President Obama will conduct a faith-centered health care conference call this Wednesday. Read more from USA Today:
Just in case Barack Obama hasn't dropped by your congressional district, wriggled into your Internet inbox online, or had one of the administration's spokespeople on health reform who have swarmed the talk shows turn up on your channel...
Now he wants to call you. He'll be on the phone with self-described "health activists" in a conference call Wednesday organized by progressive evangelicals at Sojourners, the Washington-based social-justice group, Faith in Public Life, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and PICO National Network.
Sojourners has a Christian Creed on Health Care Reform that begins:
As one of God's children, I believe that protecting the health of each human being is a profoundly important personal and communal responsibility for people of faith
And locks every statement down with Bible citations. Example:
The current discussion about health-care reform is important for the United States to move toward a more just system of providing care to all people (Isaiah 1:16-17, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Matthew 25:31-45).
The Wednesday phonorama is a 40-days for Health Reform campaign (hitting on the frequent biblical imagery of 40 days) by the religious coalition.
... stories from faith activists who are struggling within our current system; a question-and-answer session with a White House staff member; and a concluding address from the president.
People who register for the 40-minute call can send questions in in advance online. It's one way "conference" call so there will be no one is shouting down the speakers or photos of protesters.
Don't mess with the religious and moderate left. They are driving the faith discussion inside the beltway. They finally have a President who sees eye to eye with them on how policy and faith intersect.