Posted by Tod Lindberg on 21st June 2008
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Tod Lindberg
The International Herald Tribune
June 21, 2008
Speaking to the nation on the night he clinched the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama rejected the kind of politics that ”uses religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon.” His words highlight the way faith has once again become a divisive force in American politics.
With the intense focus on controversial preachers and on cases where religious doctrine appears to divide voters, most notably on issues of abortion and homosexuality, we have lost sight of the ways in which turning back to America’s founding values – including faith – can once again unite us in the face of common problems.