Meanwhile, Kerry attended Catholic Mass and received Communion at the Church of the Holy Angels in Dayton, Ohio. According to Knight Ridder, when the priest welcomed Kerry, the church "erupted in applause.... But after Kerry passed in the aisle on the way to his seat, a woman grabbed her husband and stalked out of the church. 'I won't spend a moment with that man,' she muttered."

On the same Sunday, Kerry also attended a service at Shiloh Baptist Church, a predominantly black congregation in Ohio. The pastor there, Rev. Selwyn Bachus, "preached the story of David slaying Goliath, from 1 Samuel 16. 'We're going to see that on Tuesday,' he said."

Kerry also attended Catholic Mass in Orlando on Monday, November 1, in honor of All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. In addition to their Sunday obligation, American Catholics are required to attend Mass on 4-8 holy days a year. However, this requirement is often dropped when the holy day falls on a Saturday or Monday, and Kerry was not strictly required to attend an All Saints Day Mass.

Voting for Kerry a "Sin," Says Christian Leader


Brannon Howse, founder of the conservative Christian Worldview Weekend, sent an email to his supporters on Monday suggesting that voting for Sen. John Kerry is a "sin."

He wrote: "On Saturday, as I sat behind the President at a rally in Minneapolis, I heard his promise to use his Administration...to protect the life of the unborn and uphold the definition of marriage. I heard references to God...I heard an evangelical prayer...I heard the hatred of abortion and the respect for traditional marriage. My friends, I heard what you will never hear at the rally of the Democrats."

He added: "I believe anyone that does not vote on Tuesday is sinning and anyone that votes for Kerry is committing an even greater sin!"

Phony Phone Calls


Some voters in Michigan are receiving phone calls from people posing as Kerry supporters. In a phone message played for the Associated Press, a young woman's voice says, "When you vote this Tuesday remember to legalize gay marriage by supporting John Kerry." Kerry does support civil unions for gays, but believes "marriage is between a man and a woman."

GOP officials claim that voters are also receiving calls from people pretending to represent the Bush campaign with messages filled with swear words.

Candlelight Vigils for Democracy


The Unitarian Universalist Association, the American Friends Service Committee, and the National Council of Churches have organized candlelight vigils throughout the country beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. Visit the AFSC vigil site to find one near you.

Bush and Kerry: Cafeteria Catholics?


Catholics who have enjoyed JibJab.com's online cartoons about the election will get a chuckle out of the animated election feature at CafeteriaCatholics.com. In it, Bush and Kerry sit down to dinner at a posh Catholic restaurant where a bishop takes their order. Possible choices include "Avoid War" entrees and "No Abortion" side dishes.

Prayer Before Voting


Activist, rabbi, and Tikkun editor Michael Lerner has posted a lengthy prayer voters can read before heading to the polls. The text asks the "Power of Healing and Transformation in the Universe" to guide voters and to "give me the wisdom to understand those who do not vote in the way that I do."When "Prayers of the Faithful" Are Partisan


"Prayers of the Faithful"--prayers related to current events, such as "we pray for refugees in Sudan" or "we pray for hurricane victims"--are often read at Catholic Masses and other churches' Sunday services. In recent weeks, congregations have been polarized by prayers such as "we pray that Americans may elect a president who works with other countries to secure peace" and "we pray for a president who will protect the rights of the unborn."

In an Oct. 28 column for the Denver Catholic Register, conservative Catholic George Weigel criticizes politically-charged prayers of the faithful. The petitions "often become minisermons in which various messages, theological and political, are encoded," Weigel writes.


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