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Obama’s Church Resignation: Not a Rebuke

posted by dgilgoff

Coming on the heels of Rev. Michael Pfleger controversial sermon there–in which he bashed Hillary Clinton for expecting to win the Democratic nomination out of a sense of white entitlement–it would be easy to take Barack Obama’s resignation from Trinity […]

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Did Obama Have to Leave Trinity UCC?

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama has resigned from Trinity UCC, which played a central role in so many milestone events of Obama’s life: his coming to Christianity, his start as a community organizer–and, by extension, a politician–his ability to finally identify comfortably as […]

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Ralph Reed’s Novel-Length Warning to McCain

posted by dgilgoff

The lead from today’s Wall Street Journal story says it all: As the general election approaches, a contentious battle for the Democratic nomination continues right up to the convention between the two remaining candidates. The Republican contender is a military […]

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Churches as Political Liabilities

posted by dgilgoff

Like the Chicago Tribune editorial says this morning, After everything that happened with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, how on earth does a priest, or any religious leader, take the pulpit and behave as Michael Pfleger did? If you haven’t yet, watch […]

Gay Marriage Spreads. McCain Still Mum.

posted by dgilgoff

Two weeks after the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, The New York Times reports that New York State will begin recognizing gay marriages from California, Massachusetts, and other countries. And because California, unlike Massachusetts, lacks a law preventing gay […]

More Christian Right Fallout for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

When John McCain threw pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley overboard last week, God-o-Meter was struck that both pastors issued statements absent of any ill will toward the presidential candidate. Pretty gracious, thought GOM–would the broader Christian Right be so […]

Obama’s Catholic Problem Shrinks, Doesn’t Disappear

posted by dgilgoff

Though he lost Catholics overwhelmingly to Hillary Clinton in the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries, a new AP analysis shows that Barack Obama would more or less split Catholics with John McCain in a general election matchup. Significant blocs of voters […]

McCain’s Trump Card with the Christian Right?

posted by dgilgoff

Yes, he upset the Christian Right by throwing John Hagee and Rod Parsley overboard. And by staying quiet on the California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. And by entertaining the possibility of Charlie Crist as his running mate. And […]

Could McCain Pick Tom Ridge?

posted by dgilgoff

Marc Ambinder says the Christian Right’s fears about John McCain picking Charlie Crist as a running mate are misplaced. What the movement really ought to worry about, Ambinder says, is McCain picking pro-choice former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge: I don’t […]

Warnings to McCain on VP Pick

posted by dgilgoff

Like God-o-Meter said last week, one of the potential running mates who John McCain invited to his Arizona ranch over the weekend is not like the others. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney both have major support among Christian […]

McCain’s Religious Outreach: Signs of Life

posted by dgilgoff

While God-o-Meter was making the case that McCain’s pastor-dumping last week was the clearest indication yet of his abysmal religious outreach operation, the McCain camp gave David Brody a story about ramping up is faith-based efforts: Two campaign aides for […]

Why McCain Can’t Avoid Cali Gay Marriage Decision

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain hasn’t said much about the California Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage earlier this month. In fact, God-o-Meter’s pretty sure that he personally hasn’t said anything whatsoever about the case, even while campaigning in California. The conventional wisdom […]

In Dumping Pastors, Who Was McCain Responding To?

posted by dgilgoff

Over at Spiritual Politics, Mark Silk notes that there was no great clamoring for McCain to reject John Hagee’s endorsement, especially after Catholic League president Bill Donohue forgave him for his long record of anti-Catholic remarks: One of the odd […]

Christian Right Endorsements: The Reagan Approach

posted by dgilgoff

Like John McCain today, Ronald Reagan had his work cut out in winning over the Christian Right during his 1980 campaign, when a new organization called Moral Majority was mobilizing evangelicals and other conservative Christians in a way not seen […]

