October 14th, 2007
01:27 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama: Religion should play role in climate change

Obama spoke at an interfaith forum in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said Sunday that the separation of church and state should not force the people of the United States to "leave [their] religion at the door before entering the public square" and that, indirectly, faith informs politics.

"Our faith informs our values, and I think we'd all agree that our values inform our politics more than they have over the last six years," the Illinois senator said at an interfaith forum in downtown Des Moines.

Obama said that too often religious leaders use faith to "exploit what divides us" by saying that the only issues that matter are abortion, gay marriage, school prayer, and intelligent design.

"Everyone in this room knows that's not true," Obama said.

He said there are other challenges that can unite people of faith, one of them being the issue of climate change.

"The bible tells us that when God created the earth, he entrusted us with the responsibility to take care of that earth," he said. "It is a responsibility to ensure that this planet remains clean and safe and livable for our children, and for all of God's children."

"Science has made it undeniably clear that our generation is not living up to this responsibility."

Obama also took a moment to praise former vice president and recent Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore for his work on global warming.

"I think all of us give great thanks to him for his extraordinary dedication, his extraordinary service, [and] his grace after a bitter defeat to rise up and actually transcend and do even more than one could have ever imagined to help highlight this issue."

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Filed under: Al Gore • Candidate Barack Obama • Global Warming • Iowa • Race to '08 • South Carolina
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. poysfxom, Seattle Wa

    This guy sounds like Ronnie Raygun- says alot without saying anything at all! Best doublespeak award!

    October 25, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Robert/ Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    Obama,is only half right about the Bible, in Matthew 6:33and Matthew 6:9-10- After this matter therefore prayye; Our Father which which art in Heaven,hallow (holy) is they name. Thy kingdom come,thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. KJames Version

    November 12, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Steven, Ridgecrest CA

    I bought into Obama until I learned about who he calls his "sounding board", "spiritual adviser" and "long time friend", Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.

    This "Reverend" justifies all of his hate because this is , "the United States of white America", and we deserved 9/11 because this corrupt country was founded on racism.

    All this garbage comes out of the mouth of this 'reverend' without Obama upholding the values he preaches all around the country in his campaign. All this one America stuff? This is total hypocrisy, reguardless of how good or bad Bush is doing thing, or all this 'issues'. All of this stuff is irrelevant if he has a man like this in his live, who he calls a spiritual mentor.

    Even more he said he would distance himself from this man because it might hurt his campaign. This obviously means he will still be onboard with the reverends hate agenda, only put on a different face in public.

    The New York Times quoted Wright as saying:

    "If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me. I said this to Barack personally, and he said: 'Yeah, that might have to happen.'"

    This guy is smooth talking, but underneath it all is utter ruin. Don't look at all the distractions, if you are considering supporting this man first look into this "reverend" yourself!

    A page that has a good article about his seems not be working for some reason, but if you want some more info check out google's cache of http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58150

    Don't be taken in by all the charisma!

    November 14, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. Magda P.

    Em, excuse me you guys, can you honestly tell me that one of the other candidates is more suitable for the Presidency than Obama? Should we not be focusing on the impact his policies will have not only on the USA, but the World itself, rather than his color or his religion? THIS IS the 2008 you know!

    January 5, 2008 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  5. Mr. Common Sense

    I can't believe how stupid the American people are. Blame George W Bush and his pals for creating this situation. I'ts their fault that America is going to elect a president that is all sizzle and no steak. Barack Obama. He's got a big smile and a good personality but absolutely no qualifications to run this country yet. Maybe in another four to eight years. He seems like a good guy; however, we need someone who is qualified and unfortunetly the most qualified are not going to get elected. Hillary is not my choice either. Hopefully John Edwards will pull a rabbit out of his hat in the next couple of weeks. If not I'm voting Republican. With the exception of Mitt Romney who is a total nitwit, they are all better.

    January 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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