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Same-Sex Marriage: Are the People Sovereign, or is it to be the Courts?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On Nov. 4, 2008, the people of California, Florida and Arizona joined the ranks of the nearly 40 of the United States that have outlawed same-sex marriage either by amending their respective state constitutions or by passing appropriate legislation. The […]

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Traditional Marriage Wins Big

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Social conservatives and defenders of traditional marriage won tremendous strategic victories in ballot initiatives on Nov. 4. First and foremost, the defenders of traditional marriage overturned the California Supreme Court’s legalization last June of same-sex marriage. Despite being outspent nearly […]

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America: Fulfilling her promises

posted by Dr. Richard Land

All Americans should take great pride and satisfaction in the election of an African-American as president of the United States. Given our nation’s tragic racial history, it says something noble and fine about America that Barack Obama, both a product […]

The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting – Part 3

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision for […]

McCain, Obama, and the Military

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Which candidate for president enjoys the most support among the military, active and retired? The Military Times recently released the results of a poll of their readership (Active Duty military, Reserve-National Guard members, and “military retirees”). They found that among […]

The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting – Part 2

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision for […]

The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Ever since my election as president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in 1988, the commission has published a party platform comparison guide to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek to decide […]

Andrew Greeley’s Reprehensible Name-Calling

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Rev. Andrew Greeley, Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and well-known commentator on a wide range of issues, is an outspoken Obama supporter–I think. In a column he wrote Oct. 1, he said (in the same paragraph, no less) the following […]

Sen. Obama, FOX News, and the media

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In an article that will appear in the Oct. 19, 2008 edition of the New York Times Magazine, reporter Matt Bai quotes Barack Obama making a startling assertion: “I am convinced that if there were no FOX News, I might […]

Biofuel: The Dangerous Consequences of Good Intentions

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As responsible human beings we should be concerned always about doing harm to this planet we inhabit together. As a Christian I believe people of faith have a sacred responsibility to engage in creation care – never treating the earth […]

Last Night’s Debate

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I had the honor and privilege of attending last night’s second presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Some commentators and reporters have described the debate as subdued and uneventful. I can assure you, as someone who was actually […]

The Palin-Biden Debate: Missions Accomplished

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Like millions of my fellow Americans I watched the vice-presidential debate last night between Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden. According to the Nielsen Media Research ratings, 42 percent more people watched the vice-presidential debate than watched last Friday night’s John […]

Fireproof: A different kind of movie succeeds

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I had seen two previous showings of the movie Fireproof prior to its release last weekend. Starring Kirk Cameron, Fireproof is the latest movie produced by Sherwood Baptist Church, in Albany, Georgia (population 164,000). Albany is a nice town, and […]

Tyrants and those who enable them

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Yesterday evening, Sept. 25, I had the honor and privilege of speaking at a protest rally in the heart of New York City across the street from Grand Central Station. People representing more than 60 organizations as diverse as the […]

Praying for Revival and Renewal: Personal and National

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last February, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) Research Institute was having its semi-annual meeting. During that meeting, the research fellows (scholars from various academic disciplines) concluded that American society was bedeviled by serious problems that ultimately […]

Religion and Public Policy: An interesting presidential perspective

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In preparation for a speech on religion and public policy, I was recently reviewing sections of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s The Mighty and the Almighty (2006). Secretary Albright makes some truly important points in her volume. The whole […]

Baptists, the Bible and Women

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In the wake of Gov. Sarah Palin’s selection as the Republican vice presidential nominee, there has been considerable “speculation” about why Evangelicals in general, and Southern Baptists in particular, have responded so favorably to her candidacy. As Sally Quinn reasoned […]

September 11, 2001 and Bush’s Legacy–Forever Linked

posted by Dr. Richard Land

It is September 12, 2008, which means it has been seven years and one day since that infamous moment that is etched in every American’s memory. We all know where we were and what we were doing when the terrorist […]

Is the National Media Biased? A Test Case

posted by Dr. Richard Land

If anyone has any remaining doubts about the national media’s bias and preference for Sen. Barack Obama, I offer Charles Gibson’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin vs. Gibson’s interview with Sen. Obama on July 23, 2008 as an excellent test […]

Sarah Palin: Sending the Signals (By D. Michael Lindsay)

posted by dgilgoff

Sarah Palin electrified the Republican National Convention last week. The Democrats are still smarting from her one-liners, and senior McCain advisors have to be concerned that, while she excites the party’s base, she also outshines the candidate. They will, no […]

The Democrats’ Platform Plank on Abortion: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Much has been made of the Democratic Party’s new platform plank on abortion. Jim Wallis has hailed the new language as “an historic step forward.” Is it? Well, Sen. Obama says that “words matter,” so let’s examine the actual words. […]

Gov. Sarah Palin: Living your values

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Sen. John McCain electrified the Republican base and millions of people of every political persuasion last Friday when he selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Why? First, because she is a reform-minded, no-nonsense, pro-life, pistol-packing […]

Senator McCain’s bold choice

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Like most pro-lifers, I’m ecstatic at the choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as Sen. McCain’s vice presidential running mate. I’ve already received more than a dozen calls from pro-life leaders around the country, both Catholic and Protestant, who […]

Obama, Political Dynasties and What If?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Senator Barack Obama is now the Democratic Party’s candidate for the presidency of the United States. Whether you are going to vote for him or not, this is an incredible moment for the grand experiment that is the United States […]

Saddleback, Civility, and Civil Society

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Like many Americans I watched the “Saddleback Civil Forum” with great interest. What an ingenious format. The idea of having the two presidential candidates answer the same questions, without hearing their opponent’s answers, produced a lot more light than heat. […]

Homeschoolers win important victory

posted by Dr. Richard Land

It seems that miracles still do occur. I have heard of courts reversing their decisions before, but it has always been new judges reversing their predecessors’ decisions. In California, we have now witnessed the same judges reversing their own decision […]

