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Topics in the News: Faith-Based Organizations


Mike Bloomberg on Education : Apr 1, 2013
Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin

On Faith-Based Science: "It boggles the mind that nearly two centuries after Darwin, and 80 years after John Scopes was put on trial, this country is still debating the validity of evolution."

Today, we are seeing hundreds of years of scientific discovery being challenged by people who simply disregard facts that don't happen to agree with their agendas. Some call it "pseudo-science," others call it "faith-based science," but when you notice where this negligence tends to take place, you might as well call it "political science."

"It's scary in this country, it's probably because of our bad educational system, but the percentage of people that believe in Creationalism is really scary for a country that's going to have to compete in the world where science and medicine require a better understanding."

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Quotation cited during 2013 campaign on WikiQuote.org

Barack Obama on Budget & Economy : Feb 12, 2013
Uphold full faith & credit of US; keep government open

I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won't be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let's set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let's do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let's agree, right here, right now, to keep the people's government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2013 State of the Union Address

Marco Rubio on Families & Children : Feb 12, 2013
Answers lie with family and our faith, not politicians

In the short time I've been here in Washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices like the ones the President laid out tonight.

We don't have to raise taxes to avoid the President's devastating cuts to our military. Republicans have passed a plan that replaces these cuts with responsible spending reforms.

In order to balance our budget, the choice doesn't have to be either higher taxes or dramatic benefit cuts for those in need. Instead we should grow our economy so that we create new taxpayers, not new taxes, and so our government can afford to help those who truly cannot help themselves.

And the truth is every problem can't be solved by government. Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: GOP Response to 2013 State of the Union Address

Paul Ryan on Abortion : Oct 11, 2012
Private & public life inseparable on faith & life issues

Q: What role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion?

RYAN: I don't see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, about how to make sure that people have a chance in life. Now, you want to ask basically why I'm pro-life? It's not simply because of my Catholic faith. That's a factor, but it's also because of reason and science. I believe that life begins at conception. Now, I understand this is a difficult issue. And I respect people who don't agree with me on this. But the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 Vice Presidential debate

Mitt Romney on Families & Children : Aug 28, 2012
No "storybook marriage"; just family & faith

I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a "storybook marriage." Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.

A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage. I know this good and decent man for what he is--warm and loving and patient.

He has tried to live his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one's fellow man. From the time we were first married, I've seen him spend countless hours helping others, and been there when late-night calls of panic came from a member of our church whose child had been taken to the hospital.

You may not agree with Mitt's positions on issues or his politics. But let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next President: No one will work harder. No one will care more.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Ann Romney's 2012 Republican National Convention speech

Paul Ryan on Welfare & Poverty : Aug 11, 2012
Subsidize and deregulate our wealth of faith based charities

Many believe the social fabric of this nation is tattered beyond recognition. We must replace moral squalor with both public decency and private civility. I believe we can begin this process of renewal by relieving the tax burden on our families and by supporting, through subsidy and deregulation, our wealth of faith based charities. We can help restore good citizenship be freeing up individuals to become good citizens.
Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website, ryanforcongress.com, "Issues"

Marco Rubio on Abortion : Jun 19, 2012
Expand birth control exemption for faith-based organizations

Rubio declared, "The federal government does not have the power to force religious organizations to pay for things that that organization doesn't believe in."

The insurance requirement, part of the sweeping Affordable Care Act that had earned Obama such disdain among tea partiers, allowed narrow exemptions for churches but not other faith-based organizations such as universities or hospitals. Many states have similar laws, and the vast majority of health plans cover birth control. But the issue became a furious election-year fight, and Rubio its most high-profile combatant. "This is not about women's rights or contraception; this is about the religious liberties that our country has always cherished." "At the end of the day, it's about the fact that now the federal government has the power to force a religion to pay for something the religion teaches is wrong." Rubio's legislation, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, would expand exemptions for faith-based organizations.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.177-178

Paul Ryan on Budget & Economy : Apr 27, 2012
Bishops deny Ryan's "use of Catholic faith" as budget guide

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Ryan, the author of the House Republican budget endorsed by Mitt Romney, said his program was crafted "using my Catholic faith" as inspiration. But the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was not about to bless that claim.

A week after Ryan's boast, the bishops sent letters to Congress saying that the Ryan budget, passed by the House, "fails to meet" the moral criteria of the Church, namely its view that any budget should help "the least of these" as the Christian Bible requires: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the jobless. "A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons," the bishops wrote. In fact, Ryan would cut spending on the least of these by about $5 trillion over 10 years--from Medicaid, food stamps, welfare and the like.

Ryan didn't turn the other cheek, saying, "The work I do as a Catholic holding office conforms to the social doctrine as best I can make of it.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: Dana Milbank in Washington Post, "Faith-based"

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Jan 1, 2012
OpEd: Faith informs his political and social positions

One wonders what would happen if Romney were to take the opposite approach, if he were to transparently speak from his heart and argue that it is in fact the values of his Mormon faith that inform and enrich his political and social positions. Yes, he is the "business and economic expert," but he has also been shaped by the family values of his LDS forebears.

One Romney supporter said, "What you are suggesting would be political suicide." I beg to differ. If Romney does not throw off the advice of his political handlers and begin to speak straight from his heart concerning his Mormon faith, especially to Evangelical Christians, it is doubtful he will become the 45th president.

