Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Religion in the Blue States

A topic that I hope to return to throughout this blog is the idea that Republicans do not have a monopoly on people of faith. A sample of stories are found here: John Kerry's forum on religion and politics "I have a deep faith"-- Sun-Times article on Obama's Faith Further, religious groups have taken different approaches to religion and politics over time and I plan trace that history someday. But for now, these lists which concentrate on social justice should illustrate some different approaches from Keyes': From a Quiz for Candidates from Sojourners

1) A living family income for all who responsibly work. 2) Affordable, quality health care for all, regardless of income. 3) Schools that work for all of our children. 4) Safe and affordable housing. 5) Safe and secure neighborhoods. 6) Family-friendly policies and programs. 7) Zero tolerance for racism and make racial justice and reconciliation top national priorities.

National Council of Church's Christian Principles in an Election Year (pdf):

  1. War is contrary to the will of God. While the use of violent force may, at times, be a necessity of last resort, Christ pronounces his blessing on the peacemakers.
  2. God calls us to live in communities shaped by peace and cooperation.
  3. God created us for each other, and thus our security depends on the well-being of our global neighbors.
  4. God calls us to be advocates for those who are most vulnerable in our society.
  5. Each human being is created in the image of God and is of infinite worth.
  6. The earth belongs to God and is intrinsically good.
  7. Christians have a biblical mandate to welcome strangers.
  8. Those who follow Christ are called to heal the sick.
  9. Because of the transforming power of God’s grace, all humans are called to be in right relationship with each other. We look for political leaders who seek a restorative, not retributive, approach to the criminal justice system and the individuals within it.
  10. Providing enriched learning environments for all of God’s children is a moral imperative.