Does Hollywood Really Undermine Marriage?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Parents Television Council (PTC) thinks so. They have just released a new study, Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity Over Marital Intimacy on Prime Time Broadcast Television. I have read the entire 17-page report, and I […]

California’s Attorney General Takes Sides in the Culture Wars

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown (known affectionately as “Governor Moonbeam” during his heyday) is now the state’s attorney general. This is unfortunate since Attorney General Brown, purportedly the representative of fair and neutral law enforcement in the nation’s most populous […]

Caution: Robert McElvaine’s “Grand Theft Jesus” has a problem with facts

posted by Dr. Richard Land

By Richard Land I am a hopeless bibliophile. I love reading books, fondling books, being surrounded by books, looking forward to reading books, and remembering fondly books I have read and reread. Consequently, I drop by a local bookstore a […]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Witness against Tyranny

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a towering figure of morality and courage in a twentieth century far too lacking in both qualities. The fact that the monstrous, totalitarian evil of Soviet Communism could not eliminate the possibility of an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is […]

Ralph Reed the Novelist? — “Dark Horse” is a really good read

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Yes, that Ralph Reed–the former executive director of the Christian Coalition–has written a novel about a three-candidate general presidential election–and it is a really good read. Full disclosure is in order. I have known Ralph Reed for more than two […]

Reduction in homelessness: Let us pause to praise good news

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The federal government has announced that the country has cut the number of “chronically homeless people” by approximately 30 percent between 2005 and 2007. The actual numbers are a reduction from 175,914 to 123,833–52,081 real people actually moved from the […]

Domestic Violence & Lambeth

posted by lwinner

Catherine Roskam, Suffragan Bishop from New York, spoke at Lambeth about domestic violence: she rightly noted that domestic violence appears in all religious communities…she then went on to say that likely there were domestic abusers among the hundreds of male […]

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Lambeth

posted by lwinner

According to this report, Sir Jonathan Sacks, British chief rabbi, spoke at Lambeth earlier this week about the need to find unity within difference: The Anglican Communion has held together quite different strands of Christian theology and practice better than […]

Making Idols Out Of God’s Good Gifts

posted by wsmith

Christian Leaders Must Be Careful Not To Elevate Constitutional Principles Above Biblical Principles In Exodus 3 we see one of the most beautiful, delicious ironies in all of recorded human history. It is the story of the captives plundering the […]

New Pastoral Forum in Anglican Communion

posted by lwinner

The Windsor Continuation Group has released a document calling for, according to Ruth Gledhill, a “new Pastoral Forum is to be set up to bring rebel provinces into line in the Anglican Communion.” The full report will be popping up […]

Randy Pausch: A Life Well Lived

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Over the last few months Randy Pausch captured the attention of much of the world as he had captivated his students for years. Pausch, an extremely popular Carnegie Mellon University professor of computer science, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. […]

America’s Defining Holiday– Independence Day or Thanksgiving?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The late Tony Snow, one of public policy’s “happy warriors” (he always reminded me of the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey, the original liberal “happy warrior”), was a grateful man. “Grateful” might seem to be an odd description for someone […]

Catholic comments on Lambeth

posted by lwinner

One of the questions that casts a long shadow over Anglican and Episcopalian decision-making about issues such as the ordination of women and the blessing of same-sex unions is how movement on these issues will affect Anglican churches’ relationship with […]

Lambeth heats up…

posted by lwinner

Things are heating up at Lambeth: A Sudanese bishop is calling for Bishop Robinson’s resignation: “God is not making a mistake creating Adam and Eve,” he said. “He would have created two Adams if he wanted.” And the bishop of […]

why, exactly, does anyone care about lambeth?

posted by lwinner

I got an email today: “Why exactly does anyone beyond America’s handful of Episcopalians care about the Lambeth conference?” It’s a good question. As a colleague of mine pointed out to me last year, in 2006, the American Baptist Churches […]

clergy spouses (spice?)

posted by lwinner

The bishops’ spouses meeting (and, no, Mark Andrew is not there) has gotten some news attention – perhaps because Lambeth itself seems low-key so far. I have often thought that there is little I would rather do less than be […]

the bishops are…lunching

posted by lwinner

If you look at the schedule for the Lambeth conference today, the events look pretty tame: Rowan Williams is scheduled to give an address, but other than that there appears to be a lot of worship and a lot of […]

finally, lambeth 2008 begins

posted by lwinner

I well remember Lambeth 1998, which took place a month or so after I was baptized in a college chapel in Cambridge, England. I had never heard of Lambeth–the palace, or the eponymous once-a-decade gathering of Anglican bishops. In 1998, […]

Jesse Jackson’s ‘remarks': from a reverend?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

By now, virtually every American not on an expedition to Antarctica has heard about Rev. Jesse Jackson’s crude and offensive remarks picked up by a live mic in a Fox News studio last Sunday. Rev. Jackson expressed his extreme displeasure […]

President Clinton questions McCain’s emotional stability?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

During a conversation about philanthropy and global issues at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Former President Bill Clinton made some comments about the lingering psychological impact of having been a prisoner of war. The context was a discussion about former South […]

A Political Shift Among Evangelicals

posted by tcampolo

There is no question that the political agenda for younger Evangelicals is changing and the old guard is alarmed. The stalwarts of the Evangelical establishment, such as Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship; and James Dobson, the president of […]

General Clark, Senator McCain, and a question of character

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last Sunday (June 29) retired Army General Wesley Clark startled “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer by questioning Senator John McCain’s military experience as a qualification for the presidency. Schieffer was asking General Clark about his description of Senator McCain […]

The Second Amendment, guns, and the Supreme Court

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The verdict is now in from the U.S. Supreme Court–the Second Amendment means what it says. In a historic 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that no government entity–local, state, or federal–can totally ban […]

The Supreme Court Devalues Children Yet Again: the Child Rape Decision

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Supreme Court continued its disturbing trend of devaluing children with its Patrick Kennedy v. Louisiana decision. By a 5 to 4 majority (how familiar is that phrase becoming?) the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional for […]