McCain’s Latest, Biggest, Religious Stumble: Take 2

posted by dgilgoff

Now John McCain is rejecting Rev. Rod Parsley’s endorsement, too. Like God-o-Meter was just saying just a few hours ago, after McCain finally disowned John Hagee, the Arizona senator is still a novice at religious outreach. So which Christian Right […]

McCain’s Latest, Biggest, Religious Stumble

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s rejection of John Hagee’s endorsement today is the starkest example yet of McCain’s ham handed approach to dealing with the Christian Right and with handling religious matters generally. It’s a striking contrast to era of George W. Bush, […]

McCain’s Growing Pastor Problem?

posted by dgilgoff

This story is getting legs. In March, Mother Jones magazine dug up some anti-Muslim rants of Rev. Rod Parsley, an Ohio-based evangelical minister and rising Christian Right star who campaigned with John McCain at a time when Mike Huckabee was […]

Wright Postpones More Public Appearances

posted by dgilgoff

Kinda strange that Wright is self aware enough to be postponing or outright cancelling so many public appearances since the flap over his videotaped sermons broke in March–presumably to keep from doing further harm to Barack Obama’s presidential bid–but that […]

One of These VP Possibilities is Not Like the Other

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s meeting with potential vice presidential runnng mates Mitt Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this weekend at his Arizona ranch suggests McCain is sensitive to the Christian Right’s ongoing misgivings about his presumptive nomination and wants to put […]

UCC Cleared of Supporting Obama

posted by dgilgoff

That was quick. Especially by IRS standards. An Internal Revenue Service inquiry into whether the United Church of Christ violated IRS rules against church politicking by giving denomination member Barack Obama a speaking sport at its annual meeting last year […]

A God Gap, But Not Where You’d Expect

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton’s campaign emailed word last night that Clinton’s Kentucky blowout was more evidence of her lock on values voters: There continues to be no emerging trend lines other than the one established at the beginning of the Democratic Primary: […]

McCain Rebuffs Dobson

posted by dgilgoff

That’s according to Bob Novak: An invitation for Sen. John McCain to meet with evangelical leader James Dobson at his Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., so far has been rebuffed by the McCain campaign. God-o-Meter doesn’t […]

Exclusive: Interview with Clinton’s Chief Catholic Organizer

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton’s victories in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana gave her campaign a second wind, and largely thanks to Catholic voters. In Ohio, where Catholics made up a third of the electorate, Clinton won them 63-percent to 36-percent over Barack Obama. […]

Rod Parsley’s Other Side

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter recently posted video of John McCain backer Rev. Rod Parsley sermonizing against Islam as “an anti-Christ religion that intends, through violence, to conquer the world.” American Prospect reporter/Christian Right foe Sarah Posner says there’s another controversial side to Parsley, […]

Jews Matter in November. Obama’s OK With That.

posted by dgilgoff

For all the news media’s tut-tutting about Barack Obama strained relations with Jewish voters, Salon points out that he’s actually in pretty good shape in that department: …a Gallup poll last month — in the midst of the Wright drama […]

McCain’s Gay Marriage Ban Failed

posted by dgilgoff

As John McCain continues to keep a low profile on the California Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Dick Polman has a helpful reminder about McCain’s personal experience with gay marriage bans. While the bans have passed […]

Reminder to the GOP on Gay Marriage

posted by dgilgoff

While John McCain and the GOP continue to keep quiet about last week’s California Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage, the party’s Religious Right base continues to be just bit more exercised over the decision. Here’s popular radio host Dennis […]

Clinton’s Prayer for Zimbabwe

posted by dgilgoff

Did you catch the New York Times’ harrowing front pager last week on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s crackdown on Anglican priests and worshippers in advance of an expected runoff election there? Here’s the opening vignette: The parishioners were lined up […]

McCain’s Catholic Organizing. Any News?

posted by dgilgoff

The Wichita Eagle reports today on Sam Brownback’s role as a Catholic organizer for John McCain. Seems like Brownback is still doing the same macro-level Catholic outreach that God-o-Meter reported on months ago. But GOM caught a whiff of a […]

