Heaven Knows, Mr. Obama…

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, poses with a group of children in a youth program while touring the East Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio, Tuesday, July 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Barack Obama talked today about Faith and how it has channeled so much support for shelters for the homeless, food for the hungry, and responding to the needs of the community. Obama would like to strengthen faith based help organizations with more help…

Barack\’s Speech In Zanesville, Ohio \”Faith and Community\”

Obama, \”I’m not saying that faith-based groups are an alternative to government or secular nonprofits. And I’m not saying that they’re somehow better at lifting people up. What I’m saying is that we all have to work together – Christian and Jew, Hindu and Muslim; believer and non-believer alike – to meet the challenges of the 21st century\”.

Barack to outline plans for partnering with communities of faith

As president, Barack Obama will establish a new President\’s Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships within the White House. The Council will work to engage faith-based organizations and help them abide by the principles that federal funds cannot be used to proselytize, that they should not discriminate in providing their services, and they should be held to the same standards of accountability as other federal grant recipients. The Council will:

  • Train the Trainers to enable local faith-based organizations to learn best practices, grant-making procedures and service delivery so that they can better apply for and use federal dollars.
  • Partner with State and Local Offices so that federal efforts build on successes made at the state and local level.
  • Hold Recipients Responsible by conducting rigorous performance evaluation, researching what works well and disseminating best practices.
  • Close the Summer Learning Gap by focusing faith-based and community-based efforts on summer learning programs for 1 million children.

  • Obama, \”Well, I still believe it’s a good idea to have a partnership between the White House and grassroots groups, both faith-based and secular. But it has to be a real partnership – not a photo-op. That’s what it will be when I’m President. I’ll establish a new Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The new name will reflect a new commitment. This Council will not just be another name on the White House organization chart – it will be a critical part of my administration\”.

    Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama speaks to the media at Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio, July 1, 2008.(Matt Sullivan/Reuters)

  • Obama, \”We know that faith and values can be a source of strength in our own lives. That’s what it’s been to me. And that’s what it is to so many Americans. But it can also be something more. It can be the foundation of a new project of American renewal. And that’s the kind of effort I intend to lead as President of the United States\”.

  • Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, bends over to listen to a student in a youth program while touring the East Community Ministry in Zanesville , Ohio, Tuesday, July 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    It would be great to get the support of former General and Secretary of State Colin Powell…

    Obama Held Recent Private Meeting With Powell

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    YES WE CAN…

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