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McCain’s Beliefnet Interview: How can the Religious Right Hate This Guy?

posted by dgilgoff

Watching Beliefnet’s exclusive John McCain video, God-o-Meter finds it perplexing that the Arizona senator has long been a scourge of the Religious Right. After all, McCain told Beliefnet that the “Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian […]

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Evangelical ex-Bushie: Hillary’s got faith

posted by dgilgoff

Given all God-o-Meter has read about Hillary’s religious life–is there a politician besides George W. Bush whose piety has been better documented?–it was understandably dumbstruck by a recent poll showing that she’s seen as the least religious presidential frontrunner. Today, […]

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Southern fried Reagan crackling again?

posted by dgilgoff

Maybe God-o-Meter’s just temperamental. Last week, its Fred Thompson needle hit a new low after a leaked email revealed that Christian Right titan James Dobson has ruled out supporting him. Today, Thompson’s needle is back up to 5. But God-o-Meter […]

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Paul snags second in Christian activist straw poll

posted by dgilgoff

Yes, God-o-Meter realizes the headline from yesterday’s straw poll among conservative evangelical activists in South Carolina is that Mike Huckabee won. God-o-Meter was more taken, however, by Ron Paul’s commanding second-place finish, collecting 179 votes out of roughly 600 cast—well […]

James Dobson on Fred Thompson: “Not for me!”

posted by dgilgoff

Watching the giddiness of top-tier Christian Right leaders for Fred Thompson steadily wane in the two weeks since he officially entered the race, God-o-Meter’s needle has ticked further downward with each passing day. This morning, with news of a leaked […]

Huckabee wins values voter straw poll

posted by dgilgoff

Even if just showing up is 80-percent of success, God-o-Meter was nonetheless surprised that Mike Huckabee won 62-percent support in a straw poll of religious conservatives taken in conjunction with last night’s Values Voters debate (video here) in Florida. Sure, […]

Romney releases anti-gay marriage ad in Iowa

posted by dgilgoff

Who was it that predicted a few weeks ago that a ruling by a Polk County, Iowa judge would turn into a gift for Mitt Romney? Oh, right—that was God-o-Meter! Romney is out with a new radio ad in Iowa […]

Brownback calls Huckabee weak on values

posted by dgilgoff

After trailing him in last month’s Ames straw poll and failing to get anywhere near the media attention, Sam Brownback is still beating up Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher, for being insufficiently conservative on social issues. In a release […]

McCain: I’m a Baptist. Really, I am.

posted by dgilgoff

Is it just coincidence that John McCain waits till his presidential bid is ailing and till he’s in evangelical-rich and electorally important South Carolina to correct the long-held impression that he’s Episcopal by insisting that he’s Baptist? God-o-Meter says: unlikely. […]

Romney pays Mormon magazine to reach its readers

posted by dgilgoff

With the avalanche of stories about Romney’s so-called Mormon problem, God-o-Meter almost forgot that being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has benefits for White House aspirants. After all, Romney has raised more […]

Thompson owns up to infrequent church attendance

posted by dgilgoff

In the week since he made his candidacy official, Thompson has forced enough God-o-Meter recalibrations to make its needle sore. After swinging up yesterday, Thompson’s God-o-Meter is down again, for telling reporters he only attends church regularly when in his […]

In Iowa, Obama campaign stages Iowa “faith tour”

posted by dgilgoff

As if God-o-Meter needed more evidence that Iowa—rural, culturally conservative, and home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses—has become a laboratory for new religious organizing techniques by Democratic presidential candidates, it learns that the Obama campaign is in the middle of […]

The Southern Baptist Convention: forsaking its own (Huckabee) for a winner (Thompson)?

posted by dgilgoff

So a onetime Baptist preacher is running a long shot campaign for the GOP nomination for president in a crowded field when a TV actor who admits he hardly ever goes to church joins the race. Which one does the […]

Once enthusiastic, evangelical support for Thompson may be cooling

posted by dgilgoff

Even before he declared, aides to Fred Thompson were confident their boss would soon reel in endorsements from a handful of high-profile evangelical leaders. Now that he’s made his candidacy official however, some marquee Christian Right activists, including Family Research […]

Bill banters to black Baptists about Hill

posted by dgilgoff

For Hillary Clinton, competing with Barack Obama for black support means competing largely among black churchgoers, who’ve long been among her husband’s most receptive audiences (remember his ovation-inspiring eulogy at Rosa Parks’s 2005 funeral?). Clinton’s dazzling performance yesterday before a […]

Pew Poll: Hillary seen as least religious of Democratic frontrunners

posted by dgilgoff

A new Pew poll finds that Americans see Hillary Clinton as the least religious among the Democrats’ top three presidential contenders. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life poll finds that 31-percent of Americans see Hillary as “not too […]

Rudy still pro-choice. Evangelicals still pro-Rudy

posted by dgilgoff

It’s one thing if the thrice-married, pro-abortion rights, pro-gay rights Giuliani can win the Republican nomination without the support of social conservatives. It would show that the Christian Right is less of a force in the GOP than it used […]

Richardson to Iowa: God wants you to go first

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter couldn’t help but chuckle at Bill Richardson’s telling an Iowa crowd that their state needs to preserve its threatened first-in-the-nation caucus status “for constitutional reasons, for reasons related to the Lord.” Will Richardson get political points for according the […]

In Iowa, Hillary axes support for abortion rights, gay civil unions from stump speech

posted by dgilgoff

After unveiling a sparkly new stump speech in New Hampshire Sunday, Hillary Clinton delivered it in Iowa again today, but with a few notable omissions: the parts where she says she wouldn’t budge on supporting a woman’s right to an […]

Previous Posts

Closed for the Season
With Election Day finally having come and gone, God-o-Meter is closing up shop till 2012--or at least 2010. Till then, get your faith and politics fix over at Beliefnet editor-in-chief Steve Waldman's blog. 7 ...

posted 4:32:33pm Nov. 19, 2008 | read full post »

On The Religious Left, Great Expectations
The first priorities for Barack Obama's administration will be the economy and a variety of foreign policy issues. But the burgeoning religious left, which worked so hard to get Obama elected, expects some movement on its issues, including a ...

posted 1:49:31pm Nov. 07, 2008 | read full post »

Howard Dean's Vindication
God-o-Meter wrote a piece for today's Roll Call on the vindication of Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean's much-derided 50-State Strategy, which is largely about reaching out to the nation's more religious voters in the red ...

posted 2:01:06pm Nov. 06, 2008 | read full post »

A Post-Election Chat with Ralph Reed
Amid today's talk that Barack Obama has narrowed the God Gap, God-o-Meter checked in with Ralph Reed, who spearheaded religious outreach for George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns and who pioneered such outreach for Republicans as executive ...

posted 3:09:07pm Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

More Innacurate Faith Storylines From the Media
God-o-Meter is struck by the number of faith-based storylines the news media appear to have gotten dead wrong this year. One was the line that Obama was poised to make big gains among white votes, especially evangelicals, who were undergoing a ...

posted 11:53:20am Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

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