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What do religious leaders want for Obama's next four years? comment (0)

November 15, 2012

Kathryn Mary Lohre

president of the National Council of Churches

As followers of Christ, we hope and work for a world in which people have nutritious food to eat, safe water to drink, affordable places to live, access to quality medical care and opportunities for fulfilling work. ... President Obama, we now join others in calling you ... to adopt and implement bold policies that will provide for “the least of these” (Matt. 25), addressing the root causes of poverty and creating life-giving vocational opportunities. Eradicating poverty is a moral issue. 


Richard Land

president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Our nation is in dire need of sound, principled leadership. ... I believe (the following) are essential to the future stability and prosperity of our nation: Sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death; religious freedom; sanctity of (traditional) marriage; bipartisan program to cut the national debt and stimulate economic growth; fair immigration reform; Israel’s right to exist within secure and defensible borders; reduce the impact of hardcore pornography and eliminate sex trafficking.


Samuel Rodriguez

president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

My prayer is that our president advances an agenda that protects life, strengthens the family (and) protects religious liberty while globally advocating for religious pluralism, especially in Muslim nations. In addition I pray that our president engages his Christian optics in the spirit of reconciliation for the purpose of healing our nation. This will require him to provide not just political but moral leadership that refuses to sacrifice truth on the altar of political expediency.


David Beckmann

president of Bread for the World

This election is the first step in what we are hoping will be a strong U.S. commitment to ending hunger — both domestically and globally. ... There is more than enough food to feed the more than 7 billion people around the world, yet hunger and poverty persist on a large scale even in the United States. During his four-year term we expect the president to set a goal to end hunger while ensuring that we do not balance the federal budget on the backs of hungry and poor people.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh

spokeswoman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

We (seek) legislation that protects the vulnerable, including infants in utero and the elderly; efforts to help immigrants seeking ... citizenship; help for the poor; support for religious liberty; legislation on the institution of marriage that guarantees a child’s right to be raised in a loving home by a caring mother and father; civility in dialogue and bipartisanship in government so all Americans can work as one for the spiritual and material health of our country and our world.


Leith Anderson

president of the National Association of Evangelicals

I believe God has blessed our nation and my number one prayer and hope for the president over the next four years is that God will continue to bless America under his leadership. My desire is that President Obama and his administration will bring Americans together in peace without a national crisis and will fulfill the vision of the Old Testament prophet Micah: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”


Carroll A. Baltimore Sr.

president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention


t is my sincere desire that President Obama will lead in addressing the issues of poverty and its long-term effects on our entire society. Over the past decades we have cut critical social and educational programs that have plummeted countless children and adults into poverty. We need to enact policies and practices that lift people out of poverty. The religious community and other entities are doing a great deal to help, but our policies and laws need to be revisited. 


Rabbi David Saperstein

director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Help Americans recover from the recent economic downturn. Don’t weaken the safety net elements such as food stamps, Medicaid and Social Security. Allow states to make their own decisions about gay “marriage.” Work to ban employment discrimination. Address the plight of undocumented immigrants. Reinvigorate efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Support religious freedom as a universal norm and address global warming before it spins out of control.

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