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  • To some, Obama is the 'wrong' kind of Christian

    10/21/2012 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | October 21, 2012 | By John Blake
    ...Historians may remember Obama as the nation’s first black president, but he’s also a religious pioneer. He’s not only changed people’s perception of who can be president, some scholars and pastors say, but he’s also expanding the definition of who can be a Christian by challenging the religious right’s domination of the national stage. Obama is a progressive Christian who blends the emotional fire of the African-American church, the ecumenical outlook of contemporary Protestantism, and the activism of the Social Gospel, a late 19th-century movement whose leaders faulted American churches for focusing too much on personal salvation while ignoring the...
  • Black Pastors Say 'Stay Home' Election Day

    09/17/2012 9:12:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 16 Sep 2012 | AP
    Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May. As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood. In 2008, Obama won 95 percent of black voters...
  • Anti-Christian Hate Speech Spews From The Palm Beach Dem Chair [Video: DNC Spiraling out of control]

    09/05/2012 7:17:46 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 119 replies
    the blaze ^ | September 5 2012 | Mike Opelka
    ...Mark Alan Siegel, the Palm Beach County Democrat Chairman spoke with Scottie Hughes of Patriot TV and made some rather pointed and anti-Christian statements. Mr. Siegel was wearing a “Jews for Obama” pin. Ms. Hughes spotted the pin and asked the chairman about his support for Obama despite the administration’s record with Israel. Here are a couple of the offensive comments made by the Palm Beach Democratic Chairman: “I’m Jewish, I’m not a fan of any other religion than Judaism.” “The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so...
  • Democrats restore "God" and "jerusalem as Captial of Israel" to their platform

    09/05/2012 2:21:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 93 replies
    Fox News | September 5, 2012
    Just announced on Fox News!
  • Wasserman-Schultz dodges questions about why the DNC removed the 'G' word from their platform

    09/05/2012 10:42:02 AM PDT · by delcopatriot · 25 replies
    newsmax ^ | Sept 5, 2012 | Patrick Hobin
    Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to commit to an answer when pressed on whether the party removed the word “God” from its platform, according to the Washington Examiner. The Florida congresswoman was asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan if the removal of the word “God” was a “mistake.” “Well, we have a commitment through all faith traditions that our values are reflected in our policy and that means we should look out for the least of these, that we should fight for the middle class . . .,” she told Morgan. Wasserman Schulz refused to admit that it was...
  • Durbin dodges questions on no 'God,' 'Jerusalem' in Democratic Party platform (VIDEO)

    09/04/2012 7:27:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/4/12 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Tuesday, Democratic Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin attempted to downplay news from earlier in the day that language about “God” and “Jerusalem” was stricken from the Democratic Party platform. Durbin told host Bret Baier, who was broadcasting from the scene of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., that it is improper to glean from this that Democrats are godless people. “Well, I can just basically tell you if the narrative that is being presented on your station and through your channel and your network is that the Democrats are godless people, they...
  • Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Hits Evolution Deniers

    08/27/2012 1:42:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 78 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Kevin Dolak
    In a clip posted to online knowledge forum Big Think via YouTube, former children’s show host Bill Nye spoke out against the denial of evolution, saying such views harm young people especially and hamper scientific progress. Nye, who hosted the educational show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which aired on PBS Kids from 1993 through 1998, made the statements in a clip posted online on Thursday, and has since been viewed over one million times. In the clip, Nye praises the United States for its contribution to technological innovation, but says that the denial of evolution is unique to the...
  • Obama Heads Out to Church

    08/19/2012 9:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | August 19, 2012, 11:26 am | Keith Koffler
    President Obama today made a rare appearance in church, strolling with his family across Lafayette Park to St. John’s, well known as the church where presidents pray. … Obama has been to regular Sunday services in Washington this year I think once or twice before this. …
  • Paul Ryan Faces Left-Wing Religious Attack

