“What qualifies candidates for public office is not their religious identity, but rather their commitment to upholding the Constitution. Candidates are running for 'Commander in Chief,' not 'Pastor-in-Chief'.” –Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President, The Interfaith Alliance.
Over the past several days and weeks, attention has been focused on such issues as the recent holiday campaign ad for Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney's "religion speech", Barack Obama's "Forty Days of Faith and Family" and Hillary Clinton's outreach to faith communities. Reverend Dr. C. Welton Gaddy,a respected Baptist preacher and President of The Interfaith Alliance, is available for interview to offer comment and analysis on the intersection of faith and politics in the campaign season.
For Immediate Release
Contact: William Blake
December 20, 2007
Available for Interview
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy – President of The Interfaith Alliance On the Intersection of the Holiday Season with the Political Calendar
The early start of the primary season has put candidates in the unusual situation of campaigning during the holiday season. This is new territory that needs to be carefully navigated. Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance, and host of State of Belief, is available to provide analysis and insight on finding the proper balance to protect the integrity of both religion and the campaign season.
The Interfaith Alliance has just released its campaign season guides for houses of worship and candidates running for office in a multi-faith nation. The guides have been updated for 2008 and are based on IRS guidelines. Copies of the guides can be downloaded at www.interfaithalliance.org
Dr. Gaddy is available for media interviews on these and other issues, including pre-taped interviews connected to the election and the holiday season.
Author of over 20 books, including Faith and Politics, the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy leads the national non-partisan grassroots and educational organizations, The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and serves as the Pastor for Preaching and Worship at Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, Louisiana.
Frequently cited by national media on issues relating to religion and politics, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NBC Dateline, NBC Evening News with Tom Brokaw, and ABC’s World News Tonight.
If you wish to contact Dr. Gaddy for interview or have any additional questions, please William Blake at 202-238-3291.
The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the positive and healing role of religion in the life of the nation and challenging those who manipulate religion to promote a narrow, divisive agenda. With more than 185,000 members drawn from more than 75 faith traditions and 47 local activist groups throughout America, TIA promotes compassion, civility and mutual respect for human dignity in our increasingly diverse society. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.