As a candidate, it was a measure of Barack Obama's political
innovation and ambition that he set out to win religious voters,
including evangelical Christians. As president, his failure in this
effort is equally revealing.
During the campaign, Obama's brand
of progressivism was refreshingly free of secularism. He combined a
conciliatory message -- that believers do not need to "leave their
religion at the door before entering into the public square" -- with
persistent outreach to religious leaders. He affirmed the importance of
faith-based organizations in the provision of social services, pledging
they would "be central to our White House mission." And he made his
convictions clear: "I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian," he
told Christianity Today in 2008. "I believe in the redemptive death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ."
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