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September 2008 Archives

Doug Kmiec Responds to National Right to Life

posted by dgilgoff

In response to God-o-Meter’s interview with former Reagan/Bush White House counsel Douglas Kmiec (pictured) about his new pro-Obama book Can A Catholic Support Him?, National Right to Life Legislative Director Douglas Johnson posted a long critique in the comments section. […]

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Richard Cizik: Evangelical Requests to Meet With McCain Unanswered

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter caught up this week with Richard Cizik, chief lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals, the nation’s largest evangelical organization. Cizik made news earlier in the week in Colorado Springs for questioning whether John McCain was a “principled person” […]

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Obama Religious Reps Bow Out of Debate with McCain Team

posted by dgilgoff

Family Research Council Action is alerting constituents that a senior Barack Obama advisor on religious issues bowed out of a high-profile debate with a counterpart from the McCain campaign yesterday: People hoping for a lively discussion on faith and values […]

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The Economy as a Values Issue. Will it Work?

posted by dgilgoff

Since 2004, Democrats have been working to frame economic concerns as values issues. A good example was the wave of state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage in 2006, in which liberal religious groups played a leading role. That […]

Falwell’s GOTV Plan in Virginia

posted by dgilgoff

A new NBC News poll puts Obama within 3 points of McCain in increasingly purple Virginia. But Virginian/McCain backer Jerry Falwell has a plan to get his 10,500 Lynchburg-based students to the polls: To make sure students don’t have any […]

God-o-Meter Q+A with Doug Kmiec on His New Pro-Obama Book

posted by dgilgoff

Douglas Kmiec, legal counsel to President Reagan and George H.W. Bush and former dean of Catholic University, is out with a new book, Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Questions about Barack Obama (read an excerpt). Kmiec talked […]

Is ‘World View’ Code for ‘Christian World View?’

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter first noticed it around the time of Rick Warren’s Saddleback Civil Forum John McCain and Barack Obama last month, when Warren talked about wanting to get a sense of the candidates’ “world views.” World view. It’s certainly not a […]

First Take on Obama’s Newest Christian Radio Ad

posted by dgilgoff

The faith-based pro-Obama PAC The Matthew 25 Network is hosting a press conference call this afternoon announcing a new Christian radio ad in Ohio. Watch it here: What jumps out to God-o-Meter: 1. The narrator of the ad, former Ohio […]

Obama Reaches Out to Religion Newswriters Association

posted by dgilgoff

In 2004, Christianity Today couldn’t get the John Kerry campaign to return its phone calls. Today, by contrast, the Obama campaign has sent out an invitation to religion reporters in Washington, DC attending the annual Religion Newsriters Association conference to […]

Obama Gains Big Among White Catholics

posted by dgilgoff

The Obama campaign is crowing to God-o-Meter about its uptick in white Catholic support in the Quinnipiac poll released yesterday. The poll had Obama ahead 51-42 among white Catholics, a turnaround from last month, when the Q poll gave McCain […]

Obama Launches (Another) Faith Tour

posted by dgilgoff

The Brody File has the scoop on a new faith tour the Obama campaign is launching next week. Reprising a strategy that Obama and Hillary Clinton began experimenting with in the primaries last year, the tour will feature religious figures, […]

Why A Tight Race in Indiana and North Carolina?

posted by dgilgoff

Washington Post Cartoon Targets Palin’s Faith

posted by dgilgoff

The Washington Post has printed this cartoon poking fun of Sarah Palin’s former Pentecostalism. Brody has the understandably indignant response from the Assemblies of God. Update:A reader notes that it was washingtonpost.com, not the paper’s print edition, that carried the […]

Obama’s Lingering Catholic Troubles

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times delivers a postcard from Catholic-rich Scranton, PA that spells trouble for Barack Obama: Dozens of interviews with Catholics in Scranton underscored the political tumult in the parish pews. At Holy Rosary’s packed morning Masses on Sunday […]

Are Younger Evangelicals Cool to McCain/Palin

posted by dgilgoff

The AP is reporting that Sarah Palin isn’t the hit among younger evangelicals that she is among their parents. It cites some anecdotal evidence from interviews, but there are some big caveats: Polls have yet to measure the Palin Effect […]

Faith in Obama’s Christian Commitment

posted by dgilgoff

Responding to God-o-Meter’s post on the avalanche of comments coming in questioning Obama’s sincerity as a Christian, a reader posts video of conservative Faith of Barack Obama author Stephen Mansfield defending Obama’s faith while opposing his politics and taking the […]

Doug Kmiec’s Book-Length Obama Defense

posted by dgilgoff

Steve Waldman has excerpts from Douglas Kmiec’s new book, Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama. The passages cover Kmiec’s being denied communion over his support for Obama and his defense of the Illinois Senator […]

