God-O-Meter

Given that Larry Craig was Romney’s co-liaison to the U.S. Senate and chairman of his Idaho effort, God-o-Meter would think it difficult for him to score political points from the disclosure that the Idaho senator pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after being arrested in an airport men’s room. But Romney, trying to sell himself as…

On its face, the central argument of today’s Washington Post story on Edwards makes some sense: “he is the sole Southern Democrat and cultural conservative in the Democratic presidential field, making him the only top-tier candidate in his party who can appeal easily to white men.” And while Edwards is now a United Methodist, he…

Like he does in his new memoir Promises to Keep, Biden dishes to The Christian Science Monitor about how his Catholic upbringing shaped his worldview and politics, in contrast to the religious reticence shown by a certain Catholic Democratic nominee for president in 2004. Also unlike Kerry, Biden challenges the notion that his liberal record…

Having participated in a Boston College forum on Catholicism and public policy (video here) and with a forthcoming book on his father’s stint as a lawyer at Nuremberg, God-o-Meter would think Chris Dodd had cornered the market on moral values. Instead, God-o-Meter finds itself asking: will Dodd ever publicly discuss is religious faith? At last…

Somewhat surprised to hear Dennis Kucinich speaking against the separation of “spiritual values” and state in yesterday’s Democratic debate, God-o-Meter did some digging and discovered that the Catholic Kucinich grew up studying the lives of the saints and Scripture in Latin. In 2004, The Christian Science Monitor called him possibly the “most overtly spiritual of…

Answering a question about faith in yesterday’s Iowa Democratic debate, Mike Gravel was the only candidate to forego any mention of religion or spirituality: “What I believe in is love. And love implements courage. And courage permits us all to apply the virtues that are important in life.” And yet God-o-Meter remembers that as a…

Sure, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo’s call for the next president to warn the world’s Muslims that a terrorist attack on the U.S. “would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina” is a footnote in a presidential field dominated by political celebrities. But comments like these, popular with a large…

It turns out that even in his religion, Ron Paul is an iconoclast. Raised a Lutheran but currently attending a Baptist church, the anti-abortion, anti-profanity (he once chided an aide for using the term “red-light district” in the presence of a woman) Paul says his conservative religious faith jibes with his strident anti-Iraq stance. “I…

Appearing at a “Night to Honor Israel” event sponsored by a Christian Zionist group outside Washington, DC, California Rep. Duncan Hunter vowed that, as president, he would “never, never, never abandon Israel.” An emphatic statement of support, to be sure, but God-o-Meter asks how different Hunter’s position is from those of Democratic presidential candidates like…

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