Religious Leaders Present Similar Themes at DNC

August 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on religious leaders from "three faiths who offered prayers at the Democratic National Convention this week presented similar themes of compassion, the common good, justice and peace." While the "entreaties stuck to generalities" for the most part, "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, made a point against abortion and called for politics focused on moral values, not political expediency." In addition to Mahony, prayers were offered by Rabbi Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism, Maher Hathout, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California, and His Eminence Demetrios, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America.