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. 

Watch the video here.  

Schakowsky was interviewed by Rev. Welton Gaddy of State of Belief radio.

Nobody You Know September 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
You can mis-quote me all you want, but my comment is here in black and white. What I said was that if everyone else has access to birth control and only women within the church don't, then they are denied the same stuff that everyone else can have. As you pointed out, we ARE talking about a medical service or product - one with far more benefit than Viagra. Without birth control, I have problems that many WOMEN wouldn't even be able to understand. I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say I get quite ill. Just because the Bible says "be fruitful and multiply," birth control is bad and VIAGRA IS COVERED and accepted by the church! I understand that the government doesn't have an endless supply of wealth, so here's an idea for any wanna-be-policy-makers out there: Why don't we replace Viagra coverage with birth control coverage? It seems that the church is more important to you than human beings. You can love God and your religion (whatever it may be) all you want; that's totally your business. To put a building or an institution above LIVES is not a characteristic I want in my representatives. In case you haven't guessed, I will NOT be voting for you.
Nobody You Know September 13, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Guido, I understand your frustration, but voting is definitely worth it. The "lesser of two evils" may be true in some elections. This time you have two extreme opposites, and I see one of them as being very detrimental to the well-being of our country in SO many ways. If you can't bring yourself to vote for either "evil" then RUN FOR OFFICE or find some other way to make the world and the people in it less "evil."
Nobody You Know September 13, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Speak for yourself, buddy!
McCloud September 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Actually I speak for the nearly 88 million Americans who are no longer counted in the labor force, I speak for the thousands of companies who will be penalized for hiring middle class people for Obamacare, I speak for the American ambassador who was murdered who had no protection, I speak for the American taxpayers who are now on the hook for 5 trillion dollars added to our national debt who foot the bill for green company money laundering into bankrupt Democrat supported campaign funds, bankrupt companies like Solyndra, Abound Solar, Energy Conversion Devices, BrightSource, LSP Energy, Evergreen Solar, Ener1, SunPower, Beacon Power, ECOtality, A123, Uni-Solar, Azure Dynamics, and now Solar Trust. Yes we can!
Tony September 14, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Alicia... your political intellect astounds me. Make sure you remember to vote this year, it's Wednesday November 7th.


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