Monday, January 7, 2008

Barack Obama on Faith and Politics

I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict that Obama will become the Democratic nominee for president. This means the amount of anti-Obama rhetoric from the Religious Right will increase exponentially in the next year. So, here are some links to video clips from his website detailing his actual views on faith and politics.

A short 2 minute video made for his website.

A 2 minute excerpt from his keynote address to the Call to Renewal's Building a Covenant for a New America conference given on 6/28/06.

The embedded 39 minute keynote address below:

"Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts. You come to church precisely because you are of this world, not apart from it. You need to embrace Christ precisely because you have sins to wash away because you are human and need an ally in this difficult journey. And it was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th street on the South side of Chicago one day and affirm my faith...I submitted myself to [God's] will and dedicated myself to His truth."

To what extent each of us considers a particular politician's faith when casting our vote probably differs, however, let's at least get the facts straight. Next time someone jokingly states Barrack "Osama" , referencing his Muslim heritage, let's be armed with the knowledge to set the record straight, regardless our political leanings.

No comments: