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Kmiec rebuts Chaput: Good Catholics can vote for Obama

posted by David Gibson

Douglas Kmiec has become perhaps the most prominent of the pro-life Catholic “Obamacons.” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has become perhaps the most prominent (and civil, given recent statements from some of his confreres) advocate of the view that a Catholic cannot […]

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So much for those Muslim rumors–it’s Barack O’Bama!

posted by David Gibson

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Brandeis Descendants Support Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Legacy of Justice Louis D. Brandeis and the Jewish Vote: 

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Catholic Bishops Should Stay Out of Politics (by Chris Korzen)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Chris Korzen is executive director of Catholics United and co-author of A Nation for All:  How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division. Earlier this month, Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton ordered […]

Obama=Ottomans?

posted by David Gibson

Or, pro-choice voters as Muslim invaders? I don’t know if Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph wanted to go there, but he did, in his latest column in the diocesan newspaper: “Our Catholic moral principles teach […]

James Dobson’s letter from 2012

posted by Welton Gaddy

The so called “letter from 2012” released by James Dobson is one of the most disingenuous pieces of political rhetoric I have ever encountered. The letter, portrayed as his worst fears, actually reveals the details of his agenda over the […]

“Them Blacks”: Fear-mongering At Its Worst

posted by Renita Weems

Rumors that  black people are likely to riot after next week’s election is the lowest form of fear-mongering yet by Obama’s opponents. The sleaziest ones go so far as to say that  regardless whether Obama wins or loses black people […]

REALLY Great Pumpkins!

posted by David Gibson

Over at Christianity Today, Sarah Pulliam has been “getting political with pumpkins”–and it looks like a lot of fun. Definitely try this at home! She links to the AP page with some rockin’ images, but I’ve been unable to download […]

International Religious Freedom: The orphan issue of 2008

posted by David Gibson

Amid the final campaign push, the 10th anniversary of the nation’s landmark covenant on international religious freedom passed largely unnoticed on Monday. That is more than a shame. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) was passed by a […]

“National Get Kicked Out of Church Parking Lot Weekend”

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Catholics should guard their windshields this coming weekend. Priests for Life held a national conference call on Oct. 27th (posted on their website) where they spoke to volunteers who they had been recruited to flyer Catholic church parking lots with […]

Why Al-Qaeda is Endorsing McCain

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Eboo Patel refflects  on the reason in his blog on Washington Post’s On Faith  “Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election.” So reads a website closely associated with Al-Qaeda, according to Nick Kristof in his Sunday New […]

The Election Sermon

posted by Forrest Church

There’s a noble tradition in the ministry, going back to the 17th Century. One or two Sundays before an election, almost every preacher in the land devoted his sermon to the body politic.   It’s a great literary genre.  Often, […]

Join Us in Responding to Dobson 2012 Letter

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Respond to Focus on the Family Action “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America” James Dobson is promoting a Letter from 2012 purporting to offer a vision after four years of an Obama administration. This letter, filled with doomsday projections, is […]

“2012” Letter incites backlash against Focus on the Family

posted by Mara Vanderslice

The Letter from 2012 in “Obama’s America” issued by Focus on the Family Action, describing a dystopian world under an Obama Presidency, has begun to incite a backlash against Focus on the Family.  Check out the reactions from readers at […]

Rick Warren & Proposition 8

posted by Randall Balmer

I have a great deal of respect for Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  I would even go so far as to count him as a friend, and I suspect that he might say the same […]

Surprise! Christian Right Running on Fear

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Huffington Post Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is […]

Spreading the Wealth, and other Christian Values

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a now famous exchange with Joe the Plumber (aka Joe Wurzelbacher), Senator Obama said: “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”  This quote has been the rallying call of the McCain campaign for […]

Rev. Jim Wallis Shares “My Personal ‘Faith Priorities’ for this Election”

posted by Burns Strider

I was emailing this evening with Jim Wallis. Its always a blessing to hear what’s on Reverend Wallis’ mind. He’s a good friend, great leader, prophetic minister and caring pastor. He mentioned a recent posting of his at God’s Politics. […]

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel, by Gabriel Salguero

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A great post by Gabriel Salguero over on God’s Politics: In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates’ conversations. Ironically, during Hispanic Heritage month, Senators Obama and McCain spoke very […]

Obama Tied with McCain among Born Again Christians

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The latest Barna poll described by Steve Waldman Stunning. Shocking. Impossible? Barna, the premier pollster of the evangelical world, just released a new survey finding it’s a dead heat among “born again” Christians:McCain 45%Obama 43%Undecided 10% Points of reference: Bush won […]

My American Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Star Studded civil religion blended with electoral hope – not the worst thing in the world.   The Musical Follow up to Yes We Can from the primaries.  

A Good Month for Religious Pluralism, but Not Great

posted by Welton Gaddy

October has been a good month for religious pluralism in America. Not great, but good. This past Sunday on Meet the Press former Secretary of State Collin Powell condemned the religious bigotry that has emerged during the campaign, saying: “I’m […]

God, Marriage and Proposition 8

posted by Sara Miles

Given war, hunger, and the world-wide economic meltdown, it’s hard for me to have a lot of patience with the ideologues who, once again, have dragged the issue of gay marriage onto my state’s ballot as if it were the […]

Family Values for Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is a home made video about a family’s choice to support Obama and it is really great.

Battle of the Bishops

posted by David Gibson

It continues…Memphis Bishop Terry Steib this week called on Catholics not to be “one-issue” voters, in contrast to Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput (whose latest comments in a talk titled “Little Murders” were especially strong) and some others. Steib, in this NCR piece, […]

Crescents among the crosses

posted by Shahed Amanullah

By now, many of you have heard General Colin Powell’s recounting of the sacrifice that Muslim-American soldier Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan made for the country of his birth, and how a photo of Khan’s mother draped over her son’s tombstone […]

Just When You Thought You Were an American… Conservatives Say Not So Fast.

posted by Burns Strider

Governor Palin and her brand of Republicanism are about to overcook my grits.   She and those who drink from the same mug have decided that you are not a real American, maybe you are even anti-American, if you either […]

Colin Powell: A Sane Respectful Voice For American Muslims

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  It is about time.  On Sunday Gen. Colin Powell spoke eloquently about his choice to endorse Barack Obama and, most strikingly, condemned the implicit and explicit disrespect to American Muslims that has been a part of the electoral campaign.  […]

The Tale of Two Presidents and one Economy

posted by Eric Sapp

Marta Cook over at Faithful Democrats just did a great post on the differences between how American families fared during the Clinton and Bush years.   She based her post on a report by Third Way (my favorite of the progressive […]

Who is the real heir to Teddy Roosevelt?

posted by David Gibson

John McCain says he is the new TR. And Barack Obama is a socialist who wants to “share the wealth,” as he told the now (in)famous Joe the Plumber (or whatever). But check out Teddy’s “New Nationalism” speech of 1910, […]

Good Catholics AND Good Democrats

posted by David Gibson

“The Catholic case for Barack Obama” has rarely been put so convincingly as it is in this Newsweek essay. Or, at least, a case for voting freely, according to one’s conscience and the range of issues. The argument is made […]

Republican Exceptionalism: Idolizing Ideology

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On Oct 2nd, Sarah Palin ended the Vice Presidential debate by voicing her strong belief in American exceptionalism, – that America has a unique blessing by God and a special  mission to the world.      Just a couple weeks later […]

“Racism is a sin”…A bishop speaks out

posted by David Gibson

I have heard of few religious leaders speaking out against the ugliness emerging from the campaign trail, especially on race and violence. That makes this powerful essay in the latest issue of the Jesuit weekly America that much more welcome. It is by Bishop Blase […]

Special Election Message from Martin Sheen

posted by Mara Vanderslice

View extended interviews on faith and politics with Martin Sheen and Douglas Kmiec here.

Republican Earmarks for Gay Porn: Part II

posted by Eric Sapp

The Danville Register and Bee–the paper that originally broke the story about Rep. Virgil Goode’s connections with the “gay coming of age” movie, Eden’s Curve, and Goode’s earmarks to its producer–just released a very good editorial explaining their reasons for […]

McCain on Letterman–Palin on SNL?!

posted by David Gibson

Now this would be a serious change of tone–and the smartest move yet in the heretofore hapless McCain-Palin campaign. The LATimes reports (via Sarah Pulliam at Christianity Today) on McCain’s make-up appearance on Letterman last night and McCain’s revelation that […]

Beyond Partisanship, Part II: The Al Smith Dinner

posted by David Gibson

Now this is more like it. Sure, you’re not going to see a lot of jocularity and self-deprecation–or raising $4 million for charity rather than themselves–but the Al Smith Dinner, the white-tie gala and quadrennial campaign-free zone that was held […]

