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Possible McCain Veep Pawlenty on Faith in Christ

posted by dgilgoff

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, on John McCain’s short list of potential running mates, might have upped his chances of getting the nod by doing what McCain won’t: going on the Christian Broadcasting Network and talking about his faith in Jesus. […]

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McCain Camp Denies Rebuffing Billy Graham

posted by dgilgoff

Earlier today, God-o-Meter referenced a pair of posts from blogger George Archibald alleging that this weekend’s meeting between John McCain and Billy and Franklin Graham came after McCain had rebuffed an earlier offer to meet with Billy Graham from an […]

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McCain’s Billy Graham Visit: New Chapter or Crisis Management?

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain sojourned to Billy Graham’s mountaintop cabin in North Carolina yesterday for a 45-minute meeting with the Reverend and his son, Rev. Franklin Graham. Although the Grahams declined to issue endorsements for McCain, the New York Times reports that […]

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Christian Conservatives Against Dobson

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is going to have to start keeping a tally of conservative Christians coming to Barack Obama’s defense. The latest is former George W. Bush aide Peter Wehner (pictured), who–despite having problems with Obama’s social liberalism–comes out swinging against James […]

McCain (Finally) Backs California Marriage Amendment

posted by dgilgoff

It’s been a month and a half. The Brody File reports that John McCain has finally responded in a big way to the California Supreme Court’s May 15 decision to legalize gay marriage, sending a statement of solidarity to the […]

Dobson Broadcast Footnote: McCain Gets Stung, Too

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

When James Dobson ripped into Barack Obama on his radio program yesterday, his denunciation came through loud and clear in the headlines. But it’s worth noting that the head of Focus on the Family saved a bit of his ire […]

New Website Defends Obama Speech Against Dobson

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Well that was fast! Within hours of broadcaster James Dobson’s attack on Senator Obama, one of the most prominent ministers in Texas (along with others) has lept to Obama’s defense, establishing a website bluntly titled, “James Dobson Doesn’t Speak for […]

Obama, Pushing Religious Outreach, Comes under Dobson’s Fire

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

The very month that he held an unusual meeting with prominent black and white Christians–the Rev. Franklin Graham and the Rev. T.D. Jakes, among them–Senator Obama has come under resounding verbal attack from Dr. James Dobson, head of the highly […]

For Obama: A New Muslim Issue, With Its Own Challenges

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Almost since it began, Barack Obama’s campaign has had to fight a hostile rumor that the candidate is actually a Muslim–with the inference being that he might somehow be sympathetic to anti-American militants in the Middle East and South Asia. E-mails […]

Maybe McCain Doesn’t Need Romney After All

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Among John McCain’s former competitors for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has been most outspokenly supportive. As the God-o-Meter noted, the two men recently traded compliments during a McCain fundraiser in Massachusetts, where Romney served a single-term as governor […]

For Obama: A Book on His Religion and a Boost from Bloomberg

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Beyond the back-and-forth in recent days between Barack Obama and John McCain on their differing approaches to energy policy, the Illinois senator got a couple of pluses on the faith-front. Politico.com revealed that Stephen Mansfield, a conservative Republican and evangelical […]

Catholic Professor, Rebuked by Priest, Hangs In With Obama

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

The latest poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has Barack Obama leading by 12 points in Pennsylvania, the state where his one-time rival, Hillary Clinton, pretty much handed him his hat in the Democratic primary two months ago. Of […]

Could Minnesota’s Pawlenty Help McCain?

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

John McCain is visiting Minnesota this evening, holding a “town hall event” in St. Paul, not terribly far from where he’ll be again when the GOP holds its convention come September. The trip has already stirred up talk of whether […]

Brownback to McCain: Talk About Faith

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, erstwhile presidential candidate, says his choice for president, Senator McCain, needs to talk more about his personal faith. “I think he should,” Brownback tells National Public Radio, “but not just as a way to warm up […]

A Catholic Theologian Says Catholics Can Vote for Obama

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

A great, quadrennial subject that political reporters like to chew over is the question, does a distinctly “Catholic vote” still exist in the United States? That’s to say, given that Catholics represent the single-largest religious group in the nation–about 24 percent […]

For Religious Conservatives, McCain’s Values Hide in Plain View

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

The God-o-Meter has sometimes wondered why Senator McCain doesn’t seem to hold the allure for religious conservatives that President Bush has, even though the Arizonan has seemed to stand close to the president on key social issues. And then along […]

Obama: Speaking in Church and Taking Fire in Print

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

You needn’t have strayed from traditional news sources in the past 24 hours to get the basics of Senator Obama’s Father’s Day speech. In brief, he talked about the responsibility of fatherhood itself and made pointed reference to the absence of fathers […]

Falwell’s Widow Will Vote for McCain

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

As noted from time to time by the God-o-Meter, Senator McCain has not had an easy time of it winning support from conservative evangelical Protestants. So, it certainly can’t hurt him with that electoral segment that he can count on […]

Obama Campaign Combatting Religious “Smears”

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Today’s news includes widespread mention that the Obama campaign has put up a website to fight viral internet rumors that the campaign perceives as dangerous to its candidate. The site, at its debut, lists five it works assiduously to debunk–and […]

McCain and Romney Campaign Together

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Although it was way overshadowed by the news that Sen. Barack Obama’s top vice presidential search aide had quit, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain spent yesterday campaigning in Massachusetts, the state’s former governor, Mitt Romney, at his side. Romney, of […]

