “Issues”

    Tim Kaine on Principles & Values : Nov 8, 2005
    Parents taught him the importance of family and faith

    I was raised in a family where life revolved around church, school, friends, sports, and hard work. My brothers and I all grew up working in Dad’s small ironworking business.

    My parents taught me lasting life lessons the importance of family and faith, the value of hard work, that actions matter more than words, and that people should be treated fairly and honestly. I was taught to be tight with a dollar, and to watch the bottom line.

    Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source: 2005 Gubernatorial campaign website, “Issues”

    Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty : Jun 29, 2005
    Faith-based programs to provide social services

    Governor Mitt Romney has created a special office to help faith-based groups in Massachusetts land more federal money, and he appointed his wife, Ann, to lead it. Romney endorsed faith-based programs yesterday as a means to provide social services and said he wanted to step up the state's efforts to help religious groups and charities attract federal help.

    Critics of the faith-based effort warn that Romney's move bolsters President Bush's attempt to get more federal dollars to religious organizations carrying out social services, a policy they say is eroding the traditional division between church and state. ''The Bush administration is trying to break down the church-state wall and give public money to the churches without the legal safeguards that ought to be in place," said one critic.

    Faith-based organizations apply directly for the federal grants, but Romney said the state can assist groups in the application process.

    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: By Frank Phillips, Boston Globe, "Faith-Based"

    Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 11, 2005
    Faith & prayer guide me on difficult matters

    My faith isn’t something that I can set outside of anything that I do, because it’s so integral to who I am. Prayer is very important to me and a belief that if you ask for it, you will be guided. Now, that doesn’t mean that I think that God will tell me what to do on, you know, the Iran nuclear problem. But I do believe very strongly that if you are a prayerful and faithful person, that that is a help in guiding us, as imperfect beings, to have to deal with extremely difficult and consequential matters.
    Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: Interview With Washington Times, on, “Issues”

    Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty : Mar 2, 2004
    Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners

    Last year, I asked you to join me in an unshakable commitment to educating our children, diversifying our economy, and strengthening the bonds that hold our families together. Today, I thank you for honoring that commitment and ask that we continue on the path of progress for the people we serve.

    We are stronger because we recognize that government isn't the sole answer to the most important questions, and we welcome community and faith based organizations as partners to serve the needs of Florida families. Florida is in a better position to serve our people and face our future, and I thank the members of the Legislature for creating that opportunity.

    Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature

    Hillary Clinton on Abortion : Nov 1, 2003
    Advocates birth control but OK with faith-based disagreement

    Mother Teresa had just delivered a speech against abortion, and she wanted to talk to me. Mother Teresa was unerringly direct. She disagreed with my views on a woman's right to choose and told me so. Over the years, she sent me dozens of notes & messages with the same gentle entreaty. Mother Teresa never lectured or scolded me; her admonitions were always loving & heartfelt. I had the greatest respect for her opposition to abortion, but I believe that it is dangerous to give any state the power to enforce criminal penalties against women & doctors. I consider that a slippery slope to state control in China & Communist Romania. I also disagreed with her opposition--and that of the Catholic Church--to birth control. However, I support the right of people of faith to speak out against abortion and try to dissuade women, without coercion or criminalization, from choosing abortion instead of adoption. Mother Teresa and I found much common ground in many other areas including the importance of adoption.
    Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.417-418

    Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Jun 2, 2001
    Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing

    Giving yourself to great things is the only sure path for successful living. I have spoken of some of those choices. To them I might add family and children, faith, scholarship, exploration, healing, teaching, athletics, and creation.
    Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Commencement Speech, Westminster College, UT

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Oct 1, 2000
    Faith gives us a focus for the future

    Real faith is not only getting beyond our past: it’s recognizing that faith is an ongoing process. None of us “have arrived.” At best, we can say we’re “on the way.” A big mistake many make is the notion that at any given moment we’re going to be complete and thus relieved from the prospect of additional construction. That is not and will never be the case.

    While I’m not everything I want to be, I’m not all the things I once was. Our lives are filled with pressure and stress. This is not necessarily bad. Stress and tension, properly balanced, actually give us strength.

    Faith involves having something in the distance to motivate us and keep us moving, as the apostle Paul admonished in his Epistle to the Philippians. We should “press on toward the goal.”

    Faith gives us a focus for our future, helps us move in the direction of our destiny, and gives us the capacity to continue working toward a worthy legacy.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Living Beyond Your Lifetime, by Mike Huckabee, p. 91-93

    John Kasich on Government Reform : May 17, 1999
    Allow faith-based institutions to address social ills

    The government must stop bearing down on faith-based institutions because these groups are often solving our society’s toughest problems. Take for example, an organization founded by two homeless men to help homeless people get off the streets, introduce them to Jesus and get them working. [When the program] began accepting government money, a founder said: “Now we can’t have God in it--Now that government is involved, there’s all that paperwork and all the rules.”
    Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Columbus (OH) Urban League Speech, May 17, 1999

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 1998
    American triad of values: faith, family, & work

    America was built on at least 3 essential principles, and upon this triad of values, our culture has been steadfastly secured against the winds of time and circumstance. Faith, family, and work are the simple components of the American spirit--recover them in their fullness and we will recover our cultural equilibrium. These are the cords that weave the gloriously resplendent fabric of our lives. Thus, it would behoove us to look once again upon these great precepts.

    When we do this, we find that the American understanding of these ideals is embedded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, which also had a highly significant formative effect on Western civilization in general. So when we consider these 3 building-block essentials, it is impossible to do so without referencing some of the biblical texts that present and support them. We must also seek to understand these precepts within the framework of the tradition that gave them to us.

    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.145-146

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 1998
    Faith reorients us away from sin & toward future & maturity

    Faith brought men and nations both liberty and prosperity. Why does faith have such phenomenal effects?
    1. Faith reorients all of us fallen and sinful people to reality. More often than not, we are ruled by our passions, lusts, and delusions. We simply have a hard time facing reality without the perspective of faith.
    2. The Judeo-Christian religion also tells us that faith counteracts the destructive effects of sinful actions and activities. Sin is not a concept that has much currency with modern social scientists & civil rights activists. It has become politically incorrect even to speak of sin.
    3. Faith establishes a future orientation in our hearts and minds. All too often, modern society either flounders in a dismal fatalism or squanders our few resources in irresponsible impulsiveness.
    4. Faith provokes us to exercise responsibility. Faith enables us to see past ourselves and grow into selfless maturity. We are encouraged in fulfilling our calling in life.
    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.147-148

    Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 1998
    Working in faith will restore our downgraded culture

    The task of restoring the fabric of our lives--faith, family, and work--poses problems of giant proportions. It looks like an impossible task. The culture has seemingly gone too far too fast along the downgrade. How can we possibly prevail? I believe we can overcome the same way the biblical David did when he faced a "giant" problem: he stepped out in faith, went to work, and emerged victorious. To repeat, our best plan of action is:
    1. to step out in faith
    2. work at this immense task of performing well in our careers and providing support and love for our families, and
    3. emerge victorious.
    We step out in faith, asking God for direction, wisdom, and encouragement, relying on the fact that "All things work together for good to those who love God" (Rom. 8:28). With God's help, we will emerge victorious. Victory doesn't come in a day. A culture is not made or unmade in an instant. So the sooner we get started, the better off we'll be.
    Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.153-154

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