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Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says while religious conservatives are pleased by President Barack Obama’s faith-based rhetoric and outreach, they have concerns about how his administration will deal with some of their core issues
Martin Luther King Jr. associate Vincent Harding, a professor emeritus at the Iliff School of Theology, draws connections between President Barack Obama’s election and the civil rights movement.
Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, says many US Muslims are optimistic that President Barack Obama’s administration will lead to a new climate of religious openness.
From the religiously motivated abolitionists to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights freedom fighters who marched from their churches into the streets, religion has played a crucial role in creating the path that Barack Obama has been able to walk.
Whether Muslims or Jews or Hindus or Christians or nonbelievers, all Americans can place their hope in something greater than themselves. But genuine hope and faith cannot rest in either nations or charismatic leaders.
Beyond the reach of policy, God makes history despite our intentions and beyond our understanding, and we sense that something has changed.
Read more of Kim Lawton’s interview about King and Obama with the Rev. Donna Jones, senior pastor at Cookman United Methodist Church in Philadelphia.
Read more of Kim Lawton’s interview about King and Obama with Professor Harold Dean Trulear of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Novelist Alice McDermott, Morehouse College president Robert Franklin, and Rabbi Marc Gopin ponder the meaning of the national moment on the eve of Inauguration Day.