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Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What’s Bothering Their Political Base

posted by Michael Lerner

Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like most other progressive activists, I understood that a […]

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Machine Gun Theology

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Yesterday, a friend sent me a link to a video from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas entitled “Taking the Hill.”  I thought it might be a political video encouraging conservative Christians to go to Washington to lobby against […]

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Obama’s ‘Real’ Talk to Students (warning, humor involved)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Andy Ostroy over at Huffingtonpost discovered the ‘real’ text of President Obama’s talk to students.  The White House on Monday released the text of President Barack Obama’s highly controversial speech to the nation’s school children Tuesday. As expected and feared […]

The MBA Oath and Morally Mature Capitalism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In this time of questioning the moral compass of the business community it is nice to see that some students have signed a self imposed a moral code for students in MBA programs.  This summer I spoke at the Chautauqua […]

Rising Racism of the Right

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The racism of the right is getting louder and meaner as the Presidency of Barack Obama rounds the half way mark of the first year.  Defying his racist detractors, President Obama is about to invite a white cop and a […]

Liberty U Revokes College Dem Charter

posted by Eric Sapp

There is a great post over on faithfuldemocrats about the unfortunately decision by Liberty University to revoke the charter for it’s college Democrats b/c the Democratic platform was unChristian.  Check it out, and then join the facebook petition to reinstate […]

The First 100 Days: Barack Obama’s Report Card

posted by Paul Raushenbush

President Obama has been in office 100 days and apparently that means that we get to evaluate him.  I don’t know when this time frame was established but 100 days doesn’t even equal a semester so it seems pretty early […]

What Would Jesus Do About Needles and HIV/AIDS?

posted by guestblogger

William Martin is a Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University   First, consider the relevant facts:   The sharing of needles by injecting drug users contributes significantly […]

Whose Conscience? Balancing Claims by Health Care Providers and Patients

posted by Sally Steenland

Despite media hype to the contrary, the proposed rule by the Obama administration to rescind the midnight Bush “conscience” regulation governing health care providers actually does respect the conscience and religious freedom of those in the industry who object to […]

Q: Ever Wonder What Anti-Gay Rhetoric Leads To? A: “Corrective” Rape

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Corrective” rape is on the rise in South Africa.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term (like me until today) “corrective” rape is when men gang rape lesbians in order for them to become straight.   […]

Gov. Sebelius’ Catholic Supporters Sideline Donohue

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s nomination for HHS has largely focused on her abortion record thanks to a concerted effort by ultra conservatives such as the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue who said:  “Sebelius’ support for abortion is so far off-the-charts that she […]

Faith Based Office by the Numbers

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Our friends over at Faith in Public Life compiled this detailed list of 15 of the members of President Obama’s Faith Based Advisory Council.   The representation break down goes like this:  3 represent secular organizations 1 religious lobbyist  4 women 1 out […]

Darwin at 200! May Science and Religion Kiss

posted by Sally Steenland

Today is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth–and this year is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of the Species.”  Even though Darwin’s discoveries are over a century old, they are still revolutionary to […]

Andrew Card and Other Silly, Dangerous People

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“I’m disappointed to see the casual, laissez faire, short sleeves, no shirt and tie, no jacket, kind of locker-room experience that seems to be taking place in this White House and the Oval Office,” Card told talk show host Michael […]

Support President Obama (and support the Stimulus Plan)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Just over three months ago the American people elected Barack Obama as our president because we believed he was uniquely equipped with the vision to lead in this time of economic and global crisis.  America –  let Obama lead.  Our government can and […]

Postpartisan, not Bipartisan

posted by Diana Butler Bass

One of the most intriguing aspects of the current debate on the economic recovery act is the strange way the terms “postpartisan” and “bipartisan” are being thrown around by both politicians and the media. President Obama campaigned as a postpartisan […]

For Muslims, what a difference a year makes

posted by Shahed Amanullah

Only a year ago, some Muslim Americans seriously wondered if they were considered a part of the American fabric.  Presidential candidates (mainly on the Republican side) regularly alluded to Islam and/or Muslims as an existential threat to America.  Muslims felt […]

The Inauguration Of Barack Hussein Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

At the core of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States was the clear, real, and inspiring inaugural address given by President Barack Hussein Obama.    I was among the millions who were on the mall.  My […]

