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Results for 2008 Election

Outlawing the Symptom: Our Broken Abortion Strategy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Every election year the urgent call to vote our evangelical pro-life values is sent out to all the faith. Every election year the urgent call to vote our evangelical pro-life valu ...

Seeking Reconciliation Before and After the Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

As the 2008 presidential campaign draws to a close, I've become increasingly less concerned about the specific outcome of election night and more concerned by what we will have positioned ourselves ...

Fighting Tears as the Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I have been fighting tears for the past few days. And as Tuesday draws closer it becomes harder and harder to keep those tears at bay. I have been fighting tears for the past few ...

Why Mavis is Voting
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of northwest Washington in a building called The Festival Center. I work in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of northwest Washington in a buil ...

An Iraq Veteran's Ambivalent Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. Shane an ...

What Would Yoder Do?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Since Mennonite theologian and ethicist John Howard Yoder's death in 1997, I have often wondered what he would have said about the events of these past eleven years. Since Me ...

Confessions of an Alternative Voter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I'm pretty sure I have more sympathy for <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane and his treatment of what I'll call "alternative voting"</a> (pr ...

Christian Voters Need to Reorient, not Disengage
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of honest and civil dialogue, I would like to both affirm and respectfully disagree with a few points made by <a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3293">Shane Claibor ...

Not Voting is Irresponsible, Not Less Responsible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Shane,</p> Dear Shane, Your recent post is helpful, well-written, and - While I disagree, I very much While I disagree, I very much respect the viewpoi ...

Audio: Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Offer Alternative Pro-Life Position
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: During a teleconference today, evangelical and Catholic leaders challenged people of faith to evaluate candidates on a consistent ethic of life that protects life from the "w ...

Be Not Afraid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the final days of this election campaign, a new message has emerged. In the final days of this election campaign, a new message has emerged. For the entire political year, the ...

Voting as Damage Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Every day I am asked how I will be voting.</p> Every day I am asked how I will be voting. Principled Christian non-voters and secular anarchists have written to urge a p ...

An International Challenge for Christians to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

If you're a Christian who has given up on politics this year and decided not to vote, do that which is honorable. Go to Joppa and find a ship bound for Tarshish. If you' ...

James Dobson's 'Letter From 2012 in Obama's America'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

James Dobson, you owe America an apology. James Dobson, you owe America an apology. The fictional letter released through your Focus on the Family Action organization, titled &q ...

Tutu on the Election's Dangerous Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few hours before the bodies of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side last Friday, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers b ...

Listening to Those Who Sacrificed for the Right to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I read with interest <a title="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130" href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3130">Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's post</a> on v ...

Joe the Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

A new figure has entered the 2008 election campaign. His name is "Joe the plumber," and his concerns about his future have now entered the message of this political year. ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

The Election, Immigration, and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the months leading up to the election, the topic of immigration reform has disappeared from the presidential candidates' conversations. In the months leading up to the ele ...

Listening to the Black Church Tradition on Voting and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In the black Baptist church where I worship every Sunday, it's no surprise that Republicans don't own the evangelical vote. In the black Baptist church where I worship e ...

Dichotomies and Dilemmas in the Global Warming Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Tonight at 9 p.m. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, many of us will tune in to Heat , a PBS investigative documentary on climate change and what big business is doing to address it. ...

John McCain's Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

"I think if McCain uses these very nasty character references he risks losing his soul. "I think if McCain uses these very nasty character references he risks losing his ...

What is the Meaning of "Life"? -- Seeking Common Ground on Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

For too long abortion was seen as the only "life" issue in our culture and politics, but there is a growing conviction among Christians that poverty, disease, war, the health-care crisis, human tra ...

Seeing True Worth Despite Financial Downfall and Political Demonization
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Editor's Note: I've been enjoying The Sanc ...

Zogby's Purple People Poll
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

While most political junkies were distracted by the big news of the week - the economic meltdown, the first presidential debate - the good people at <a href="http://www.zogby.com/">Zogby Intern ...

Talking to the New Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

During the final week of the 2000 presidential election, I was in the fall semester of my freshman year in college, feeling incredibly hungry-hungrier than I had ever been before. ...