BEING CATHOLIC: BEYOND PARTISANSHIP AND LABELS

posted by Alexia Kelley

Catholics are the quintessential swing voters in this presidential election. Whoever wins the Catholic vote in key battleground states is likely to be sworn in as our 44th president in January.     Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is challenging […]

“Joe the Plumber” gets his 15 minutes…

posted by David Gibson

…And as predicted, he may want to give it back. Read the rather funny Times’ “Caucus” piece about Joe the Plumber, star of last night’s debate…Or, rather, Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. And he’s actually not a plumber. But he is an angry […]

Is Barack Obama the new Al Smith?

posted by David Gibson

That might be heresy to some in the Catholic universe, but the argument has much to be said for it–though don’t expect Cardinal Edward M. Egan to be making that claim at tonight’s Al Smith Dinner. The quadrennial white-tie gala […]

Increase of Blogs on Christian faith and Senator Obama

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Religious voters are really paying attention this election cycle- and writing about it on their blogs. Here are excerpts of dozens of blog postings we’ve run across just in response to the Matthew 25 websites. For links and a full […]

Voters respond to Obama on Abortion Reduction

posted by Mara Vanderslice

In tonight’s Presidential debate, Senator Obama emphasized his commitment to finding common ground by seeking to reduce the need and numbers of abortions.  What was amazing to watch was the incredibly favorable response from Uncommitted Ohio Voters on CNN.  Watch […]

Conservative GOP Congressman + his earmark for gay porn flick = interesting times in VA

posted by Eric Sapp

OK, I’m not making this up.  But it just came out that Rep. Virgil Goode, notorious for leading the protest against Rep. Ellison’s desire to be sworn in on the Koran and for being an outspoken opponent of gay rights, […]

Jesus Christ: Do you REALLY know him?

posted by David Gibson

Seriously. His entire track record is hearsay. The four accounts we have of his life contradict each other and they’re probably not historically reliable. Besides, he was born in Palestine, for crying out loud. You all have to ask these hard questions. The MSM […]

An Open Letter to Sister Sarah

posted by Diana Butler Bass

In an interview with Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin responded to the host’s question about her attacks on Barack Obama.  Praising her for “forcefulness,” Rush asked, “Can you attack as you wish?”  Palin replied, “I’ve got nothing to lose in this.” […]

Parker Griffith of Alabama Calls Americans to Stand Tall, be Patriotic and Embrace Their Faith. Bloggers Who Support His Opponent Think He’s Wrong to Believe These Things

posted by Burns Strider

Parker Griffith, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, while speaking to a Baptist association as a fellow believer, recently made one of the most patriotic and faith-infused statements a candidate can make:   “I think America’s […]

To the Christian Leaders of America in this Time of Crisis

posted by Paul Raushenbush

To the Christian Leaders of America in this Time of Crisis,   The past few weeks have provided a vivid reminder that we are in a global crisis.  This is not restricted to what is happening with the stock markets.  […]

The Puny Antics of Sarah Palin

posted by Mike McCurry

“Gov Palin’s extracurricular efforts on behalf of her family probably stretch ethical boundaries but they are so inconsequential versus the enormous need for leadership our country now faces.  To fault her for these efforts to avenge her family name misses […]

“Barry” & the Downstream Media

posted by Randall Balmer

In desperation, apparently, Messrs. Hannity, Limbaugh and other principals of the Downstream Media are trying to make hay out of the fact that Barack Obama was known as “Barry” while a child but then opted to use his given name, […]

Faith of their Fathers? Not When it Comes to the Culture Wars

posted by Robert P. Jones

Given the divisive role religion played in the 2004 election, many progressives have been waiting for a resumption of the culture wars in this election season.  Yet despite the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, (a Pentecostal governor […]

“He Is Not Like Us” Crosses The Line

posted by Renita Weems

Where is the line in the sand that makes everyone stand up and agree that things have gone too far? That line that lets us know when a campaign has gone beyond nasty to dangerous, past negative to incendiary, past […]

Donna Brazile: A good Catholic girl lets loose…

posted by David Gibson

…And says what I wish more Catholic leaders would about the ugly, angry–and yes, race-baiting–tone of the McCain/Palin campaign. Watch the video from a recent New Yorker campaign symposium…She’s not going to the back of the bus anymore!  

