Faith & Democracy

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How could he, after all these years, miss the point? You’d think, after seventy-five years in Christian ministry, after studying the Bible even longer, after preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every corner of the world, my Baptist colleague, Billy Graham, would have gotten the point.

The leaves are falling from the trees, people are beginning to bundle up against chilly winds, and, after last night's riveting presidential debate, there is no question that fall is in the air. Here at Protestants for the Common Good, that means our education and advocacy work has moved into high gear.

The rule – the operating assumption, that is – in a democratic republic is that everyone will vote for the candidate who will best advance that voter’s self interest.

Recently -- that is, since the Republican and Democratic Conventions -- President/Candidate Obama has shared the suggestion that former President Bill Clinton be appointed to a newly created Cabinet post of “Secretary of Explaining Stuff.” Mr. Obama acknowledges that this is an edited version of the original suggestion: the one who first offered the proposal used another word for “stuff.”

Bloomington, IL: The Illinois League of Women Voters, in cooperation with the Center for Tax & Budget Accountability, will be hosting informational trainings on how the fair tax campaign is progressing in Illinois. Attendees will receive background information on the topic and messaging ideas for how to effectively talk about the issue. The Bloomington training will be held at 304 South Eldorado Rd., Suite 2, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

It was heartening to learn that so many churches in Chicago last week passed the welcoming test that Jesus created. That is, they opened their doors to welcome children.

The Republican and Democratic conventions are over, and it's going to be *November 6th* before we know it. This is a big election, not only because you will vote to determine our next president, but because all of Illinois' state legislators are up for re-election due to redistricting. You will vote for your federal representative as well. We want to make sure that everyone in Illinois is registered and ready to vote!

Rockford, IL: The Illinois League of Women Voters, in cooperation with the Center for Tax & Budget Accountability, will be hosting informational trainings on how the fair tax campaign is progressing in Illinois. Attendees will receive background information on the topic and messaging ideas for how to effectively talk about the issue. The Rockford training will be held at the IEA Offices, 4949 Harrison Ave, Suite 102, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

"She's such a racist." How many times have we heard that among friends, whether it describes a community leader, politician, or relative? That label lets the speaker off the hook, implying that racism is something foreign to her.

Protestants for the Common Good will host a viewing of _Defamation_ on Sunday, October 7th at Chicago Theological Seminary and, we invite you to join us--to engage as this interactive court-room drama unfolds around these issues. We hope you will join the conversation.

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