President Barack Obama responds to a question from a member of the audience during a campaign event at the Cincinnati Music Hall in Cincinnati, Monday, July 16, 2012. The question was from a barber who wanted to cut Obama’s hair. Obama is spending the day campaigning in Cincinnati.
“All of these important public policy issues we face today are moral issues that people of faith have a stake in and should speak to. Good people of faith can disagree on the right ways to bring about change and who to vote for in elections. What we shouldn’t disagree on are the goals. Like President Obama, my faith compels me to speak out on these issues and to seek solutions within the public square. All people of faith need to examine the positions taken by the candidates and see if they square with their deepest values and the values of our different faith traditions. As a Christian whose faith informs his politics, I am looking for leaders who will protect God’s creation, our very planet, stand up for those Jesus called the “least of these,” and work towards being a peacemaker in a world torn apart by war.”