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  • Pope's Way of the Cross to highlight economic crisis, unemployment and refugees

    04/15/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 4-15-2014
    The list is rather long: refugees and immigrants, those affected by violence, the economic crisis, unemployment, exploitation. They're just a few of topics the Pope will reflect on during the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, at Rome's Colosseum. The author of the meditations is the archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano, Giancarlo Bregantini. For the 14 meditations along the procession, the archbishop sought to highlight some of gravest sins and injustices that humanity carries out in the 21st Century. This list also includes topics like torture, or a justice system "drowning in a sea of bureaucracy.” But Archbishop Bregantini also addressed...
  • Obama Asks African-American Churches for Help With Health Law

    08/26/2013 5:32:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Obama Asks African-American Churches for Help With Health Law ByLouise Radnofsky When President Barack Obama met with African-American religious leaders at the White House Monday in advance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, he had a request: He asked for their help in the final push to implement the federal health care law. The president hosted representatives of major African-American denominations in the Roosevelt Room, where they discussed “how civil rights and equality are closely tied to voting rights and closing the gap on education, unemployment, and access to health care,” White House said in a written...
  • Biden Wants Pastors, Rabbis & Nuns to Tell Their Flocks: More Gun Control Is Moral Thing to Do

    05/07/2013 5:39:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Blaze / The Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Vice President Joe Biden has a commandment for pastors, rabbis and nuns: He wants them to tell their flocks that enacting gun control is the moral thing to do. But another vote may have to wait until Congress wraps up work on an immigration overhaul. Biden met for two-and-a-half hours Monday with more than a dozen leaders from various faith communities – Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh, to name a few. Both Biden and the faith leaders encouraged each other not to give up on what has been an arduous and thus far fruitless effort by Biden and President Barack...
  • Woman Blocked from Voting over 'Bible' T-Shirt

    11/01/2012 12:45:38 PM PDT · by massmike · 58 replies
    cbn.com ^ | 11/01/2012 | n/a
    A woman was blocked from early voting near Austin, Texas, last week after wearing a T-shirt that said "Vote the Bible." A pro-family group called Texas Values said election workers told resisdent Kay Hill at the Taylor City Hall polling place in Williamson County her shirt was quote "offensive." She was told to turn the shirt inside out, go home and change, or cover up the words "Vote the Bible." Hill tried to disagree but was eventually forced to cover up her Bible message. Poll workers reportedly provided a jacket for her to wear over the shirt. "It's outrageous that...
  • How U.S. Assimilation Is Changing Marketing Rules

    10/11/2010 12:38:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Ad Age ^ | October 11, 2010 | Jack Neff
    When Najoh Tita-Reid was a multicultural marketing director at Procter & Gamble Co. launching the "My Black Is Beautiful" marketing program, one of the realities she faced was that many of the women the effort was targeting were Hispanic as well as black. Today, as senior VP at GlobalHue Africanic, she sees a growing group of multicultural consumers who may not fully identify with any one box they're asked to check on the 2010 Census. Call it assimilated America, one where Spanglish may be the emerging national dialect and the U.S. population is in many ways multiethnic, making future...
  • Politicking Justice

    08/27/2010 4:56:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    War On Terror: A decade after the USS Cole bombing, the Obama administration has halted prosecution of the al-Qaida operative believed to have planned the attack. What an insult to the sailors who lost their lives. As the Cole's crew lined up for chow in the ship's galley during a refueling stop in a Yemeni harbor on Oct. 12, 2000, al-Qaida suicide bombers used a small craft to detonate over 1,000 pounds of explosives, tear a 40-by-40-foot hole in the ship's side, slaughter 17 U.S. sailors and injure 39 more. It's bad enough that our rules of engagement dictated
  • BARACK THE VOTE: Rock the Vote Violates its Tax-Exempt Status?

