Obama

Obama believes that though there should be a definitive line between church and state, but not every time god is mentioned is crossing that line. For example off of Obama's 2006 Senate website, "it is doubtful that children reciting the pledge of allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequent of muttering (under God). I didn't".

Obama also doesn't look at a VOLUNTARY student prayer groups that meet on school grounds as a problem. This example off the Obama 2006 site states, "having voluntary student prayer groups use school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the high school Republicans should threaten Democrats."

Obama states in a speech on his 2007 Senate website, "doing the Lord's work is a thread that's run through our politics since the very beginning. And it puts the lie to the notion that the separation of church and state in America means faith should have no role in public life. Imagine Lincoln’s second inaugural without its reference to 'the judgments of the Lord.' King's 'I Have a Dream' speech without its reference to 'all of God's children.' or President Kennedy’s inaugural without the words, 'here on earth, God's work must truly be our own.' at each of these junctures, by summoning a higher truth and embracing a universal faith, our leaders inspired ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things."

Finally Obama’s views on some faith based programs are quite positive. Programs using faith to aid in rehabbing ex-criminals and drug/alcohol abusers is his focus. The example is on his 2006 Senate site "one can envision certain faith-based programs, targeting ex-offenders or substance abusers, that offer a uniquely powerful way of solving problems."

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McCain

 

He believes and has voted on bills that would aid community programs that also include some faith based programs.

He also believes that even though the faith of a candidate should be a personal matter, the faith of a candidate matters to many voters.

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