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  • The President, on faith

    By Michael Wear on

    Friend --

    This election will come down to personal connections, and I'm asking you to make one today.

    As a person of faith for Obama, make sure your family, friends, neighbors, and members of your congregation know about the President's platform on faith -- and how he's standing up for the values we all hold dear.

    This election is incredibly close, and there's not much time left to get the word out.

    To understand why people of faith are so committed to this president and what he stands for, all you need are his own words -- spoken at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast:

    "We can't leave our values at the door. If we leave our values at the door, we abandon much of the moral glue that has held our nation together for centuries, and allowed us to become somewhat more perfect a union. Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel -- the majority of great reformers in American history did their work not just because it was sound policy, or they had done good analysis, or understood how to exercise good politics, but because their faith and their values dictated it, and called for bold action -- sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes in the face of resistance ...

    And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren't discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren't taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God's command to 'love thy neighbor as thyself.'"

    President Obama's Christian faith, and his belief that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, has shaped what he's done as president -- from supporting economic development abroad to making health care more affordable for all Americans, ensuring our elderly can retire securely, and helping all of our children get a good education and a shot at success.

    Sincerely,

    Michael

    Michael Wear

    Faith Vote Coordinator

    Obama for America

    Volunteer

The Obama Administration's Impact on Faith-Based Communities

The Faith Platform: Leading with Values

President Obama is a committed Christian who knows that faith and values are more than a personal anchor -- they are also a powerful force for the common good. President Obama’s belief that we are all connected—that, as Corinthians says, “if one part suffers...”—has anchored him as he has worked tirelessly to lead with values: basic economic security for everyone who is willing and able to work, including jobs you can raise a family and save for retirement on, affordable health care that’s there for you when you need it most and opportunity through education.

Download the full Faith Platform today.

Economic Security for Families

Economic Recovery—President Obama knows that when the recession hurt our economy, it hurt families. His top priority has always been putting more Americans back to work and restoring economic security for the middle class.

  • We’ve gone from losing 750,000 jobs a month before the President took office to creating them over 28 straight months of private sector job growth.
  • Rescued the auto industry, saving more than a million jobs, and countless families from the strain they would have endured without his decisive action.

Tax Fairness—President Obama believes our tax system should reflect our values, reward hard work and responsibility, and ask everyone to do their fair share. President Obama supports tax reform that reflects the common sense idea that no one making over $1 million should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle class families pay.

  • Over President Obama’s first term in office, the typical family has seen their taxes cut by $3,600.

Health Reform—President Obama fought for health insurance reform so no family will ever have to worry that their child will be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. Obamacare means no family will ever have to worry about how to make ends meet once a loved one hits the lifetime cap on their coverage for a serious disease like cancer, and that no one will have to worry about going bankrupt because he or she got sick.

My Brother and Sister’s Keeper

DREAM Act—President Obama believes that our nation’s immigration policies should be sensible, compassionate and just. The Obama Administration announced a policy to lift the shadow of deportation from young people who came to the United States as children, through no fault of their own, and grew up as Americans. The President announced that young people who meet certain criteria, who are contributing to our country by serving in the military or pursuing an education, can request temporary relief from deportation and apply for temporary authorization to work in this country. Only Congress can provide a permanent fix for these young people, which is why President Obama will continue to advocate for the DREAM Act.

Poverty—President Obama believes we have a responsibility to look out for those less fortunate than ourselves. From housing, Head Start and unemployment insurance, to fighting hunger at home and abroad, the President has stood strong for a budget that maintains the basic American values of opportunity and compassion.

Faith, Family and the Common Good

Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

  • The Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships reflects the President’s belief that faith and values are a powerful force for good in the world, and that the government should rely on and partner on these groups to serve the common good.

Strengthening and Supporting Families

  • Increased funding for organizations promote fatherhood and health marriages. Signed the Pregnancy Assistant Fund into law—a $250 million program which helps local organizations support pregnant women who are choosing to carry their pregnancies to term with the services they need.
  • Extended and increased the value of the Adoption Tax Credit and proposes making it permanent.

Faith in Public Life—President Obama started the new tradition of an Easter Prayer Breakfast. He has also hosted events marking the holidays of diverse faiths, including Diwali, the Passover Seder, and continuing the tradition of celebrating Ramadan at The White House.