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October 2008 Archives

The Response to Dole’s “Godless” Ad

posted by dgilgoff

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole’s challenger Kay Hagan has create a new ad called “Belief” in response to Dole’s “Godless” spot, which attacked Hagan for attending a fundraiser connected to someone who is connected to an atheist group.This is a very […]

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Dole’s “Godless” Ad and McCain’s Reluctance to Attack on Faith

posted by dgilgoff

The “Godless” ad that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole is running against her Democratic challenger in North Carolina is a stark reminder that faith-based attacks have been kept to a relative minimum in the presidential race. It’s also a reminder, to […]

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McCain’s Christian Lit: All Hot Button Issues

posted by dgilgoff

David Brody has the scoop on Christian lit the McCain camp is distributing to churches across the country. The document is framed as a voting guide to the hot button social issues: abortion, gay marriage, judges, sex education, school choice. […]

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The GOP’s God Gap, Take 3

posted by dgilgoff

Notice how so much political reporting these days about the future of the Republican Party is about the God Gap between religious conservatives and the rest of the party? Much of it hinges on the fact that Sarah Palin has […]

More Evidence of GOP’s God Gap: The Fight for RNC Chair

posted by dgilgoff

Like God-o-Meter said yesterday, the GOP’s God Gap problem is not necessarily that the party’s religious conservatives and more secular moderates are drifting further apart. It’s that there’s a shortage of figures who can unify those two wings going forward. […]

Who Can Bridge the GOP’s God Gap?

posted by dgilgoff

A reader, Mark G, responds to God-o-Meter’s New York Daily News piece about the growing God Gap between religious conservatives and the more secular establishment of the Republican Party: This post does not provide any solid reason to think the […]

McCain Adds “Americans of Faith” Page to Web Site

posted by dgilgoff

Months after rolling out pages for “American Indians for McCain and “Arab Americans for McCain,” the McCain camp has added an “Americans of Faith” page to its web site. Not much to the page, just short explanations–none more than 105 […]

Huck Hawks Bumper Stickers, Not McCain

posted by dgilgoff

It’s 8 days before Election Day and the GOP’s pastor-in-chief, Mike Huckabee, is emailing constituents with a fundraising pitch that’s silent on the party’s presidential nominee, not a good sign for McCain: I want you to help me reach our […]

Matthew 25 Slaps Focus, Airs Obama Christian Testimony Ads

posted by dgilgoff

The faith-based pro-Obama PAC Matthew 25 Network has posted its rejoinder to Focus on the Family’s letter from 2012, which looked back on what Focus considers a disastrous Obama first term.Matthew 25 is also out with two Christian radio ads, […]

There’s A New God Gap Growing – Inside The GOP

posted by dgilgoff

This piece originally ran at New York Daily News online: In the 2004 election, the pattern of religious voters supporting George W. Bush and secular voters backing John Kerry was so stark that it introduced a new term to the […]

Focus on the Family Action: Blaming Young Christians for Obama Win

posted by dgilgoff

At Christianiy Today’s politics blog, Sarah Pulliam points out that the 16-page letter from Focus on the Family offering a hypothetical look back on the first term of an Obama administration that’s disastrous for religious conservatives blames young evangelicals for […]

Barna Group President: A Christian ‘Bradley Effect?’

posted by dgilgoff

Yesterday, The Barna Group–the nation’s premiere Christian polling firm–released a survey showing Barack Obama making significant inroads among evangelical and born again voters. Among born agains, here’s Barna’s breakdown: McCain 45% Obama 43% Undecided 10% This is a group that […]

Does the Christian Right Regret Undermining McCain?

posted by dgilgoff

Inspired by conservative Christian radio host Janet Porter’s (formerly Janet Folger) recent newscast from the day after President Obama’s inauguration, Focus on the Family Action has sent a 16-page letter to constituents from the year 2012, recapping Obama’s first term. […]

The God Gap Over Palin

posted by dgilgoff

A reader, gmo2, responds to one of God-o-Meter’s recent observations: “It strikes God-o-Meter that the firestorm of Palin criticism from elites–both liberal and conservative–is not fueled by Palin’s apparently Biblical worldview but by the fact that that worldview appears to […]

Barna: Obama Gaining Among Born Agains and Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

This is from a new polling memo that The Barna Group, the country’s preeminent Christian pollster, just sent out: One of the surprising insights of the research is the significant inroads Sen. Obama has made among the Christian community, particularly […]

New Conservative TV Ad on Judges

posted by dgilgoff

The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network is running this ad in Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Like a video released a few weeks ago by the conservative Catholic group Fidelis, the ad tells voters that there are more important […]

The Dobson Palin Interview: the Christian Victimization Card

posted by dgilgoff

Listen to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson’s brand new radio interview with Sarah Palin here. Dobson says he’s praying for a miracle on Election Day, a thinly-veiled prayer for a McCain/Palin victory. What most struck God-o-Meter about the […]

Obama Makes Big Gains Among White Catholics

posted by dgilgoff

The new Pew poll shows that Obama has made slight inroads among white evangelicals, from 21-percent in September to 24-percent last week. That’s roughly in line with how Democratic presidential candidates have performed, pre John Kerry. But the bigger news […]

