Values — yes, but whose values?
National Religious Leadership Roundtable calls upon U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to remove himself from Values Voter Summit
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
Summit represents the ‘continuing egregious hijacking of faith and true values
of the American people’
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 — The National Religious Leadership Roundtable today denounced the Values Voter Summit being convened in Washington, D.C., this week by the Family Research Council.
Statement from the Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable
“The Values Voter Summit represents the continuing egregious hijacking of faith and true values of the American people by individuals who have built their influence by presenting themselves as the representatives of all of Christianity, while misusing the language and values of freedom and justice. We are unwilling to stand by while people of faith and goodwill are misrepresented by these voices as they seek political gain.
“Conference speakers include state Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.), who has publicly assaulted the concept of separation of church and state, and so-called religious leaders who have repeatedly misrepresented Christian principles for political gain, including Bishop Wellington Boone and the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
“In addition, the Values Voter Summit openly supports theocracy via workshops titled ‘In defense of mixing church and state,’ ‘Getting church voters to the polls’ and ‘Role of churches in political issues.’
“We call upon Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is listed as a speaker, to recuse himself immediately from the conference. His participation draws a direct and inappropriate tie from this conference to the White House. As faith leaders, we hold strongly to the long-regarded tradition of the separation of church and state and call for immediate withdrawal of his support for the conference.
“This gathering of right-wing extremists, which has led the charge in the last several years against freedom and equality for all, alarms us as it does people throughout the nation. We reject the misguided messages of fear, hate and oppression cloaked in a veil of morality, which have nothing to do with the true values of people of faith and goodwill.”
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