Hagee’s Holocaust Sermon

posted by dgilgoff

Spiritual Politics tipped God-o-Meter off to a Revealer post showcasing a Holocaust-themed sermon from John Hagee, the Texas televangelist and John McCain endorser. Apparently from the 1990s, the sermon has Hagee blaming the Holocaust partly on the Jews and framing […]

Clinton Sits Through Adultery Sermon

posted by dgilgoff

It was just a coincidnece, apparently. Hillary Clinton attended church services in Bowling Green, Kentucky yesterday in advance of the Bluegrass State’s primary this week, and the pastor happened to deliver a lengthy sermon on adultery. CBS News sets the […]

Missed Opportunity for McCain? A Bush Veteran Reflects

posted by dgilgoff

After the California Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in the Golden Gate State last week, God-o-Meter called Gary Marx, a Bush-Cheney ’04 hand who helped lead the campaign’s effort to turn the 2004 legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts to […]

Memo to Obama on Family Values

posted by dgilgoff

There’s an emerging consensus among political types that Barack Obama, in order to solve his white working class problem and to blunt criticism that, despite his national unification rhetoric, is actually a doctrinaire liberal, needs to adopt a traditionally conservative […]

Kmiec Denied Communion for Backing Obama

posted by dgilgoff

Douglas Kmiec, the Catholic legal scholar and former counsel to Republican presidents, reports that he was recently denied communion for publicly supporting pro-choice candidate Barack Obama. It’s getting more common for the Catholic church to instruct pro-choice politicians to refrain […]

GOP Silent on Gay Marriage Decision

posted by dgilgoff

Marc Ambinder noted yesterday that the Republican Party greeted the California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage with near total silence (except for a statement from second-in-command House Republican Roy Blount that denounced the ruling.) Twenty four hours later, the […]

McCain Quiet on Cali Gay Marriage Ruling

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling overturning the state’s gay marriage ban gave John McCain a big open to reach out to his party’s conservative Christian base, especially the Christian Right leaders who continue to be openly skeptical of his candidacy […]

Gay Marriage Decision Puts Heat on McCain

posted by dgilgoff

If John McCain wanted an opportunity to make common cause with the Christian Right, he’s just been handed it: the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban. One of the Christian Right’s biggest grievances against McCain […]

In Israel, Bush Suggests Obama’s an Appeaser

posted by dgilgoff

At a time when Barack Obama is working overtime to shore up Jewish support, President Bush takes a shot at him direct from the Isreali Knesset: JERUSALEM (CNN) – In a particularly sharp blast from halfway around the world, President […]

Will Jews (Finally) Go Republican?

posted by dgilgoff

Will this be the year a Republican presidential candidate peels of serious Jewish support from Democrats? The Wall Street Journal makes a convincing case: Many Republicans think so — particularly with Barack Obama likely heading the Democratic ticket. That calculation […]

New Obama Values Ads in Kentucky

posted by dgilgoff

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Christian literature Barack Obama is distributing in Kentucky is just one part of a wider campaign aimed at marketing Obama as a Christian. A TV ad and two radio ads with that goal are […]

Obama’s Churchy Kentucky Office

posted by dgilgoff

A dispatch on a Barack Obama Kentucky field office, courtesty of a Bluegrass State blogger who filed to the conservative Race 4 2008 blog: I had just finished doing an undisclosed activity at Church and a friend asked me to […]

Obama’s Christian Lit. Where’s the Outrage?

posted by dgilgoff

Hot Air’s Ed Morrisey has posted a copy of Obama campaign literature from Kentucky (pictured below) that shows him in front of a beaming cross (it’s literally covered with glowing bulbs) beneath the words “Faith,” “Hope,” and “Change.” Given the […]

Wright’s Toll in West Virginia

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter wrote earlier today that Democratic congressional candidate Travis Childers’s victory in a ruby red Mississippi district showed that the GOP’s attempts to tie Democrats to the Wright/Obama brouhaha aren’t working. But that’s not to say that Obama himself is […]

Wright Attack Fails in Mississippi

posted by dgilgoff

Mississippi Democratic congressional candidate Travis Childers, whose Republican opponent tried to lash him to Rev. Jeremiah Wright by way of Barack Obama’s endorsement of Childers–a tenuous connection, to be sure–won his special election last night. It’s the third straight special […]

No God Gap in West Virginia?

