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One of my main purposes of this site is to unite people of all faiths into a common ground of understanding through uplifiting dialogue online.  I feel that slowly and surely we’re all beginning to come together as people of faith.  One example of this is the recent forum at Notre Dame entitled “Conviction and Compromise: Being a Person of Faith in a Liberal Democracy”.  At this forum, they had a few Christian leaders from various denominations,including: Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville; Rabbi David Saperstein, director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Rick Warren, founding pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California; and Rev. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, and a Mormon apostle (Dallin Oaks, pictured in the middle).

The discussion surrounded the role religion should play in our political decisions.

I thought it would be interesting to see how readers of this blog feel about the issue and thought we could have a panel of our own.

I will share the questions asked at the forum to each of the religious leaders.  When you leave a comment, share with us your religious affiliation and then answer the questions.

Panel Discussion Questions (as taken from the Notre Dame forum)

  • How can people of faith reconcile religious conviction with politics, which is often described as the “art of compromise”?
  • Should voters take a candidate’s religion into account when casting their ballot?
  • How should elected officials apply their faith when making policy?
  • How does religious diversity affect our national understanding of religion’s role in both politics and government?
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