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With Palin, the Catholic Wars Heat Up

posted by dgilgoff

Below is a taste of the press release the conservative Catholic group Fidelis released this morning on the Palin announcement. Obama has a Catholic running mate. Now McCain does, too. The fight for Catholics is going to heat up big […]

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Palin: Culture Warrior and Bipartisan Peacemaker

posted by dgilgoff

Below is McCain’s statement announcing Sarah Palin as running mate. There’s a big omission: no mention of her being a social conservative, a darling of the Christian Right. Instead, she’s framed as a bipartisan peacemaker. The McCain campaign must figure […]

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Family Research Council Action Shocked and Elated Over Palin

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just hung up with Connie Mackey, senior vice president of Family Research Council Action, who is absolutely thrilled at McCain picking Palin. She was also totally stunned. I know that a bunch of conservatives had pushed her name, but […]

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Picking Palin, McCain Finally Reaches out to Christian Right

posted by dgilgoff

A lot of people are surprised by McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. God-o-Meter was suprised when Southern Baptist Convention politicla chief Richard Land pushed for her so forcefully in a CBS News interview a […]

Joel Hunter’s Ecumenical Convention Closing Benediction

posted by dgilgoff

Multifaith and overtly evangelical at the same time (watch Hunter’s special instructions the crowd ad the end):

Obama’s Olive Branch to Cultural Conservatives

posted by dgilgoff

Obama devoted one fat graph in tonight’s nomination acceptance speech to culture war issues: We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership […]

Hard Evidence of Christian Conservative Apathy

posted by dgilgoff

A few weeks ago, when spurned McCain booster John Hagee announced at his huge annual “Night for Israel event that he wouldn’t be endorsing another presidential candidate anytime soon, God-o-Meter expresses its amazement. It wondered aloud whether this was a […]

New Poll: Christian Right Gives McCain Tough Choices on Veep

posted by dgilgoff

On the eve of John McCain’s running mate announcement, a new Washington Post poll shows the trouble pro-choice running mate would bring: Choosing Lieberman or someone else who supports abortion rights, such as former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, would be […]

Bob Casey Jr’s Abortion Line

posted by dgilgoff

Bob Casey Jr. didn’t devote much of his primetime convention speech last night to abortion (he told God-o-Meter as much before taking the stage) but he did mention it: Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue […]

Brian Schweitzer’s Faith Talk

posted by dgilgoff

When Democratic National Convention officials say they’re pressing this year’s speakers to stress their character and values–which includes their faith–over their political accomplishments and policy positions, this is what they mean: My grandparents were immigrants who came to Montana with […]

God-o-Meter Talks to Bob Casey Jr. Before Tonight’s Convention Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr’s landing a prime time speaking slot at the Democratic convention is another step in the party’s campaign to burnish its image among pro-lifers. Casey’s dad, then-Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, was famously denied a speaking role […]

The Democratic Convention’s Opening Night Benediction

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s video of Blue Like Jazz author Don Miller’s Benediction from the first night of the Democratic National Convention:To God-o-Meter, the most noteworthy part of the video is how intently the convention audience is following the benediction, many with heads […]

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech: Focus on the Family

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday, God-o-Meter reported that the primary way the Democratic convention would showcase its new faith and values friendly message was through primetime speeches that emphasize what animates Democrats rather than their policy positions. The press release about Michelle Obama’s speech […]

Biden’s Catholic Experience: The Kerry Parallels Mount

posted by dgilgoff

First conservative Catholic interest groups attacked Joe Biden for being insufficiently Catholic on the abortion question. That was the first parallel to John Kerry’s experience as a Catholic candidate in 2004. Religion News Service reports that at least one Catholic […]

McCain’s Greatest Moral Failure Pays Off

posted by dgilgoff

It wasn’t when he said that life begins at conception without skipping a beat.It wasn’t when he said that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman.It wasn’t even when he answered the question about which Supreme Court […]

Joe Biden: The Catholic Factor

posted by dgilgoff

Steve Waldman notes that the attacks on Joe Biden’s Catholic bona fides came fast and furious after he was named Obama’s running mate on Saturday. But there’s little doubt that Biden’s Catholicism was a major factor in Obama’s decision to […]

God-o-Meter on Fresh Air

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter sat down with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross for a long interview that airs today. Listen to it here.

