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Barack Obama on the "God Gap" at Call to Renewal Conference

June 28, 2006

Indeed, the single biggest "gap" in party affiliation among white Americans today is [...] between those who attend church regularly and those who don't. Conservative leaders have been all too happy to exploit this gap, consistently reminding evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their Church [...]. Democrats [...] have taken the bait. At best, we may try to avoid the conversation about religious values altogether [...]. At worst, there are some liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant, insisting on a caricature of religious Americans that paints them as fanatical, or thinking that the very word "Christian" describes one's political opponents, not people of faith. [...W]e make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the power of faith in people's lives [...] and I think it's time that we join a serious debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern, pluralistic democracy.

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