Corwin Smidt talks about findings from his most recent national survey on religion’s role in the 2008 presidential campaign, and he offers some advice for 2012 to both the Democratic and Republican Parties.
President Obama’s advisory panel of prominent religious and community leaders released its final report with more than 60 policy recommendations on issues including poverty, climate change, and interfaith cooperation. More
As President Obama’s faith advisory council issues its final report, Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, describes what the administration has learned from religious and community leaders. More
Former diplomat Thomas Farr is concerned the Obama administration has yet to fill this important position. More
On one level, Obama’s State of the Union address was low on religious rhetoric. Yet he used our civil religious tradition to connects the theme of American uniqueness to the idea that the nation stands under some form of providential judgment. More
Underlying the president’s State of the Union remarks was a powerful theme: that we are all human beings with many shared values.
“It is doubly ironic that the core of the first State of the Union address from a black president would contain such a profoundly affirmative nod in the direction of good old US economic imperialism…first, the history of slavery and racism is definitely connected to such classic American economic hubris, and, second, he made this particular case so clearly dependent on the rhetoric of Martin Luther King.” More
The painful awareness that those on the margin, for whom Hebrew and Christian scriptures declare God’s special affinity, could only peek through the cracks of the State of the Union address says something more about us than it does the president or the address itself. More
“President Barack Obama has faith in America. He both opened and closed his State of the Union address with remarks about his belief in the power of the American spirit, which he defined as our fundamental strength, optimism, generosity, and decency as a people and as a nation.” More