The Exodus and the Status Quo (by Rabbi Shai Held)

posted by guestblogger

Those of you have been my friends and/or my students over many years have no doubt heard me say it countless times before: the meaning of the Exodus is that anything is possible, that there is no status quo that […]

Making History

posted by Diana Butler Bass

My grandmother’s grandmother touched Abraham Lincoln’s coat.  One day, when she was a little girl, her father rushed into the house and said, “Come on, we are going to the train station right now.”  Once outside, they joined a large […]

The power of Dreams

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Everyone today is talking about Obama and MLK, for obvious reasons. I have my own two cents at City of Brass about how Obama is right to de-emphasize the MLK connection, however, in favor of the Founders themselves. After all, […]

A New President, MLK, Mother Parks, a Congressman, My Boys and Me

posted by Burns Strider

Bedtime Stories   Last night’s bedtime story for my two little boys was about Mother Rosa Parks. A few nights ago we read and talked about Dr. King.   On Monday morning, MLK Day, I will do what I have […]

Farewell, President Bush

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

At Nation-Building, I give kudos to the President for what he did right. In a nutshell: no attacks on US soil, a war on terror instead of Islam, and Africa. Still, I think Obama should check the White House keyboards […]

So Help Obama God

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Another prayer controversy – and it doesn’t involve either Warren or Robinson.  Should Obama say the words “So help me God” as he is sworn in on Tuesday? Obama wants to, a group of atheists doesn’t.  The atheist group is […]

Gene and Rick: Post-Partisan Parable 2

posted by Diana Butler Bass

A few days ago, the Obama team announced that Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop who is an openly partnered gay man, will pray at Sunday’s Inauguration rock concert on the National Mall.    On the Rachel Maddow Show, Bishop […]

will he chatter the Oath?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

If you’re headed to DC for the Inauguration, I still envy you. But, not as much as before. As Khan Noonian Singh said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold…” Well, insamuch as Obama’s historic victory can be considered a […]

The Sideshow — News and Lessons from the Republican Civil War

posted by Burns Strider

Republicans have a problem… they don’t know who they are. Devastated The 2006 and 2008 election cycles were devastating for the GOP. They went from the Roveian-based belief that they had basically won the political war and Democrats would be […]

Bishop Gene Robinson to Give Prayer at Pre-Inaugural Event

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New Hampshire gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before the inauguration.  This is really great news and seems to me to be an appropriate and brave gesture by the […]

The Booming, Powerful Voice of Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

posted by Burns Strider

One of the many blessings I have been afforded over the years was the opportunity to serve and work for Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. As a white Southerner, this African American Congressman, also of the South, taught me […]

Melissa Etheridge gets it right …

posted by Brian McLaren

In the ongoing controversy over Rick Warren as the “invocator” at the inauguration, the wisest words I’ve heard so far have come from Melissa Etheridge. I especially love what happens when she uses the word “maybe.” You can read her […]

SOME ADVOCACY

Somebody needs to explain this to me, because I must be dumb: Rick Warren was somehow an inclusive choice to deliver the Invocation at the Inauguration?     Let’s look for a moment at what an invocation is. It’s that moment when […]

Rich and Rick: A Post-Partisan Parable

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week’s two major religion stories revolved around Rich and Rick–Rich Cizik and Rick Warren–and point out the uncomfortable but spiritually challenging direction President-elect Obama may be pushing religious communities with his post-partisan vision for America. For more than a […]

Why does public campaign financing matter?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

An editorial in the Washington Post argues, counter-intuitively, that Barack Obama’s fundraising success over the internet is not a death-knell for the public financing system, but rather all the more reason to reform it: According to an analysis by the […]

Cizik & Civil Unions: Evangelical leader ousted over supportive comments

posted by David Gibson

An earthquake is rocking the Evangelical world as the longtime spokesman and Washington leader of the National Association of Evangelicals has resigned over comments he made to NPR revealing that he voted for Barack Obama (heresy) and he could support […]

The future of Catholic politics? (Again)

posted by David Gibson

I, among others, have posed the question (here and here) of what the future of Catholic politics might look like–if it has any future–in light of the great splits between and among Catholic voters and leaders during the recent presidential […]

Time For Christians To Wage War on “The War Against Christmas” Whine

posted by Ed Kilgore

One of the the most depressing aspects of the Advent season is the perennial reappearance of the “War Against Christmas” argument in some conservative political and religious circles.  This story-line, most visibly associated with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, is based on […]

Partisans and Prayer: Right and Left together, for once

posted by David Gibson

This graphic from Kevin Drum at Mother Jones (via Secular Right and dotCommonweal) is interesting: The more politically committed people are, the greater the frequency of prayer. One thing it may say is that the idea that conservatives are more […]

Obama’s White House – Appointing Hope

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Election of Barack Obama was one month ago on Thursday.  What a difference a month makes.   We remember when we saw the words flash across the screen – President Elect, Barack Obama  – and the ecstasy that followed.   Yet […]

The Pope, the Consistent Ethic of Life, and the Common Good

posted by Alexia Kelley

Pope Benedict XVI has been making the news lately. On theoccasion of Barack Obama’s election victory, he sent a personal congratulatorymessage and emphasized working with the new president on issues of “peace,solidarity and justice.”  When the Vatican spokesman was asked […]

How Does a President Chose a Church?

posted by Eric Sapp

My good friend Amy Sullivan is a very hard act to follow in any writing assignment, and she covered this topic very well for Time last week.  But in an attempt to help provide a little perspective for our good […]

Obama’s White House and the Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As Barack Obama appoints his cabinet there is one area upon which the president-elect and his aids, as well as the media have been largely silent – the President’s Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.   In a speech on […]

Obama’s Church Choice

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The church Barack and Michelle Obama chose to join will send a signal about their beliefs and values.  Amy Sulivan at Time Magazine writes a fun piece that features various religious folks offering suggestions. Dear Mr. President-elect, No doubt you have […]

Much Ado about Obama Sending Girls to Private School

posted by Eric Sapp

(Cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com) I have received a number of emails and seen a lot written about Obama’s decision not to send his girls to DC public schools.  People are saying he has thrown the urban public school system under the […]

Barack Obama Is Not a Christian! Again.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama is not a Christian continues to be a rallying cry from the Christian right. For some, like Joe Carter and Rod Dreher, it is because Obama isn’t orthodox enough (read: he doesn’t believe and act exactly as they believe and act)   […]

The effect of anti-Muslim rhetoric in this year’s elections

posted by Shahed Amanullah

If there was any doubt as to the depth and extent of anti-Muslim feelings among portions of the US electorate, this year’s presidential elections have most certainly put it to rest.  The extent to which candidates and voters alike propagated […]

Sky High Expectations

posted by Paul Raushenbush

My friend Kathering Marshal, wrote this on her Faith in Action blog on Washington Post On Faith.  It’s interesting that both domestically and internationally the flip side of hope is beginning to show – fear. After the euphoria that greeted […]

Update: Church says priest was wrong in Obama/Communion flap

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an update from the post a couple days ago that generated so much response. (RNS) by Daniel Burke: A South Carolina Catholic priest was wrong to warn parishioners who voted for President-elect Barack Obama to confess their sin […]

Abortion Policy: When and Why

posted by Ed Kilgore

One of the most animated discussions involving faith communities that’s underway in the wake of November 4 is about abortion policy.  To put it simply, the conservative drive to take a first step towards a national abortion ban via an […]

Christian Gate Keepers Declare Obama Not Christian

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Crunchy Con’s Rod Dreher has joined with Joe Carter to declare that Obama is not a Christian. What do you think?  Do you have to believe everything in the Nicene Creed to be a Christian?  Is the Nicene Creed open […]

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, Barack Obama shows his particular strain of social gospel and cosmopolitan Christianity. Beliefnet’s Steve Waldman received permission to reprint the entire interview:  The most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama’s faith came in a […]

Barack and Benedict:Together again for the first time

posted by David Gibson

Not the Dream Team some Catholics envisoned, but the President-elect dialed the Pope personally to thank him for the congratulatory telegram. According to CNS: The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed to Catholic News Service Nov. 12 that the president-elect […]

The Pastor Problem ’08 Revisited

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I don’t remember hearing the exact term before – but it is clear that the Pastor Problem is here to stay. There were three categories of pastor problems in the 08 elections. The most closely watched and problematic were the […]

Social Justice Challenges in the Years to Come

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Our friends at Sojouners put together this great list of letters: “Obama’s Harmony of Intellect and Intuition,” by Bono, Lead singer of U2 and co-founder of The ONE Campaign. “A Prayer for a New President and a New America” by Shane Claiborne, A Red […]

Pastor in Chief

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Timothy Shriver over at OnFaith  When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, he’ll not only become Commander in Chief. He’ll also become the first ever Pastor in Chief. We’ve never had a Pastor in Chief, […]

The People’s Counter-Coup

posted by Naomi Wolf

             It’s easy to look at the events of Election Day and draw the wrong conclusion. It’s tempting to conclude that what happened after a long cruel and repressive eight years is that our democracy simply worked once again and […]

Catholics Voted For Change

posted by Ray Flynn

Catholics in America , from California to Pennsylvania , black, white and latino, voted for change. Millions of Catholics were not happy with the direction of our country the past several years. Frustration over the economy and the war in […]

The future of Catholic politics?

posted by David Gibson

If and when the bishops do start talking about a new political strategy, they may want to keep in mind the remarkable victory of Tom (“Common Good Catholic”) Perriello over Virgil (Good ol’ Boy) Goode in Virginia’s fifth CD. Wish I […]

UPDATE: Bishops scotch politics debate

posted by David Gibson

…At least officially. Dan Burke at Religion News Service has the scoop, that the USCCB has decided to remove from the agenda a discussion about Catholics and politics. They put the item on the agenda in September, and even this week archbishops […]

Catholic and Politics: What now?

posted by David Gibson

Judging by the headlines this campaign, you might have thought the shepherds were headed one way and the flock in another direction. That’s not quite the case, as reports of 50 or 60 or even 100 bishops promoting a “McCain-or-be-damned” […]

Be a friend to yourself and the world …

posted by Brian McLaren

Over at the Sojourners blog, several of us have been asked to post a word of advice for the president-elect. Here’s what I shared there … It’s more of a pastoral/personal nature, since I knew that others would hit specific […]

Praise God?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Praise God! Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States! Praise God! Proposition 8 has passed! I’ve heard or read both of these sentiments repeatedly over the last 48 hours – sometimes from the same people – and […]

Calling all Catholics: Your chance to vote AGAIN!

posted by David Gibson

Yes, you CAN…tell us how you voted and why–and send a message to all those exit pollsters and post-mortem pundits by taking this very brief Beliefnet survey. Check back soon for ALL results from voters of all faiths. We want […]

Yes We Did

YES WE DID America has had a non-violent revolution.      As long as there are historians writing about the United States, this moment of fundamental re-alignment of our national purpose will be remembered, pored over and analyzed. It will be seen […]

Economics is THE Religious Issue

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Was religion an important issue in this election?  Or was Barack Obama’s election a matter of economics?   Exit polls reveal that white Protestants voted in large numbers for John McCain for president–thus making them the primary religious group left […]

Religion and the 2008 Elections

posted by Paul Raushenbush

For all Progressive Revivalists who are in the DC area. Please feel invited to this great event with some of  PR’s bloggers.  Make sure you RSVP below as it s filling up.  If you can’t make it, we will be […]

God is Doing a New Thing (by Nicole Symmonds)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah […]

Felons Can’t Vote…Unless they are IN the Senate?!

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on faithfuldemocrats.com)   Wow, what a night.  I know everyone is going to be writing about Obama and the incredible races and probably has more energy and insight than I at this moment.  But something struck me about the […]

A Nation in Awe

posted by Renita Weems

Those of us who stepped up to the voting machine yesterday and voted for Barack Obama did so out of a commitment to radical change. What we got in last night’s victory was that and more. We felt awe and […]

Obama and History

posted by Eddie Glaude, Jr

History was made last evening. Americans of all colors, ages, and backgrounds came out in record numbers and elected the first African American president.  I must admit that I struggle to find the words to express my joy and excitement […]

Take the Beliefnet Exit Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The longest presidential campaign in American history is finally over. Did you support John McCain or Barack Obama? What issues were more important? Did your faith help shape your vote? Take Beliefnet’s 2008 election exit poll

President Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama Wins!!!!!! Now the real work begins…    

Scripture and Democracy

posted by Sara Miles

Standing in the long line at 7:30 in the morning at my polling place today– a place where, in fifteen years, I have never had to wait at all, where nobody much bothered to vote — was an amazing experience. […]

