Magazine article The Christian Century

McCurry Says President's Faith Outreach Needed Now as Much as Ever

Magazine article The Christian Century

McCurry Says President's Faith Outreach Needed Now as Much as Ever

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Religious Democrats were "hibernating" until the 2008 election season, when the party's candidates--including Barack Obama--made religion central to their campaigns, according to former White House press secretary Mike McCurry.

And now President Obama must continue his outreach to people of faith if he is to end the Iraq War, reduce the number of abortions and halt climate change, among other difficult issues, said McCurry, President Clinton's chief spokesperson from 1995 to 1998.

"Yes, [part of] that effort will be a response mechanism to the religious right," McCurry said during a talk January 19 at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. "But it's short-sighted if it's only that. It will miss the opportunity ... to mobilize people across the theological and religious spectrum to tackle problems."

The brief talk by McCurry, a United Methodist, was part of a four-day event called "Be the Change" that was tied to the inauguration and hosted by Washington-area United Methodist congregations. …

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