Capitol Hill correspondent
Barack Obama’s people are spreading the good word – they’re not shy about being religious Democrats.
As part of an effort to reach religious voters, the Obama campaign is organizing small gatherings of religious voters, to talk about religion and values and how they should play out in politics and , of course, to convert new Obama supporters.
I attended one of these American Values house parties in Cincinnati last night. The attendees were Catholic; all except one were Democrats, and most were signed on as Obama supporters. Most people were acquaintances of the hostess, but strangers to one another.
You might think in this setting folks would be reluctant to share their religious views. Not at all. They had strong opinions and were ready to share them...
One woman said for years she’s been reluctant to tell friends she’s a religious Catholic because liberals often associate religion with intolerance.
Another said she’s been frustrated because “you feel your faith is being hijacked by some other outside source,” referring to conservatives who don’t share her politics.
Leading the discussion, Joshua Dubois, Obama’s Director of Religious Outreach, says “On the left too many folks have decided that if you talk about faith at all that you are getting preachy. They're afraid to use any sort of religious terminology and language about values in their public discourse. And then on the right, some of our friends on that side have used faith as a wedge to divide folks instead of to build common ground. So we're trying to find a healthy middle in there somewhere, that's what this forum's about.”
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