Exit Polls by Religious Affiliation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman has been breaking down the voter numbers by religious affiliation:  Weekly Churchgoers vs. Occasionals One thing that puzzles me about these numbers: Obama’s progress among Catholics is with those who don’t attend mass weekly. But among Protestants, he […]

Take the Beliefnet Exit Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The longest presidential campaign in American history is finally over. Did you support John McCain or Barack Obama? What issues were more important? Did your faith help shape your vote? Take Beliefnet’s 2008 election exit poll

Mississippi Republicans Rig Ballots… Voter Fraud in Play

posted by Burns Strider

Phil Singer over at “The Marathon Blog” has broke the story that Mississippi Republicans are defrauding the system and attempting to steal the election from the voters of Mississippi. It’s simple… Mississippi’s African American communities come together and choose candidates […]

Indiana goes for Obama! (Well, just South Bend, for now)

posted by David Gibson

Yes, the results of Notre Dame’s mock election are in, and the winner is…Barack Obama. According to The Observer, the campus newspaper: “2,692 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the mock election. Democrat Sen. Barack Obama and running mate Sen. […]

Dole in Final Week Takes Up Role as Poster Child for All that is Wrong in Politics… and It Backslides… I Mean Backfires…

posted by Burns Strider

I’ve seen some misleading and terrible political ads over the years but Elizabeth Dole’s attack on her opponent, North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan, pretty much takes the wafer… and grape juice. Senator Dole is losing. What does she […]

Motive AND Opportunity: It’s a crime NOT to vote!

posted by David Gibson

Via Sarah Pulliam at Christianity Today, some links and info to be sent around by Tuesday: ONE: Google may be taking over the world before our eyes, but at least they’re doing it with a sense of civic duty. Just […]

Religious Left Rallies for Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Politico.com Ohio’s progressive religious leaders, who largely sat out the 2004 presidential election, have mobilized now to counter the political clout of their conservative and evangelical brethren. “We had been silent too long,” said the Rev. Tim Ahrens, senior […]

All Saints

posted by Sara Miles

Today, the Sunday before the election, we celebrated All Saints’ Day at church. Because my tradition considers the “saints” to include all of God’s holy people in every time and place, we honor not just the orthodox and canonical saints, […]

Huge Outpouring of Response to Dobson 2012 Letter

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Over 750 emails now have been sent to Focus on the Family, rejecting the 2012 fear mongering letter!  Please help us keep them coming! Here are some of the highlights from the emails we’ve received of letters that have been […]

Elizabeth Dole’s God Test

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Elizabeth Dole’s accusation that her opponant Kay Hagen is ineligible for the senate because she met with a group of non-Christians should be chilling to Christians and non-Christians alike who support religious freedom and the idea that all Americans deserve […]

Desperation in the Obama camp? Opie to the rescue!

posted by David Gibson

Check out the “Mayberry Mounties” if you want to see “Happy Days” after Nov. 4…

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 […]

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

posted by David Gibson

Brandeis Descendants Support Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Palin Religious Round-Up

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In advance of Thursday’s debate between Senator Biden and Governor Palin here is a round up of all the posts we have had about Sarah Palin since she came on the scene only a month ago. (Seems like forever doesn’t it?) Here […]

Catholic Bishops offer a Five-Point Bailout Plan

posted by David Gibson

A strong statement from the head of the U.S. bishops domestic justice committee offers five conditions to guide any rescue/bailout package. In the Sept. 26 statement (it didn’t get much press; I just found it now via ZENIT), Bishop William […]

Paying For Prophecy

posted by Ed Kilgore

As most politically active Americans focused on the financial system bailout legislation over the weekend, 33 Christian ministers took the occasion of Sunday sermons to defy federal tax regulations prohibiting endorsement of political candidates by churches and other tax-exempt organizations.  […]

Eugenics lives! Lousiana lawmaker wants to sterilize the poor

posted by David Gibson

Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Republican from Metarie (David Duke’s old haunts) wants to pay poor women $1,000 to get sterilized. Why? Because people receiving food and housing assistance “are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated residents.” The […]

McCain Doesn’t Understand!

posted by Eddie Glaude, Jr

I know he can’t do it, but I wish he would.  Just once.  Wouldn’t it be nice if Senator Obama responded sharply to Senator McCain’s efforts to paint him as inexperience – as the naïve young man who dared to […]

