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WATCH: T.D’ Jakes, Sam Rodriguez, Joel Hunter, Jim Wallis, Vashti Mckenzie, Kirbyjon Caldwell, Dr. William Shaw and Others Sign Open Letter’ Condemning the Misrepresentation of President Obama’s Faith

Posted in Christian, Jim Wallis, Obama, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Several prominent Christian leaders are defending President Barack Obama in the wake of questions about his faith.

A recent poll revealed nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is Muslim, even though he’s repeatedly said he’s Christian.

In response, more than 70 pastors and other Christian leaders signed a letter saying the personal faith of public leaders should not be up for public debate.

Some of the names on the list include Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Joel Hunter, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.

“President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith,” the leaders wrote. “Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshipped with this president.”

“We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far,” they continued.

The leaders urged the media, public officials, and other faith leaders “to offer no further support or airtime” to those who question Obama’s faith.

The full text of the letter and a list of signatories is below.

As Christian leaders— whose primary responsibility is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with our congregations, our communities, and our world— we are deeply troubled by the recent questioning of President Obama’s faith. We understand that these are contentious times, but the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for public debate.

President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith. Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshipped with this President. We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far.

This is not a political issue. The signers of this letter come from different political and ideological backgrounds, but we are unified in our belief in Jesus Christ. As Christian pastors and leaders, we believe that fellow Christians need to be an encouragement to those who call Christ their savior, not question the veracity of their faith.

Therefore, we urge public officials, faith leaders, and the media to offer no further support or airtime to those who misrepresent and call into question the President’s Christian faith. And we join with the President in praying that God will continue to bless the United States of America.

Signed, (Full list here)

Democrat Russ Feingold expresses concerns over White House ‘czars’

Posted in Abortion, Constitution, Czar, Health Care, Holdren, Obama, Stimulus, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by saynsumthn

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton, is urging President Barack Obama to be more open and transparent about the work of appointed policymakers.

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In a letter he sent Tuesday to President Barack Obama, Feingold said constituents raised concerns during the senator’s statewide listening sessions about the so-called czar positions.

“Specifically, I ask that you identify these individuals’ roles and responsibilities, and provide the judgment(s) of your legal advisers as to whether and how these positions are consistent with the Appointments Clause,” Feingold wrote.

According to Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Senate must confirm all presidential appointments to federal offices. Feingold called the measure an important part of Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch.

To download a copy of Feingold’s letter to Obama, here

Full letter :

The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

From the beginning of your administration, you have made an admirable commitment to transparency and open government. You showed the strength of your commitment by sending a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies within a week of your inauguration, stating: “My administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.”

As you know, there has been much discussion about your decisions to create and assign apparently significant policy-making responsibilities to White House and other executive positions; many of the persons filling these positions have come to be referred to in the media and even within your administration as policy “czars.” I heard firsthand about this issue on several occasions from my constituents in recent town hall meetings in Wisconsin.

The Constitution gives the Senate the duty to oversee the appointment of Executive officers through the Appointments Clause in Article II, section 2. The Appointments Clause states that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise proved for, and which shall be established by law.” This clause is an important part of the constitutional scheme of separation of powers, empowering the Senate to weigh in on the appropriateness of significant appointments and assisting in its oversight of the Executive Branch.

As a member of the Senate with the duty to oversee executive appointments and as the Chairman of the Senate Constitution Subcommittee, I respectfully urge you to disclose as much information as you can about these policy advisors and “czars.” Specifically, I ask that you identify these individuals’ roles and responsibilities, and provide the judgment(s) of your legal advisors as to whether and how these positions are consistent with the Appointments Clause. I hope that this information will help address some of the concerns that have been raised about new positions in the White House and elsewhere in the Executive Branch, and will inform any hearing that the Subcommittee holds on this topic.

Thank you for considering my views on this important matter. I very much appreciate your commitment to transparency and open government and look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Russell D. Feingold
United States Senator