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When I decide to stand up for foreign aid, or prevent atrocities in places like Uganda, or take on issues like human trafficking, it’s not just about strengthening alliances, or promoting democratic values, or projecting American leadership around the world, although it does all those things and it will make us safer and more secure. It’s also about the biblical call to care for the least of these [Matt. 25:40] — for the poor; for those at the margins of our society.  To answer the responsibility we’re given in Proverbs to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute" [Prov. 31:8].
- Barack Obama, speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on 2/2/2012, at http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-i-pushed-dodd-frank-and-health-care-reform and http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/NationalPrayerBreak.