"At six months, at one year, at two years -- has anybody ever met a child who hates anybody?" Kerry asked the crowd. ''I'm a Catholic. Hasim's Muslim. And there are, I hope, Jews, other denominations here, and maybe people who are agnostic, I don't know. But here's what I know: I'm running to be president of the United States of America," he said, emphasizing the word united. ''I'm running to be president of all of the American people, all of our citizens."
Philocrites highlights a moving moment of Kerry on the campaign trail.
And in what has been called "a really dramatic statement of intent and hope "Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Lutheran and Congregationalist churches, the Churches of Christ, Quakers, Salvation Army and seven Orthodox churches in Australia have signed a compact which includes the sharing of clergy, property, and common acceptance of each other's baptisms. With the news of division and schism which is racking the church, events which point to what we can do together as a church is encouraging.
In the discussion of moral and religious beliefs during this campaign, one hopes that foreign affairs, how we relate to others, is central to that discussion. And watching the Democratic Nat'l Convention I was really impressed. Especially with the speeches by Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as they articulated a starkly different foreign policy from our current president:
We live in an interdependent world in which we cannot possibly kill, jail or occupy all of our potential adversaries. So we have to both fight terror and build a world with more partners and fewer terrorists.-Clinton
Today, our dominant international challenge is to restore the greatness of America, based on telling the truth, a commitment to peace, and respect for civil liberties at home and basic human rights around the world.- Carter