Still Questioning Obama’s Christian Claims

posted by dgilgoff

Almost 200 comments since yesterday on God-o-Meter’s post about Obama’s new line of faith merchandise, and many of them read like this: Wonderful. Catholics supporting someone who supports infanticide. Can you even consider yourself Christian if you support Obama? and […]

New Anti-Obama Ad on Infant Born Alive Act

posted by dgilgoff

A group called Born Alive Truth is airing this anti-Obama ad in Ohio and New Mexico:

God-o-Meter on Video: Is McCain/Palin Slighting the Christian Right?

posted by dgilgoff

Obama Rolls Out New Line of Faith Merchandise

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has learned that the Obama campaign is about to email religious supporters an annoucnement about a new line of Obama faith merchandise–bumper stickers, buttons, and signs with three different messages, featured here–along with the following note: Dear friends, Great […]

God-o-Meter wins an Online Journalism Award

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has won the 2008 Online Journalism Award for Commentary (not quite an Oscar, pictured) in the large web site category. Competition was stiff. The other finalists were New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson. […]

Jesus Christ Was a Community Organizer. Pontius Pilate was a Governor.

posted by dgilgoff

      On Meet The Press yesterday, Tom Brokaw asked Rudy Giuliani yesterday about whether he was too hard on Barack Obama’s community organizer roots, holding up a pin that reads “Jesus Christ was a Community Organizer. Pontius Pilot […]

Palin’s Abortion Answer Pleases Christian Right–and Independents

posted by dgilgoff

How is possible for Sarah Palin appealing to the Christian Right and independent voters at the same time? Check out the final installment of her Charlie Gibson interview. GIBSON: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed? PALIN: […]

McCain/Palin Muddy Waters on Stem Cell Research

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain is out with a new ad pledging more federal dollars or stem cell research: ANNCR: They’re the original mavericks. Leaders. Reformers. Fighting for real change. John McCain will lead his Congressional allies to improve America’s health. Stem cell […]

Sarah Palin and Rick Warren Chat by Phone

posted by dgilgoff

Sarah Palin and Rick Warren are chatting by phone, though it’s unclear who initiatived. Warren seems less happy than ever with Obama, while still claiming to be above partisan politics.

The Religious Right in Florida: It’s Alive

posted by dgilgoff

In Florida, long a hotbed for evangelical/Christian Right activity, the Miami Herald reports Barack Obama’s evangelical outreach is running into some roadblocks: When two prominent evangelical Christians from Florida agreed to speak at the Democratic National Convention, the party proudly […]

Catholic Bishops Knock Biden

posted by dgilgoff

By way of Spiritual Politics, God-o-Meter learns that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement criticizing Joe Biden for his comments around abortion on Sunday’s Meet the Press, when he said that the question of when life […]

Faith-Based False Rumors About Palin

posted by dgilgoff

FactCheck.org has posted this list of the false rumors targetting Sarah Palin. Notice how many have a religious tie-in: Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In […]

Is Sarah Palin a Victim of Religious Discrimination?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter’s been taken by the Family Research Council’s insistence that the McCain campaign forcefully defend Sarah Palin’s faith in the face of the scrutiny it’s received as of late. GOM first noticed this yesterday and last night Family Research Council […]

Christian Right to McCain: Stand Up for Palin’s Faith

posted by dgilgoff

Just because John McCain picked a socially conservative former Pentecostal as a running mate doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods with the Christian Right just yet. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins says he’s gotta stand by his woman […]

National Right to Life: Biden’s Abortion Stance Shows Obama’s Extremism

posted by dgilgoff

Writing in the comboxes of God-o-Meter’s post today taking the news media to task characterizing Joe Biden as a standard issue pro-choice advocate despite some pro-life votes, National Right to Life Committee Legislative Director Douglas Johnson writes: it is true […]

Biden, Abortion, and the Media’s Either/Or Coverage

posted by dgilgoff

On Sunday, Joe Biden raised a few eyebrows–and the hackles of the conservative pro-life establishment–by saying that his Catholic faith dictates his belief that life begins at conception during an interview on Meet the Press. The New York Times treated […]

Obama’s Muslim Gaffe: The YouTube Effect

posted by dgilgoff

Looking for a clip of Barack Obama’s answer on abortion during his interview yesterday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, God-o-Meter just entered the terms “Obama This Week” on YouTube’s homepage. God-o-Meter found just a couple of clips of Obama […]

Signs of Progress for Obama’s Religious Outreach?

posted by dgilgoff

Responding in comments about God-o-Meter’s recent post on the same high proportion of weekly white church attenders supporting John McCain as backed George W. Bush in 2004, Spirirtual Politics’ Mark Silk links to his own post on the Gallup God […]

5 Ways Obama’s Abortion Answer Helps With Cultural Conservatives

posted by dgilgoff

Steve Waldman notes that after his year-and-a-half long campaign to target evangelicals and other cultural conservatives, Barack Obama is jeopardizing the outreach with a less-than-stellar appearance at Saddleback last month his new ads hitting McCain over his pro-life views.Obama’s interview […]

