President Obama has made interfaith cooperation a priority from the beginning — literally. In his inaugural address, he said:
It has been a thread through several of his other speeches.
At the National Prayer breakfast in February 2009, he said: “The particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times.”
And he mentioned it again a few months later at his much talked about speech in Cairo in June 2009: “Indeed, faith should bring us together. That is why we are forging service projects in America that bring together Christians, Muslims and Jews. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into interfaith service…”
I was part of the President’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
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