Monday 11 February 2008
Faith and Politics - Obama: "Faith is not a tool of attack!"
This address to Sojourners is a powerful discussion on the possibility of a constructive rapprochment of Faith & Politics. In it Barack Obama argues that 'religious' people and secularists often have overlapping values and that they should be seeking to build partnerships rather than trying to undermine one another. He points out that it was 'religious' people, in particular the antecedants of evangelical America that were the strongest proponents of the First Ammendment! In the application of faith to the political sphere he argues for a sense of proportion, a need to explain one's views in a universally comprehensible language rather than faith specific language and the caution that Faith is 'not a tool of attack' and should be expressed by and be met by 'fair-minded words.'