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Results for 2008 Election

Preachers, Poets, and Storytellers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> <p>July 4 weekend! Now this is a holiday! We won't have another one until Labor Day, but that doesn� ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I traveled by bus, and my experience is typical of what has become the norm for road travel between Sou ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I traveled by bus, and my experience is typical of what has become the norm for road travel between Sou ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I traveled by bus, and my experience is typical of what has become the norm for road travel between Sou ...

Jesus for President: Declaring Independence from Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and now holy hipsters have been touted by political pundits and the mainstream media as the group du jour that political candidates must court in order to win the coveted pre ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Video: Dobson, Obama, and Jim Wallis on the Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the evangelical agenda in the context of James Dobson's recent criticism of Barack Obama. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zyLrRr4FzQ">Watch it:</a>< ...

Dobson and Obama: Who is 'Deliberately Distorting'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family Action, and his senior vice president of government and public policy, Tom Minnery, used their "Focus on the Family" radio show to criticize Barack Obama's u ...

Dobson and Obama: Who is 'Deliberately Distorting'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family Action, and his senior vice president of government and public policy, Tom Minnery, used their "Focus on the Family" radio show to criticize Barack Obama's u ...

Two Firsts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

The fact that an African American and a woman each ran so strongly in the long primary season of this election year speaks very well of the country. The fact that an African Ameri ...

Hope, in Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Here in Manhattan, the city streets hum with hope following the announcement of the first African American to be nominated for president by a major political party. Here in Manhat ...

A Transformational Moment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

When the historic legislative milestone of the Voting Rights Act finally passed in 1965, I was still a young teenager. Until then, black people in America didn't have the right to vote. ...

What Do You Mean by Politics? (Part 2 of 2 by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

[continued from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/06/what-do-you-mean-by-politics-p.html">part one</a>]</p> [continued from part o ...

What Do You Mean by Politics? (Part 1 of 2 by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

A recent <em>New York Times</em> story, "<a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/us/01evangelical.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/ ...

Poverty IS an Electoral Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Four years ago, Call to Renewal conducted a 12-day "Rolling to Overcome Poverty" bus tour to say that poverty was a religious and electoral issue. Four years ago, Call t ...

Failing "Elections 101" in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

This weekend Zimbabwe's opposition party announced that it would take part in the next round of presidential "elections." Violence, harassment, and intimidation of unarmed citizens continue as p ...

Immature Media or Mature Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>No two events in this political season stand in starker contrast than last night's ABC Democratic debate and last Sunday's CNN Compassion Forum. </P><br /> <P></P> ...

Questions of Substance at the Compassion Forum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last evening, I was privileged to be one of the religious leaders asked to participate in the Compassion Forum, sponsored by <a href="http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/">Faith in Public ...

Is King's Complete Message Breaking Through?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, he was trying to move the country to take on the moral issue of economic injustice. When Martin Luther King Jr. was assa ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tony Perkins on CNN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On CNN's <em>The Situation Room</em>, Jim Wallis and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins talk about evangelical attitudes in the election. ...

What Will Dobson Do Now?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Over the weekend, James Dobson backed off <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/super-tuesday-liveblog-what-wi.html">his earlier assertion</A> that he ...

The Rev. Wright Effect; Rice on Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>We were never likely to get away with "transcending" race in this election as the early Obama campaign suggested to some. We were never likely to get away w ...

How Wrong Was Rev. Wright?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking words of comfort, hope, and healing, Rev. On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking wo ...

Healing the Wounds of Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>It has simmered throughout this campaign, and now race has exploded into the center of the media debate about the presidential race. It has simmered throughout this c ...

What's Next for Mike Huckabee?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Tuesday evening, John McCain clinched the Republican nomination for president, and Mike Huckabee, the last remaining contender, conceded defeat. Tuesday ev ...

Defending the Facts on Obama's Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I don't endorse political candidates, but I will defend them when it becomes necessary. I don't endorse political candidates, but I will defend them when it becomes nece ...