    08/11/2012 2:20:27 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 11, 2012 | JP
    The Obama re-election campaign huddled today with “progressive” religious leaders as they coordinate a line of attack against conservative Catholic congressman Paul Ryan, Republican Mitt Romney’s selection as his ticket-mate. The Democrat-aligned religious leaders are critical of the budget proposals Rep. Ryan has championed on Capitol Hill, which, they charge, will exacerbate the sufferings of the nation’s poor. They also portray Ryan as a secret admirer of Ayn Rand, who famously authored “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead;” who was, at once, a strong defender of capitalism and an avowed atheist. Of course, it is hard for left-wing religious leaders to...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan Will Host Obama at White-Tie Fundraiser for Health Care Causes

    08/08/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-8-12 | Terrence Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama, who is moving ahead with a regulation that forces observant American Catholics to act against their consciences and the teachings of their faith, will be one of the keynote speakers at an Oct. 18 white-tie fundraiser hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The fundraiser—the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner--will benefit the foundation, which Cardinal Dolan serves as board president. The foundation's website says it provides funding “for healthcare causes.” Al Smith, a three-term governor of New York, became the first...
  • WashPost's Miller: Media Should Ignore 'Astroturf' Black Pastors Opposing Obama

    08/04/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    On the Saturday Washington Post “On Faith” page, columnist and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller insisted it was not a news story that black ministers came to the National Press Club and insisted Obama’s support for gay marriage “might cost him the election.” It’s not a story, Miller insisted, because Rev William Owens is “enough to make a cynic blush...He’s a figurehead in what political operatives call an ‘Astroturf’ campaign...and his threat is not a threat.” Miller complained about the news sites that somehow found this “nearly empty” press conference newsworthy: CNN, Fox News, NBC, the New York Post, the...
  • What is Mitt Romney Hiding? (It's Starting To Look Like Romney Has A Dirty Tax Secret)

    07/07/2012 2:07:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Middle Class Economist ^ | 07/07/2012 | Kenneth Thomas
    Mitt Romney has so far released only one year of tax returns (2010), plus an estimate for 2011. This stands in stark contrast to his father, Michigan Governor George Romney, who released 12 years of tax returns when he began running for President in 1967. As his father said at the time, "One year could be a fluke." So the questions remain about what is in Romney's older returns. Two stories this week and last have ratcheted up the pressure. One is a recent web exclusive for "The Last Word with Laurence O'Donnell" where David Cay Johnston has five...
  • Black Pastors Lay Down Gauntlet to Obama Over Same-Sex Marriage

    07/05/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/3/12 | P. Stanley
    Coalition Calls on Black Christians to Withhold Support Until President Grants Meeting The Coalition of African American Pastors demanded on Monday that President Obama meet with the group to address his stance on same-sex marriage. So far, the White House has refused to acknowledge the group's request but leaders say they plan to "turn up the heat" by asking black Christians to sit on the sidelines for the time being. "We have requested a meeting with President Obama and until he meets with us, we are going to ask black Christians to withhold their support until he personally hears our...
  • Many Americans Can't Name Obama's Religion

    06/23/2012 10:26:28 AM PDT · by trekdown · 63 replies
    Gallup, Inc. ^ | June 22, 2012 | Frank Newport
    Just 34% of Americans correctly say U.S. President Barack Obama is a Christian, while 44% say they don't know Obama's religion and 11% say he is a Muslim.
  • Urban Radio Callers Slam Obama Over Gay Marriage Support (audio)

    05/15/2012 1:03:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 15, 2012
    Listeners of New York hip hop radio station HOT 97 did not take kindly to the news that President Obama had endorsed same-sex marriage. The day after the announcement, callers took to the airwaves to express their disappointment with news. TRANSCRIPT: HOST: The sad part is amazingly there are people in New York whose votes he just lost. No question about it I have been doing radio for a long time and whenever I talk about this issue I am shocked by how many people call up and are upset with the idea of supporting same-sex marriage. Even in New...
  • Obama to Black Pastors: Choose You This Day Whom ye will Serve

    05/14/2012 9:09:58 PM PDT · by publius321 · 18 replies
    After making his "historic" remarks on same-sex unions last week, President Barack Obama led a conference call with black church pastors to explain his support for gay marriage, the New York Times reported that the call was held with "eight or so African-American ministers. "They were wrestling with their ability to get over his theological position," the Rev. Delman Coates, a Maryland pastor who was on the call, told the NY Times. The title of the article was "Obama calls pastors to explain gay marriage support; black churches ‘conflicted’ "Conflicted"? There really is no reason to be conflicted. They either...
  • Obama paraphrases Rev. Niemoller: "First I lost Catholics, but I had other groups so I didn't care."