I would argue that the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon is not his great problem, Romney is his own biggest problem when he makes naive statements like, "Voters don't care what religion I have." Voters do care that he is a practicing Mormon, and they want to know how his Mormonism will shape and affect his presidency.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney, by A. Jackson, p.199-200

Deval Patrick on Principles & Values : Apr 12, 2011
Faith is less about what you say & more about how you live

My mother did not care much for church. But my grandmother was a child of the South, and for her church on Sunday was a must. The Cosmopolitan Community Church was just a block away.

I have so many blessings in my own life, so many improbable gifts, that I am long past questioning whether there is an invisible hand at work in my life. To me, God is real, but my years at Cosmopolitan, and the experience of those old ladies in hats, emphasized that faith is less about what you say you believe and more about how you live. I came to see those old ladies as embodiments of the faith we were taught. They showed me how to welcome and embrace all the people who walked into our church and into our lives, from whatever station. They meant "embrace" literally--a hug, a tactile expression of oneness and support.

Click for Deval Patrick on other issues.   Source: A Reason to Believe, by Gov. Deval Patrick, p.144-147

Sarah Palin on Civil Rights : Nov 23, 2010
America follows faith in how we treat special needs kids

What our culture does when it translates religious values into secular terms and applies them to useful ends isn't about brainwashing or converting--quite the opposite. It's a way of conferring a rich moral heritage while respecting everyone's religious freedom.

All the great religions call on us to follow the Golden Rule: to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. One of the best ways America follows this faith in a secular way is in the treatment we give to individuals with special needs. Without so much as mentioning religion, we strive to treat these most vulnerable members of our society the way we ourselves would like to be treated.

We could always do more, but America says a lot about itself in the way we support these amazing families. Not just with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, but in our private lives; in countless individual gestures in countless communities, our faith-rooted values are put to work to help special kids and adults.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 240-241

Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty : Nov 23, 2010
My faith would inform my presidency

Kennedy's famous speech [on Catholicism in 1960] is actually quite different from the way it is often described. Instead of reconciling his religious identity with his role in public life, Kennedy entirely separated the two.

In the 2008 Republican primary, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's Mormon faith was likewise perceived as an issue by some voters. Claiming that many would be reluctant to pull the lever for a person of his beliefs, some pundits and political advisors urged him to "do a JFK." Just give a speech, they told him, and reassure voters that your faith will have nothing to do with your presidency. Instead, he gave a thoughtful speech that eloquently and correctly described the role of faith in American public life.

Unlike JFK, Romney declared that our religious liberty is "fundamental to America's greatness." And he spoke openly of "how my faith would inform my presidency, if elected."

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.184-185

Bobby Jindal on Education : Nov 15, 2010
Tap faith-based groups to run charter schools

The New Orleans charter school system in not perfect. Initially, Louisiana law dictated that charter schools should not "be supported by or affiliated with and religion or religious organization or institution." This was unnecessarily restrictive, because federal laws already prevent publicly funded schools from engaging in religious discrimination or conducting religious instruction. But there is no reason why we shouldn't tap the expertise of churches and faith-based groups to help us reform and enhance our education system. As governor, I have worked to eliminate restrictions that have shut these groups out.

The key to success in charter schools is getting parents and the community involved, so we've tried to make parental involvement as easy as possible. We've also empowered teachers with a new law allowing a traditional school to become a charter school by a simple faculty vote

Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p. 74

Bobby Jindal on Environment : Nov 15, 2010
Faith-based groups moved faster than feds during Katrina

A sheriff in my district had called federal offices to ask for Katrina assistance and was told he would have to email his request. The bureaucrat was just following procedure, you see, to have a record of the request. When the sheriff mentioned that he, like the rest of his town, had no electricity, the bureaucrat suggested he call someone who could email the details--and be sure to include the part about not being able to email in the email. Almost every other official around the table told a similar story of the red tape maze.

In many cases, charities, faith-based groups, and not-for-profit organizations move faster and are more flexible than federal programs. Don't get me wrong--there is a role for government, which has to build those levees and otherwise ensure our basic safety. And we must acknowledge that the National Guard responded to Katrina with stunning courage, as did the Coast Guard, which is estimated to have rescues 33,000 people. But FEMA's centralized model simply didn't work.

Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.122-124

Bobby Jindal on Principles & Values : Nov 15, 2010
Elite harbor condescending view of people of faith

Having attended Brown University, studied at Oxford, and served in the highest levels of government, I have spent a great deal of time interacting with folks who would be classified as our country's "elites." I've found many of these folks, who predominately reside in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor, harbor a condescending view of people of faith.

To this day, it surprises me how little the national press understands about faith. When I was serving in Washington, I had lunch with a well-known reporter. Before we ate she saw me bow my head and say grace, ever so briefly mind you. She immediately asked me if everything was okay. She was startled and fascinated by what I had done. And the fact that it startled her startled me. She was not rude or condescending. She just didn't have any frame of reference for a person who would say grace in a public restaurant before lunch. But some of our top national reporters ARE condescending, & it goes beyond matters of faith.

Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p. 33-34

Jeb Bush on Social Security : Dec 11, 2009
Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies

The Bush social services reform program [was] designed, in large part, to enable private companies, nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations to provide services that had traditionally been provided by the state: economic benefits to low-income citizens, protective services to children at risk of harm, community services to people who suffered from developmental disabilities, and medical services to poor citizens.