    01/26/2010 12:30:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 1 replies · 442+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | January 26,2010 | Jeremy D. Boreing
    In Texas we have an expression: Saying it don’t make it so. The proof of the saying is all around us. Take for instance the latest video from that national treasure Naked Emperor News which shows then candidate Barack Obama pledging eight times to play out the health care reform debate on CSPAN, or MSNBC’s assurances that the Ft. Hood shooting spree was not motivated by religion. For a real case-study, however, spend
  • Court Upholds Ban on Wearing of Political Buttons by Teachers

    01/26/2010 11:10:38 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies · 677+ views
    New York Law Journal ^ | January 26, 2010 | By Noeleen G. Walder
    A regulation barring New York City teachers from wearing political campaign buttons in public high schools does not violate their constitutional right to free speech, a federal judge has ruled. Rejecting the teachers' argument that high school students would "spontaneously understand" that the buttons were not part of the curriculum, Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan held that the plaintiffs had "offered no admissible evidence to undermine" the city's argument that "displays of political partisanship by teachers in the schools" could "influence children and impinge on the rights of students to learn in an environment free of partisan political influence."...
  • OBAMA FINDS NEW BUSH BASHING CHURCH

    01/17/2010 8:40:32 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 17 replies · 1,148+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | January 17, 2010 | Matthew Burke
    It took a while, but President Obama has finally found a church with a Bush-bashing pastor. Isn't it funny how "Separation of Church and State" is not evenly applied? It seems to only create moral outrage when conservatives do it for some strange, unknown reason. Speaking of "Bush", can you imagine the hissy-fit there would be if George W. Bush was sitting behind the podium listening to his pastor spewing partisan, political rhetoric that bashed Democrats? Watch this...
  • Obama Speaks From Pulpit, Noting Progress And Difficulty In America ["Speaking...Like A Preacher"]

    01/17/2010 3:07:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 1,277+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 17th 2010 | Mark Silva
    Obama Speaks From Pulpit, Noting Progress And Difficulty In America The president visits a church founded by freed slaves and where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sometimes spoke. By Mark Silva January 17, 2010 Reporting from Washington - President Obama, speaking today from the pulpit of a church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sometimes spoke, called on the congregation to rally around the spirit that had helped their ancestors pursue a long road to freedom. "It's that progress that allowed me to be here today," said Obama, the first African American president. The president, who doesn't frequently...
  • Obama to give church talk, stump in Massachusetts

    01/17/2010 5:32:36 AM PST · by maggief · 61 replies · 1,836+ views
    AP ^ | January 17, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will attend church services with his wife, Michelle, and speak to the congregation about helping the people of Haiti.
  • Obama speaking live at DC church

    01/17/2010 9:02:30 AM PST · by KJC1 · 208 replies · 6,243+ views
    Fox News Channel | 01-17-10
    On Fox News Channel live, so no link.
  • Obama Ties Passage of Health Insurance Bill to American 'Decency' (Campaigning in Church)

    01/17/2010 12:06:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,063+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2010 | Caroline Shively
    As Democratic fears increase that health insurance reform could slip away with a crucial vote for a new U.S. senator in Massachusetts, President Obama on Sunday used a church pulpit at a Martin Luther King Day service to say the massive health bill would be a victory for "decency." Speaking to congregants at Vermont Avenue Baptist church in Washington, D.C., before heading north to rally for Attorney General Martha Coakley, Obama said the legislation will help more than 30 million Americans, "men women and children, mothers and fathers" to get insurance. "This will be a victory not for Democrats," Obama...
  • A Thorny Issue: Politics & The Pulpit

    01/02/2010 7:11:12 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 22 replies · 580+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 01/02/2010 | Bill Turner
    As a Christian, it is your obligation to use the pulpit in America to defend Constitutional and political values. America was founded on Judeo Christian values, deferring to God, for the rights bestowed upon us. Those who have access to the pulpit must lead by example. Do not be shy about addressing the Islamic threat, the Marxist threat, the funding of abortion with parishioner money and any number of other issues that are wreaking havoc upon the lives of the folks who look to you for guidance.
  • Deeds makes his pitch at 11 area churches

    10/26/2009 4:01:29 AM PDT · by republicangel · 35 replies · 1,347+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 26, 2009 | Bill Bartel
    Prayer stopped for a few moments Sunday at 11 churches in Chesapeake and Portsmouth as pastors allowed time for a little bit of politicking between hymns of joy and sermons of salvation. State Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. came to visit, bringing along Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds and envelopes of tickets to one of the hottest political events in Hampton Roads this season. Conducting what has become a tradition for Democrats running for high statewide posts, Spruill led Deeds on a five-hour whirlwind tour of Sunday services, with staff members and reporters in tow. At each stop, Deeds, a...
  • Dozens of pastors challenge IRS rules

    09/27/2009 5:04:38 AM PDT · by Man50D · 8 replies · 624+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | September 26, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Dozens of pastors around the nation are challenging an Internal Revenue Service rule that anti-Christian activists often invoke when they want to silence the message of churches, according to the Alliance Defense FundThe organization has announced that more than 80 preachers are taking part in its second annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend. The pastors will preach Sunday sermons related to biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates or current government officials, exercising their constitutional right to free religious expression, the ADF said. They will do so despite a "problematic" IRS rule that activists use when they want to...
  • Church mixes politics, prayer on 'Obama Sunday'

    09/26/2009 10:22:59 AM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies · 1,962+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 09.20.09 | SHAWN BOBURG
    Prayer was mixed with a dose of politics at Passaic’s largest black church on Sunday as congregants donned Obama T-shirts in a show of support for a president they say has been unfairly criticized after only eight months in office. The Union Baptist Church held a “Support Obama Sunday,” asking members to “turn the script” on the “wicked and nasty” reaction Obama has received in some quarters as he pushes for health-care reform. The church’s pastor, Rev. Ronald W. Johnson, said he rarely brings politics into the church but was moved to do so because he is concerned that some...
  • 'Don't Vote for Obama' - IRS Church Audit Dropped (For Now)

    07/31/2009 9:18:38 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 9 replies · 574+ views
    CBS47 ^ | July 31st 2009 | cakid1
    Minnesota Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church got an audit from the Internal Revenue Service because he advised his congregants in a sermon last year not to vote for Barack Obama. Booth was one of several pastors who endorsed presidential candidates from the pulpit last September. The Internal Revenue Service has...
  • Schwarzenegger pleads for passage of ballot measures (at three African American churches in LA)

    05/18/2009 9:21:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 828+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/18/09 | Cathleen Decker and Michael Finnegan
    Battling anger and indifference on the part of California voters, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger implored them Sunday not to make the state "the poster child for dysfunction" by defeating a host of measures on Tuesday's ballot that seek to restructure the state's bleak finances. The governor's visits to three African American churches in Los Angeles came as proponents and opponents of the ballot measures marshaled the last of the millions of dollars they have collected for the special election. Schwarzenegger said Sunday he had been told that about 25% of voters are expected to show up, ... Schwarzenegger, accompanied by Assembly...
  • Governor Visits Churches As Special Election Looms

    05/17/2009 5:25:42 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies · 456+ views
    CBS 2 LOS ANGELES ^ | 17 MAY 2009 | CBS 2 LOS ANGELES
    Polls Indicate Most Of The 6 Ballot Propositions Don't Have A Prayer Of Passing LOS ANGELES Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attended three church services in Los Angeles Sunday to stump for six statewide ballot propositions on Tuesday's ballot, most of which do not have a prayer of passing, if the polls are to be believed. Schwarzenegger and Democratic Assembly Speaker Karen Bass of Los Angeles visited West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles, and First African Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday morning. Most of the propositions, proposed by the Legislature, are meant to reduce a...
  • Pastors Get OK to Preach on Social Issues

    05/15/2009 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 546+ views
    CBN News Channel ^ | May 14, 2009 | Efrem Graham
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that church leaders can keep their tax-exempt status and speak out on social issues. Ad Feedback The decision comes in response to a complaint against a group of Texas pastors, but churches can still not endorse or oppose political candidates. Social and Political Issues from the Pulpit Pastor Wally Sherbon strolls the campus of Regent University each Wednesday, repairing and meditating on his Sunday sermon. But lately, he's also been thinking about what it would mean if he couldn't talk about social and political issues from the pulpit. "It's hard...
  • Silence of the Pulpits - Why?