Iraq: When Will Progress Be Acknowledged As Significant?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last month 21 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq, 17 from hostile fire. In May 2007, there were 127 causalities in Iraq. The “surge” is working and bringing with it a measure of military and political success that must be […]

Fathers: Optional Accessories in Families?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

With the observance of Father’s Day and the heartbreaking, sudden death of Tim Russert, author of the best selling Big Russ & Me, the nation’s attention has been focused on fathers. Russert’s Big Russ & Me about Tim’s working class, […]

Obama’s Muslim Mistake

posted by dali

It’s what I feared: Barack Obama and his campaign are so afraid of a “sensitive political climate” that they will eagerly disassociate themselves from anything Muslim, even if it goes against all the highbrow Obama talk about running a clean, […]

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The changing opinion landscape

posted by Dr. Richard Land

LifeWay Research, the research and survey branch of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has partnered with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to survey Americans on a host of moral and social issues facing American […]

Same-Sex Marriage: It’s on the front burner again

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The debate over same-sex marriage is certain to heat up again over the summer and into the fall election season. Why? First, following the California Supreme Court’s mandate that same-sex marriages commence on June 17, thousands of homosexual couples will […]

Barack Obama’s Hindu Lucky Charm

posted by dali

A Time magazine photograph of Barack Obama’s hands, displaying his favorite charms, sported this caption: “Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck is a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a […]

From Beliefnet

posted by admin

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

Senator Obama, Trinity Church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Plfeger—What’s the Problem?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Senator Obama and his wife Michelle have now resigned their membership from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Given the outrageous and incendiary statements made from the pulpit by Rev. Wright and repeated with evident relish from the podium […]

Family Politics

posted by Jeff Sharlet

Since this is my last day as a guest blogger on “Casting Stones,” I’m going to plug the book which prompted Beliefnet to invite me in the first place: The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, […]

Broken Windows

posted by Jeff Sharlet

Tony Campolo is one of the true heroes of contemporary Christian leadership, a guy a non-Christian like myself can count on to offer not only provocative and compelling analysis of the world but also honest and even pointed challenges to […]

Barack Obama—a historic American moment

posted by Dr. Richard Land

For all intents and purposes, the primary season (an unprecedentedly long and arduous endurance contest it was, particularly on the Democratic side) is now over, and the general election campaign has commenced. Before the nation plunges into the partisan atmosphere […]

Obama Served Up a Zionist Version of Mom and Apple Pie at AIPAC Conference

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Not, as Jerry Seinfeld would say, that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, in reading the transcript of his address, I loved everything he had to say. But it did strike me as funny that Obama hit every base […]

Family Arguments

posted by Jeff Sharlet

I’m be talking with Natasha Chart and the folks at OpenLeft for a book salon about The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, my new history of the “avant-garde” of American fundamentalism. It’s a story that […]

Bomb Throwers and Hall Monitors

posted by Jeff Sharlet

Mark Silk, an eminent scholar of religion, politics, and journalism, takes issue with my Casting Stones post on the how the press is re-arranging its account of Obama’s ascent now that his victory is assured: Jeff Sharlet is guest-blogging on […]

Obama’s AIPAC Speech: The Transcript

posted by dgilgoff

Remarks at AIPAC Policy Conference Senator Barack Obama June 4, 2008 As Prepared for Delivery It’s great to see so many friends from across the country. I want to congratulate Howard Friedman, David Victor and Howard Kohr on a successful […]

Judging Obama

posted by Jeff Sharlet

With the nomination clinched by Obama, it’s time to move on to the next stage of “journalism”: speculation! What lies ahead? What can we expect from a President Obama? Well, it’s hard to say, right? “Change.” “Hope.” That’s good. But […]

Obama’s Exorcism

posted by Jeff Sharlet

It looks like it’s the end of the line for Clinton and the beginning of a new battle for Obama, and that means it’s time for the press to do what it does best — tidy up the tale, craft […]

We’re All Gay Episcopalians Now

posted by Jeff Sharlet

I’ve been invited to guestblog here at Casting Stones this week because I have a new book about faith and politics out, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. More about that later. I’ve decided to […]

Southern Baptists and the General Culture: Marching to a Different Beat – Part II

posted by Dr. Richard Land

LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has released some interesting results from its in-depth surveys of Southern Baptist pastors across the nation. Eighty percent of Southern Baptist pastors say that they currently support […]

Southern Baptists and the General Culture: Marching to a different beat—Part 1

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Southern Baptists—the largest Protestant denomination in America, with just under 16.3 million members in nearly 44,000 local congregations—have some awareness that they are out of step with the broader culture in which they live. As Evangelicals, they expect to be. […]

Score one for the U.S. Supreme Court

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Monday, May 19, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a significant signal that they may be returning to sanity on the issue of child pornography. By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress and state legislatures can pass […]

Who shall prevail—the judges or the people?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The California Supreme Court has ruled (by a 4-3 vote) in its supposedly “infinite” wisdom that the California state constitution requires that same-sex couples must have the same right to get married as heterosexual couples do. The California Supreme Court […]

Israel and the United States: A Special Relationship

posted by Dr. Richard Land

What an honor and a privilege it was to be present as an honorary member of the official U.S. delegation at the Recognition and Gala hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres Wednesday night here in Jerusalem! It was an inspiring […]

The Perfect Evangelical Hybrid: The Billy Graham/MLK Generation

posted by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

American Evangelicalism will never be the same after the 2008 election. The broadening of the Evangelical agenda, the increase of ethnic evangelicals and the generational changing of the guard from Robertson, Dobson and Graham to Warren, Hybels, Osteen, and Jakes […]

The New Script for a 21st Century Evangelical Production

posted by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

Have we gone full circle? From the days of the Moral Majority in the 1980’s to the Christian Coalition in the 1990’s , Evangelicals stepped out from behind the curtains of political obscurity and by sheer grass roots mobilization and […]

The Evangelical Manifesto: A Call for Pausing

posted by dbock

Dr. Darrell L. Bock is Research Professor of New Testament and Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture at Dallas Theological Seminary. The Evangelical Manifesto is both a call to evangelicals for self-reflection on how they publicly engage in discussion and […]

