Were you, like God-o-Meter, wondering why Mitt Romney appeared to be tripped up by a question about whether every word in the Bible is true during Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate? The New York Times Caucus Blog sheds some light on the answer.First off, the exchange between Romney and debate host Anderson Cooper:MR. ROMNEY: I believe the Bible is the word of God, absolutely. (Applause.) And I try to live by it as well as I can, but I miss in a lot of ways. But itâ€™s a guide for my life and for hundreds of millions, billions of people around the world. I believe in the Bible. MR. COOPER: Does that mean you believe every word? MR. ROMNEY: You know â€” yeah, I believe itâ€™s the word of God. The Bible is the word of God. I mean, I might interpret the word differently than you interpret the word, but I read the Bible and I believe the Bible is the word of God. I donâ€™t disagree with the Bible. I try to live by it. And The Times’ explanation:
…[A]ll evangelicals place a high emphasis on the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible, even if they do not necessarily believe it is completely without error.On the other hand, Mormons believe categorically that the Bible contains errors, so Mr. Romney may have tripped himself up when he blurted out that he did believe in every word.
Was Romney hinting at the distinct Mormon view of the Bible by saying he “might interpret the word differently than you interpret the word?” Or was he trying to curry favor with evangelical Christians by blurring the line between Mormon and evangelical theology, saying “the Bible is the word of God?” God-o-Meter will only say that if Romney is pursuing this later path, it’s a dangerous one, threatening to upset both evangelicals and Mormons.6
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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 states:
Years before Barack Obama showed that a liberal Demo
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 director of the Christian Coalition.
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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 generational shift in their political thinking and reexa
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