From Beliefnet

posted by admin

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Poll: The Changing Religious Landscape

posted by dgilgoff

Calvin College is out with the results of a new public opinion survey titled “The Religious Landscape and Projected Presidential Vote: Spring 2004 and Spring 2008. Check it out here. God-o-Meter hasn’t sifted through the whole report yet, but some […]

Bill Donohue Responds to Obama Camp on God-o-Meter

posted by dgilgoff

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to word that Barack Obama’s Catholic Advisory Council hasn’t disbanded in the face of criticism from his group by posting a comment to God-o-Meter: Nice to know they still chat. But if they are […]

Obama’s Catholic Board Alive and Kicking

posted by dgilgoff

Responding to a press release this morning by the conservative Catholic League speculating that the Obama campaign had disbanded its Catholic advisory board, an Obama aide tells God-o-Meter: “The Obama Catholic Advisory Council is thriving, and actively reaching out to […]

Catholic League: Is Obama’s Catholic Board Toast?

posted by dgilgoff

It’s been a while since the Catholic League For Civil and Religious Rights last attacked the Obama campaign, but today it’s claiming victory in a battle that began more than a month ago, when the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue (pictured) […]

Obama’s Prayer Calls

posted by dgilgoff

Newsweek’s got the scoop on the Obama campaign’s many prayer-based conference calls, with separate calls for evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Jews, and African Americans happening each week. The calls have included Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, a spiritual advisor to President George W. […]

Is Jindal McCain’s Most Likely Veep Pick?

posted by dgilgoff

Veepstakes wise, John McCain’s biggest decision may be whether to pick a social moderate who would appeal to swing voters but alienate the Christian Right–a Charlie Crist or Tom Ridge–or someone who would clearly excite the Christian Right, a Mike […]

God Gap: Same As It Ever Was

posted by dgilgoff

Gallup has released an “Early Road Map to the McCain-Obama Matchup” suggesting that, despite John McCain’s anemic religious outreach, and despite Barack Obama’s unprecedented efforts to win over the faithful (at last count, the Obama camp employed three fulltime faith […]

Exclusive: Interview with Mark DeMoss

posted by dgilgoff

With clients like Focus on the Family, Franklin Graham, and Campus Crusade for Christ, Mark DeMoss may be the most prominent public relations executive in the evangelical world. A former chief of staff to Jerry Falwell, DeMoss became then-presidential candidate […]

Who Are McCain’s Foot Soldiers?

posted by dgilgoff

Writing in The Wall Street Journal today, Karl Rove says the 2008 race will likely be won by the candidate who has the superior ground game. Presidential candidates’ national organizations typically grow to comprise tens of thousands of supporters, mostly […]

Obama Gets Testimonial. About Israel.

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama may have gotten a cooler reception yesterday at AIPAC than John McCain did a couple days earlier, but Obama did manage to outdo the Bush administration in seeing things the Israeli way (no small task) in one crucial […]

Obama Detractors Keep Pastor Attacks Alive

posted by dgilgoff

Another day, another conservative attack against Barack Obama over his religious influences, specifically Rev. Michael Pfleger, whose sermon a week and a half ago seemed to catalyze Obama’s resignation from his church. This time it’s The Wall Street Journal. Notice […]

Pfleger Put on Leave, Catholic Church Goes Political

posted by dgilgoff

The Archdiocese of Chicago has put Rev. Michael Pfleger on leave after his sermon about Hillary Clinton’s supposed white entitlement complex at Barack Obama’s old church a week and a half ago. Pfleger’s punishment is the latest in a rash […]

Politicians and Pastors: Different Routes to Splitsville

posted by dgilgoff

When Barack Obama announced he was resigning from Trinity United Church of Christ this weekend, God-o-Meter was surprised to learn that the decision was born as much out of sympathy to the church as out of anger with recent remarks […]

Iran as the New ‘Jewish Issue”

posted by dgilgoff

In its wrap of Senator John McCain’s speech yesterday before AIPAC, The Wall Street Journal makes an obvious but important point: The Republican presidential candidate’s speech Monday before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee drew a standing ovation and illustrates […]

GOPers Won’t Let Wright/Pfleger Go

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday, God-o-Meter wondered aloud about whether Barack Obama’s weekend resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ put the issue of his relationships with two controversial pastors associated with the church behind him. In a line of argument that GOM suspects […]

What Was Wright’s Role in Clinton’s Resurgence?

posted by dgilgoff

Politico’s Mike Allen reports that the Republican National Committee will release a strategy memo today on “DEMOCRATIC DISUNITY,” arguing that Obama has vulnerabilities in spades: Obama is not wearing well as a candidate and has lost momentum since his high […]

A True Christian for Veep

posted by dgilgoff

A pretty prominent religious conservative has started an online petition for the presidential candidates (read: John McCain) to select “a true Christian VP”–someone who has been “spiritually transformed by Jesus Christ (i.e. regenerated or born again).” The effort is being […]

Are Wright and Pfleger History?

posted by dgilgoff

Now that Barack Obama has publicly parted ways with Trinity United Church of Christ, are all those sermon controversies behind him? Maybe not. Unlike John McCain’s recent split from John Hagee and Rod Parsley, Obama and the two religious figures […]

McCain, Jews, Evangelicals, and AIPAC

posted by dgilgoff

For all John McCain’s bungling of religious outreach, particularly with his own party’s social conservative base, no one can accuse him of taking the Jewish vote for granted. He embraces every opportunity to reiterate his firm support for Israel, his […]

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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