The larger issue regarding the faith-based initiative was that virtually no effort was made to evaluate the activities of the organizations that received public money or to compare their costs and quality of service with those of other service providers. Analysis was impossible and as a consequence the state knows very little about the relative advantages and disadvantages of using faith-based organizations to deliver public services.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p.144-6

Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty : Dec 11, 2009
Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board

Governor Bush embraced with greater enthusiasm the use of religious organizations to take over activities traditionally provided by governmental agencies. Florida has a long history of working with religious based organizations to provide social services to disadvantaged citizens.

To pursue his strategy, Bush created in the Office of the Governor a Faith-Based Advisory Board designed to mobilize additional religious organizations and to encourage their participation in his efforts to make nongovernmental organizations the primary mechanism for delivering public services in Florida. The board also provided direction to state agencies in their use of religious organizations in their work and technical assistance to the organizations in securing grant funds from both the federal and state governments. Bush also required state agencies to create official positions--called faith-based liaisons--to help eliminate internal obstacles to the receipt of funding for religious groups.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 34

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Nov 18, 2008
Faith voters flocked to me because GOP left them

In the 2008 election cycles, the faith voters (often incorrectly dubbed the "evangelical voter," although many of these voters are Catholic, Jewish, or even nonreligious, but still committed to traditional concepts of marriage, respect for human life, family & community involvement) were forced out of their political homes.

Had it not been for the homelessness of these valued voters and their fervor, my campaign would not have lasted through the summer of 2007. Because of them, we almost won the nomination and did it on money that wouldn't win a Senate race in some states.

This vast army of displaced political refugees felt abandoned not only by the priesthood of the Republican party but also by those they had once looked to provide the balance if not a direct challenge to those in the party who would prefer that the "value voters" be seen on election day but not necessarily heard. In short, many of their leaders left them.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 46-47

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Nov 18, 2008
GOP puts faith in individual; Dems put faith in government

Even as a young man, I realized that Democrats and Republicans view the worked through different lenses. Democrats focus on government, and we focus on the individual. Democrats put their faith in government, and we put our faith in people. Democrats give government more control over our lives, and we give individuals more control over their own destinies.

We've been successful because we've stuck to our platform of fiscal and social conservatism. We got in trouble in the 2006 midterm elections not because the voters rejected that platform, but because our own Republican officeholders did. Many of the party's longtime supporters were turned off by Washington's incompetence in handling Iraq and Katrina, its corruption, and its profligate spending. Having lost our reputation as competent managers and fiscal conservatives, we can't afford to lose our credibility as social conservatives as well. If we do, they will point to us and say, "The Emperor has no clothes," and deservedly so.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 8

Sarah Palin on Government Reform : Oct 1, 2008
No state-mandated religion, but public faith is ok

Q: Thomas Jefferson wrote about the First Amendment, building a wall of separation between church and state. Why do you think that’s so important?

A: His intention in expressing that was so that government did not mandate a religion on people. And Thomas Jefferson also said never underestimate the wisdom of the people. And the wisdom of the people, I think in this issue is that people have the right and the ability and the desire to express their own religious views, be it a very personal level, which is why I choose to express my faith, or in a more public forum. And the wisdom of the people, thankfully, engrained in the foundation of our country, is so extremely important. And Thomas Jefferson wanted to protect that.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Aug 27, 2008
Have faith in God, in our country, and in each other

We are Americans. We’re not big on quitting. But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president. We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance. I want you to think about your children and grandchildren come election day. And think about the choices your parents and grandparents made that had such a big impact on your life and on the life of our nation. We’ve got to ensure that the choice we make in this election honors the sacrifices of all who came before us, and will fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope. That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great--and no ceiling too high--for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, have faith in God, in our country, and in each other.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Apr 16, 2008
I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith

CLINTON: [about Obama’s comment that people in small towns get bitter and they cling to guns & religion]: I think that is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of faith in times that are good and times that are bad. And I similarly don’t think that people cling to their traditions, like hunting and guns, when they are frustrated with the government. I just don’t believe that’s how people live their lives.

OBAMA: Hillary has been saying I’m elitist, out of touch, condescending. Let me be absolutely clear. It would be pretty hard for me to be condescending towards people of faith, since I’m a person of faith and have done more than most other campaigns in reaching out specifically to people of faith, and have written about how Democrats make an error when they don’t show up and speak directly to people’s faith. The same is true with respect to gun owners. I have large numbers of sportsmen and gun owners in my home state, and they have supported me precisely because I have listened to them.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Apr 16, 2008
Faith is not just something to cling to in hard times

Q: [to Obama]: You said people in small towns get bitter, and they cling to guns & religion. Now, you’ve said you misspoke?

OBAMA: I meant: People are going through very difficult times right now. When people feel like Washington’s not listening to them, then politically they end up focusing on those things that are constant, like religion. They end up being much more concerned about votes around things like guns, where traditions have been passed on.

CLINTON: I am the granddaughter of a factory worker from the Scranton lace mills, who was also very active in the Court Street Methodist Church. I don’t believe that my grandfather clung to religion when Washington is not listening to them. I think that is a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of faith in times that are good and times that are bad. And I similarly don’t think that people cling to their traditions, like hunting and guns, when they are frustrated with the government. I just don’t believe that’s how people live their lives.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary

Barack Obama on Education : Apr 13, 2008
Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith

Q: If one of your daughters asked you, “Daddy, did God really create the world in 6 days?” What would you say?