    11/15/2008 5:32:16 PM PST · by Penn4God · 114 replies · 1,839+ views
    11/15/2008 | Penn4God
    In view of the 2008 election, the Christian churches have been noticeably silent. Is this reluctance due to their fear of losing the tax exempt status?The recent election highlights this issue quite well. Candidates held moral positions that were in direct opposition to known biblical teachings. Despite the candidates support for issues like abortion, religious leaders allowed these candidates to go unchallenged from their pulpits.Religious leaders are fearful of losing the tax-exempt status if they speak out strongly regarding moral positions that candidates hold. Religious leaders are not directing their comments from their pulpits to influence decisions about candidates based...
  • Michelle Obama speech to Baptists spurs request for IRS investigation

    11/02/2008 12:08:10 AM PDT · by A_Niceguy_in_CA · 17 replies · 1,398+ views
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | Friday, 31 October 2008 | Bob Allen
    Michelle Obama speech to Baptists spurs request for IRS investigation By Bob Allen Friday, 31 October 2008 WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether Oct. 29 remarks by Michelle Obama to an African-American Baptist gathering violated federal tax law. According to media reports, the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate told about 1,000 delegates to the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, meeting in Fayetteville, that her husband understands the struggles of working families and offers the leadership America needs. "Don't we deserve a president with...
  • Pastor becomes IRS target

    10/26/2008 1:19:03 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 25 replies · 1,476+ views
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | 10/26/2008 | Charlie Butts
    A group that supports the false philosophy of separation of church and state has filed action against another pastor for having his say about politics. Bishop Robert E. Smith is senior pastor at Word of Outreach and Christian Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Americans United for Separation of Church and State has lodged a complaint against him for endorsing John McCain for president from the pulpit on October 12. "Bishop Smith knowingly and flagrantly violated the law and has even dared the IRS to investigate him for it," says Americans United leader Barry Lynn in a press release. "I hope...
  • AU (Barry Lynn) Asks IRS to Investigate NJ Catholic Diocese.. for Partisan Electioneering

    10/23/2008 10:47:17 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 43 replies · 893+ views
    OMBWatch.org ^ | 10/22/2008 | Lateefah Williams
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the IRS to investigate the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J. and Rock Christian Fellowship in Espanola, New Mexico. According to AU's letter to the IRS, Roman Catholic Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli has published a letter on Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J.'s website and newspaper attacking Barack Obama." The letter criticizes Obama for his pro-choice stance and encourages parishioners not to vote for Obama. AU also wants the IRS to investigate Rock Christian Fellowship in Espanola, New Mexico for posting a large display that encourages voters to support republican candidates...
  • Americans United Advises Houses Of Worship To Refrain From Intervening In Partisan Politics

    10/22/2008 8:38:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 418+ views
    Church-State Watchdog Group Says Pastor Violated Federal Tax Law With Call To Vote For McCain Americans United for Separation of Church and State is advising houses of worship nationwide to respect federal tax law and stay out of partisan politics. Americans United announced today that 100,000 letters have been mailed to clergy and lay leaders reminding them that federal tax law prohibits tax-exempt entities, including houses of worship, from endorsing candidates. “Houses of worship are supposed to tend to spiritual needs and do charitable work, not act as political action committees,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive...
  • [Black]Pastor fights IRS with pro-McCain sermon

    10/15/2008 4:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,253+ views
    MSNBC/The Associated Press ^ | October 15, 2008
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In a predominantly black church in a city known for its past racial strife, Bishop Robert Smith is taking sides. His targets: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and federal restrictions barring Smith's endorsement of Republican John McCain. At the end of a recent sermon, Smith told about 50 worshippers at his Word of Outreach Christian Center: "I will be voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin." Smith, who is black, said neighbors and friends have questioned why he isn't backing Obama, the first black presidential nominee from a major party. "I just tell them it's not...
  • Politics need [sic] to stay out of the pulpit

    10/05/2008 12:39:15 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 39 replies · 658+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/5/08 | C. Joshua Villines
    Last weekend, a few pastors of large, evangelical congregations chose to convert their pulpits into planks for the Republican Party platform. These participants in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” sought to challenge IRS regulations that maintain a wall between tax-exempt religious activities and taxable political ones. Citing controversial issues like reproductive freedom and same-sex marriage, they claimed that a biblical mandate required them to take a more activist role in instructing their congregants to choose the candidate who matched their political beliefs. Their actions are yet one more indicator of the degree to which purveyors of a reactionary political agenda have continued...
  • Minnesota preacher joins challenge of IRS on (political) endorsements