    04/04/2012 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/4/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We’ve heard the words of German Pastor Niemoller who lamented that he stood by and did nothing as the Nazis murdered people by category. Niemoller said, “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew,” and so on. For the past three years Barack Obama could be paraphrasing Niemoller. Obama might have said, “First I attacked Christians, especially Catholics trying to force them to violate their religious beliefs. When I lost them as supporters I didn’t care because I had lots of other supporters.” He could have said, “I attacked oil...
  • Mormon question lingers for Mitt

    01/15/2012 9:32:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | John Zaremba
    A conservative Christian caucus gave GOP presidential long shot Rick Santorum a last-ditch boost from a Texas ranch yesterday, bestowing its blessing upon the former Pennsylvania senator in an attempt to galvanize the God-fearing vote against front-runner Mitt Romney. About 150 social conservatives anointed Santorum as their man on the ballot, voting to back him over Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry — and, in doing so, to try and derail Romney after his back-to-back wins in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Their vote came as little surprise to Romney’s brethren at the Church of Jesus Christ of...
  • Obama Losing the ‘G-d Vote’

    05/16/2010 10:41:43 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 25 replies · 1,161+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 16, 2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Strong signs at the polls show that U.S. President Barack Obama is losing the “G-d vote” as Jewish and religious Christian voters flee, chapter and verse, to the Republican camp.
  • Matters of faith, politics on table as Palin visits Graham

    11/23/2009 7:26:57 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 1,640+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 11/23/2009 | Tim Funk
    Sarah Palin, the hottest name in the Republican Party, took a detour from her book-signing tour Sunday to dine with Billy Graham at his mountaintop home in Montreat."He's followed her career and likes her strong stand on faith," said son Franklin Graham, who was present for the 2 1/2-hour get-together. "Daddy feels God was using her to wake America up."The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate told Billy Graham about how she came to faith in God as a girl in Bible camp.She quizzed him on the presidents he's known and wanted his take on what the...
  • Obama Approval High Among Muslims, Jews, and Catholics (Weekly Average = 70% Catholic Approval)

    05/01/2009 11:52:59 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 86 replies · 2,311+ views
    The Gallup Poll ^ | 5-1-09 | Lydia Saad
    Gallup Poll Daily tracking during President Obama's first 100 days in office finds broad support for him among Americans affiliated with most major U.S. religions. U.S..........
  • Mike McCurry: How My Party Found God (Democrats)[Reports from an alternate universe]

    12/26/2008 2:24:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 838+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 15, 2008 | Mike McCurry, former Clinton administration press secretary
    Liberals have practiced secular politics since the 1960s, but with the ascent of Barack Obama, the left discovered it can actually keep the faith. When I was a high school kid in 1969, my church youth group leader took a bunch of us to Berkeley in the aftermath of the People’s Park uprising so we could soak in the café scene and experience some of what he was witnessing as a young seminarian at the Pacific School of Religion. The rigid establishment was being overthrown – in politics and the church – and something new in activism was being caffeinated....
  • God gap: No gain for Obama with religious vote

    11/01/2008 5:07:00 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 23 replies · 803+ views
    mlive.com ^ | 11/01/08 | politico.com
    Barack Obama has courted white weekly churchgoers as avidly as any Republican-leaning bloc of voters, though it now appears his efforts may fall flat on Election Day. The Gallup Poll now shows Obama backed by 28 percent of white voters who attend church at least once a week — a group that makes up a roughly a third of all voters — which would be no improvement from the 29 percent of these voters who, according to exit polls, backed Democrats John Kerry and Al Gore in the previous two presidential election.
  • Two million American Hindus ‘would not endorse any presidential candidate’

