It is damaging to the legitimacy of the confirmation process to suggest the examination of a nominee's record, as well as support for or opposition to a nominee, is in any way religiously motivated.

It is unacceptable for us to sit idly by as people die. This is true whether it is in the Deep South or Darfur, Sudan. This gnocide is one of the great horrors of our day, and we urge people of conscience everywhere to take action now before events force us to one day have to confess our sin of negligence and complicity.

The abject poverty revealed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans exists in every urban area of the United States. It's poverty so severe that it kills people.