Messaging: ReligionDecember 1, 2013
Below is recommended language on religion and the GOP’s convenient faith, as well as facts worth knowing, and responses to the attacks you can anticipate when debating this topic.
- We’re all Americans regardless of where we pray.
- This is America. No one should have to live in fear for their lives just because of their faith.
- We need leaders who know we’re stronger united — not politicians who undermine the fundamental freedom we all have in America to practice our faiths as we choose.
- Republican politicians talk about faith, but then say they’re “not concerned about the very poor” and sit idly by when mobs yell “let him die.”
- That’s what a real war on religion looks like: politicians pandering to the faithful while directly undermining their values and priorities.
- They’re lavishing corporations and millionaires with tax giveaways while taking from “the least of these”: hungry children, sick young mothers, and homeless veterans.
Republicans’ Convenient Faith:
- Using religion only for political gain is an abuse of religion.
- Washington Republicans talk about faith, but they listen to religious leaders and follow religious teachings only when it suits them politically.
- Washington Republicans would take from “the least of these” — hungry children, sick young mothers, and struggling families — so Wall Street CEOs and Big Oil executives can get more tax giveaways.
- That may be an ideological agenda that suits the Tea Party and the anti-faith philosophy of Ayn Rand, but it undermines the values and priorities of every major religious group in America.
- Nearly all American Muslims — 9 out of 10 — say they’re loyal to the United States, and they’re more likely than other faith groups to reject attacks on civilians.
- By the same proportion as American Christians, American Muslims say they see no conflict between their faith and living in modern society.
- American Muslim members of our military have died in war fighting for our country, and the innocent victims of the 9/11 attack included American Muslims. So did the New York City firefighters who came to the rescue at Ground Zero and risked their lives to save others.Millions of Americans Muslims serve in our communities as our doctors, nurses, firefighters, and teachers.
- Washington Republicans perennially try to cut and dismantle the programs and policies that are working to serve and lift up the most vulnerable families among us, including Medicaid, school lunches for children, the minimum wage, food stamps, and student aid.
- The policy goals advocated by faith leaders that are especially under attack by Republican politicians who pander to people of faith include —
- Making sure medicine and live-saving treatments are affordable.
- Strengthening the regulation of mercury pollution, which is especially harmful to pregnant mothers and infants.
- Extending unemployment insurance for Americans looking for work.
- Passing comprehensive reform to fix our broken immigration system.
- Providing adequate funding for faith-based organizations to serve the most vulnerable families.
- There are at least 109 things on which President Obama has supposedly waged a “war” — including “fun,” “sloth,” “you,” “the world,” and even Cheerios and Christmas trees.
ATTACKS + RESPONSES:
- The real “war on religion” is the one waged against the most vulnerable and the values of the people who serve them.
- Here’s what a real “war on religion” looks like: politicians and pundits pandering to the faithful while directly undermining their values and priorities.
- As President, Obama has lifted up and defended the important role of faith in American public life, provided billions for faith-based organizations to serve those in need, and defended the National Day of Prayer in court.
- Actually, American Muslim leaders are among the most strongly outspoken against violent extremism.
- Dozens of terrorist attacks have been stopped in the U.S. since 9/11 because American Muslims spoke up when they saw suspicious behavior — just like any American would. And it was an American Muslim street vendor who raised the alarm and helped stop the Times Square bomber.
- We should be targeting terrorists based on evidence, not single out an entire group based on their religion. That’s more effective at keeping us safe than putting the American Muslim community under surveillance.
- American Muslims are our neighbors, doctors, firefighters, and teachers — and they include members of our military who’ve died defending our freedom. We shouldn’t allow politicians to use religion to drive a wedge between us.
- American Muslims are our neighbors, doctors, firefighters, and teachers — and they include members of our military who’ve died defending our freedom and the NYC firefighters who risked their lives on 9/11 pulling their fellow Americans from smoke-filled stairwells.
- Our top military commanders like Gen. Petraeus and law enforcement agree — if we see American Muslims as our enemies, we feed right into the terrorists’ propaganda.
- Instead, we should be targeting terrorists based on evidence, not single out an entire group based on their religion. That’s more effective at keeping us safe than putting the American Muslim community under surveillance.
- Using religion to drive a wedge between people is an abuse of religion and threatens what makes our country great.
- In America, Muslim women have the same freedoms as any other woman in America. For example, they choose whether or not to wear a headscarf as a symbol of religious devotion.
- It’s great that in America, everyone has the right to practice their religion as they choose.