Meet some religious leaders, like Bill Clinton's Pastor, who are working to restore mercy, compassion, and justice to our national vocabulary. And getting smeared by the Christian right for doing so.
It was bleak November when, in the middle of the budget showdown between Congress and the executive branch, the Republicans' controversial welfare reform package was headed to the president's desk. The New York Times speculated that Clinton, not known for being stalwart, would sign the bill. He had, after all, campaigned on the issue of welfare reform.
Nonetheless, the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, planned for more than the standard photo opportunity when she accepted an invitation to make a formal White House presentation opposing the bill. The invitation came after Clinton learned of a resolution passed by her organization, which represents 33 denominations, calling upon Congress and the administration not to dismantle the nation's social safety net.