Methodist Schizophrenia On Gays

posted by hknox

Harry Knox is director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The dust is settling on the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the quadrennial legislative meeting held April 23 – May 2 in […]

Journey to the Promised Land – Part 1

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As I write this, I am on a plane flying to Israel to attend official observances celebrating the nation of Israel’s 60th birthday. I was asked, along with others, by President Bush to be an “honorary” member of the official […]

The Brown Evangelical Conundrum

posted by Rev. Sam Rodriguez

The inevitable reality, as it pertains to the Democratic Presidential race and the subsequent National election (sorry Senator Clinton), paints a canvas where the seasoned veteran from Arizona, Sen. John McCain will face the Junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. […]

Why No Call to Political Independence?

posted by Marcia Ford

The criticism leveled against An Evangelical Manifesto, released this week, covers the expected territory, from questions about the motives of the steering committee and signers, to warnings that the devil is behind it all, to—get this—charges that the title of […]

Christians and Public Policy: More news from the people

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Earlier this week (“Christians and Politics: Too much or too little?”) I shared information from a public opinion survey which showed Americans’ significant level of comfort with “Christians being involved in politics.” The poll found the following levels of support […]

Christians in Politics: Too much or too little?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Over the past few weeks, a national polling firm for LifeWay Research and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission conducted a survey asking Americans to respond to this statement: “I am concerned that at times Christians are too involved in […]

Guilt by Religious Association…

posted by Marcia Ford

…or “If I Were to Run for Office.” Trust me, I’d be branded a right-winger, a neo-con Republican, an ultra-liberal Democrat, an anti-abortion pro-abortionist, and a bigoted anti-Semitic. And all because of the churches I’ve chosen to remain in. I […]

Let’s make it easier to vote — not harder

posted by Marcia Ford

By: Marcia Ford Greetings! I’m Marcia Ford, author of We the Purple: Faith, Politics and the Independent Voter, and I’ll be your guest blogger this week. I know I’m in good company here; not only am I always up for […]

Did Catholics Ignore the Pope: a Reply to Steven Waldman

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven Waldman asks his earlier question in a different way; this time focusing on the “moral” question of whether I, and others who supported the war, ignored the pope on this issue. Did I find John Paul II persuasive in […]

The Texas Polygamy Cult: Concern for Children Must Come First

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On April 3, 2008, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) authorities raided the Eldorado, Texas compound (known as the Yearning for Zion ranch) of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) polygamist sect. The authorities raided the compound based on […]

A National Day of Prayer

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On May 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law marking the first Thursday in May every year as a National Day of Prayer. (Earlier, President Harry Truman had declared a National Day of Prayer in 1952, but did not […]

The Church and the War: a Reponse to Steven Waldman

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven Waldman asks “Why Didn’t Catholics Follow the Church on the War?” I wasn’t aware, and don’t mean this glibly, that the Church had an official position on the war. I am aware, of course, of all the “concern” about […]

Counting the Catholics Who Care: a Reply to David Gibson

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

David Gibson attempts to stop the argument between Steven Waldman and me about Catholic voters. He says, in effect, there aren’t very many Catholic voters. Why? The number of Catholics who consider their faith important to their political decisions is […]

Steven Waldman on What Moves Catholic Democrats

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven makes a bold statement that Catholicism has nothing to do with the Catholic Vote in Democratic primaries. That’s a bit extreme, although with the non-negotiable life issues of the Catholic church taken off the table among Democrats they do […]

Will the Real Rev. Wright Please Stand Up?

posted by hjackson

For weeks there has been a national debate about the appropriateness of sermons preached by Rev. Jeremiah Wright from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Many preachers, both black and white, believed that Wright must have […]

Clinton and Obama Among Catholics: A Reply to Steven Waldman

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

Steven Waldman suggests I take another look at my argument that Obama will not do well among Catholics if he is the nominee in November. If, as I argue, Obama turns off socially conservative Catholics, in part, because of his […]

Catholics, Obama, and the Race Issue

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

David Gibson suggests that the lack of support for Barack Obama among Catholic voters may be due to an “African-American problem” in the Catholic Church. Six weeks ago I got a call from someone advising the Obama campaign on the […]

Obama’s Catholic Problem

posted by Dr. Deal Hudson

As a guest blogger, I’ve been asked by Dan Gilgoff to write some posts concerning my new book on politics and religion and its relevance to the present election cycle. I welcome the opportunity, and I thank Dan and the […]

Divorce—Yet More Costs to Society

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Serious and important studies such as Why Marriage Matters, Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences (2002) and Hardwired to Connect (2003) have documented the ravages of divorce and single parenthood on children as well as their mothers and fathers. The […]

Television—Dangerous for Children?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Most living Americans look upon television as a natural home appliance and think no more about its implications than they would electrical lamps or a washing machine. In fact, more American homes have TVs than have washing machines. Indeed, American […]

Religion, Values Voters, and the 2008 Election Cycle

posted by Dr. Richard Land

A couple of days after the 2004 presidential election I received a phone call from a reporter from a national publication. She wanted to know about those “moral values” voters, the 25 percent of Americans who stated in exit polls […]

Clinton’s Answer on Climate Change/Poverty at Compassion Forum

posted by epatel

Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full exchange between Patel and […]

“Bitter-gate” or “Cling-gate”?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As anyone interested in the American electoral process knows that on April 6 at a supposedly private fundraiser of extremely affluent, latte-sipping, cheese-tasting, wine-quaffing, limousine liberals at the ground zero of elitism—San Francisco—Sen. Barack Obama uttered these now infamous words: […]

Clinton’s Answer on China at Compasion Forum

posted by sgutow

Steve Gutow is executive director of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full exchange between Gutow and […]

Obama’s Answer on HIV/AIDS at Compassion Forum

posted by fpage

Dr. Frank Page is President of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Obama gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full exchange between Dr. Page and Senator […]

