For those of you who are looking forward to even more pandering to evangelicals and so-called "values voters" Barack Obama and the "new" "Democratic" Party, you'll be happy to hear a "Unity-Faith Breakfast" and Interfaith event will open the Convention. This, of course, would be in addition to the daily invocation and benediction. It's all in this press release from the DNCC.
"Senator Obama is a committed Christian, and he believes that people of all faiths have an important place in American life," said Joshua Dubois, Obama For America Director of Religious Affairs. "He's proud to work with the Democratic National Convention Committee on a Convention that fully engages people of faith in dialogue, celebration and prayer. We are honored that so many religious leaders are reaching across partisan and ideological lines in this Convention to address the values that matter to Americans."
The religious leaders promoted to attend these events are not your typical progressive, activist, liberal mainline Protestant pastors one usually finds at progressive political events. The stated goal is to "reach out" to evangelicals. "Each night of the Convention, the official program will begin with an invocation and end with a benediction delivered by a national faith leader or an individual who is active in their local faith community. Among the group selected to deliver these opening and closing prayers are a Republican pastor of a leading Evangelical church in central Florida, a major young Evangelical leader, a nun from a diocese in Cleveland and a Methodist couple, both ordained ministers from Arvada, CO."
Rev. Otis Moss III, the newish pastor at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, until recently Obama's spiritual home of two decades, will speak at a panel entitled "How an Obama Administration will Engage People of Faith." Moss is the same pastor who invited Chicago's Father Michael Pfleger to deliver that inflammatory, race-baiting sermon that mocked and ridiculed a sitting United States senator. Should be an interesting event and attended by at least several producers of Republican attack ads.
Is the "new" "Democratic" Party sounding more like the Republican Party?
Some Background ...
Obama, McCain Agree to Forum at Warren's Mega-Church [R20]
Obama Will Expand Bush's Faith-Based Program [R20]
"Pastor Warren, Would You Let a White Supremacist Speak at Your Church?" [R20]
"Christians" Opposed to Obama[R20]
Far-Right Not Interested in Disease [R20]
Far-Right Not Interested in Disease Pt 2[R20]
Obama: Not "Very Christian" to Criticize Gays [R20]
Obama: Hospital Visitation for Gay Couples is "Not a Special Privilege" [R20]
Behind the Gay-Friendly Faces [The Advocate + PDF]
A Tale of Two Cities [The Advocate]
I Have a Dream ... Ticket [The Advocate]