Palin Doesn’t Change the God Gap

posted by dgilgoff

McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin hasn’t made white religious voters any more likey to support him, at least not yet, Gallup reports. But religious whites were already supporting him by a more two-to-one margin over Barack Obama–the same margin that […]

It’s Not Just Pro-Lifers Who Like Palin

posted by dgilgoff

The new Rasmussen poll contains more evidence that Sarah Palin has appeal beyond the pro-life crowd: …[F]ollowing a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. ….Perhaps […]

Are Evangelicals More Republican than Ever?

posted by dgilgoff

Spiritual Politics notes that the new CBS News poll shows that McCain’s support among white evangelicals has gotten a nice lift from convention week: 66% of white evangelicals are now backing McCain, up from 57% this weekend. Barack Obama’s evangelical […]

How an Anti-Abortion Candidate Could Win Moderates

posted by dgilgoff

The strategy was audacious on its face. Picking a vice presidential candidate who would energize the GOP’s Christian Right base while also appealing to millions of independent voters, including lots of former Hillary Clinton supporters? Sounded impossible. Gallup is out […]

Obama’s New Pro-Choice Ad Silent on Abortion Reduction

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama’s out with a new pro-choice ad that’s airing in at least seven swing states. Politico reports that the spit is the first major abortion-related ad from either side in the general election. Though Obama made big news this […]

Dobson Backs McCain/Palin

posted by dgilgoff

Focus on the Family Action sent this around to supporters just before last night’s Palin’s speech: Dr. Dobson: ‘If I Went into the Polling Booth Today, I Would Pull the Lever for John McCain’ ….”A genuine reformer. A deeply committed […]

How the Christian Right May Grow More Undead Still

posted by dgilgoff

The two speakers at tonight’s convention who will vie to lead the GOP in 2012, should John McCain fail this year, are Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. What’s the biggest difference between those two candidates and McCain? It’s that Romney […]

No Meeting Scheduled with Focus for McCain’s Colorado Springs Stop

posted by dgilgoff

The New York Times reported this morning that the McCain campaign recently requested a meeting with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. ‘In July, when James C. Dobson, the influential founder of Focus on the Family, said on his […]

More Signs of Christian Right Undeadness

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’ nomination for president once represented the waning of the Christian Right after the high watermark of its influence in 2004. Then Sarah Palin, a darling of the movement, became John McCain’s veep pick. The movement seemed to have […]

Palin’s Record as a Christian Candidate

posted by dgilgoff

Challenging her biographer’s claims that Sarah Palin hasn’t brought faith and values issues into her political campaigning to date, The New York Times reports that Palin campaigned as a Christian candidate even while running for mayor of Wasilla: The traditional […]

God-o-Meter Q&A With Sarah Palin’s Biographer

posted by dgilgoff

There’s been lots of confusion and questions about Sarah Palin’s faith life since John McCain picked her as his running mate last Friday. God-o-Meter caught up with Kaylene Johnson, author of the new book Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned […]

The Very Christian Republican National Convention

posted by dgilgoff

So you thought the Democratic National Convention was Christian, with its kickoff interfaith gathering, its caucuses for people of faith, and its closing benediction by an evangelical church megachurch pastor, was drenched in faith? You ain’t seen nothing yet. God-o-Meter […]

McCain/Palin to Rally in Colorado Springs

posted by dgilgoff

It now appears that John McCain is zealously courting the Christian Right. The latest sign: he and Sarah Palin have scheduled a rally in Colorado Springs, CO, capital of the evangelical universe, for this Saturday. and/but: God-o-Meter spoke to a […]

God, guns, gays: a Republican Distraction?

posted by dgilgoff

Bob Herbert writes this about Sarah Palin in today’s today’s New York Times: Here’s the deal: Palin is the latest G.O.P. distraction. She’s meant to shift attention away from the real issue of this campaign — the awful state of […]

Reports of Christian Right’s Demise Were Greatly Exaggerated

posted by dgilgoff

Remember all those stories earlier this year about the Christian Right’s waning influence, about how James Dobson and his crowd were on the way out and had been marginalized by their own political allies, the Republicans? That John McCain, who […]

Why Palin’s Post-Denominational Christianity is an Asset

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter asserted last week that McCain veep pick Sarah Palin is Catholic. It seems that Palin was baptized a Catholic after birth but was baptized into the Assemblies of God as a teenager and that she now attends an Assemblies […]

Christian Right Rallies to Palin Over Pregnant Daughter. Will Rank and File Follow?

posted by dgilgoff

Thought the news that McCain’s family values veep pick’s unmarried 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant would dampen support for her from the family values crowd? Hasn’t exactly played out that way. In fact, Christian RIght leaders are applauding Bristol […]

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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