Religion and Ethics Newsweekly Press Items
BOB ABERNETHY, host: As public outrage continues over Wall Street’s plans to pay multimillion-dollar bonuses to its top executives and traders, President Obama called such bonuses “obscene” and proposed a new tax on the country’s largest banks. Meanwhile, the heads of the four largest investment banks were the first witnesses before a bipartisan commission investigating the causes of last year’s financial crisis.
A new book out this week called “Rediscovering Values” urges moral as well as economic reforms. Its author is Rev. Jim Wallace of Sojourners magazine. Jim, welcome. As you look back at the causes of the so-called Great Recession, what are the most important ones that you see?
BOB ABERNETHY, host: As public outrage continues over Wall Street’s plans to pay multimillion-dollar bonuses to its top executives and traders, President Obama called such bonuses “obscene” and proposed a new tax on the country’s largest banks.
BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: President Obama marked his first 100 days in office saying he’s proud of what his administration has accomplished so far, but is very aware of all the work that lies ahead. Religious groups were among those making their own assessments of the president’s first one hundred days. Kim Lawton reports:
Reverend JIM WALLIS (President and CEO, Sojourners): Protecting the poor, defending the creation are core commitments of this administration. So that’s a good thing for us, good news for us. So I think there’s a real chance for partnership here.
One hundred days into the Obama presidency, Sojourners founder Jim Wallis, a member of the president’s faith advisory council, talks with Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton about the new access religious moderates and liberals have to the White House. He reflects on the accomplishments so far and the challenges ahead, including how to maintain a “prophetic” voice as a White House insider.
One of the most controversial questions facing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is whether religious groups that receive federal grants may discriminate in their hiring and only employ people who share their beliefs. At the “Mobilization to End Poverty” conference in Washington on April 27, 2009, Joshua DuBois, director of the White House faith-based office, was asked how the administration will handle church-state concerns and, specifically, how it will deal with the hiring question.
Bob Abernethy reports on religious groups' anticipation for President Obama to act on social issues. This clip also shows the Poverty Forum and a short interview with Jim Wallis.
Jim Wallis, Sojourners: “Here you have the best ideas from both sides and then transcending the two sides and saying how can we make progress to help families get themselves out of poverty?”
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama established a Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to advise him on several social issues. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton spoke with several council members about what they hope to accomplish and the constitutional questions they may face. Watch Joel Hunter, senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Florida; Melissa Rogers, director of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity Center for Religion and Public Affairs; and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, discuss their roles on the council.
On February 17, a group of Christian leaders from across the political and ideological spectrum made public their recommendations for how to reduce domestic poverty. Watch Sojourners president Jim Wallis, Bethel New Life founder Mary Nelson, and Clapham Group principal Mark Rodgers describe what they think makes this effort different, how the lives of the people they serve can inform public policy, and why President Obama may have an opportunity to reach out to some evangelicals still interested in compassionate conservatism.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton discusses the appointees to President Barack Obama’s new advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and describes what they will be doing.