Obama’s Answer on Torture at Compassion Forum

posted by dgushee

Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and author of The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center . This is his reflection on the answer Senator […]

Clinton’s Answer on Humanitarianism at Compassion Forum

posted by lharper

Lisa Sharon Harper is cofounder and executive director of NY Faith & Justice in New York City. This is her reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to her question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The […]

Clinton’s Answer on First Principles at Compassion Forum

posted by joelhunter

Dr. Joel C. Hunter, is senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, outside of Orlando, Florida. This is his reflection on the answer Senator Clinton gave to his question at Sunday night’s Compassion Forum for the presidential candidates. The full […]

Obama’s Message and My Church

posted by modonnell

The Barack Obama moment is happening at a time when the church I pastor is finding new unity amidst diversity. Our congregation might not vote in unison this November, but we can testify that a unifying message like Obama’s is […]

Guest Post: Whose Evangelical Manifesto?

posted by wsmith

If all goes according to plan, on or about May 7, a group of evangelical leaders–including the Rev. Rick Warren (of Saddleback Church and “Purpose Driven Life” fame) and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals–will publish a […]

Are conservatives really happier?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In his book, Who Really Cares: the surprising truth about compassionate Conservatives (Basic Books 2006), Syracuse University Professor Arthur C. Brooks demonstrates that “conservatives” give considerably more money and time to charitable causes than do liberals, thus proving that “compassionate […]

Conservatives Give More to Charity than Liberals?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Do “conservatives” give more to charitable causes than “liberals”? According to Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks, they do. Dr. Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, was quite astounded with the […]

Spirituality and happiness: are they connected?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have made a discovery that they found most startling. Mark Holder, professor of psychology at UBC, and his graduate assistant, Judi Wallace, confessed that they were quite surprised when their research revealed that […]

Dr. King—Forty years later, his life and vision still inspire

posted by Dr. Richard Land

April 4, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Anyone who had reached the age of consciousness by that date remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard […]

Supreme Court Strikes Blow for U.S. Constitution and U.S. Sovereignty

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6-3 majority in the Medellin v. Texas decision, struck a significant blow for the U.S. Constitution and U.S. sovereignty against the encroaching power of international treaties and U.N. authority upon U.S. law. Contrary to […]

The French lead the way in expressing moral outrage?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I was aware that the ascension of Nicolas Sarkozy, known affectionately as “Sarko the American” to his countrymen, to the presidency of France was going to have positive ramifications, but I had no idea just how much difference it would […]

Defending Obama, Wright, and the Black Church (By Renita Weems)

posted by Renita Weems

I’m a supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton, but you wouldn’t know it from all the times I’ve had to come to the defense of Barack Obama over these past few weeks. I like to think of myself as a loyal […]

Let Us not Crucify Barack Obama

posted by jmcgee

Senator Obama has a problem: the hardening of the American heart, the closing of the American mind, the shriveling of our souls, the shrinking capacity of our imaginations, our jaded senses, the seen-it-all attitude that makes us into sneering voyeurs […]

Rev. Wright, Senator Obama and the Ghosts in the Room

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Whenever Americans discuss the issue of race, there are always ghosts in the room with us—the ghosts of racial sins and racial hurts from our shared and tragic past. Race has always been the serpent in the American Eden, the […]

Parental rights and government requirements

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The California Second District Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 28 that parents who do not hold a “teaching certificate” but continue to educate their children at home can be found guilty of breaking the law. This is an outrageous decision. […]

Could Jesus Run For President (If He Was Black)?

posted by jmcgee

Barack Obama called us to our better selves yesterday. Never mind that! Here’s the latest new outrage from Obama’s pastor! FOX NEWS, CNN, MSNBC are all about to start playing new secret footage of Rev. Wright screaming: “If you lust […]

Video/Text of Obama’s Faith and Race Speech

posted by dgilgoff

As Prepared for Delivery“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, […]

If Wright is Anti-American, Why Wasn’t My Dad?

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When Senator Obama’s preacher thundered about racism and injustice Obama suffered smear-by-association. But when my late father–Religious Right leader Francis Schaeffer–denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the US government, he was invited to lunch with presidents […]

What was Geraldine Ferraro Thinking?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Geraldine Ferraro, a trailblazer for women as the first woman on a major party national ticket (Walter Mondale’s presidential running mate in 1984), said the following about Senator Barack Obama: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be […]

Spitzer, Dershowitz and “victimless” crimes

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Of all the sad and pathetic aspects of the fall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, when his almost decade-long use of prostitutes was uncovered, the most pathetic was Prof. Alan Dershowitz’s assertion that prostitution was a “victimless crime.” A vicious and […]

Hillary Clinton As Obamaesque

posted by dgilgoff

David Kuo argues that Obama will benefit from casting Hillary Clinton’s Kumbaya talk about possibly choosing him as her presidential running mate: [A]s these things often do, this will backfire. She has given Sen. Obama the thing he didn’t have […]

Islamic Voting Patterns – Good News?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The news reports of the recent election in Pakistan emphasized the decisive defeat of President Musharraf. Unfortunately, not enough attention has been paid to the dramatic defeat of the radical Islamist parties. The parties sympathetic to al Qaeda and the […]

Success in Iraq—can the president’s critics accept victory?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The good news from Iraq continues to accumulate. Former critics such as Anthony Cordesman have the integrity and the courage to believe their eyes when they are confronted with “major process in every area” when they visit the nation of […]

Is Being Muslim Really so Bad?

posted by dali

The question must be asked by an American Muslim–it is really so bad for any of the presidential candidates to have any ties, even the slenderest of ties, to Muslims? More specifically, why is Barack Obama’s campaign so intent on […]

Is there democracy in the Democratic Party?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

What a titanic struggle for delegates is unfolding in the Democratic race for the White House! With Senators Clinton and Obama locked in hand-to-hand combat for every single delegate, it is beginning to look as if the Democrats may not […]

Government judges deciding which ministers may perform marriages? Heaven forbid!