A: What I believe is that God created the universe, and that the 6 days in the Bible may not be 6 days as we understand it. My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth, that is fundamentally true. Now whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible, that I don’t presume to know. But one last point--I do believe in evolution. I don’t think that is incompatible with Christian faith. Just as I don’t think science generally is incompatible with Christian faith. There are those who suggest that if you have a scientific bent of mind, then somehow you should reject religion. And I fundamentally disagree with that. In fact, the more I learn about the world, the more I know about science, the more I’m amazed about the mystery of this planet and this universe. And it strengthens my faith as opposed to weakens it.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Apr 13, 2008
Faith sustains us in bitter times; faith isn’t bitterness

Q: You have written of how faith sustained you in bitter times, as have many people of faith.

A: I believe people are people of faith because it is part of their whole being; it is what gives them meaning in life, through good times and bad times. It is there as a spur, an anchor, to center one in the storms, but also to guide one forward in the day-to-day living that is part of everyone’s journey.

Q: You have been extremely critical of Senator Obama’s recent comments in which he argued that som economically hard-pressed Americans have “gotten bitter and cling to guns or religion.”

A: Well, he will have to speak for himself. Those comments do seem elitist, out of touch and, frankly, patronizing. That has nothing to do with him being a good man or a man of faith. We had two very good men and men of faith run for president in 2000 and 2004. But large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand or relate to or frankly respect their ways of life.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty : Apr 13, 2008
Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help

Q: In the faith community, we want a new commitment around a measurable goal, something like cutting poverty in half in 10 years. Would you commit to such a goal?

A: I absolutely will make that commitment. I make that commitment with humility because we’ve got a lot of work to do economically in this country to bring about a more just and fair economy. It starts with recognizing the wages for average families have gone down during the most recent economic expansion. That’s never happened before. We’ve got to shore up the mortgage market. We’re going to have to change our tax code. It is a moral imperative to provide health care to every single American. And invest in early childhood education. Many of these can be part of faith-based initiatives I want to keep the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives open, but I want to make sure that its mission is clear. Faith-based initiatives should be targeted specifically at the issue of poverty and how to lift people up.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Feb 21, 2008
Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age

I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed and called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted. That’s what gets me up in the morning. That’s what motivates me in this campaign. I am honored to be here with Obama. I am absolutely honored. Whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. We have strong support from our families & our friends. I hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Feb 7, 2008
American’s greatness is because we’re rooted in our faith

I realize it is not politically correct to say what I am about to say. But I have believed it since I was a teenager so I will not going to recant it now.

The reason that America is a great nation is because America is a special nation. And the reason America is a special nation is because it was founded by people who were first on their knees before they were on their feet. We are a nation rooted in our faith.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 24, 2008
Ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith

We ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith. I don’t feel like a person has to share my faith to share my love of this country. If a person hates me because of my faith, I’m not sure if they understand what it means to truly be an American, where we can live with each other no matter how different our faith is. Faith has been an important part of who this country is. Most Americans believe in God. If you want a president that doesn’t, you’ll have to pick somebody else.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 24, 2008
People should deal with the use of faith in my campaign

Q: A Bush administration official said that, quote, your use of faith in your campaign gave him a “queasy feeling.” Your response?

A: I would say that would be his problem, not mine. My faith does not give me a queasy feeling; it gives me a solid core from which I’m able to live every day. I don’t wake up every day and have to look at a poll to decide what I believe. My faith grounds me. It gives me some sense of direction and purpose. I don’t try to impose it on other people, and I certainly would never use the auspices of government to try to push my faith. But for me to run from it? Impossible. It’s who I am. If it gives some people a queasy feeling, then they’ll have to deal with it. The fact is, this country has always been a country where people were able to respect people who had faith.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida

Newt Gingrich on Crime : Dec 18, 2007
Supports Prison Fellowship InnerChange Freedom Initiative

The Prison Fellowship program creates a faith-based center of commitment and activity aimed at changing the prisoner's outlook on life. Its results have been impressive. The graduates of Prison Fellowship's InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) in Texas found that they were two times less likely to be rearrested.

You don't have to believe in the power of faith to appreciate the benefits IFI provides to the community: fewer victims, safer neighborhoods, reduced court cases, and fewer prisoners.

Many government officials find a faith-based solution unacceptable. They would rather have people commit more crimes and do more prison time than risk changing their lives with a faith-based approach.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Real Change, by Newt Gingrich, p.214-216

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Dec 16, 2007
Ok to appoint atheists or agnostics--no litmus test of faith

Q: If you determined that the most qualified person for the Supreme Court or for attorney general or secretary of education happened to be an atheist or an agnostic, would that prevent you from appointing them?

A: Of course not. You look at individuals based upon their skills and their ability, their values, their intelligence. And there are many who are agnostic or atheist or who have very different beliefs about the nature of the divine than I do, and, and you evaluate them based on their skills. But I can tell you that I myself am a person of faith and respect the sense of the common bond of humanity that comes from that fundamental belief.

Q: But there’d be no litmus test?

A: No, no. There’s no litmus test of that nature.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Dec 9, 2007
Judge Romney, & any candidate, by record, not by faith

Q: Mitt Romney talked about his faith this week, and one columnist accused you of seeming to take the high road by refusing to declare Mormonism a cult, while making sure everyone knows that you are a Christian leader. Are you exploiting religious differences for political gain?

A: I’ve not tried to say anything about Mitt Romney or anybody else. I’m happy to talk about my faith, but I’m not going to evaluate someone else’s. In fact, if people will look through the record, they’ll see me defending Hillary Clinton and her faith in this campaign--when asked to make a comment when she had talked about her Methodist faith, I defended her, saying I have no reason to doubt her sincerity. I’ve done the same thing with Mitt Romney and the same thing I’ve done with any other candidate.