    10/26/2008 6:34:40 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 22 replies · 765+ views
    Religious Intelligence.co.uk ^ | 26th October 2008 | Judy West
    American Hindus, numbering around two million, would not endorse any single candidate for the November four presidential election, it has been reported. The Indo-American Hindu leader Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was something sacred and spiritual; a tool for communication with God; ‘human response to divine Reality’; and meant for focusing the heart/mind of the devotee to some higher ideal. It should not be associated with materialistic objectives like partisan politics.
  • Religion Remains Major Dividing Factor Among White Voters

    09/05/2008 9:44:49 AM PDT · by flyfree · 12 replies · 136+ views
    PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain has led Barack Obama all summer among highly religious white voters and continues to do so in the first three days of September, with no sign of change coincident with the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate.
  • Jews, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, Sikhs and Hindus Join to Fight Homosexual "Marriage"

    08/27/2008 3:34:09 PM PDT · by Raineygoodyear · 26 replies · 250+ views
    Life Site News ^ | August 27th, 2008
    LOS ANGELES, August 27, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - California churches are joining together in a determined effort in support of Proposition 8, the November ballot referendum that opposes the California Supreme Court's ruling in May allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in the state. Organizers of the ambitious interfaith alliance plan to coordinate a synchronized expression of support of Proposition 8 by having 1 million people place signs on their yards, which say "Yes on Proposition 8", in unison late in September. "This is a rising up over a 5,000-year-old institution that is being hammered right now," said Jim Garlow, pastor...
  • Pastors' ad praises Obama for standing by his family (unlike some candidates?)

    08/16/2008 1:25:58 PM PDT · by pissant · 34 replies · 287+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/16/08 | Bruce Tomato
    A new ad from the Matthew 25 Network, a liberal pastors' group that supports Barack Obama, commends him for being a good family man. The impliciation is that John McCain -- who has admitted to cheating on his first wife with the blond mistress who became his second and current wife -- comes up short in this regard. Among those featured in the ad is Kirbyjon Caldwell, the Houston pastor who is a family friend of George W. Bush. (He officiated at Jenna's wedding this spring.) Despite remaining close to the Bushes, Caldwell has endorsed Obama. McCain is never mentioned...
  • American politics: The God question

    08/15/2008 6:59:45 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 76+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 15, 2008
    John McCain and Barack Obama each has a problem with religion. Who will the faithful follow? IN 2007 James Dobson, who heads Focus on the Family, a powerful Christian group, said that he “would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances.” Mr Dobson said he was worried that the Republican was “not in favour of traditional marriage, and I pray that we won't get stuck with him.” But now Mr Dobson is reconsidering. It is a strange year for religious voters trying to decide between candidates who, on Saturday August 16th, will air their views on matters spiritual and...
  • Religious Voters Favor McCain, Poll Claims

    08/13/2008 1:00:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies · 123+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | 15-July-2008 | EWTN.com
    15-July-2008 -- Catholic News Agency   Religious Voters Favor McCain, Poll Claims Princeton, Jul 15, 2008 (CNA).- A new Gallup Poll claims to show that registered voters who say religion is important in their lives tend to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain by a margin of 50 to 40 percent, while those who say religion is unimportant to their lives tend to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama by a margin of 55 to 36 percent. About two-thirds of the registered voters surveyed by Gallup said that religion is important to them. According to...
  • Always Faithful ( Great read! )

    07/26/2008 6:31:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 233+ views
    townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2008 | Tony Perkins
    Religious faith has long been valued as an essential contributor to our national greatness. Thomas Jefferson, in his second inaugural address, declared: “I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life, who has covered our infancy with His Providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power.” Jefferson believed that God had led “our fathers” and blessed the nation’s birth and growth. President George Washington, in his...
  • Religious Intensity Predicts Support for McCain

    07/09/2008 9:29:58 PM PDT · by flyfree · 15 replies · 110+ views
    Americans who say religion is an important part of their daily lives support John McCain over Barack Obama for president, 50% to 40%, while their less religious counterparts support Obama over McCain, 55% to 36%.
  • McCain steps up efforts to woo religious voters