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I find myself in the uncomfortable position of being in virtually total agreement with the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in its suit against a judge who ruled that marriages are invalid “if presided over by a […]

McCain v. Clinton or McCain v. Obama: Which contest is better for America?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

It now appears almost certain that the presidential contest in 2008 will be between Sen. McCain and either Sen.Clinton or Obama. I have been asked on many occasions which contest I would prefer. My answer is that, as a conservative, […]

Evangelical turnout: What happened and why?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The tidal wave of “Super Tuesday” has come and gone. What did it leave in its wake? On the Democratic side, the race between Senators Clinton and Obama tightened rather than clarified. Sen. Obama won more states, but the really […]

Jews

posted by swaldman

California provided the first real case in which we have real data on how Jews voted in the Democratic primaries. The verdict? A tie. Among the 5% of the Democratic electorate in California, 48% went to Clinton, 44% to Obama.

Why Didn’t Conservatives Back Huck Instead of Mitt?

posted by swaldman

Given how well Huckabee has done tonight, I cant help but wonder: all the conservatives who hate John McCain, why did they rally around Romney, who’s not conservative, instead of Huckabee, who is? Part of the answer is that the […]

Take Beliefnet’s Faith and Politics ’08 Poll

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s an open invitation to take Beliefnet’s faith and politics ’08 poll. This is your chance to weigh in on the most faith-based presidential campaign in memory. We should have results next week.

Is Huck Losing Evangelicals?

posted by swaldman

The conventional wisdom is that Huckabee is slipping because he has not expanded beyond his evangelical base. That’s wrong. He’s losing because he’s not even winning his evangelical base. In Michigan, Huckabee won only 29% of evangelicals, less even than […]

Huckabee, you opened the door!

posted by Michele McGinty

That’s why you get asked the questions about your Christian position in the debates. If you don’t want to handle Christians questions, why did you advertise as a Christian leader. You brought this on yourself.

Fred did attack Huckabee during the Fox News debate

posted by Michele McGinty

And it was glorious! Told him what a Reagan conservative was! I’ll post a video when I can find one. I don’t like the format of the debate and there is way too much Romney and McCain time. And I […]

Thompson hints at Huckabee attack during the Fox News Debate tonight

posted by Michele McGinty

I hope he plans to draw a clear distinction between his conservatism and Huckabee’s (evidently, the term has been redefined) and that he doesn’t waste his time with Romney: “I think this is now a fight for the heart and […]

Change we can believe in?

posted by Michele McGinty

The dawn is spreading after years of darkness; it’s a new day in politics, one that is governed by hope and a belief that we can be different. That Obama can lead Democrats and Republicans into the promised land of […]

GodTube presidential poll

posted by Michele McGinty

Guess who’s winning so far? Huckabee of course, is there any Christian candidate? Though, Obama and Thompson are tied for second Ron Paul is only at 6.5%, I guess the Paulians haven’t discovered the poll yet. (via)

Huckabee’s new Michigan ad

posted by Michele McGinty

Back to populism again: I notice that he didn’t mention that he raised taxes as well and that he left the state with a surplus (which means the tax payers were over taxed).Allahpundit thinks it’s an implied negative ad against […]

The Mysterious Evangelical Vote

posted by swaldman

Though it wasn’t the main story line Tuesday, we did learn a few interesting things about the evangelical vote: Huckabee doesn’t have it locked up. Amazingly, he got only 28% of the evangelical vote in New Hampshire. Are there regional […]

Huckabee’s Weakness Among Evangelicals

posted by swaldman

Get this: Huckabee won only 28% of the evangelicals who voted in the Republican primary. He, Romney and McCain basically tied.

Move by Michigan Democrats to vote for Huckabee in Republican primary

posted by Michele McGinty

There’s a push by the Democrats, who are limited to Hillary, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel in their primary, to mess with the Republican nomination by voting for Huckabee. This is the same group of Democrats who voted for McCain […]

Hillary’s Voice

posted by swaldman

When Hillary said during her New Hampshire victory speech, “Over the last week, I listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice,” I snorted. It seemed odd that after campaigning for a year, she would only […]

So, I guess everyone can drop their change theme now?

posted by Michele McGinty

You couldn’t have more of a status quo vote than McCain and Clinton.

Barack O’Tsongas

posted by swaldman

Obama won among people who feel like the economy is doing well and Hillary won among those who disagreed. Obama won among college graduates, Hillary won among those who didnt graduate college. If this pattern persist, Obama will lose. Mondale/Hart. […]

McCain Ties Huckabee Among Evangelicals!

posted by swaldman

Holy Moly. Evangelicals made up 21% of the New Hampshire Republican voters — and went 32% for Huckabee and 31% for McCain, who was supposedly loathed by religious Christians. Exhibit #838 that we need to recalibrate our understanding of evangelical […]

Michiganders for Huckabee?

posted by swaldman

Everyone is assuming that Huckabee’s only chance is down south in the Bible belt. But before they get to South Carolina, where he should do well, they hit Michigan. We don’t tend to think of Michigan as an evangelical state […]

Record turnout in NH

posted by Michele McGinty

But it’s not all Obamania Secretary of State William Gardner has predicted 260,000 Granite Staters will vote in the Democratic primary and 240,000 will vote in the Republican primary. He predicted that 150,000 undeclared voters will cast votes – 90,000 […]

The Democrats ran out of ballots

posted by Michele McGinty

Obamania! So, tell me how the Republicans win against this in November? From Drudge: Secretary of State is making runs to Seacoast – Hampton, Portsmouth – and Southern Hillsborough – Pelham, Nashua – to bring extra democratic ballots. Many towns […]

Huckabeen does not support a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship

posted by Michele McGinty

I guess his “top immigration surrogate” didn’t speak for him: Gov. Mike Huckabee has issued the following comment in response to a Washington Times article reporting he would amend the Constitution in connection to children born in the U.S. to […]

Huckabee proposes a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship?

posted by Michele McGinty

It looks like it according to his “top immigration surrogate” Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a […]

Video: Thompson on illegal immigration

posted by Michele McGinty

If illegal immigration really was the major issue of the campaign, Thompson would win the nomination and the election because he’s the only one who understands the issue. He gives the perfect answer to the question of compassion (how can […]

Does Romney even get his opponent?

posted by Michele McGinty

Reading Rod’s and Dan’s posts together and keeping this in mind: His aides are wary of New Hampshire. “It’s all no tax, no government there,” said Bob Wickers, a top strategist. “It’s not ideal.” But they believe that the message […]

Huckabee did not support the surge before Romney

posted by Michele McGinty

Video proof here.