    10/03/2008 10:02:39 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 13 replies · 398+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 10/03/08 | Paul Walsh - Staff Reporter
    A northern Minnesota preacher's presidential endorsement from the pulpit of Republican John McCain over the weekend is part of a national challenge of federal restrictions on such political expressions. The Rev. Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church made his endorsement Sunday as part of the Alliance Defense Fund's "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." The fund said Booth and other pastors around the country were exercising "their First Amendment right to preach on the subject, despite federal tax regulations that prohibit intervening or participating in a political campaign." Booth, a delegate to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, said Monday he did...
  • Pastors test ban on pulpit politicking

    09/29/2008 9:51:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies · 518+ views
    firstamendmentcenter.org ^ | September 29, 2008 | Associated Press
    Pastor Luke Emrich prepared his sermon this week knowing his remarks could invite an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. But that was the whole point, so Emrich forged ahead with his message: Thou shalt vote according to the Scriptures. “I’m telling you straight up, I would choose life,” Emrich told about 100 worshippers yesterday at New Life Church, a nondenominational evangelical congregation about 40 miles from Milwaukee. “I would cast a vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin,” he said. “But friends, it’s your choice to make, it’s not my choice. I won’t be in the voting booth with...
  • Mrs. Obama stresses need for faith, prayer in Ohio stop Ohio Baptists give her warm welcome

    09/13/2008 2:33:14 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 77 replies · 296+ views
    The Toledo Times ^ | 9/11/08 | JIM PROVANCE
    'We can either settle for the world as it is or ... we can fight ... for the world as it should be,' Michelle Obama said.CINCINNATI - "I come here today as a Christian,'' Michelle Obama said yesterday to a standing ovation at a convention of mostly black Baptists. She appealed not only for their prayers but for their votes for her husband. "This election is going to change the world,'' she said. "This election will determine the course of an entire generation. Just think about that. "I know that no one here wants to look back and think, 'Wouldn't...
  • Democrat Compares Obama to Jesus, Palin to Pontius Pilate on House Floor

    09/10/2008 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Rodm · 73 replies · 258+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/10/2008
    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn): "Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus, who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor."
  • Deceitful Tactics By Kaine To Promote Obama In Churches

    09/09/2008 4:38:33 PM PDT · by beezdotcom · 44 replies · 272+ views
    email ^ | Sept. 6, 2008 | (local pastor)
    (This is from an email forwarded to me that allegedly came from a local pastor. I have followed up with the pastor personally, and he confirmed that the email was indeed originally sent by him, and accurately represents his experience. Even though he did not specifically ask me to do this, I have redacted the most easily identifying information - but I will provide it to folks who FReepmail me with a specific request for it.) Gentlemen, I never write mass emails and am repulsed by hyped up causes that are emailed to me. But I am writing to you...
  • Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted

    09/08/2008 7:24:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 323+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 9/8/2008 | Peter Slevin
    CHICAGO -- Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules. The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship. "For so long, there has been this cloud of intimidation over the...
  • Obama goes to Lutheran Church service in Lima

    09/01/2008 9:58:15 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 78 replies · 372+ views
    Van Wert TimesBulletin ^ | September 01, 2008
    Barack Obama continued his campaign tour of battleground Ohio with a stop at a Lima church, where he quietly attended services at a Lutheran church. Obama's presence wasn't acknowledged at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday until the church's pastor, Lars Olson, referred to him as a special guest. Obama is the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit Allen County, a longtime Republican stronghold, in decades. Olson said he was first told of the visit at about 8:30 a.m. Lima police officers received a call at about the same time. After the service, Obama chatted outside with supporters for about...
  • Barack Obama’s Unethical and Possibly Illegal Fundraising Practices