Obama Takes Debate at Ole Miss

posted by Burns Strider

Senator Obama had a good night at Ole Miss. He dominated the opening discussion on the economy and held his own during the discussion on foreign affairs. Translation: signficant night for Senator Obama. I appreciate the fact that Senator McCain […]

The God-less Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Missing from the vocabulary of tonight’s presidential debate on foreign relations and the economy were such small terms as God, religion, and faith – there wasn’t even a God Bless America.   I co-direct the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and […]

Just Say “No” to Any Immediate Bailout-Don’t try band-aids to keep the Tower of Babel Standing

posted by Michael Lerner

Rabbis of antiquity interpreted the attempt by humanity to build a Tower of Babel that would allow people to storm heaven as a symbol of human hubris and technological power gone crazy. It was globalization for the sake of power, […]

The Apocalypse Rears Its Head

posted by Diana Butler Bass

With media attention directed toward the largest economic story in recent American history, other stories are falling by the way.  One of the most interesting–and surely least understood–is the story of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s religious faith. As […]

No debate in Mississippi? Well, at least we wouldn’t have to help all those poor, deprived visitors understand the differences between grits and hushpuppies, cornbread and cake… molasses and glue.

posted by Burns Strider

I hope both Senators Obama and McCain show up for the debate at Ole Miss. Its important to see our two choices together, interacting, answering the same questions. Showcasing why they should be President is pretty much their job right […]

The GOP Casino Gravy Train: First Abramoff, then Reed, now Adelson

posted by Eric Sapp

Jack Abramoff’s in prison…Ralph Reed is disgraced…what’s a poor Republican to do when they need access to casino money to fund their most outrageous attacks on Democratic opponents?  Answer:  Turn to Vegas Casino Billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his shadow 527 […]

Ads Urge Candidates Not to Bear False Witness in Presidential Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

When Steve Waldman asked the question whether the 9th commandment was a lesser one he must have struck a nerve: Listen to Ad Here     FaithfulAmerica.org is flooding the Mississippi airwaves this week with radio ads demanding accountability and honesty from […]

The Jewish Vote – A Backlash Against Christians?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Should or shouldn’t Jews vote for John McCain?  What effect does his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate (apparently instead of Joe Lieberman) whose religious world view is frightening and repellent to most Jewish voters have on their decision? […]

“Where Your Treasure Is”: The Economy and Values

posted by Eric Sapp

As we contemplate the fact that Republicans are arguing for the largest U.S. government interference in the free markets in our nation’s history–a bailout just shy of being equal to the entire US debt when Ronald Reagan became President–Democrats MUST […]

Praying for Obama in Africa (by Briallen Hopper)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As world leaders gather in New York and Friday’s first debate focuses on international affairs, it is important to keep in mind the overwhelming support that Senator Obama has among the average people around the world. While this might seem […]

Miami Archbishop: We’re not “party bosses”

posted by David Gibson

That is the bracing message from Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora in a Sept. 12 column that is the best rendering I’ve yet seen of how the church–and the bishops–can approach the elections. The statement is titled “Why we don’t take […]

“Otherizing” Obama: Strange face welcome in a crisis?

posted by David Gibson

The Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof had a piece on Sunday, “The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama,” that perfectly sums up the efforts to key in on fears of Obama’s race and persistent (unfounded) doubts about his faith, and how that plays […]

Inside Obama’s God Ops

posted by David Gibson

Barack Obama is not giving up on faith-based voters. While polls seem to show voters stuck in same pattern as 2004, despite the Democrat’s persistent outreach and God talk, the campaign is redoubling its efforts and rejecting suggestions that the […]

Abortion? Gay marriage? It’s the (stupid) economy–again!

posted by David Gibson

Do the hot-button culture war issues like abortion and gay marriage matter? If you read only blogs or the news coverage (such as this NYTimes story, “Abortion Issue Again Dividing Catholics”) you might get the impression that these are the […]

Among the Unbelievers: New poll shows secularist strength

posted by David Gibson

Results from the huge American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) of 2000 stunned many and led to heated debates when it showed some 14 percent of Americans embracing some form of secularism. Preliminary numbers released today from the upcoming 2008 ARIS survey […]

Hunger Advocate and Former Congressman Tony Hall Connects Faith to Economic Woes

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Beginning next week, the Matthew 25 Network will run a new ad on Christian radio stationsin Ohio connecting the Christian mandate to care for the least among uswith the economic crisis in Ohio and around the country.  FormerCongressman Tony Hall, […]

