Schakowsky Responds To Questions On Religion, Values, Contraception
At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Chicago's northern suburbs talked about contraception, protecting religious minorities, women's rights, separation of church and state and more.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who represents Illinois' 9th District in Congress, answered the question, "What role do you think religion will play in this year's election?" from an interviewer while she was at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week.
Schakowsky, who is opposed in the November election by GOP candidate Tim Wolfe, noted that while some have claimed President Barack Obama is not Christian and questioned Republican nominee Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, she thinks values, as framed by many religions, will be more important in shaping the campaign.
"I think it's more the faith values that are going to drive this," she said, citing economic justice, human rights and access to health care as examples.
"If that's the case, then given the inequities in our country, we're going to see an Obama victory," she said.
She also addressed issues such as women's rights and the recent controversy over whether religious institutions should have to provide contraception to their employees when it may contradict their beliefs.
She noted a compromise was reached on the issue, but also mentioned that surveys show 98 percent of American Catholic women use contraception during their lifetimes, as do 99 percent of all American women.
She also said many Jews, as a religious minority, believe in the clear separation of church and state.
"We as Democrats are protecting religious freedom," she said.
Schakowsky was interviewed by Rev. Welton Gaddy of State of Belief radio.