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s what Hillary Clinton’s faith outreach director just said about Clinton’s victory tonight in Virginia via email: There continues to be no emerging trend lines other than the one established at the beginning of the Democratic Primary: American faith and […]

Bill Donohue’s Take on Hagee’s Apology

posted by dgilgoff

The case is closed on John Hagee, the Texas evangelist whose endorsement of John McCain set off a national controversy because of allegations that Hagee’s books and sermons contain anti-Catholic rhetoric. Or at least it’s closed according to Bill Donohue. […]

Catholic League: Hagee Controversy Officially Over(!)

posted by dgilgoff

That was easy. The conservative Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has received a letter from televangelist/John McCain supporter John Hagee expressing regret over having offended Catholics (read it here). And, just like that, Catholic League president Bill Donohue […]

Wright vs. Bush: An Unpopularity Contest

posted by dgilgoff

Gallup’s new poll reporting that Americans are more likely to be deterred from supporting John McCain over his association with George W. Bush than to be dissuaded from backing Barack Obama over Jeremiah Wright has been getting lots of attention […]

Obama’s Expanding Campaign for Jews

posted by dgilgoff

How often do presidential candidates write op-eds for Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronoth? God-o-Meter will look into it. But Barack Obama’s recent appearance in those pages is just another step in a remarkably comprehensive campaign to woo Jews. His weekend interview […]

Why Clinton’s Sticking Around

posted by dgilgoff

Read some choice snippets from this Financial Times dispatch from West Virginia ahead of tomorrow’s primary and then tell God-o-Meter if you can really blame Hillary Clinton for staying in the race a couple weeks longer. Like most people in […]

Barack Obama: What Israel and the Jews Mean to Me

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama certainly has work to do in bringing Jews, a bedrock Democratic constituency, over to his side before November. In Pennsylvania, the last primary state with a good-sized Jewish population–they accounted for one in twelve Democratic voters there–Obama lost […]

McCain’s Evangelical Enthusiasm Problem

posted by dgilgoff

Bob Novak writes today that a well-placed Christian Right source says that Mike Huckabee, who has publicly endorsed and campaigned with John McCain, has floated the idea that an Obama candidacy might be just what the American people need, perhaps […]

Evidence that Evangelicals Aren’t Budging

posted by dgilgoff

What if the Democratic nominee for president waged an historic campaign for evangelical votes, the Republican nominee was surprisingly tone deaf to evangelical political concerns, a pile of polls showed evangelicals were less beholden to Republicans and their issues than […]

The Obama Supporter Who Married Jenna Bush

posted by dgilgoff

The minister who married first daughter Jenna Bush and Henry Hager this weekend, Kirbyjon Caldwell (above), is a Barack Obama supporter who gave God-o-Meter an exclusive interview last week. Caldwell’s role in the wedding is a remarkable testament to his […]

Is Obama’s Values Problem Faith-Based?

posted by dgilgoff

Former Bill Clinton pollster Doug Schoen has Wall Street Journal op-ed about what he sees as Obama’s values problem: Exit polls in Indiana and North Carolina show clearly that fewer than 60% of white voters believe Mr. Obama shares their […]

Meet Rod Parsley

posted by dgilgoff

Mother Jones has assembled some highlights from the anti-Muslim screeds of Rev. Rod Parsley, who’s been tagged as John McCain’s answer to Jeremiah Wright. McCain’s defenders respond that Parsley, who has campaigned with McCain and whom McCain praised as “one […]