Palin Grants Interview to Focus on the Family’s James Dobson

posted by dgilgoff

From CNN’s Political Ticker: While in Colorado Springs, the Alaska governor sat down for an interview with influential “Focus on the Family” founder James Dobson, who has long been critical of McCain but said in August that the selection of […]

Powell Speaks to Growing GOP Divide on Religion

posted by dgilgoff

A lot of what Colin Powell said was troubling him about his Republican Party during his Meet the Press appearance had to do with the ascent of religious conservatives. And nothing represents that ascent so starkly as Sarah Palin. Here’s […]

The Power of Powell on Obama/Muslim Myth and on Islam

posted by dgilgoff

On Meet the Press yesterday, Colin Powell skewered certain Republicans for trying to play the Muslim card on Barack Obama: I’m also troubled by – not what Senator McCain says – but what members of the Party say, and it […]

Getting Hard to Tell Which Party Wears Faith on Sleeve

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter was reading an interview today with a certain prospective vice president and was surprised to hear the candidate’s answer to a question about faith: I haven’t really worn it on my sleeve. I haven’t been out there preaching it. […]

Has Obama Been Muddying Waters on Born Alive Act?

posted by dgilgoff

Influential conservative writers Robert George and Yuval Levin make the case that Barack Obama is obfuscating on why he opposed the Born Alive Act as an Illinois state legislator: In Washington, D.C., consensus can be a rare commodity, and never […]

New Martin Sheen Videos on Catholic-Based Obama Support

posted by dgilgoff

The Christian pro-Obama PAC The Matthew 25 Network has just posted a new series of video interviews with Martin Sheen about his Catholocism and its influence on his politics and his support for Barack Obama on its web site. Here’s […]

Joe the Plumber’s Born Again Perspective

posted by dgilgoff

Even after years of reporting on religion in politics, God-o-Meter is always taken by how often a random voter turns out to be deeply influenced by his faith, and how often those voters hail from the born again tradition. Take […]

On Abortion, Obama Echoes Bush

posted by dgilgoff

The conservative pro-life movement has been hitting Obama on his explanation last night for why he opposed the Born Alive Act in the Illinois state legislature. But God-o-Meter thought the bigger headline from the abortion discussion in the debate was […]

Can McCain Keep Quiet on Connecticut Legalizing Gay Marriage?

posted by dgilgoff

Steve Waldman noted this week that Same-sex marriage is nowhere near the front-burner issue it was in 2004, when it might have tipped the election to George W. Bush. Today’s ruling from the Connecitcut Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage there […]

Younger Evangelicals More Progressive on Issues. On Candidates, Not So Much.

posted by dgilgoff

One of the big takeaways from today’s new poll on religious voters is that white evangelicals under 35 are a lot more progressive than their parents, by a number of different measures. It’s worth noting that abortion is not one […]

New Poll: Obama Gains Among Monthly Attenders, Younger Christians

posted by dgilgoff

The progressive religious group Faith in Public Life, founded after the ’04 elections, is holding a conference call right now on its new polling of religious Americans, paying special attention to young evangelicals, Catholics, and other Some key findings from […]

Huck, Culture Warrior

posted by dgilgoff

Remember back to the Republican primaries, when Mike Huckabee campaigned as a new kind of evangelical candidate, adding issues like the environment, education, and poverty to the hot-button agenda of God, guns, and gays? That big-tent Huck seems to be […]

Evidence of a Narrowing God Gap

posted by dgilgoff

Spiritual Politics’ Mark Silk took a close look at the new Survey USA poll from Virginia, which gives Obama an eye-popping ten-point lead, and discerned a narrowing of the God Gap–including the white God gap: Since SUSA’s late June Virginia […]

A Pro-Life View of Abortion as “Intrinsically Evil”

posted by dgilgoff

Many in the conservative pro-life movement are getting fed up with Barack Obama’s overtures to pro-lifers by offering a new take on the issue, vowing to reduce demand for abortion rather than curtailing abortion rights. This growing frustration is evident […]

New Fidelis Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay Marriage Video

posted by dgilgoff

Check out this new election video emphasizing pro-life, anti-gay marriage positions from the conservative Catholic group Fidelis. The New York Times reports that the video, which implies support for the Republican ticket, has been posted by Catholic churches across the […]

More Worldview Talk from Sarah Palin

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has proposed that when Sarah Palin uses the term “world view” she means biblical worldview. Here’s how she used the phrase in last night’s debate: But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. […]

New Pro-Life/Pro-Obama Web Site

posted by dgilgoff

The Matthew 25 Network, founded by John Kery’s onetime religious outreach director, launched a new pro-Obama site targeting pro-lifers this week. The site prominently features former Reagan/Bush 1 legal counsel Doug Kmiec, who God-o-Meter interviewed recently, making a case for […]

Sarah Palin as Harriet Miers Redux

posted by dgilgoff

Sarah Palin’s selection has split the Republican Party between the religious conservatives and everyone else, evoking the failed nomination of the evangelical Harriet Miers (right) to the Supreme Court three years ago. That split was more visible than every this […]

Despite Obama’s Lead, God Gap’s as Wide as Ever

posted by dgilgoff

Pew is out with new numbers tracking which religious groups (Beliefnet might call ‘em tribes) are preferring which presidential candidate when over the last few months. What strikes God-o-Meter is how little movement there’s been among candidate preferences in the last […]

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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