How this Democratic Convention Will be Different, More Faithy

posted by dgilgoff

A senior source at the Democratic Nation Convention Committee has just briefed God-o-Meter on how this convention will be more faith-friendly than those that have come before. For viewers watching the convention from their living rooms, the biggest change will […]

On the Difficulties of Getting in Touch with the McCain Campaign

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is glad it’s not the only one who has trouble getting the McCain campaign to return its calls. In response to readers asking why he lavishes so much more attention on Barack Obama, CBN political correspondent/blogger David Brody explains […]

Obama Runs Ralph Reed Ad in Atlanta

posted by dgilgoff

Here’s the new ad:Notice how it identifies Reed only as a friend and business associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and doesn’t try to demonize the former Christian Coalition chief for being a member of the Religious Right? That’s intentional. […]

God-o-Meter Exclusive: Ralph Reed Q&A on ’08 Race

posted by dgilgoff

Ralph Reed has been in the news a lot in the last week for helping to promote an Atlanta fundraiser for John McCain on Monday. The Democrats got a lot of mileage out of lashing the Arizona known for his […]

McCain’s Post-Saddleback Bump and the Risks of Clearing Low Bars

posted by dgilgoff

The reviews from Christian Right leaders on John McCain’s Saddleback performance are in, and the Arizona senator gets major props from a crowd that has frequently pilloried him. The Politico prints glowing quotes Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, the Southern […]

Is Warren Less Open-Minded Than He Lets On?

posted by dgilgoff

Is the shine coming off Saint Rick? In the hours since Rick Warren granted God-o-Meter am interview on Sunday evening, a day after his Saddleback Civil Forum with John McCain and Barack Obama, GOM has been struck by Warren’s steadfast […]

Rick Warren to God-o-Meter: Obama, Dems Can’t Just Talk Faith

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with God-o-Meter on the day after his Saddleback Civil Forum with John McCain and Barack Obama, Rev. Rick Warren sounded pretty dubious about Barack Obama’s and the Democrats’ chances of making inroads among evangelicals. The full interview […]

McCain’s Surprise Triumph at Saddleback

posted by dgilgoff

Team Obama was depending on John McCain, with a reputation for opting out of discussions about faith and hot-button issues, looking like a fish at a water at last night’s Saddleback Civil Forum (here’s the video). Didn’t happen. Not by […]

With Video, McCain Has Some Evangelicals Believing He’s One of Them

posted by dgilgoff

Tonight’s presidential candidate forum at Rick Warren’s Saddleback church has political pundits and in-the-pews religious voters wondering whether John McCain will finally open up about his personal faith, something his Democratic opponent has been doing for years. But some of […]

Obama Wants Saddleback to be His Comfort Zone. His Alone.

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter caught up with someone very close to the Obama campaign and its faith outreach effort late this week and asked about the campaign’s thinking going into this Saturday’s Saddleback candidate forum. On background, here’s what it was told: The […]

The New Pro-Family Obama Ad

posted by dgilgoff

The Matthew 25 Network, a faithy political action committee founded by John Kerry’s former religious outreach director, will begin airing this pro-family Obama ad during Saturday night’s candidate forum with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church:The Matthew 25 Network describes the […]

Christian Right Flips at McCain’s Pro-Choice VP Comments

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter knew John McCain’s comments about possibly picking pro-choice running mate wouldn’t be taken lightly by the Christian Right. Here’s an email GOM received last night from Family Research Council Action senior vice president Connie Mackey, comparing what McCain said […]

Why Doesn’t Karl Rove Talk About Evangelicals Anymore?

posted by dgilgoff

Karl Rove predicated George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection largely on the campaign’s ability to turn out millions of evangelicals who’d stayed home in 2000. From the December 12, 2001 edition of The New York Times: Karl Rove, President Bush’s top […]

McCain Leaves Door Open to Pro-Choice VP

posted by dgilgoff

This is not going to make the Christian Right happy. Not one bit. Just as the movement’s leaders were starting to warm up to John McCain, after years of being nauseated by him, the Arizona senator goes and sticks his […]