Obama Backers Smack Back at Catholic League

posted by dgilgoff

When Catholic League for Civil and Religious Life President Bill Donohue attacked John Kerry’s faith outreach director as insufficiently godly–“her resume is that of a person looking for a job working for Fidel Castro”–the Kerry campaign silenced her, forbidding her […]

Religious Outreach Week at McCain HQ

posted by dgilgoff

Or maybe religious conservative awareness week. On Tuesday, Senator McCain gave a speech promising to appoint conservative jurists to the courts. Some in the Christian Right applauded. On Wednesday, he gave a speech that opened with a celebration of evangelical […]

Kirbyjon Caldwell And Obama’s Faith Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Beliefnet has posted God-o-Meter’s interview this week with Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, spiritual advisor to George W. Bush–Caldwell delivered the benediction at both his inaugurals and introduced him at the 2000 Republican National Convention–and endorser of Barack Obama. What stood out […]

Does Catholic Outreach Matter?

posted by dgilgoff

Does Catholic outreach matter? Even after Hillary Clinton’s impressive wins among Catholics in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana (though Obama did make modest gains among Catholics in that state and North Carolina yesterday) the conventional wisdom was that economic issues–not religion–were […]

Obama Camp Explains Catholic Gains

posted by dgilgoff

What explains Barack Obama’s gains among Catholics yesterday? The Obama camp just ’round its explanation for progress among religious voters, including Catholics, in memo form: In Indiana and North Carolina the campaign: • Launched a series of inter-faith American Values […]

Wright Looms Large, But Obama Beats Him

posted by dgilgoff

What was more impressive about yesterday’s primary, the fact that Rev. Wright was on so many voters minds or that Obama managed to largely overcome all the negative feelings about his former pastor. In North Carolina and Indiana, almost half […]

Obama Improves Among Catholics

posted by dgilgoff

Obama lost big among Indiana Catholics last night, but not nearly as big as in Pennsylvania and Ohio, where Catholics were probably more responsible than any other voters in giving Hillary Clinton a second wind over the last month. Catholics […]

Catholic League Whacks Obama (Again)

posted by dgilgoff

More evidence that the Christian Right wants to face Hillary Clinton this fall? The Catholic League has just issued another press release slamming Barack Obama for–get this–a Chicago Tribune op-ed written by one of his supporters (no official connection to […]

Family Research Council Likes McCain on Judges

posted by dgilgoff

Family Research Council Action, the most influential conservative evangelical advocacy group, likes what it heard about judges this morning from John McCain. Here’s the statement from FRC Action president Tony Perkins: Senator McCain’s speech will be well- received by millions […]

McCain Rolls out Judicial Advisory Committee

posted by dgilgoff

On the heels of his Wake Forest address on judges this morning, John McCain has rolled out his Justice Advisory Committee. The full list includes plenty of conservative Christian activists and is below. Most noteworthy, however, are the co-chairs. Or, […]

McCain on Judges: Winning Any Converts?

posted by dgilgoff

At Wake Forest University this morning, John McCain delivered his most detailed comments to date on his vision for the federal judiciary, including, most importantly, the Supreme Court. McCain’s support for “strict constitutionalist” judges is supposed to be his big […]

Clinton Trumpets Methodist Roots

posted by dgilgoff

Earlier this year, God-o-Meter reported on the Clinton camp’s unusual campaign to organize United Methodists for its Methodist candidate. Tonight in Indiana, Clinton herself joined the effort, brandishing her Methodist roots during an appearance in Indiana’s most heavily Methodist county. […]

Does the Christian Right Fear Obama?

posted by dgilgoff

According to the Obama campaign, the National Right to Life PAC is placing anti-Obama robocalls in Indiana. Here’s the script, according to the Obama campaign (audio here): “Hello, this is National Right to Life PAC, asking you to vote against […]