An Emergent Politics Primer: Part Two
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Emergents seek a theological rationale for their political engagement. The thing is, that rationale varies from issue to issue, which makes the emergents an infuriatingly moving target for those with ...

Beyond Politics: Election 2008 in High-Def Part III
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>What about the mosaic revival is comforting? As a Latino evangelical leader, one of the things I am asking is moving beyond polarization. What about the mosaic reviva ...

An Emergent Politics Primer: Part One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I once asked a fellow Minnesotan why he voted for former professional wrestler, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, for governor in 1998. I once asked a fellow Minnesotan why he v ...

A Slippery Church-State Slope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In the 2008 election, "change" has emerged as the new catch-all buzzword. I reported on the God's Politics blog a few of the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspoli ...

A Mosaic Revival: High-Definition Election 2008 Part II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>This is part two of <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/election-2008-in-highdefinitio.html">my reflections concerning Election 2008</a> and Generation X, Y, ...

Election 2008 in High-Definition: Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Without question the 2008 election is a historic time. Much has been said about the momentous nature of this presidential election. A woman, an African American, and a Latino were all trying ...

A Mormon on a Weather Vane
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>This afternoon's top news is Mitt Romney's announcement that he is ending his run for the presidency. Romney's candidacy raised the issue of whether a Mormon could be elected p ...

With Romney Out, Will Coulter Campaign for Clinton?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

(Note: This post was updated on February 7, 2008, at 1:35 p.m. (Note: This post was updated on February 7, 2008, at 1:35 p.m. following Mitt Romney's decision to suspend hi ...

Super Tuesday Liveblog: The Bible Belt Speaks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Interesting exit poll results from five southern "Bible-belt" states. Of those who identify as "Born-again or evangelical Christians," Mike Huckabee won their votes. ...

Super Tuesday Liveblog: What Will (or Won't) Dobson Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/what-will-dobson-do-by-diana-b.html">"What Will Dobson Do?"</A> Ba ...

Super Tuesday Liveblog: What Will (or Won't) Dobson Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/what-will-dobson-do-by-diana-b.html">"What Will Dobson Do?"</A> Ba ...

Super Tuesday Liveblog: What Will (or Won't) Dobson Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/what-will-dobson-do-by-diana-b.html">"What Will Dobson Do?"</A> Ba ...

Beyond Super Tuesday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>There's something in the air: Super Tuesday. I haven't seen as much interest around a primary election in a long time. There's something in the air: Su ...

Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servants
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Edwards ended his campaign this afternoon at the same place he started it and with the same theme-ending poverty as a moral imperative. In the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Edwards said that he was ...

The Truth About Obama's Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Everyday there seems to be some new outrageous charge leveled at Barack Obama. One of the most pernicious is that he is a Muslim who is dishonestly masquerading as a Christian. ...

The Truth About Obama's Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Everyday there seems to be some new outrageous charge leveled at Barack Obama. One of the most pernicious is that he is a Muslim who is dishonestly masquerading as a Christian. ...

What Do Evangelicals Want? (Jim Wallis)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On Wednesday, Sojourners and Beliefnet, in collaboration with the National Association of Evangelicals Christian Student Leadership Conference, hosted a panel discussion on <A href="http://www ...

The Limits of Pollsters, Pundits and, Yes, Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>This early primary election season has clearly demonstrated the limits of the pollster's predictions, the pundit's prognostications, and the ability of politics to really address our deepest ...

Sweeney Todd and the Spiral of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tim Burton's striking and gruesome film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Sweeney Todd' made me feel alternately impressed by Johnny Depp's singing talent and wince at ...

MLK and LBJ: Movements and Politicians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>An unfortunate exchange of words between the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week threatened to explode into real conflict, involving the always volatile U.S. issue of race. ...

Getting the Evangelicals Wrong-Again
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The upcoming primary in South Carolina will be critical for both the Democrats and the Republicans, say the media pundits. And South Carolina is full of evangelicals, they also say. ...