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Did third-party candidates deny Romney the presidency? And where were the Christians?

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In 2000, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader catapulted George W. Bush into the Oval Office by siphoning off 97,488 Florida votes that otherwise would have gone to Al Gore. As a result, Bush — heavily supported by evangelical Christians — won Florida and […]

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Are Wisconsin’s startling election results a sneak peek at November?

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Why should the rest of the world care whether or not Wisconsin fired its governor? Last week, voters went to the polls with accusations against Scott Walker ringing in their ears. Before the polls even opened, many in the media declared the vote was […]

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So, the GOP finally has a candidate

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It was perhaps the dullest Republican victory party since Herbert Hoover. Mitt Romney won the Texas primary and with it the national Republican nomination for president. What followed was a victory party that could have been sponsored by Serta and […]

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Where does faith fit in with politics?

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It’s not what candidates believe, but that they believe in something, says N.T. McQueen, author of Between Lions and Lambs. “With the presidential race well underway, candidates are already trading barbs about religion,” says McQueen. “Mitt Romney is getting hassled for […]

Pat Buchanan in a dour mood, releases audio version of “Suicide of a Superpower”

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America is disintegrating. That’s the message that conservative icon Patrick Buchanan brings to his book Suicide of a Superpower, which he is now releasing in audio format — for your drive-time listening pleasure. No feel-good CD, this one tells it […]

Wall Street Journal: Jewish voters switched to GOP over NY same-sex marriage, Israel

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The Democrats lost a long-held Congressional seat to the Republicans Tuesday because Jewish voters were irked over New York’s new same-sex marriage law and the Obama administration’s attitude toward Israel, according to political observers. “Many Jewish voters turned out to […]

Washington Post: Americans want a president with “very strong religious beliefs”

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“Atheist alert!” writes Jordan Sekulow in the Washington Post. “New statistics from the Public Religion Research Institute show that over 70 percent of Republicans and over 50 percent of Democrats want a president who has “very strong religious beliefs.” This […]

Jewish Chronicle: Is Obama losing the Jewish vote?

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After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented — New York’s 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district – would stay in the Democratic fold. “They were convinced that […]

Washington Post: Why are news stories raising fears of “crazy Christians?”

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“Here we go again,” writes Lisa Miller for the Washington Post. “The Republican primaries are six months away, and already news stories are raising fears on the left about ‘crazy Christians.’” One piece, she notes, connects Gov. Rick Perry with a […]

Strong words fly between conservative, liberal Christians in pro- and anti-Rick Perry media

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In his commentary “More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith,” it’s not too difficult to figure out where political observer Leon H. Wolf stands. “A fairly good indicator that Rick Perry will make a strong general election candidate is the […]

Front Lines of Culture Wars: Huffington Post targets Republicans, ignores Jesus’ cautions

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What happened to fair reporting, asks Beliefnet’s “On the Fron Lines of the Culture Wars”: “In a forthcoming series of articles,” announces Huffington Post writer Andrea Stone, “HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. […]

Scholar asks why the left despises Palin as much as it hated Bush and Reagan

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One would have thought that no Republican would be able to drive pundits toward the edge of sanity as deftly as George W. Bush used to, but Sarah Palin has surpassed him. She is as hated by the Left as […]

Francis Shaeffer’s son says conservatives hate America

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On Wednesday, Huffington Post blogger Frank Schaeffer, son of the late best-selling author and conservative Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer, appeared on MSNBC to promote his new book Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics–and How […]

GOP’s Huntsman a “nominal Mormon,” supports gays, stem-cell research

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The anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews.com says Republican presidential hopeful Jim Huntsman is “gay friendly,” supports stem-cell research and is a “nominal Mormon.” “Despite flaunting a spotless pro-life voting record, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has confirmed that he supports stem-cell research […]

Michele Bachmann: A ‘sense’ God calling me to presidency

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 By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith Minnesota’s Republicatn congresswoman— and now official presidential candidate — Michele Bachmann told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday that she believes God is calling her to run for the nation’s […]

Congressman: GOP Medicare Plan “Immoral” And “Un-American”

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“I always find it very interesting that people talk all about their from Christianity and all these other religions that teach love. All that teach taking care of the poor. All of which talk about doing for the least of […]

Politics and the Land of Make Believe

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by Dr. Jack Kerwick Among the shows I used to watch as a child was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  In every episode, Fred Rogers would whisk his viewers away to “the land of make believe.”  It has been quite some time […]

Legislators include religious exceptions within New York’s gay marriage bill

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New York state’s Marriage Equality Act passed the state’s senate Friday night in a vote of 33-29, making the Empire State the sixth U.S. state or district to legalize same-sex marriage — joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, […]

Pawlenty’s prominent pastor not a political pawn

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty goes to church, he knows he’ll hear a 27-minute sermon — never longer, never shorter. But whether he’ll hear a biblical endorsement of the […]

Commentary: Muzzled by Mammon

By TOM EHRICH c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) “Leave politics to the politicians,” an irate churchgoer said after his pastor waded into political issues. “Don’t write about something you know nothing about,” an irate reader said when a Christian […]

Gingrich Woos Skeptical Evangelical Voters

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As evangelicals and other social conservatives gather here this weekend (June 3-4) to take the measure of a number of Republican presidential candidates, Newt Gingrich will be conspicuously absent. […]

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posted 10:02:01am Oct. 24, 2013 | read full post »

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posted 2:41:26am Oct. 07, 2013 | read full post »

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
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posted 2:53:48pm Sep. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?
What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He was a fake following in the footsteps of his flimflamming father who d

posted 11:26:20am Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

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