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Topics in the News: Faith-Based Organizations


Deval Patrick on Principles & Values : Feb 6, 2020
I am a man of faith; my decisions are grounded in faith

Q: Did it surprise you that he Senator Romney [your predecessor as MA Governor] voted against the president, to remove him from office, claiming that he did so based on his faith?

PATRICK: I don't know him well. He's always been a gentleman to me. But on the point of faith, I mean, I am a man of faith. I have made decisions on the strength of my values, and many of my values are grounded in faith. In fact, it's one of my frustrations with Democrats, because sometimes we are really squishy about the language of faith, when, in fact, so much of what we are about has its roots in the lessons of faith. My reasons [for many policies as governor had] to do with faith, that we were taught--all major religions are taught--we will be judged by how we treat the least of these. And I believe that. So the notion that faith would bear on his decision or someone else's, particularly when it inspires generosity and fealty to truth and to justice, that seems exactly right to me.

Click for Deval Patrick on other issues.   Source: CNN N. H. Town Hall on eve of N. H. primary

Cory Booker on Principles & Values : Oct 10, 2019
His faith taught love, so he fought his own homophobia

Q: In the 90's you wrote an article that detailed your journey to accept LGBTQ plus people as equals. It must have made people uncomfortable, can you talk about that?

Booker: I wanted to push people to understand the absurdities of homophobia, and became a campus activist on those issues, and so I wrote this article to challenge people about their homophobia. It started as a teenager that saw growing up, an environment that was hostile to my peers who my faith taught me to love no matter what.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: CNN LGBT Town Hall

Pete Buttigieg on Immigration : Sep 12, 2019
Values of faith and welcome should be cultivated

We have to engage the American majority around the opportunities for not just growth in small communities, but our values. Values of welcome, values of faith that all argue for us to manage this humanely and in a way that marries our values with our laws.
Click for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.   Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston

Howard Schultz on Principles & Values : Mar 13, 2019
Science is real, and so is religion and faith

The center is the heart of America. Let's be clear about what that heart is:

America's heart is principled, it encompasses our core values, and it is our common ground.

America's heart is aspirational in its dreams, yet realistic in its plans. In America's heart, common sense and reason prevail.

America's heart does not favor partisan ideas; it opts for the best solutions, no matter where they come from.

America's heart also embraces objective truth,--yes, truth!--and our truth informs our problem solving.

In America's heart, science is real, and so is religion and faith.

In America's heart, all people are equal--no matter your gender, your race, your religion, your sexual orientation, or your station in life.

In America's heart, we stand as we always have, with our allies around the world.

America's heart is compassion and humanity. In America's heart is not "We the faction" or "We the tribe." It is, and always has been, and needs to be again, "We the People".

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowardSchultz.com

Stacey Abrams on Families & Children : Feb 5, 2019
Family values: faith, service, education & responsibility

Growing up, my family went back and forth between lower middle class and working poor. Yet, even when they came home weary and bone-tired, my parents found a way to show us all who we could be. My librarian mother taught us to love learning. My father, a shipyard worker, put in overtime and extra shifts; and they made sure we volunteered to help others. Later, they both became United Methodist ministers, an expression of the faith that guides us.

These were our family values--faith, service, education and responsibility.

Our power and strength as Americans lives in our hard work and our belief in more. My family understood firsthand that while success is not guaranteed, we live in a nation where opportunity is possible. But we do not succeed alone--in these United States, when times are tough, we can persevere because our friends and neighbors will come for us.

Click for Stacey Abrams on other issues.   Source: Democratic response to 2019 State of the Union speech

Mike Pence on Principles & Values : Feb 22, 2018
Faith in Trump & faith in God will heal America

I close today with faith. Faith in the boundless capacity of the American people. Faith in the President and the leaders they've elected to represent them. And what Billy Graham called "hope for the present and hope for the future." As we work to advance our cause, restore our country, let us also remember to claim that hope. Remembering those ancient words that if His people, who are called by His name, will humble themselves and pray, He'll hear from heaven, and He'll heal this land.
Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: White House press release, "Remarks at CPAC 2018"

John Kasich on Crime : Sep 24, 2017
FactCheck: Catholic faith does NOT support death penalty

On "Meet the Press" on May 31, 2015, asked about religious objection to the death penalty, Kasich responded, "I think it's consistent with my Catholic faith." Is that true, that Catholic faith supports the death penalty?

