Why the Common Good? Listen to Rev. Jen’s answer…

October 19, 2006, 1:01 pm | Posted by

At yesterday’s conference on the Common Good as a governing vision, Rev. Jennifer Butler of Faith in Public Life joined in an expert panel discussion on the concrete applications of the common good to governance. Moderator EJ Dionne kicked off the conversation by asking Rev. Jen why the common good was such a good fit right now, and how it compares to ideas of freedom and liberty in motivating political action. Listen to her response in the audio to the right!

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President Clinton on the Common Good

October 19, 2006, 9:53 am | Posted by

Yesterday morning, the Center for American Progress sponsored a major conference at Georgetown University entitled Securing the Common Good: A Vision for America and the World. An extended portion of Clinton’s remarks can be seen below.

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OH-Gov: At Debate, Blackwell Dodges “We Believe Ohio” Question

October 17, 2006, 8:30 pm | Posted by

During the Ohio Gubernatorial debate between Ted Strickland (D) and Ken Blackwell (R), Ohio Associated Press reporter Julie Carr Smyth asked Blackwell:

“Your campaign is enjoying support from conservative Christian groups who appreciate your message of bringing God back into the public square and your positions against abortion and gay marriage. Simultaneously you have declined to meet with more liberal ministers of We Believe who are trying to infuse differing religious perspectives into this election. Given these facts, why shouldn’t Ohio voters believe critics who say that you are carrying water for the Religious Right?”

Catch the video of Ken Blackwell’s answer as well as Ted Strickland’s response. Question starts about 19:19 into the clip.

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VIDEO: Perkins on Hardball Defends ‘Marriage of Convenience’ with GOP

October 16, 2006, 11:51 am | Posted by

Chris Matthews’ had Tony Perkins join him Friday evening to discuss David Kuo’s newly released expose on the manipulation of Christian conservatives by the Bush Administration. Interesting to see him pressed on what exactly the GOP has delivered to his supporters. He talks about the relationship as a ‘marriage of convenience.’ One assumes that the right to this kind of marriage is in fact universal.

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Steinfels on Voter Guides

October 16, 2006, 10:47 am | Posted by

Peter Steinfels has a column in Sunday’s New York Times that discusses the plethora of voters guides available from faith groups across the ideological spectrum. It’s well worth reading, and mentions a couple of guides put out by FPL partners. One, by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and another from Sojourners. Steinfels’ stock in trade is American Catholicism, and he draws interesting comparisons between the balanced pragmatism of Catholics in Alliance and the rigid moralism of conservative Catholic groups.

Money comparison: conservative Catholic guides were originally released as ‘competition’ for the US Bishops, while the Catholics in Alliance guide ‘echos the Bishops’ Faithful Citizenship.’

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