Archive for August, 2008

IPPA Introduction and Statement of Intent

Monday, August 25th, 2008

This organization, the Interfaith Partnership for Political Action [IPPA], was formed in 2006 by a diverse group of United States citizens. This group is composed of individuals representing almost all the world’s spiritual and humanistic traditions. We have sought out from the many sacred and secular sources of these traditions their common, non-theological values. [See “About IPPA”]  These common values became the core principles of IPPA and are similar to those represented in our country’s founding documents. We wish to emphasize that IPPA is not theologically based and has no religious affiliations.

IPPA’s core values are based on two main principles which can also be found in the Declaration of Independence. These are:

  • the equal worth and dignity of all, encompassing equal protection under the law and equality of economic opportunity.
  • respect for all human life. Including present and future generations.

These two core values give rise to the imperatives for other shared values:

  • sanctity of planet earth
  • tolerance and respect for privacy
  • fairness
  • pursuit of knowledge
  • the need for truth and trustworthy leadership.

Based on these core values we advocate a simple but powerful idea:

Public policies rooted in these core values arising from our shared humanity will serve us better, have more force and a broader appeal than policies based either on narrow ideology or those based on an economic model which says that short term material profit alone is the best means for measuring human happiness and wellbeing.

We plan to present through a series of periodic blog entries a values based discussion of a variety of public issues and policies which we believe are of crucial importance at this critical time for both our nation and world. We hope that, by stimulating informed discussion of the moral imperatives of these many issues, we will help encourage both citizens and political candidates to look at the underlying values that need to be considered in determining the best policies for the future of our country and the world.