First Lady Says Church Is Good Place to Discuss Political-Moral Issues

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FIRST LADY Michelle Obama held up the church as the place to deal with political issues and the catalyst for getting people to the polls in a speech June 28 to members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

"You see, living out our eternal salvation is not a once-a-week kind of deal," she said in a keynote speech at the historically black denomination's quadrennial General Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. "And in a more literal sense, neither is citizenship."

She noted that Jesus did not keep his work within the walls of the church. "And to anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better--no place better," she said. "Because ultimately, these are not just political issues--they are moral issues."

Obama said those issues--whether discussed in city council meetings or by Washington politicians--should surface in grassroots locations like church parking lots, barbershops and beauty salons. …