    08/18/2008 12:38:25 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 3 replies · 115+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 8/18/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    This article is the first in a series that underscores Barack Obama’s serious deficiencies in character, ethics, and integrity. The links appear at “Barack Obama: Powered by Hate,” (http://www.stentorian.com/Obama/) a compilation of Obama’s questionable campaign financing practices, plus enablement and empowerment of racists, anti-Semites, and Catholic-hating bigots. In all cases, we provide links and references so the reader can verify for himself/herself the truth of the statements. This is very important because of the numerous smears and urban legends that are in circulation. Barack Obama’s unethical, dishonest, and possibly illegal campaign financing schemes include: 1. “Dinner with Barack” lotteries that...
  • Jenna Wedding Pastor Starts Pro-Obama Web Site

    06/27/2008 1:41:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 113 replies · 262+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, the minister who presided over the recent marriage of President Bush’s daughter Jenna, has launched a pro-Barack Obama Web site sharply critical of conservative stalwart James Dobson. Caldwell, leader of the largest Methodist congregation in the country, launched his “James Dobson Does Not Speak For Me” site a day after Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio program aired a statement charging that Obama distorted the Bible to fit “his own confused theology.” The site urges readers to sign a statement declaring that Dobson does not represent them. The statement reads in part: “James Dobson doesn't speak for...
  • Obama campaign worker helps Houston-area pastor set up anti-Dobson site

    06/28/2008 10:08:46 AM PDT · by unlearner · 24 replies · 120+ views
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Jim Brown
    A recent article on OneNewsNow featured comments by Methodist pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, a Barack Obama supporter. The pastor took issue with James Dobson's contention that Obama distorts the Bible with his theological views. Caldwell, who is affiliated with the website JamesDobsonDoesntSpeakForMe.com, initially told OneNewsNow that the website was operated by Matthew 25, a political action committee working with Obama supporters. However, upon investigation, it was found that the site was actually registered to Alyssa Martin, an intern in the Obama campaign's "religious affairs" department. The domain registration has since been changed to Pastor Caldwell's name. In an earlier interview, Caldwell...
  • Pastors Challenge Law, Endorse Candidates From Pulpit

    06/20/2008 8:09:07 AM PDT · by XR7 · 62 replies · 185+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/20/08 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Few Americans would invite an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, but that's exactly what Minnesota pastor Gus Booth wanted when he stood behind his pulpit and told his congregation God wanted them to vote Republican. In an election where candidates openly discuss their faith and are regularly seen in churches, and a time when pastors' sermons lead the politics sections of newspapers, one might be excused for not knowing that it is illegal for a church to endorse or oppose a candidate for president. But when Booth addressed the members of his Warroad Community Church one Sunday in May...
  • Obama speaks on fatherhood at church

    06/16/2008 5:59:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 100+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 16, 2008 | Deborah Charles
    Two weeks after breaking with his long-time church after pastors there made inflammatory and anti-American sermons, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama went to a new church on Sunday to discuss fatherhood. Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, took part in Father's Day services near their house at the Apostolic Church of God -- a large, predominantly black church in the South Side of Chicago. This was Obama's first time attending a church service since he announced last month that he had quit Trinity United Church of Christ, which he had attended for 16 years,...
  • Barack Obama Asks Fathers To Take Responsibility

    06/15/2008 6:49:26 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 192+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-16-2008 | Alex Spillius
    Barack Obama asks fathers to take responsibility By Alex Spillius in Washington Last Updated: 12:51AM BST 16/06/2008 Senator Barack Obama has called on black American men to accept their responsibilities as fathers and to stop "acting like boys instead of men". Barack Obama speaking at the Apostolic Church of God In a Father's Day speech at a black church in his home city of Chicago, the Democratic presidential nominee listed the disadvantages faced by single parent families in the community, and urged men to realise that their responsibility as a father does not end at conception. "If we are honest...
  • Obama calls absent black fathers to task

    06/15/2008 4:33:33 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 104 replies · 184+ views
    cnnpolitics.com ^ | 06/15/2008 | AP
    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Barack Obama celebrated Father's Day by calling on black fathers, who he said are "missing from too many lives and too many homes," to become active in raising their children. "They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it," the Democratic presidential candidate said Sunday at a largely black church in his hometown. Reminding the congregation of his firsthand experience growing up without a father, Obama said he was lucky to have loving grandparents who helped his mother. He got support, second chances...
  • Obama Goes to Church

