God-O-Meter

The new Pew poll shows that Obama has made slight inroads among white evangelicals, from 21-percent in September to 24-percent last week. That’s roughly in line with how Democratic presidential candidates have performed, pre John Kerry. But the bigger news is Obama’s jump among white Catholics, where he’s totally reversed McCain’s lead. Last month, McCain…

From CNN’s Political Ticker: While in Colorado Springs, the Alaska governor sat down for an interview with influential “Focus on the Family” founder James Dobson, who has long been critical of McCain but said in August that the selection of Palin as the Arizona senator’s running mate makes him more likely to vote for the…

A lot of what Colin Powell said was troubling him about his Republican Party during his Meet the Press appearance had to do with the ascent of religious conservatives. And nothing represents that ascent so starkly as Sarah Palin. Here’s Powell yesterday: And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin…

On Meet the Press yesterday, Colin Powell skewered certain Republicans for trying to play the Muslim card on Barack Obama: I’m also troubled by – not what Senator McCain says – but what members of the Party say, and it is permitted to be said: such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is…

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

Influential conservative writers Robert George and Yuval Levin make the case that Barack Obama is obfuscating on why he opposed the Born Alive Act as an Illinois state legislator: In Washington, D.C., consensus can be a rare commodity, and never more so than on the issue of abortion. But the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act of…

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

Even after years of reporting on religion in politics, God-o-Meter is always taken by how often a random voter turns out to be deeply influenced by his faith, and how often those voters hail from the born again tradition. Take the newly famous Joe the Plumber’s comments yesterday about he views what the U.S. has…

The conservative pro-life movement has been hitting Obama on his explanation last night for why he opposed the Born Alive Act in the Illinois state legislature. But God-o-Meter thought the bigger headline from the abortion discussion in the debate was Obama’s emphasis on reducing abortion while foregoing any rigorous defense of a woman’s right to…

Steve Waldman noted this week that Same-sex marriage is nowhere near the front-burner issue it was in 2004, when it might have tipped the election to George W. Bush. Today’s ruling from the Connecitcut Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage there won’t change that; there is something of a financial crisis roiling the known universe. But…

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