First Polls on Obama’s Wright Denouncement

posted by dgilgoff

Talks about conflicting poll numbers on the toll of l’affaire Wright and the effectiveness of Obama’s Wright denouncement last Tuesday. A new New York Times/CBS poll suggests that Obama’s denouncement was a success, with the Illinois senator enjoying a 12-point […]

Obama Becomes Star of GOP Ads

posted by dgilgoff

Mr. post-partisan has become a star of ads by Republicans and their allies nationwide, CNN reports. It’s curious that the two developments that catapulted him into that dubious stardom involved religion: Obama’s remarks about small town Americans clinging to guns […]

Progressive Catholics (and Obama) Strike Back

posted by dgilgoff

Catholics United, a progressive Catholic group, is firing back at conservative Catholic Bill Donohue for characterizing Barack Obama’s Catholic advisory board as “Catholic dissidents.” Here’s the release it put out Friday: Bill Donohue Still Playing on Karl Rove’s Team Attack […]

Is Hagee Mainstream?

posted by dgilgoff

American Prospect Religious Right expert Sarah Posner (who writes the weekly FundamentaList column) contacted God-o-Meter to say that the supposedly controversial video of John Hagee that GOM linked to this morning won’t be much of a liability for Hagee endorsee […]

Obama Camp Responds to Catholic League

posted by dgilgoff

The Obama camp’s National Director of Religious Affairs, Joshua DuBois (pictured), has just contacted God-o-Meter with a response to the Catholic League’s attack on its National Catholic Advisory Committee: Throughout his career, Senator Obama has reached out to people of […]

Catholic League Smacks Obama

posted by dgilgoff

The conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is attacking Barack Obama over his Catholic advisory board because some of its members take views at odds with official church positions on hot button social issues like abortion. Why the […]

Controversial New Hagee Video Surfaces

posted by dgilgoff

The Huffington Post is steering readers to new video of John Hagee (below)–the Texas evangelist whose John McCain endorsement generated controversy because of Hagee’s past anti-Catholic statements–that’s sure to raise some eyebrows. Sure, Hagee’s not McCain’s regular pastor, so he’s […]

Obama: Small Towners as Source of Values

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama’s unscripted comments about small town Americans clinging to God, guns, and anti-immigrant sentiment didn’t do him any favors in Pennsylvania’s primary, so he’s heaping praise on small town values in advance of Indiana’s Tuesday primary. Here’s The Truth […]

Update On Clinton’s Faith Outreach

posted by dgilgoff

Earlier this week, God-o-Meter noted that one of the Democrats’ top faith strategists, Eric Sapp of Common Good strategies, had helped the Clinton campaign arrange a Chelsea Clinton church appearance in North Carolina, prompting GOM to wonder aloud if Common […]

Behind The Christian Right’s Kind Words for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Last night, God-o-Meter noted that the Family Research Council Action, the powerful DC-based evangelical advocacy group, had some surprisingly kind words for John McCain, given its vocal disappointment about McCain’s flaccid Christian Right outreach. So God-o-Meter checked in today with […]

Clinton, Dobson, and The National Day of Prayer

posted by dgilgoff

When Focus on the Family founder James Dobson came to Capitol Hill last spring for the National Day of Prayer, a prominent Democratic senator made a point of approaching the Republican kingmaker to say hi: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Dobson was […]

Michelle Obama: Barack is the Anti-Wright

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter noted yesterday that the Obama camp had begun subtly using surrogates to turn the bitter Wright controversy into lemonade, arguing that Obama’s Wright denouncement this week made him the opposite of the Angry Black Man: the man uniquely able […]

What Will Wright Do Next?

posted by dgilgoff

After a string of public appearances by Rev. Jeremiah Wright were cancelled following the circulation of his radical sermons via video in March and his church web site was sanitized, God-o-Meter assumed that Wright was cooperating with the Obama campaign […]

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 robust White House office of faith-based initiatives, pove

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 states: Years before Barack Obama showed that a liberal Demo

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 director of the Christian Coalition. What surprised you i

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 generational shift in their political thinking and reexa

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

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