Democratic rivals at ease with faith talk

The forum on faith and politics
The stereotypes seem etched in stone, as definitive as the Decalogue: Democratic politicians are hostile to faith; they believe that church and state should remain forever separate; they’re uncomfortable in front of evangelicals.

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates used a prime-time televised forum on faith and politics June 4 to chisel away at those stereotypes and to give Americans a glimpse of their soulful side.

Hosted by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a Washington-based network of centrist evangelical social-justice advocates, the forum provided an opportunity for senators Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois and former North Carolina senator John Edwards to answer questions on poverty, prayer and policy.


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