Palin: The Religious Right’s American Idol (by Lisa Sharon Harper)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lisa Sharon Harper is executive director of New York Faith & Justice and the author of Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican … or Democrat   If the Republican Convention was American Idol and Palin’s speech was a rock ballad, Palin […]

Votes and Consequences

posted by Ed Kilgore

There’s been a lot of discussion here at Beliefnet and elsewhere about the variable impact of cultural issues like abortion in the current presidential campaign.  And it’s safe to say most Democrats have concluded that Barack Obama’s prospects for victory […]

Abortion & Catholics: Big wedge–small impact?

posted by David Gibson

The furious division in Catholicism over abortion and the presidential election grows wider. But to what end? A front-page story in today’s New York Times is titled, “Abortion Issue Again Dividing Catholic Votes,” and yet evidence of how that is […]

Christian-omics?

posted by David Gibson

The turmoil on Wall Street is continuing, and even though it is closer to me than even Russia is to Alaska, I understand less than little about economics. And yet the human toll of the crashes and crises is poignantly clear, and is spreading.  […]

Is The Ninth Commandment A Lesser One? (by Steve Waldman)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman, Editor in Chief of Beliefnet has another interesting post on his blog.  He is wondering “Is The Ninth Commandment A Lesser One?” and if the McCain camp is practicing moral relativism.  You can read his post below: Several conservatives have been willing […]

Politically Speaking, Everything is a Value for a Values Voter… Like the Economy

posted by Burns Strider

How is it that many, from left to right, who believe and argue that “values” and religion play a primary role in driving voting choices don’t equate “economic” issues and concerns as values-driven?   How is it that those who are […]

Apology Needed

posted by rsider

The “Obama Waffles” episode illustrates the racism that everyone knew would surface around the murky edges of the pro-McCain campaign.  That was inevitable.  What should not be inevitable and certainly not tolerated is that evangelical Christians play a role in […]

Reclaiming Hope

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I became an Obama supporter because his candidacy and vision for America filled me with a feeling that no politician in my lifetime had inspired – hope. The hope that fueled my support for Senator Obama to be elected president was not sunny […]

Bishops v. Politicians: An abortion alternative

posted by David Gibson

Fallout over controversial remarks on abortion by Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi are continuing. And not just in the political sphere. The U.S. Bishops announced last week that in light of the conflicts and debates, they will address the topic […]

What values?

WHO’S VOTING VALUES-AND WHAT VALUES I got two separate documents on the computer on the same day that made me pause. If we hear the same language long enough, we can begin to believe it. One of those is certainly […]

What Do You Do When Your Senate Candidate Flounders? Mississippi Republicans Resort to Ballot Manipulation

posted by Burns Strider

Mississippi‘s Republican Governor and Secretary State are turning the November ballot upside down in Magnolia state. They are putting a race for the United State’s Senate, the most high-profile race in the state, at the end of the ballot. The […]

From 9/11 to 9/12…and beyond.

posted by David Gibson

Thursday is the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the crashed airliner in Shanksville, Pa., an observance that will bring renewed focus on relations between Islam and the West. But […]

Land vs. McLaren: Religion and the Election

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Progressive Revival is pleased to present the second debate/discussion between two of Time Magazine’s most powerful Evangelicals: Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and author of Divided States of America; and Brian McLaren, Progressive Revival blogger and author of Everything […]

Abortion Can Be a Winner for Obama (by Eric Sapp)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Eric Sapp is a Democratic faith outreach strategist and former partner at Common Good Strategies.  He is currently director of FaithfulDemocrats.com, and founding partner at the Eleison Group.   (cross posted to faithfulldemocrats) Let’s be honest, up until recently, the […]

Palin Hears Voices

posted by Omid Safi

Religious conviction is a delicate matter.    Many of the greatest reformers this world has ever known, Christ, Moses, and Muhammad, not to mention more recent figures like Martin Luther King and Desmond Tutu, all heard God’s voice, pushing them along, […]

“When does life begin?” Interesting question. But it doesn’t stop there…

posted by David Gibson

For all the wilful disparaging of the MSM by the GOP and its allies on the Christian right, there is a good argument to be made that the “media” (whatever that is, today) is reading straight out of the McCain […]

