Saturday, March 14, 2009

Conservative Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Grade Obama

The Associated Press reports on early Conservative Evangelical and Catholic leader's responses to the Obama administration. Of importance, these leaders either were on Obama's transition team or currently consult for Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Most of those leaders quoted felt that Obama has been true to his campaign promises and, therefore, are not upset. They are happy with the current conversation, even in disagreement, and are optimistic that Obama will seek common ground in the future. A few were disappointed, citing abortion and embryonic stem-cell research as examples.


Darren Staley said...

There has been a change in abortion laws? I must have missed that.

Drew said...

From the article: One of the four main priorities of Obama's faith-based office is to find ways to reduce the abortion rate, an attempt at common ground. But shortly after taking office, Obama lifted restrictions on federal funding of international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide information about the procedure.

Then in late February, the administration said it would rescind broad protections put in place in the waning days of the Bush administration for health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable on personal, moral or religious grounds. Conservative Christian groups cried foul.