This morning, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. His remarks highlighted the need for a return to civility in our national dialogue. Civility has been an ongoing theme of Interfaith Alliance’s work since its founding, equally important as its work as been protecting the boundaries between religion and government.
The New York Times has an interesting article about the organization – known as “The Family” – behind the prayer breakfast. The president can and should engage with the faith community, and is free to speak about his personal faith. However, enough legitimate questions have been raised about The Family and their secretive nature and connection to right-wing causes, that the president should think twice about participating in the future.
A group of progressive organizations have come together this year to offer an alternative forum called the “American Prayer Hour.” It will be interesting to see if their efforts gain any traction.