Fair Questions for Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

After Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, reporters asked me whether the pick was desperate, brilliant, or risky. After Sarah Pa ...

Hispanic Heritage Month, Immigration, and the Presidency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

<p align="left">This week is significant in the lives of the more than 40 million Hispanics in the United States in that it marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. ...

Just the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Most of you are too young to remember Joe Friday, the tough inner-city police sergeant on the old television series <em>Dragnet</em>, which I still see sometimes in syndication. ...

Ten Reasons Why This Election Should Be About Issues and Not Personalities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The presidential tickets in this election on both sides of the aisle have lots of "personality;" some of the candidates have even been referred to as "rock stars." John McCain's campa ...

Reaching Out Across Differences
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I have paid keen interest to this current presidential race. I have paid keen interest to this current presidential race. Being from another country, the whole process is quite fa ...

Amy Sullivan: 'Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I saw a column this weekend in <em>Time </em>magazine by Amy Sullivan in which <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1839190,00.html">she asks, "Are Evangelic ...

Fact-Checking and Faith First
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

John McCain's acceptance speech last night sought to present him as a maverick and bipartisan reformer, in contrast to the total partisanship of Sarah Palin the night before. ...

Palin Owes Some Good People An Apology
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Wednesday morning I got an e-mail from a former member of our Sojourners community. Wednesday morning I got an e-mail from a former member of our Sojourners community. Perry Perki ...

Beyond Palin's Personality
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

While many conservatives have known and admired Sarah Palin for some time, most Americans do not know her. While many conservatives have known and admired Sarah Palin for some tim ...

Obama, Perkins, Palin, and a Plea for Christian Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Whew. Take a breath, Christians! Whew. Take a breath, Christians! I just read all the comments to my post Friday on Barack Obama's historic acceptance speech of a major p ...

Fannie Lou Hamer's America, 44 Years Later (by Burns Strider)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I am overwhelmed at the historic nature of what's happening this week, and it's important that we all think about this. It's important for me as a Mississippian. I ...

A 'Postmodern Negro' Perspective on Not Voting
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. Not with any messia ...

Minor Party Pros and Cons
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

If you're among the growing number of voters who are disenchanted with both major parties, you may be considering a move to a third party. You're not alone. If you' ...

Mal-Engagement, Disengagement, and Wise Engagement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I understand the sentiments shared by many voters in the recent <a href="http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=334">Pew poll on faith and politics</a>. I understan ...

Another Religious Swing Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

One of the stories I first heard on my recent visit to Australia was about what helped swing the vote last November to Kevin Rudd, the new Labor prime minister. One of the stories ...

Prophetic Distance and the Perils of Picking a Winner
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I like winning, but I've done a lot of losing in my life, especially when it comes to voting. I've got a pretty good track record of picking losers.</p> I like win ...

What Is Your Vote Based On?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

All of us who choose to vote must base our vote on something.</p> All of us who choose to vote must base our vote on something. For some people, it's party. They� ...

Voting is Never Uncritical, Unqualified, nor Unconditional
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I've been blogging lately about faith, politics, and voting. I've been blogging lately about faith, politics, and voting. In a recent post , I reflected that this ele ...

To Vote or Not to Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Some folks I've talked to are not going to vote in the 2008 elections. Some are disillusioned. Some don't like either candidate enough to vote. Some folks I've talk ...

New Yorker Obama Cartoon Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

While Ben Franklin penned the <a href="http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/one.jpg">first American political cartoon</a> in 1776, Thomas Nast ushered in the gilded age of the modern ...

Prophetic Texts (Loosely Involved Part 2, by Russell Rathbun)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitic ...

Loosely Involved (Part 1, by Russell Rathbun)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> I am standing in this ...

Advise Everyone... Endorse No One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

As we pass the half-way point of our <a href="http://www.jesusforpresident.org/">Jesus for President tour</a>, we remember Jesus' admonition that we be "as wise as serpents and ...

Jesse Helms' Passing -- the End of an Era?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a former North Carolinian, I have very mixed feelings regarding the death of Senator Jesse Helms. When my late grandfather Roy B. Clogston was the athletic director of NC State from 1948-69, he bec ...