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 Rev. Pfleger’s pulpit remarks from last Sunday about Hillary Clinton’s tears over her “white entitlement” dreams being shattered by Barack Obama–delivered at Obama’s Chicago Church–here:The conservative Catholic League has issued a statement attacking Pfleger. No surprise there. The Cardinal who leads Chicago’s archdiocese says Pfleger has agreed to stay ot of the political fray for the remainder of the presidential campaign. That Catholic Church did Obama a favor there.From here on out, God-o-Meter guesses that politicians will highlight their personal faith and how it informs their lives and positions without drawing lots of attention to their pastor and their church, as Obama did (at least before he launched his presidential campaign). George W. Bush is the modern master of religious outreach and messaging, but does anyone know who his pastor is? Or what church he attends?8
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.
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
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.
What surprised you i
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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God-o-Meter blogger Dan Gilgoff is Beliefnet's Politics Editor. A former political correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, he is author of The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America are Winning the Culture War.