Q: Do you think it’s intolerant for voters to consider the tenets of Mormonism in judging Mitt Romney?

A: I do think that’s inappropriate. I think people should judge Mitt Romney on his record.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 “Choosing the President” interviews

Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty : Dec 1, 2007
Partner with faith based community in empowerment zones

Q: What leadership would you take to ensure that young people and Latino and Black communities not only have access to capital but to ensure that economic development is more inclusive of black and brown youth?

A: In New York City we have seen the transformation of Harlem from a combination of government action creating an empowerment zone, the private sector coming in to take advantage of that and an explosion of entrepreneurial dynamism. We’ve also seen the faith based community like Abyssinians & others that have been partners with it and of course we’ve seen a lot of hip hop participants and leaders taking advantage of that. So we need this partnership. We need this partnership between the public and private sector and the not-for-profit and faith-based sector. And we need to make sure that young people have a particular stake in what we are going to present. That’s what I’ve worked on in NYC and in upstate NY and I intend to put that to work when I’m president.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty : Oct 25, 2007
No faith-based initiative; it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it

Biden expressed reservations about President Bush’s faith-based initiative in 2001, commenting, “They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and I’m not sure we’re not going to break something that’s already fixed.” In 2004, Biden co-sponsored the Second Chance Act; the bill, which still hasn’t passed in the Senate, would, among other things, provide $15 million in federal grants to community and faith-based groups that help former prison inmates.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Sep 13, 2007
Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square

Q: We’ve heard a lot of talk about Democrats courting the Christian evangelical vote. But there are no commandments saying do not rape, do not torture, or do not commit incest.

A: Yes, there are some inconsistencies and hypocrisy of people who mix religion and politics sometimes. I have said it’s important for Democrats to reach out to the faith community, and the reason is because 90% of Americans believe in God. It’s a source of values. It’s a source of their moral compass. And I know it’s a source of strength for me and my family. I think it’s important for us not to presume that faith has no part in the public square. Look at Martin Luther King, the abolitionists, the suffragettes. We have a long history of reform movements being grounded in that sense often religiously expressed that we have to extend beyond ourselves and our individual immediate self-interests to think about something larger.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Huffington Post Mash-Up: 2007 Democratic on-line debate

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Aug 31, 2007
Americans want person of faith as president, whatever brand

One by one the other presidential campaigns have committed “accidental” attacks on Romney’s religion. The presidential candidates were all quick to apologize for the actions of their campaign workers. In each case the candidates expressed regret and disappointment as they disavowed any attacks on religion. All stressed that they disavowed any attacks on religion. All stressed that they wanted to run a clean campaign that would not tolerate bigotry.

Gov. Romney accepted the apologies, saying, “Clearly, any derogatory comments about anyone’s faith--those comments are troubling. The fact they keep on coming up is even more troubling.”

It’s not all negative, however. At an early campaign stop a man in the audience challenged Romney directly, telling him that he would surely go to hell. The crowd groaned, then booed the man. Romney responded with what has become his signature comment on religion. “I believe Americans want a person of faith to lead the country. It doesn’t matter what brand.”

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: The Man, His Values, & His Vision, p. 93-95

Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Aug 26, 2007
Active in the Trinity faith community

Obama has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, a Protestant Church in Chicago, for over 20 years. He, his wife Michelle & his daughters are active in the Trinity faith community.

Obama’s faith shapes his values, as it does for millions of Americans. As he said in a recent speech on faith and politics:

Our values should express themselves not just through our churches or synagogues, temples or mosques; they should express themselves through our government. Because whether it’s poverty or racism, the uninsured or the unemployed, war or peace, the challenges we face today are not simply technical problems in search of the perfect ten-point plan. They are moral problems, rooted in both societal indifference and individual callousness--in the imperfections of man. And so long as we’re not doing everything in our personal and collective power to solve them, we know the conscience of our nation cannot rest.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, BarackObama.com “Flyers”

Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty : Aug 26, 2007
Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service

Obama has a record of engaging people of faith on all aspects of his public service. His first job out of college was bringing churches together to help address the poorest Chicago neighborhoods’ pressing problems. After Hurricane Katrina, Obama united relief organizations and churches to discuss rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Obama also passed legislation that saved tithing from bankruptcy courts.

In June of 2006, Obama delivered what a Washington Post columnist called perhaps the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years. Speaking before an evangelical audience, Senator Obama candidly discussed his own Christian faith and the need for a deeper, more substantive conversation about the role of faith in American life.

In December of 2006, Obama joined Pastor Rick Warren to discuss moral leadership and Global AIDS. And in June of 2007, Obama challenged Americans to come together around a ‘Politics of Conscience’ to move our nation forward.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, BarackObama.com “Flyers”

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Aug 19, 2007
I believe in prayer; I’m dependent on my faith

Q: Do you believe that, through the power of prayer, disasters like Hurricane Katrina could have been prevented or lessened?

A: I don’t pretend to understand the wisdom and the power of God. I do believe in prayer. And I have relied on prayer consistently throughout my life. I like to say that, if I had not been a praying person before I got to the White House, after having been there for just a few days I would’ve become one. So I am very dependent on my faith, & prayer is a big part of that

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic primary debate on “This Week”

Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values : Jul 18, 2007
Endured Monicagate through faith and inward spirituality

[In 1968, with regards to revelations of Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky,] the strange press release from the first lady’s office referred to her husband in a political as well as a personal way, saying that she “is committed to her marriage and believes in this president and loves him very much.”