Some thoughts on the Republican Debate

posted by Michele McGinty

I liked the format, though I wasn’t too thrilled with some of the questions and how long they stuck with the questions. The first two were really good but the one on healthcare was a waste of time except for […]

How can Hillary compete against the new Messiah?

posted by Michele McGinty

Who has been “delivered to us” and is not the Word made flesh but the triumph of word over flesh: Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you […]

Bill Clinton: the media is forcing Hillary to go negative

posted by Michele McGinty

Oh. My. Heck! No one can beat Clinton for sheer audacity: Bill Clinton voiced his abiding anger at the media’s coverage of him and his wife in Durham, N.H., today, and suggested that media bias will force Clinton to go […]

Theocon Identity Politics Didn’t Prevail?

posted by Michele McGinty

Rod Dreher’s assessment that Huckabee’s appeal was “not just a triumph of theocon identity politics” seems to me a little bit like rewriting history. And though I will concede that Huckabee no doubt received many votes because of his populist […]

Is the Iowa Caucus the Most Christian Place in America?

posted by swaldman

I basically agree with David Kuo and Rod Dreher that Huckabee’s victory cannot be dismissed as an evangelical fluke – a la Pat Robertson in 1988. Huckabee’s message and style are just too appealing to evaporate over night. BUT before […]

In Iowa, a Tale of Two Upsets

posted by dgilgoff

The Iowa caucuses delivered a pair of dramatic upsets as Barack Obama, just three years into his first Senate term, racked up a strong first-place finish while the once seemingly inevitable Hillary Clinton finished third and as Mike Huckabee bested […]

Christians voted for a Christian tonight

posted by Michele McGinty

Huckabee won because he played identity politics. He asked Christians to vote for him because he was a Christian and they did. And I believe it was a huge mistake. Christianity has been co-opted by the Republicans too much already […]

Huckabee will be on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight

posted by Michele McGinty

Way to show support for the striking writers that you say you “support” “unequivocally” and “absolutely.”

Romney’s new ad against McCain

posted by Michele McGinty

Brilliant ad by Romney! Hitting McCain on two of the issues that have been the most irksome — taxes and amnesty — and using actual voters in NH to criticize McCain. Who does McCain hit for lying about him then? […]

Chuck Norris vs. Huckabee’s record

posted by Michele McGinty

According to Allahpundit, it’s a Romney ad:

Steve Strang: Candidates’ Faith Hasn’t Played Too Big a Role in White House Race

posted by dgilgoff

By Steve Strang, founder and publisher of Charisma magazine and a supporter of Mike Huckabee for president As a Christian, my faith is the most important thing in my life. It defines where I work, the friends I have, who […]

Mark DeMoss: Candidates’ Faith Has Played Too Big a Role in White House Race

posted by dgilgoff

By Mark DeMoss, president of The DeMoss Group and a supporter of Mitt Romney for President I have something in common with Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and, Mike Huckabee—we all claim affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention, meaning […]

Huckabee shoots over the heads of the reporters

posted by Michele McGinty

Evidently, he violated gun safety etiquette: Republican Mike Huckabee took his presidential campaign for a quick pheasant-hunting expedition in Iowa on Wednesday, and at one point, a reporter asked why he hadn’t invited sporting enthusiast Dick Cheney along. “Because I […]

Baptist Civil War Fallout, or Why Evangelical Leaders Aren’t Luvin’ on Huck

posted by dcaldwell

And now for some inside baseball about the puzzling question of why the leaders of the religious right aren’t in love with Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor is an ordained Baptist pastor who believes everything in the Bible is […]

McCain’s Christmas ad

posted by Michele McGinty

As long time readers (I know that we have a couple) know, I’m not a McCain supporter at all but I thought his Christmas ad was quite moving and it made me tear up. Allahpundit thinks he might have been […]

They fear him because he will lose in the general

posted by Michele McGinty

They realize that he’s not ready for prime time. I think that might be the answer to Rod Dreher’s question, “Why does the GOP Establishment fear Huck?” I know that would be my answer to that question. They’re afraid that […]

Rudy’s Christmas campaign ad

posted by Michele McGinty

It’s a nice little ad, focusing on where the voters’ attention is right now: Christmas and politics. He was smart to include campaign issues along with his Christmas greetings. And he brilliantly wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday […]

Rep. Steve King endorsed Thompson

posted by Michele McGinty

After he endorsed Romney. Very strange and confusing for the MSM. Here’s the backstory: The Iowa congressman kept his endorsement choice under wraps so closely that no one knew who he would choose between Thompson or Romney for his nod. […]

Huckabee has a BA from a Bible college…

posted by Michele McGinty

And he says that he has a theology degree? In an interview with CBNNews in November, Huckabee said “…I truly understand the nature of the war that we are in with Islamo fascism. These are people that want to kill […]

Huckabee brought the “religious war” on himself

posted by Michele McGinty

David writes: “If Mitt Romney isn’t required to face a theological grilling about his religious beliefs, why should Mike Huckabee be subjected to that grilling?” Because Huckabee is campaigning on his “Christian leadership” skills. You can’t blame the MSM for […]

Richard Land: Romney Speech Reflections

posted by dgilgoff

By Richard Land Mitt Romney gave an eloquent defense of the positive and crucial rule that religion has played in our nation’s history from the first settlements down to the present day. In that regard, Gov. Romney performed an important […]

Romney’s Attack on Non-Believers

posted by swaldman

I was struck by the bald attack on non-believers: “Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me.” He went beyond assailing “secularism” (though he did that […]