Catholic League Attacks Dem Convention, Casey Speaking Slot

posted by dgilgoff

The Democrats are keeping the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights busy. First the group released this attack on the Demcorats’ attempts to incorporate faith into the Democratic convention: “The Democrats are in a jam. Long the party […]

Casey to Speak at Democratic Convention

posted by dgilgoff

ABC News has the story: Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., an abortion rights opponent who endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. over Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY prior to the Pennsylvania primary, will address the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Casey’s […]

The Strongest Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Democratic Platform Ever

posted by dgilgoff

Can this year’s Democratic platform simultanesioulsy be the the most pro-choice and pro-life in the party’s history? That’s what Democrats are attempting with <a href="rogressive Revival blognew proposed platform language that supports Roe v. Wade in the strongest possible terms […]

Democratic Convention to Open With Interfaith Service

posted by dgilgoff

Shortly after God-o-Meter filed on the absence of any faith themes on this morning’s Democratic National Convention Committee media call about daily convention themes, it got an email from someone identifying himself as “a member of the DNCC Specialty Media […]

Richard Land’s VP Advice to McCain: Pick Sarah Palin

posted by dgilgoff

It’s not the name you typically hear on the lips of Christian Right heavies leaning on John McCain to pick a rock-ribbed social conservative as a running mate: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But that’s Southern Baptist Convention public policy chief–and […]

No Faith Themes Yet for Democratic Convention

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just hung up from a conference call with the Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (pictured) and senior Obama advisor Anita Dunn laying out the nightly themes for the Democratic National Convention in Denver this month. It was suprised to hear […]

McCain Emails ‘Faith Excerpts’ to Wary Christian Leaders

posted by dgilgoff

CBN’s David Brody reports that John McCain is emailing conservative Christian leaders with excerpts from his books detailing McCain’s Christian faith, especially as a young man. Here’s an excerpt: Dear Friends, Many of you have asked about John McCain’s faith. […]

Another Pawlenty-Evangelical Connection

posted by dgilgoff

Another reason Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty could help John McCain with evangelicals, from today’s New York Times: He also carries qualifications important to many conservatives… longtime attendance at a church with a pastor who leads the National Association of Evangelicals […]

10 Ways Obama’s TIME Faith Essay Targets Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

TIME magazine has just posted short essays from Barack Obama and John McCain about faith in advance of their meeting next weekend with Saddleback Church leader and Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren. In keeping with his broader campaign strategy, McCain’s […]

The Vibrancy of the Catholic Vote

posted by dgilgoff

As Spiritual Politics’ Mark Silk puts it: Today’s NYT article on abortion and the Catholic vote by John Broder is pretty inadequate. The problem is that Broder treats Catholics like single-issue voters, a trap that the news media at large–including […]

Unlike Dad, Bob Casey Jr. Might Speak at Democratic Convention

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times reports that one of the strongest indicators that Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee is thinking hard about winning back Catholics is they’re consideration of pro-life Sen. Bob Casey, Jr for a speaking slot at […]

McCain Among the Secularists

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Part of Senator John McCain’s constituency can be described as secularist libertarian. The man, after all, is from the West, where that identity has long held a proud place. If there were any question that those folks would figure somewhere in […]

Conservatives to McCain: Bring Up Gay Marriage or We Will

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Neither Senators Barack Obama nor John McCain feel particularly comfortable talking about gay marriage as a campaign issue.”Both have this nuanced ‘On the one hand and on the other hand’ need-to-explain position, and I think that makes it difficult for […]

Obama Winning Financially Struggling (and Religious) Workers

posted by Gustav Niebuhr

Remember all the talk during the Democratic primary campaign about how Senator Barack Obama could never match Senator Hillary Clinton’s appeal among blue-collar and lower-wage workers? Well, with the primary season past, times appear to have changed. Today’s unusual poll in […]

Sebelius Silence on Catholocism Could be Liability with Obama

posted by dgilgoff

Yes, she’s Catholic. But will Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s John Kerry-like silence about her Catholicism and its influence on her politics make Barack Obama less likely to pick her as a running mate? Michael Sean Winters, writing at The New […]

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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