Nonetheless, she turned inward. Her press secretary stated, “Clearly this is not the best day in Mrs. Clinton’s life. This is a time she relies on her strong religious faith.” Hillary elaborated, announcing, “I’m not sure I would have gotten through it without my faith.”

There were in fact spiritual sources that Hillary tapped at this time, taking guidance from certain ministers. One such was civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: God and Hillary Clinton, by Paul Kengor, p.168-170

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : May 3, 2007
Every person of any faith has deeply-held values

Q: You criticized Gov. Romney for saying his faith wouldn’t get in the way of his governing.

HUCKABEE: I never criticized Gov. Romney for that. When a person says, “My faith doesn’t affect my decision-making,” that the person is saying their faith is not significant to impact their decision process. I tell people up front, “My faith does affect my decision process.”

Q: But you answered a question on Feb. 11 about Romney in this way: “I’m troubled by a person who tells me their faith doesn’t influence their decisions.“

HUCKABEE: A person’s faith shouldn’t qualify or disqualify for public office. But we ought to be honest and open about it.

Q: Gov. Romney, do you accept that he wasn’t talking about you?

ROMNEY: Everyone who’s a person of faith has values that are deeply held. That’s what makes America such a powerful land: that comes from being a people of faith, but not people of a particular church or a particular synagogue. Rather, the great values we share are American values.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : May 3, 2007
My faith does affect my decision process; it explains me

Q: You criticized Gov. Romney for saying his faith wouldn’t get in the way of his public life, his governing.

A: I never criticized Gov. Romney for that. I said, in general, that when a person says, “My faith doesn’t affect my decision-making,” I would say that the person is saying their faith is not significant to impact their decision process. I tell people up front, “My faith does affect my decision process.” It explains me. No apology for that.

Q: But you answered a question on Feb. 11 about Romney in this way: “I’m not as troubled by a person who has a different faith. I’m troubled by a person who tells me their faith doesn’t influence their decisions.” Why are you changing that point of view now?

A: Well, I didn’t know I was changing the point of view. I want to state very clearly: A person’s faith shouldn’t qualify or disqualify for public office. But we ought to be honest and open about it. And I think it does help explain who we are, what our value systems are, what makes us tick.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC

Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 7, 2007
OpEd: Faith & heritage tied in personal passion for God

Condoleezza's impenetrable strength, mysterious balance, and unshakable temperament are all evidence of three defining characteristics--a faith that runs deep in her heritage, a personal passion for God that runs thick through her veins, and moral convictions that are by-products of both.

To know and appreciate the faith of Condoleezza Rice, no matter what your religious preference, you must learn about hers. To understand her passion for peace, you must become personally familiar with the chaotic state of the nation in which she was born. To fully grasp her heart and what has motivated her to exceed the limited expectations that enslaved both her race and her gender for hundreds of generations before her, you must examine her roots. To taste the inspiration for democracy that flows like a river from her heart, you must learn what it is that feeds her soul.

Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by L. Montgomery, p. 15-16

Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 7, 2007
Baptized by her father at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Like many babies born into a faith-based home and specifically in the Presbyterian denomination, Condi was dedicated and baptized by her father at an early age in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. The family continued to live in the back of the church until the congregation contracted to have a modest parsonage on the corner of Center Way South West and Ninth Terrace in Birmingham built when Condi was barely 2. The home was in a middle-class, predominantly black area of town just a few blocks from the church and would serve nicely for the years to come.
Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by Leslie Montgomery, p. 35-6

Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 7, 2007
Legislating morality is browbeating about faith

I worry a lot about the government and the church. I worry a lot about trying to legislative morality. A friend of mind said, 'You can't legislate love. You can't legislate values.' I worry a lot that what we have done is to sound judgmental and exclusive in the way that we talk to people about the role of our faith in what we do. Whatever the issue, this tendency to speak in such loud and judgmental tones has really hurt the message that we're trying to deliver. In fact, what's very interesting to me is that if you think about the way that Christ tried to meet those who did not believe, it was quite opposite. He didn't shout at them. He tried to meet them where they were. And he met every person in a different place with a different way of dealing with it. Shouting at people and judging them and browbeating them can't be the right way to open up the possibilities of faith to them."
Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by L. Montgomery, p.202-203

Jeb Bush on Abortion : Feb 15, 2007
Created divisive "Choose Life" license plates

Jeb injected religion into state government at seemingly every opportunity. He insisted that religious schools be allowed to take state money in the form of tuition vouchers, even though the Florida constitution prohibited the practice. He signed into law a divisive "Choose Life" Florida license plate that helps antiabortion groups raise money. He used state money to set up so-called "faith-based" prisons. He pushed through money to let his office fund antiabortion billboards along state highways.
Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date, p.294-295

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 28, 2007
Ordained Baptist minister; I make no apology for my faith

Q: You are an ordained Baptist minister.

A: Yes.

Q: I want to ask you about something you said earlier in your political career: “Huckabee explained why he left pastoring for politics. ‘I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.’” Would you, as president, consider America a Christian nation and try to lead into a situation as being a more Christian nation?