High Noon: The campaign as a Western movie

posted by David Gibson

But who are the Good Guys? John McCain and Sarah Palin think they are, and in this piece in the current issue of The Tablet of London, I try to explain the campaign through the lens of the Old West: […]

The “Trekkie” Campaign

posted by David Gibson

McCain as Captain Kirk and Obama as Mr. Spock? That’s the take from Jason Horowitz in this week’s New York Observer cover story. I nsightful piece. Spock was mixed race, and great at times of crisis, and he always knew […]

“Being Catholic Now”

posted by Mara Vanderslice

On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, I enjoyed dinner with Kerry Kennedy- daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy- and heard about her new book Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.She […]

“Barry” & the Downstream Media

posted by Randall Balmer

In desperation, apparently, Messrs. Hannity, Limbaugh and other principals of the Downstream Media are trying to make hay out of the fact that Barack Obama was known as “Barry” while a child but then opted to use his given name, […]

Saddleback vs the debates

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Third debate with God a no-show. After sitting through the last three debates, I feel nostalgic for the thrill of watching McCain and Obama talk from the heart about their faith and values at Saddleback.  That night we recived insights into both candidates which […]

Can Democrats Reduce More Abortions than Republicans?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Beliefnet’s Steve Waldman asks the question on his blog.  He writes: Some Democrats are now making an unusual argument about abortion: that a Democratic administration might actually reduce abortions more than a Republican administration? On the surface, this seems preposterous. Republicans […]

Gambling with Politics

posted by Eric Sapp

Tabitha Knerr at Faithfuldemocrats.com just posted a great piece on all the many ties between Republicans and the gambling industry that are starting to pop up in races around the country.  I commented recently on the effect Sheldon Adelson–the GOP […]

Terrorizing the American Politic

posted by Omid Safi

There have been many low points in this protracted and seemingly never-ending Presidential season.   Race and gender wedge-games dominated much of the primary scene, with socioeconomic class being an equally uncomfortable and all-too-often silent factor.    Religion too has been present, […]

Standing in the Need of Prayer

posted by Eddie Glaude, Jr

We must brace ourselves for the ugliness of the next thirty days.  Senator McCain’s campaign brazenly announced its intention to “get tough” with Senator Obama.  Sarah Palin led the charge, condemning Obama for his association with “terrorists” like Bill Ayers.  […]

Main Street Casualities of the Prosperity Gospel

posted by Paul Raushenbush

David Van Biema reports in Time on the so called Prosperity Gospel: the congregants who believed, the lenders who were eager to take advantage of them, and the disaster this dangerous heresy has wrought.  He writes: “Has the so-called Prosperity […]

America, the Exceptional

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Recently I wrote that God, faith and religion were almost entirely absent from the McCain/Obama debate. Thursday’s match-up between Palin and Biden was similar.  This is surprising from two candidates who have talked a lot about their faith on the campaign trail and whose religious […]

Kmiec Responds to Criticism on Abortion Reduction “Scam” (From Eric McFadden)

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Interview with Doug Kmiec by Eric McFadden in response to Right to Life Criticism on “Abortion Reduction Scam” Recently Deal Hudson published a statement by Doug Johnson– Legislative director of National Right to Life, where Johnson and Hudson refer to […]

Election Trends Among Religious Groups

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Trends in Candidate Preferences Among Religious Groups Oct. 2, 2008 The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press includes analysis of the candidate preferences of major religious groups. These charts, based on People-Press surveys conducted on […]

Sarah Palin: Religionless Christian?

posted by David Gibson

Who’s afraid of Sarah Palin? And her faith? I’m one of those who thinks all the hand-wringing about her supposedly ideological right-wing faith is way overblown. Could she be a right-wing religious ideologue if in office? Perhaps she’d follow the script […]

Sitting Down for Peace in our Time

posted by Lama Surya Das

I haven’t been very well lately and took time off from writing and teaching. But last night — on the anniversary of 9/11 and as part of Unity Worldwide’s World Day of Prayer — I started my fall teaching season […]

The 12 Tribes of American Politics in the ’08 Election

posted by Paul Raushenbush

John Green, Dan Gilgoff, and Steven Waldman just released this breakdown and analysis of the 12 religious voting blocks and their potential effect on the 2008 election.  What a shock for those of us on the “religious left” who have been […]

“Where Your Trasure Is”: Part II

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com)   Talk about politics making strange bedfellows.  Who would have thought that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans would join forces to defeat one of the strongest legislative pushes I’ve seen in recent years, one backed by the […]

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