Change and Experience Matter – So Does Character

posted by Ray Flynn

I have to admit that speeches delivered by candidates at the recent national political conventions do not sway my opinion of that particular candidate.  I also know from experience that these same speeches are written by professional speech writers and […]

Something to be thankful for: McCain & Obama to appear together Thursday at Ground Zero

posted by David Gibson

From the NYT “Caucus” blog: The two campaigns issued a rare joint statement on Saturday announcing the plans of the Republican and Democratic rivals. They also will appear together at a forum later that day at Columbia University. “All of […]

Teen pregnancy: Is there a faith-based program?

posted by David Gibson

Whether Sarah Palin’s family, or Sarah Palin herself, should be an subject of commentary and scruitny has itself become a much-debated topic. But let us agree that the issues raised by her candidacy, notably the revelation of her 17-year-old daughter’s […]

Praying for Pipeline

posted by Randall Balmer

Some years ago, Melissa Fay Greene wrote a book about the rural South entitled Praying for Sheetrock. If Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, ever published an autobiography, she might consider calling it Praying for Pipeline. It appears that God […]

Lay Off Palin – Please! (by Eric Sapp)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Eric Sapp is a Democratic faith outreach strategist and former partner at Common Good Strategies.  He is currently director of FaithfulDemocrats.com, and founding partner at the Eleison Group.   An election does not go by without someone paraphrasing Will Roger’s […]

Unremarkable

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Governor Palin’s acceptance speech sparked numerous posts and commentary, the reactions were strong, both positive and negative.  However, Senator McCain’s speech seems to have passed by without much comment. Senator McCain’s personal story and heroism in Vietnam is indeed remarkable- […]

Matthew 25 Releases Statement on Palin Speech

posted by Mara Vanderslice

The Matthew 25 Network released the following statement today in response to Governor Palin’s acceptance speech at the RNC Convention.  In the coming days we will be seeking thousands of signatures onto this statement from Christians leaders and individuals around […]

Democracy, Not Theocracy

posted by Welton Gaddy

Cross posted over at The Hill Blog. In her speech last night, Governor Palin missed a golden opportunity to explain how her religious beliefs would influence her policy priorities in the White House. This is a conversation that all of […]

An Ironic Night at the RNC

posted by Brian McLaren

There were four highly ironic moments for me last night, watching the RNC on television. First, Rudy Giuliani seemed to side with down-to-earth, rural, moral, family-friendly middle America against the urban, educated, gay-friendly, divorcing East Coast elite – and neither […]

A Jewish Perspective on Palin

posted by Leonard Fein

“A grand slam home run,” the commentators agreed.  More like a foul — a very foul — ball to me. The subject is, of course, Sarah Palin, whose not-yet week-old candidacy for Vice President of the United States has sucked […]

Plenty of Punches, But No Policies

posted by Renita Weems

Congratulations to Governor Sarah Palin for proving last night that she came honestly by her high school nickname “Barracuda.”. She certainly carried forward the McCain strategy of mockery, ridicule, sarcasm and disrespect. Sarah Palin showed that there is at least […]

Disappointed in Palin’s Speech

posted by Mara Vanderslice

As a woman and as a Christian- I came away deeply disappointed by the speech Sarah Palin gave tonight in front of the RNC Convention. At a time in our country’s history when we have a chance to address the […]

Darfur Follow Up: Take Action

posted by Rabbi Or N. Rose

Join the Save Darfur campaign to build political pressure for the next president to make Darfur a priority from day one in office.  The campaign includes efforts to gather a million postcards to deliver to the new president urging the […]

Sounding the Alarm: Darfur, Elul, and the Presidential Election

posted by Rabbi Or N. Rose

Today is the third day of the Hebrew month of Elul.  This is the last month of the Jewish calendar, a time of sustained introspection in preparation for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of […]

Does Palin have a Pastor Problem?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein at Huffington Post write that Palin’s Pentecoastal Church May Have Shaped A Controversial Worldview.  They write: Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much […]

“Palin’s pregnant!” Easy, easy…It’s only her unwed 17-year-old daughter.

posted by David Gibson

I had thought the terrifying onslaught of Gustav and the efforts by the GOP to dodge the Katrina bullet–or turn it to McCain’s benefit–would be the story of the day, but the bombshell news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol […]

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