    07/06/2008 9:49:07 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 48 replies · 95+ views
    Dallas news ^ | July 6, 2008 | WAYNE SLATER
    John McCain has stepped up his appeal to Christian conservatives, meeting recently with religious leaders in Ohio and making a publicized pilgrimage to see Billy Graham. McCain advisers believe religious-right voters will come around in November. The campaign's internal polls suggest that the Arizona Republican has a 60 percent margin of support among evangelicals over Mr. Obama. But diminished turnout in the group, particularly in close states, could be fatal to Mr. McCain. Mr. Scarborough, who backed Mike Huckabee in the GOP primary, said his primary motivation is not enthusiasm about Mr. McCain but fear of Mr. Obama. "I am...
  • Keeping faith amid the ruins

    12/07/2007 11:31:50 AM PST · by JZelle · 3 replies · 114+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-7-07 | Deborah Simmons
    American voters are behaving curiously. A recent Fox 5/Washington Times/Rasmussen poll reveals interesting insight on religion in the public sphere. The poll is seemingly in sync with much of America's failure to acknowledge faith as we head down a ruinous path of social pathology. Indeed, decades after taking prayer out of public schools, hijacking Christmas and Easter and replacing those two holy seasons with the secular nicknames "winter break" and "spring break" and treating the displays of the Ten Commandments like a top-10 list on a pop-culture magazine, comes this latter-day refrain: Religion and politics don't mix. Small wonder we...
  • Religious Voters Are As Diverse As Any Others

    11/11/2007 7:28:00 AM PST · by theothercheek · 13 replies · 84+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | November 11, 2007
    Remember the warm reception that Rudy got when he spoke at Regent University back in July? Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson all-but-endorsed him then, and just made it official the other day at the National Press Club in Washington.The announcement came on the heels of Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) snagging endorsements from Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich, and Bob Jones III; Sen. Sam Brownback (KS) throwing his support to erstwhile presidential rival Sen. John McCain (AZ); Christian activist Gary Bauer becoming a Fred Head; and Rick Scarborough giving his nod to fellow Baptist, Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR) – along...
  • Can She Reach Religious Voters? (Hillary "most religious Democrat since Jimmy Carter")

    09/26/2007 9:00:28 AM PDT · by yankeesdoodle · 74 replies · 175+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9-26-07 | Michael Gerson
    Clinton is neither secular nor awkward about her faith. She cites her Methodist upbringing as a formative experience, with its emphasis on "preaching and practicing the social gospel." As a teenager in 1962, she heard and met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago -- what would have been a profound experience for a spiritually alert youth -- and was later politically radicalized by his assassination. The likely Democratic nominee participates regularly in small-group Bible studies and is familiar with the works of Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer -- the theological heroes of mainline Protestantism (and of...
  • A Strange Way to Woo Religious Voters

    08/29/2007 6:42:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 150+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2007 | Michael Gerson
    The Democratic Party has undertaken an ostentatious outreach to religious voters, creating a Faith Advisory Council and cultivating clergy around the country. But these efforts might be more credible if Democrats were not simultaneously trying to incite conflict between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Louisiana -- and managing to offend both groups in the process. According to a recent television ad run by the Louisiana Democratic Party, the leading Republican candidate for governor, Bobby Jindal, has "insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants" by describing their beliefs as "scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical." Jindal, the attack goes on, "doubts the morals and...
  • A Strange Way to Woo Religious Voters (Democrats Pit Evangelicals against Roman Catholics In La)

    08/29/2007 5:52:22 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 26 replies · 611+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 29 August 2007 | Micahel Gerson
    The Democratic Party has undertaken an ostentatious outreach to religious voters, creating a Faith Advisory Council and cultivating clergy around the country. But these efforts might be more credible if Democrats were not simultaneously trying to incite conflict between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Louisiana -- and managing to offend both groups in the process. According to a recent television ad run by the Louisiana Democratic Party, the leading Republican candidate for governor, Bobby Jindal, has "insulted thousands of Louisiana Protestants" by describing their beliefs as "scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical." Jindal, the attack goes on, "doubts the morals and...
  • Finding Faith on the Campaign Trail