No. Pope Francis, the world leader of the Catholic faith, said unambiguously in his address to the US Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, that "the golden rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred. Society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty."

Kasich can say he supports the death penalty, but he cannot accurately say that doing so is consistent with his Catholic faith.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: OnTheIssues Fact-Check: John Kasich on Meet the Press (2015)

Donald Trump on Principles & Values : Sep 9, 2016
Our media culture often mocks and demeans people of faith

One of the greatest privileges of my journey has been the time I've spent with the evangelical community. And the support they gave me in those primaries was absolutely incredible, I have to tell you. All across the nation. A lot of people said: "I wonder if Donald will get the evangelicals." I got the evangelicals.

There are no more decent, devoted, or selfless people than our Christians brothers and sisters here in the US. I've witnessed that incredible generosity all across this land. I saw it during my trip to Louisiana, where Christian volunteers raced to help their fellow citizens in need. It's that spirit of giving that we will need to rebuild Louisiana and to rebuild this country, which is in serious, serious trouble.

Yet, our media culture often mocks and demeans people of faith. And you understand that. All the time I hear from concerned parents how much harder it is for a Christian family to raise their children in today's media environment.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 11th Annual Value Voters Summit - 2016

Cory Booker on Principles & Values : Aug 2, 2016
Pragmatic Democrat: support private/faith-based initiatives

Booker called his political philosophy "pragmatic Democratic," looking to government but also private and faith-based initiatives to address poverty. Departing further from the standard playbook for urban Democrats, Booker became an early champion of charter schools, arguing that the poorest children--like the richest--should be able to opt out of bad schools. He later took the even more unconventional step of embracing vouchers for private schools for the same reason.

Booker was a valuable asset for the almost universally white, rich, Republican voucher movement, which along with the charter movement introduced him to some of his major political donors.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: The Prize, by Dale Russakoff, p. 11

John Hickenlooper on Welfare & Poverty : May 24, 2016
Involve businesses and faith org's to address homelessness

[In 2005 we initiated a program on homelessness that] we called "Denver's Road Home." We aligned the self-interests of restaurant, hotel, and other downtown retail operators, long frustrated by panhandlers hurting their businesses, alongside faith- based and social welfare organizations.

Part of this alignment of self-interests was possible because [we] made sure there were clear goals, and metrics to track our success. Sadly, the city had too often treated the indigent like criminals; our homeless citizens were arrested and imprisoned. That is incredibly expensive and solves nothing. The only way to come close to meaningful and enduring remedies was to provide our city's homeless not only with shelter, but also with wraparound services such as medical attention, counseling, and, where necessary, medications for addiction, and always job training. These individuals were almost always emotionally fragile, and desperately needed the structure and social support of a consistent workplace.

Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: The Opposite of Woe, by John Hickenlooper, p.258-9

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

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

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

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

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

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 WikiQuote.org

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

Deval Patrick on Principles & Values : Apr 12, 2011
Faith is less about what you say & more about how you live

My mother did not care much for church. But my grandmother was a child of the South, and for her church on Sunday was a must. The Cosmopolitan Community Church was just a block away.

I have so many blessings in my own life, so many improbable gifts, that I am long past questioning whether there is an invisible hand at work in my life. To me, God is real, but my years at Cosmopolitan, and the experience of those old ladies in hats, emphasized that faith is less about what you say you believe and more about how you live. I came to see those old ladies as embodiments of the faith we were taught. They showed me how to welcome and embrace all the people who walked into our church and into our lives, from whatever station. They meant "embrace" literally--a hug, a tactile expression of oneness and support.

Click for Deval Patrick on other issues.   Source: A Reason to Believe, by Gov. Deval Patrick, p.144-147

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

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

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

Mike Gravel on Welfare & Poverty : Oct 25, 2007
No position on faith-based initiatives

Gravel has not taken a position on faith-based initiatives, according to campaign press secretary Alex Colvin
Click for Mike Gravel 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

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, BarackObama.com “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, BarackObama.com “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

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

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

Mark Sanford on Welfare & Poverty : Nov 1, 2002
Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations

Click for Mark Sanford on other issues.   Source: 2002 S.C. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test

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

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