A: I think it’s dangerous to say that we are a nation that ought to be pushed into a Christian faith by its leaders. However, I make no apology for my faith. My faith explains me. We are a nation of faith. It doesn’t necessarily have to be mine. But we are a nation that believes that faith is an important part of describing who we are, and our generosity, and our sense of optimism and hope. That does describe me.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 28, 2007
People of faith feel responsible for God’s world

Q: Earlier in your political career, you said, “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.” You say now “My faith explains me”.

A: I’m appalled when someone says, “Tell me about your faith,” and they say, “Oh, my faith doesn’t influence my public policy.” Because when someone says that, it’s as if they’re saying, “My faith is not so consequential that it affects me.” Well, truthfully my faith does affect me.

Q: But when you say “take this nation back for Christ,” what does that say to Jews, Muslims, agnostics, atheists?

A: I’d probably phrase it a little differently today. I don’t want to make people think that I’m going to replace the Capitol dome with a steeple. What it does mean is that people of faith do need to exercise their sense of responsibility toward education, toward health, toward the environment. All of those issues, for me, are driven by my sense that this is a wonderful world that God’s made, we’re responsible for taking care of it.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jan 28, 2007
We are a nation of faith, and we are stewards of God’s world

Q: You said: ‘I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.’“ Would you try to lead it into being a more Christian nation?

A: I think it’s dangerous to say that we are a nation that ought to be pushed into a Christian faith by its leaders. However, I make no apology for my faith. We are a nation of faith.

Q: But when you said, “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ,” what does that say to Jews, Muslims, agnostics?

A: I’d probably phrase it a little differently today. It means that people of faith need to exercise their sense of responsibility toward education, toward health, toward the environment. All of those issues, for me, are driven by my sense that this is a wonderful world that God’s made, we’re responsible for taking care of it, for being stewards of it.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty : Jan 4, 2007
First Amendment never intended to shut out voices of faith

The First Amendment is often used illegitimately as a way to shut out the voice of faith in the public square when it was in fact intended to do the opposite. The first Amendment declares that “Congress shall pass no law which respects the establishment” of a specific religion or prohibits the free exercise thereof. Essentially it can be defined in this simple summation: “Government is not to prohibit or prefer a particular religion or faith.” It is not the government’s role, responsibility, or its right to prohibit the expression of one’s faith.

Those of us with faith know that government should guarantee that those expressions will not be prohibited. At the same time, we should be warned that they will not be preferred over another in some official capacity.

The First Amendment was intended to ensure that the voice of government did not drown out the voices of faith.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p.154

Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty : Dec 1, 2006
Supports Charitable Choice for funding faith-based providers

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: PAC website, HopeForAmericaPac.org, “About”

Sarah Palin on Education : Nov 3, 2006
Faith-based materials ok in homeschooling

Ideally, the purpose of administration is to ensure that our schools offer such choices to parents, students and teachers. Choice in public education is a relatively new idea, but is already widely implemented. We see from our experience that innovation such as charter schools, homeschools, correspondence, Montessorri, and various other alternative schools have a broad appeal to parents, students, teachers and administrators. There is still room to grow our choices to serve more families.

I support and respect the rights of independent homeschoolers and those who partner with local and state-wide school districts. There must be equity in treatment of all homeschoolers in all programs across the state. The use of privately-purchased, faith-based materials should not be a reason for withholding funding.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska

Sarah Palin on Welfare & Poverty : Oct 22, 2006
Funding for faith-based initiatives is adequate today

Q: Do you support an increase in state-funded, faith-based initiatives?

A: We see an adequate level of funding for faith-based initiatives today.

Q: What, specifically, would you do to help make rural Alaska sustain itself economically?

A: I support a municipal revenue sharing so local areas can prioritize their own needs. The state needs to establish a rural energy plan. Commercial fishing is a mainstay for many villages, and I oppose actions that cut off Alaskans from our fisheries.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile

Barack Obama on Abortion : Oct 1, 2006
Extend presumption of good faith to abortion protesters

[An abortion protester at a campaign event] handed me a pamphlet. “Mr. Obama, I know you’re a Christian, with a family of your own. So how can you support murdering babies?”

I told him I understood his position but had to disagree with it. I explained my belief that few women made the decision to terminate a pregnancy casually; that any pregnant woman felt the full force of the moral issues involved when making that decision; that I feared a ban on abortion would force women to seek unsafe abortions, as they had once done in this country. I suggested that perhaps we could agree on ways to reduce the number of women who felt the need to have abortions in the first place.

“I will pray for you,” the protester said. “I pray that you have a change of heart.” Neither my mind nor my heart changed that day, nor did they in the days to come. But that night, before I went to bed, I said a prayer of my own-that I might extend the same presumption of good faith to others that had been extended to me.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.197-8

Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty : Jun 29, 2005
Faith-based programs to provide social services

Governor Mitt Romney has created a special office to help faith-based groups in Massachusetts land more federal money, and he appointed his wife, Ann, to lead it. Romney endorsed faith-based programs yesterday as a means to provide social services and said he wanted to step up the state's efforts to help religious groups and charities attract federal help.

Critics of the faith-based effort warn that Romney's move bolsters President Bush's attempt to get more federal dollars to religious organizations carrying out social services, a policy they say is eroding the traditional division between church and state. ''The Bush administration is trying to break down the church-state wall and give public money to the churches without the legal safeguards that ought to be in place," said one critic.