    08/12/2007 8:55:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 234+ views
    he 2008 election is already emerging as a faith-filled affair—if you are to believe the rhetoric coming out of some candidate camps this campaign season. The Democratic candidates for President in particular are attempting to be "born again" in the media spotlight. This phenomenon appears to be the direct result of the success of "values voters" at the polls. These "values voters" are sincere Americans who believe quite strongly that public policy should reflect traditional values such as love of God, love of family, and love of country. But an interesting thing appears to be happening on the way to...
  • Faith Playing Big Role in Presidential Race Amid Evangelical Shift

    08/01/2007 12:42:53 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 26 replies · 612+ views
    Christian (itching ear scratching) Post (online) ^ | Tue, Jul. 31 2007 11:17 AM ET | Nathan Black
    Faith Playing Big Role in Presidential Race Amid Evangelical Shift All the candidates in the 2008 presidential race claim to be Christians and never has religion played such a prominent role since John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president. Tue, Jul. 31, 2007 Posted: 11:17:11 AM EST WASHINGTON – All the candidates in the 2008 presidential race claim to be Christians and never has religion played such a prominent role since John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president, as The Associated Press has noted. "All the Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls have been grilled on their religious beliefs,"...
  • Democrats court voters with religion

    07/29/2007 10:33:30 AM PDT · by jern · 12 replies · 379+ views
    News & Observer ^ | Rob Christensen
    MEMPHIS, TENN. - The choir of the First Baptist Church had just finished swaying, clapping and singing gospel and praise music when John Edwards took the stage. "The Lord was in your voices, and we could feel it," Edwards said, sounding more like a preacher than a Democratic presidential candidate. Democrats have long talked about spirituality in African-American churches. But the crowd of 300 packed into a secondhand store run by the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association building this month was largely white. And Edwards, like the other major Democratic presidential candidates, is talking more about spirituality than in the past. He...
  • The Origins of the God Gap (Why Democrats Need faith-friendly front runners)

    07/13/2007 9:25:54 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 20 replies · 841+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 07/13/2007 | Amy Sullivan
    In the beginning, as they say, religion in America was a decidedly nonpartisan affair. Presidents of all political stripes sprinkled their speeches with references to the Almighty. Religious Americans led political movements to battle communism and poverty, to promote temperance and civil rights. If anything, the contours of the religious landscape favored Democrats: their voters were evangelical Southerners and ethnic Catholics, while Republicans appealed to Northeasterners who were more private about their faith. The relationship between religion and politics changed abruptly in the turbulent decade that spanned the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. The twin disappointments of Vietnam and Watergate led...
  • In Appealing To Religious Voters, Dems Are Pew-less (Don Feder On The Godless Liberal Church Alert)

    06/27/2007 6:52:39 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Don Feder.com ^ | 06/27/2007 | Don Feder
    With the predictability of a John McCain temper tantrum (or a John Edwards $200-haircut), every two year the Democrats announce that they're going to fight like hell for the religious vote - a vow duly reported by the media in the hushed tones of revelation. Thus, a story on the recent CNN Democratic presidential forum began with the following observation: "After barring their souls in a live television confessional, top Democratic White House hopefuls have put Republicans on notice that religious voters are up for grabs." At the forum, sponsored by Jim (Hugo-Chavez-Is-My- Shepard) Wallis and his Sojourners collective, Hillary...
  • Not God's Party: A new poll shows Democrats are losing (more) religious voters

    08/31/2006 10:05:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,067+ views
    Slate ^ | 08.29.06 | Amy Sullivan
    When Democratic Party leaders "found God in the 2004 exit polls," as Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. likes to say, no one expected instant results. Many of the party's early efforts to attract religious voters, after all, were scattershot and not a little awkward. No one knew quite what the "faith staffer" ”a new breed of legislative aide” was supposed to do, and random-seeming insertions of Bible verses into floor speeches came off as Tourette's syndrome for Democrats. In the longer run, though, the new focus on forming relationships with religious communities and voters has been the right move...
  • Religious voters could doom the Democrats

