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Obama nods to Diament, Saperstein

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) cited a Reform rabbi and an Orthodox leader as examples of a “religious awakening” in America.”Religious leaders like my friends Rev. Jim Wallis and Rabbi David Saperstein and Nathan Diament are working for justice and fighting for change,” the candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency said Sunday in outlining how he came to a “politics of conscience,” in which his Christian faith informs his activism. “And all across the country, communities of faith are sponsoring day care programs, building senior centers, and in so many other ways taking part in the project of American renewal.”Wallis is an evangelical Christian activist; Saperstein directs the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center in Washington; Diament directs the Washington office of the Orthodox Union.