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At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Calls For Civility Powered By Faith

President Barack Obama speaks during the 58th US National Prayer Breakfast February 4, 2010 at a hot i

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President Barack Obama speaks during the 58th US National Prayer Breakfast February 4, 2010 at a hot

Calling for tolerance.

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"Empowered by faith, consistently, prayerfully, we need to find our way back to civility," President Barack Obama said this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

"Surely we can agree to find common ground when possible, parting ways when necessary," the president added. "But in doing so, let us be guided by our faith, and by prayer. For while prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm; while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle — and I assure you I'm praying a lot these days — prayer can also do something else. It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with a spirit of brotherhood. It can remind us that each of us are children of a awesome and loving God."

Here's the audio of his remarks, which lasted about 17 minutes:

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Earlier during the event, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lamented that in some parts of the world "religion, cloaked in naked power lust, is used to justify horrific violence":

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