Faith-based organizations apply directly for the federal grants, but Romney said the state can assist groups in the application process.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: By Frank Phillips, Boston Globe, "Faith-Based"

Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values : Mar 11, 2005
Faith & prayer guide me on difficult matters

My faith isn’t something that I can set outside of anything that I do, because it’s so integral to who I am. Prayer is very important to me and a belief that if you ask for it, you will be guided. Now, that doesn’t mean that I think that God will tell me what to do on, you know, the Iran nuclear problem. But I do believe very strongly that if you are a prayerful and faithful person, that that is a help in guiding us, as imperfect beings, to have to deal with extremely difficult and consequential matters.
Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: Interview With Washington Times, on www.4condi.com, “Issues”

Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty : Mar 2, 2004
Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners

Last year, I asked you to join me in an unshakable commitment to educating our children, diversifying our economy, and strengthening the bonds that hold our families together. Today, I thank you for honoring that commitment and ask that we continue on the path of progress for the people we serve.

We are stronger because we recognize that government isn't the sole answer to the most important questions, and we welcome community and faith based organizations as partners to serve the needs of Florida families. Florida is in a better position to serve our people and face our future, and I thank the members of the Legislature for creating that opportunity.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature

Hillary Clinton on Abortion : Nov 1, 2003
Advocates birth control but OK with faith-based disagreement

Mother Teresa had just delivered a speech against abortion, and she wanted to talk to me. Mother Teresa was unerringly direct. She disagreed with my views on a woman's right to choose and told me so. Over the years, she sent me dozens of notes & messages with the same gentle entreaty. Mother Teresa never lectured or scolded me; her admonitions were always loving & heartfelt. I had the greatest respect for her opposition to abortion, but I believe that it is dangerous to give any state the power to enforce criminal penalties against women & doctors. I consider that a slippery slope to state control in China & Communist Romania. I also disagreed with her opposition--and that of the Catholic Church--to birth control. However, I support the right of people of faith to speak out against abortion and try to dissuade women, without coercion or criminalization, from choosing abortion instead of adoption. Mother Teresa and I found much common ground in many other areas including the importance of adoption.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.417-418

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Jun 2, 2001
Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing

Giving yourself to great things is the only sure path for successful living. I have spoken of some of those choices. To them I might add family and children, faith, scholarship, exploration, healing, teaching, athletics, and creation.
Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Commencement Speech, Westminster College, UT

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Oct 1, 2000
Faith gives us a focus for the future

Real faith is not only getting beyond our past: it’s recognizing that faith is an ongoing process. None of us “have arrived.” At best, we can say we’re “on the way.” A big mistake many make is the notion that at any given moment we’re going to be complete and thus relieved from the prospect of additional construction. That is not and will never be the case.

While I’m not everything I want to be, I’m not all the things I once was. Our lives are filled with pressure and stress. This is not necessarily bad. Stress and tension, properly balanced, actually give us strength.

Faith involves having something in the distance to motivate us and keep us moving, as the apostle Paul admonished in his Epistle to the Philippians. We should “press on toward the goal.”

Faith gives us a focus for our future, helps us move in the direction of our destiny, and gives us the capacity to continue working toward a worthy legacy.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Living Beyond Your Lifetime, by Mike Huckabee, p. 91-93

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 1998
American triad of values: faith, family, & work

America was built on at least 3 essential principles, and upon this triad of values, our culture has been steadfastly secured against the winds of time and circumstance. Faith, family, and work are the simple components of the American spirit--recover them in their fullness and we will recover our cultural equilibrium. These are the cords that weave the gloriously resplendent fabric of our lives. Thus, it would behoove us to look once again upon these great precepts.

When we do this, we find that the American understanding of these ideals is embedded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, which also had a highly significant formative effect on Western civilization in general. So when we consider these 3 building-block essentials, it is impossible to do so without referencing some of the biblical texts that present and support them. We must also seek to understand these precepts within the framework of the tradition that gave them to us.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.145-146

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 1998
Faith reorients us away from sin & toward future & maturity

Faith brought men and nations both liberty and prosperity. Why does faith have such phenomenal effects?
  1. Faith reorients all of us fallen and sinful people to reality. More often than not, we are ruled by our passions, lusts, and delusions. We simply have a hard time facing reality without the perspective of faith.
  2. The Judeo-Christian religion also tells us that faith counteracts the destructive effects of sinful actions and activities. Sin is not a concept that has much currency with modern social scientists & civil rights activists. It has become politically incorrect even to speak of sin.
  3. Faith establishes a future orientation in our hearts and minds. All too often, modern society either flounders in a dismal fatalism or squanders our few resources in irresponsible impulsiveness.
  4. Faith provokes us to exercise responsibility. Faith enables us to see past ourselves and grow into selfless maturity. We are encouraged in fulfilling our calling in life.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.147-148

Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values : Jun 1, 1998
Working in faith will restore our downgraded culture

The task of restoring the fabric of our lives--faith, family, and work--poses problems of giant proportions. It looks like an impossible task. The culture has seemingly gone too far too fast along the downgrade. How can we possibly prevail? I believe we can overcome the same way the biblical David did when he faced a "giant" problem: he stepped out in faith, went to work, and emerged victorious. To repeat, our best plan of action is:
  1. to step out in faith
  2. work at this immense task of performing well in our careers and providing support and love for our families, and
  3. emerge victorious.
We step out in faith, asking God for direction, wisdom, and encouragement, relying on the fact that "All things work together for good to those who love God" (Rom. 8:28). With God's help, we will emerge victorious. Victory doesn't come in a day. A culture is not made or unmade in an instant. So the sooner we get started, the better off we'll be.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.153-154

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