Obama praises and thanks religious communities for promoting justice in the United States by their contributions to the social movements of the past, and calls them to now act on healthcare reform. The President today, during a call-in-conference with religious leaders, acknowledged how religious communities have helped to establish Social Security, Medicare, and civil rights. During this time when so much fear-mongering about healthcare reform has been generated, Obama reminded us how men and women of faith have helped move forward social reform by providing hope instead of fear.
The call-in was sponsored by various religious organizations including Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which is one of many in the religious-based coalition 40 Days for Health Reform, whose primary intent is to call upon individuals, regardless of their differences, to a higher purpose; to remind our political leaders that “health care for every family is a moral priority.” They seek to encourage constructive debate over the issue of health care, right the injustices of the past around the its practice (or lack of), open a dialogue with the White House over reform, and move religious communities to act for reform. The call-in included contributions by Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, a question and answer period with Melody Barnes, White House Director of Domestic Policies, and a statement by Pres. Obama. You can listen to the full call-in at BlogRadio.
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