    06/15/2008 3:26:58 PM PDT · by BloodOrFreedom · 59 replies · 538+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 15 2008 | Bonney Kapp
    Obama headed to church this Father’s Day Sunday in his hometown of Chicago — the first time he’s been to church since he severed relations with his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The Obama family attended services at Chicago’s Apostolic Church of God, one of the city’s largest African American congregations and just six and a half miles from Obama’s former place of worship, Trinity Church of Christ. Longtime church leader Bishop Arthur Brazier greeted his “good friend” warmly and touchingly noted, “[Obama] has done something [in] this country that I never thought I would live to see.” He continued,...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop, Other Religious Leaders, Meet with Obama

    06/12/2008 5:39:34 PM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies · 243+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 12 June AD 2008 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop, Other Religious Leaders, Meet with Obama 08-087-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was among more than 30 national Christian leaders who met here June 10 with U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Hanson was invited by Obama's staff to meet privately with the Senator in a meeting in which Darfur, the Iraq war, gay rights, abortion and faith issues were discussed, the Associated Press reported. Hanson said the meeting's purpose seemed to be an effort by Obama "to begin...
  • Black pastors careful in voicing support of Obama

    06/06/2008 3:19:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 80+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/6/8 | DIONNE WALKER, Associated Press Writer
    The Rev. Jeffrey Bryan has posted campaign signs for "Obama in '08" and displayed snapshots of the presumed Democratic presidential nominee visiting his Newark, N.J., church. At times he wears a T-shirt emblazoned with Barack Obama's face. That's as far as Bryan will go — there will be no sermons peppered with "Vote Obama!" "It's a historical time for black people. We cannot ignore what's going on," Bryan said. Yet, he added, "you can't tell people who to vote for." The pulpit plays a powerful role in shaping political views in the black community. During the civil rights era, for...
  • Cal Thomas: Pfleger, Politics, and Pizza

    06/03/2008 1:49:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 101+ views
    Townhall ^ | June 3, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    A self-identified African-American caller to a Washington, D.C., radio station characterized the recent anti-Hillary Clinton outburst by the white liberal Chicago priest, Michael Pfleger, as a “minstrel show.” Pfleger, who was preaching “another gospel,” which the authentic gospel warns against, denounced Sen. Clinton for her effrontery and sense of “entitlement” in trying to take the Democratic presidential nomination from a black man, one Barack Obama. Pfleger, who donated $1,500 to the Obama campaign between 1995 and 2001, is indebted to Obama because when Obama was in the Illinois legislature, he, according to the Chicago Tribune, “announced $225,000 in grants to...
  • CAPTION: Hillary at church service & beach party in Puerto Rico

    05/25/2008 12:10:05 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 30 replies · 137+ views
  • Clinton Sits Through Sermon About Adultery

    05/18/2008 10:26:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 120+ views
    Clinton Sits Through Sermon About Adultery May 18, 2008 12:42 PM ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: When things couldn't be looking worse for Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency in 2008, as her rival Barack Obama closes in on gaining enough delegates to secure the nomination, the former first lady attended a church service in Bowling Green, Ky., Sunday featuring a sermon about lust and adultery. The hour-long sermon focused on the sin of committing adultery -– as outlined in Mathew 5:27-32. Clinton, D-N.Y., has often said her faith pulled her through the difficult time when her husband, former...
  • Stations Of The Cross: Obama Goes Fundie In Kentucky

  • Pastors May Defy IRS Gag Rule

    05/11/2008 5:28:02 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 54 replies · 273+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/9/08 | SUZANNE SATALINE
    A conservative legal-advocacy group is enlisting ministers to use their pulpits to preach about election candidates this September, defying a tax law that bars churches from engaging in politics. Alliance Defense Fund, a Scottsdale, Ariz., nonprofit, is hoping at least one sermon will prompt the Internal Revenue Service to investigate, sparking a court battle that could get the tax provision declared unconstitutional. Alliance lawyers represent churches in disputes with the IRS over alleged partisan activity. The action marks the latest attempt by a conservative organization to help clergy harness their congregations to sway elections. The protest is scheduled for Sunday,...