Huckabee whines that he’s getting asked too many questions about religion!

posted by Michele McGinty

Unbelievable! He makes his Christian faith a major part of his campaign, speaks about it on the stump and even features it in his campaign ads and yet he complains when the press ask about it: Huckabee bristles about the […]

Richard Land: A Hope List for Romney’s Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Former Massachusetts Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going to give a speech on “Religion in America” tomorrow in Texas. I have been encouraging Governor Romney to give such a speech for over a year now, since […]

Has Romney Blurred the Lines Between Mormonism and Traditional Christianity?

posted by dgilgoff

By Dan Gilgoff When Mitt Romney stands before the nation tomorrow to deliver his much-anticipated “religion speech,” evangelical Christians will be listening particularly intently. Though polls show that one in four Americans feel squeamish about voting for a Mormon president, […]

Hillary hits Obama on his abortion voting record

posted by Michele McGinty

I guess Hillary has started her negative campaign. You know, if he nuanced this a little and spoke about how precious life was, he may be able to pull away some pro-life voters if it’s a Rudy/Obama race. Here’s what […]

Huckabee unaware of the NIE report on Iran

posted by Michele McGinty

He needs to hire someone to brief him on the news of the day before he meets with the reporters. He is looking very unprepared to this nation in a time of war: Kuhn: I don’t know to what extent […]

Thompson doesn’t express his religious beliefs enough

posted by Michele McGinty

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! That’s what this race has become. Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson Monday said he didn’t need to apologize for his faith, despite concerns from Christian conservatives that he does not express his religious beliefs […]

A call for Huckabee to give the speech???

posted by Michele McGinty

Is the media going to push Huckabee to give the JFK speech the way they’re pushing Romney? In the near future, the coverage of Huckabee will be an interesting exercise. How will reporters – most of whom cover politics, not […]

Rabbi Hirschfield: WWJD about the Death Penalty?

posted by dgilgoff

Beliefnet contributor Rabbi Brad Hirschfield , author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right, Finding Faith Without Fanaticism, offers this post on a “What Would Jesus Do?” question about the death penalty at last night’s […]

R + F > G ?

posted by swaldman

The most important political question in the Democratic race is whether Barack Obama will win the black vote. We forget that in 1988 Jesse Jackson won 13 primaries and caucuses while appealing to a smaller sector of the white vote […]

New Romney Mailing in Iowa

posted by Michele McGinty

Comparing himself to McCain, Thompson and Giuliani on the gay marriage amendment as the only one who is for it but he leaves out Huckabee (who is also for it): For the first time, Mitt Romney is using direct mail […]

Paul Endorsed by Nevada Brothel Owner

posted by Michele McGinty

Yes, politics does make for strange bedfellows, doesn’t it? Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, an underdog Texas congressman with a libertarian streak, has picked up an endorsement from a Nevada brothel owner. Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch near […]

Ron Paul’s campaign contribution may exceed $12 million

posted by Michele McGinty

If this is true and he leads in contributions, it will be a sad day for the Republican party and won’t bode well for next year. In an interview to be aired later today on Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al […]

McClellan’s Publisher: Bush did not lie to McClellan

posted by Michele McGinty

After making a splash by implying that Bush was part of a conspiracy: In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, released Monday on the publisher’s web site, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides […]

Huckabee flip-flops on abortion

posted by Michele McGinty

On Sunday Huckabee rejects the idea of the states deciding the abortion issue: Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who is gaining in the polls, said Sunday that he believes that individual states should not be able to decide if abortions […]

Evidently, Romney isn’t heeding Inglis’ wise advice

posted by Michele McGinty

John Fund asks Romney about giving “the speech” and about what Rep. Bob Inglis is reported to have said to him, “You cannot equate Mormonism with Christianity; you cannot say, ‘I am a Christian just like you.’” “I don’t recall […]

Romney Flip-Flops on the Human Life Amendment

posted by Michele McGinty

Hugh Hewitt absolutely eviscerated National Right To Life Executive Director, David O’Steen on his show over the committee’s endorsement of Fred Thompson: HH: All right, let’s go back…again, that’s bad data on your guys’ part, but I can’t substitute data. […]

“I would prefer the candidate who knows how to change the subject and stack the deck”

posted by Michele McGinty

When I read Gail Collins’ column I couldn’t tell if she was serious or not. It would be amazing to me that a Democrat would be happy that her candidate would rather duck the issue than answer a question as […]

How is Weyrich’s charge not bearing false witness?

posted by Michele McGinty

It seems to me that God-o-Meter’s quote from Paul Weyrich comes pretty close to bearing false witness. He needs to make his proof for such an allegation public or else apologize for slandering both NRLC and Thompson. Thompson’s endorsement makes […]

Howard Dean, the Democrats’ chief theologian?

posted by Michele McGinty

Has Howard Dean become the Democrats’ chief theologian? Will universalism become a part of the Democrat party platform? Who knew they had a position on salvation: Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean came out for inclusive team prayers in public […]

Fred Thompson to pick up the National Right to Life endorsement

posted by Michele McGinty

According to Fox: Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has won the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee, the largest U.S. antiabortion group, three sources tell FOX News. The announcement is scheduled to be made Tuesday in Washington D.C. […]

So, I would be interested in David’s definition “children”

posted by Michele McGinty

Cause I would think 25 is a little long in the tooth. I’m referring specifically to David’s Amening this: Legacy-minded loyalists of the president, however, need to keep in mind that on children’s health insurance, preschool education and other issues, […]

I don’t think Romney could give David’s speech…

posted by Michele McGinty

Without looking like a flip-flopper and undercutting the message that he’s been running on since the beginning of his campaign. If Romney used this part of David’s speech, he would seriously be backtracking on the whole social issues he’s been […]

Is the defeat of the Oregon ballot initiative a harbinger of 2008?

posted by Michele McGinty

I was stunned when I heard that the ballot initiative to provide healthcare for children by imposing a cigarette tax had been defeated. We hear all the time how important it is to provide healthcare for the kids and smokers […]

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