    08/31/2006 12:49:48 PM PDT · by TUAN_JIM · 37 replies · 2,156+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 29 Aug 06 | Patrick Hynes and Jeremy Lott
    DNC Chairman threatens religious voters? https://registration.ft.com/registration/barrier?referer=http://www.ft.com/cms/s/d35dc740-390b-11db-a21d-0000779e2340.html&location=http%3A//www.ft.com/cms/s/fd5f80d0-3783-11db-bc01-0000779e2340.html
  • Rift Between Democrats and Religious Growing Larger

    08/30/2006 8:56:33 PM PDT · by Rawlings · 66 replies · 1,587+ views
    Slate ^ | 8/29/06 | Amy Sullivan
    When Democratic Party leaders "found God in the 2004 exit polls," as Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. likes to say, no one expected instant results. Many of the party's early efforts to attract religious voters, after all, were scattershot and not a little awkward. No one knew quite what the "faith staffer"—a new breed of legislative aide—was supposed to do, and random-seeming insertions of Bible verses into floor speeches came off as Tourette's syndrome for Democrats. In the longer run, though, the new focus on forming relationships with religious communities and voters has been the right move for a...
  • Poll: New Englanders are Godless Heathens; rest of America really loves that Bible (Holy Smokes!).

    08/27/2006 8:21:55 PM PDT · by Rawlings · 44 replies · 1,673+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 8/26/06 | Rasmussen
    Not surprisingly, the Bible Belt region lives up to its name with states like Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia containing the highest percentage of those who believe the Bible is literally true. Alabama and Arkansas came out on top as 75% say they believe the Bible is literally true. West Virginia (70%) and Tennessee (68%) are close behind. The northeast region of our map represents the other extreme. In Vermont and Massachusetts, only 22% of those respondents believe the Bible is literally true—the lowest percentages in all states surveyed. Earlier this summer, a national survey found that 54% of...
  • Prayin' Joe: Biden Claims 3x in FNC Interview To Be 'Praying'

    08/27/2006 10:59:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies · 1,371+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 27, 2006 - 13:49 If once is an aberration, and twice a trend, what's three times? The first time Joe Biden told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that he was "praying," it got my attention. By the third time - using the variant "I pray to God" - I was thoroughly curious. Then something happened at the end of the interview that might explain Joe's sudden bout of religiosity. By the way, Biden claimed to be 'praying' in response to various pieces of evidence that Wallace confronted him with suggesting that, at long last, the...
  • Pew gaps about the pew gap (updated)

    08/27/2006 7:16:12 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 3 replies · 321+ views
    GetReligion.com ^ | 8/25/06 | Terry Mattingly
    It’s time for another round of “Name That Newspaper.” Our friends at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life have released another large chunk of their annual blast of data about the state of religion and public life. In newspapers this translates into religion and politics and, this close to an election, that translates into headlines about who is headed up, with God, and who is headed down. In that spirit, GetReligion readers are asked to guess which of the following two headlines and leads come from The New York Times and which comes from The Washington Times. Brace...
  • GOP Dips in Religion Poll

    08/24/2006 5:30:26 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 45 replies · 1,078+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 25 August 2006
    The number of people who consider the Republican Party friendly to religion has dipped below half in the last year, with declines among white evangelicals and white Catholics. But the GOP remains far more closely tied to religion than the Democratic Party. The number of people who consider the GOP friendly to religion dropped from 55 percent to 47 percent — with a 14-point drop among white evangelical conservatives and an 11-point drop among white Catholics, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Only a fourth, 26 percent, considered the Democratic Party...
  • CAMPAIGN 2006: The Governor’s Race - Schwarzenegger, GOP court religious vote

    08/21/2006 6:14:12 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 145+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 21, 2006 | Carla Marinucci, Tom Chorneau
    Los Angeles -- With the sounds of gospel and a powerhouse choir backing him up, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited on Sunday one of America's most dynamic urban African American congregations -- a Democratic stronghold -- to praise its community work. Vibrant church communities are doing an extraordinary job addressing critical issues of education, jobs and outreach to California's neediest citizens, Schwarzenegger told the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in south central Los Angeles. "The message is that when we work together -- government, nonprofits, churches like this -- then we can really help a lot of people,'' he said after...