The Obama-Biden transition team is working with a range of religious and secular community groups to solicit their views on the transition process and or agenda going forward ...While those groups invited to these discussions have tended to be left-leaning, the Obama transition team is seeking a fuller dialogue to hear all sides of the issues. That doesn't mean, however, that everyone is getting a seat at the table. Those groups apparently still waiting for a call for their input? Conservative advocacy groups for the Family Research Council and the Southern Baptist Convention. Crickets.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Obama's transition team meets with progressive religious groups
Obama's transition team has held over a dozen meetings with religious groups to help shape the new administration's policy agenda. These meetings, containing high-level staffers, are used to solicit ideas on many issues like domestic poverty, peace in the Middle East, and the formation of the Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Obama's version of Bush's faith-based initiatives office. Obama's religious outreach director, Joshua DuBois, wrote: