Sen. Barack Obama: Revisiting His Historic Speech on Faith and Politics
Democratic Senator Barack Obama's powerful speech on the need for compromise on matters of religion and government.
This past summer, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), delivered the keynote address at a conference sponsored by the progressive Christian magazine Sojourners. Widely acclaimed at the time, in just six months it is increasingly being viewed as historic; a speech not unlike that of another United States Senator almost 50 years before. In September 1960, Sen. John Kennedy addressed the Houston Ministerial Association on what he called the "so-called religious issue" about his Catholicism and the impact it would have upon him were he elected President. In that speech Kennedy said, "I believe in a President whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office." Watch Sen. Obama's speech below to see and hear his take on the vexing question of faith and politics in American life.