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Ohio 'Voter Fraud' Billboards a 'Perversion of Truth'
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The word "fraud" is on billboards around Ohio. I started noticing this a few weeks ago, when I was driving through a working class African American community in Cleveland and noticed a billboard that ...

Young Evangelicals and the 'Nones'
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Young evangelicals are changing, and so is what it means to be an evangelical, or Christian at all, in our country today. And it is exactly the kind of Christianity that they are living out which might, just m ...

Sustainability: God's Gift and Charge
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

The fruits of the garden required labor, and the fruit of their knowledge produced children, and God made each to tend the land. Decreeing that (hu)man(ity) must toil the earth, and the female body would endur ...

Thou Shalt Follow These 10 Commandments for the Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:44pm | Type: Blog

Since there’s sure to be drama this week and next following the debates — and each day leading up to Election Day on Nov. 6, and likely some weeks afterward — I thought I’d share with you my 10 Commandments of ...

After Romney Meeting, Billy Graham Website Scrubs Mormon ‘Cult’ Reference
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed language labeling Mormonism a “cult” from its website after the famed preacher met with Republican nominee Mitt Romney last week and pledged to help his presid ...

Young Evangelicals, Election 2012, and Common Ground
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

What culture war? At a survey release of young evangelicals and proceeding panel discussion, common ground was the pervading theme. What culture war? At a survey release of young ...

Because He Loved Us: A Call to Action
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In a world that seems completely and irrevocably divorced from the teachings of Christ, where in contemporary society is there a place for the Christian voice? In a world that see ...

10 Reasons Climate Change Should Be An Election Issue
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

I’m not sure about you, but I’m incredibly disappointed that our nation’s leaders – from all sectors, all parties, and all levels – continually neglect to take leadership on our climate and energy crisis. ...

How the VP Debate Emphasized ‘Single-Issue’ Catholicism
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Catholicism’s social justice teachings have often been called the church’s “best-kept secret,” and after the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan – the first such showdown between t ...

Where Does Faith Fit in Today’s Politics?
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Depending on your perspective, it could be argued that the landscape of presidential candidates either reflects such religious diversity, or that it’s still more of the same old majority rule at play, with a f ...

Majority of Protestant Pastors Back Romney, But Many Still Undecided
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

A majority of Protestant pastors plan to vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey, but nearly a quarter are still undecided less than a month from Election Day. ...

On Muppets and Candidates
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Tripp Hudgins offers his First Thoughts about the presidential and vice presidential debates. Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together ...

We’ve Got Issues
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Think and pray about whom, you would entrust with the responsibility to lead your community, state, and nation. If you care about having a substantive conversation about is ...

Biden-Ryan Debate: Battle of the Catholics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:05pm | Type: Blog

When Joe Biden and Paul Ryan face off in the vice-presidential debate Thursday night, it will mark the first showdown of its kind between the first Catholics ever to oppose each other on the major party ticket ...

Study: 20 Percent of U.S. Adults Have No Religious Affiliation
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

One-in-five adults in the United States — and a third of adults under 30 — say they have no religious affiliation. The numbers are out in a new report called “’Nones’ on the Rise,” put out by the Pew Forum on ...

The Disillusionment of Our Youngest Voters
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The candidates’ religion isn’t the only factor affecting young peoples’ voting patterns. Another issue is a lack of voter engagement in the political process altogether. Young mil ...

Campaigns’ Faith Outreach Centers on Economy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks. ...

Watch the Vote: 28 Days, 13 States, 1 Prayer
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

With 28 days to go until our nation chooses its 45th president, a string of court victories have knocked down Jim-Crow-style barriers to voting that have been erected in states across the nation. But 13 states ...

What Was Really Said at the Debate?
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite all the arguing there was much left unsaid by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney at Wednesday night's debate. Last night millions of Americans watched the fi ...

Priorities of the First Presidential Debate: Q & A with Marianne Williamson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

Marianne Williamson, a bestselling author and convener of the upcoming Sister Giant conference on women and politics, has called on President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney to address “a meaningful arra ...

Nietzsche Dissects American Political Discourse
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

If the government is designed ultimately for the good of the people, is the political discourse today reflective of that goal? What if I told you that the political discourse in A ...

Let's Talk Poverty in the Debate
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 10:06pm | Type: Blog

In Wednesday's debate, how will the words that are said and the positions that are staked out affect the 46 million people in our country living in poverty? Tomorrow night is ...

The Unworthy Table
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

As we mindfully pray and vote, here’s something to think about: Are we being like those in the Corinth community that shared an “unworthy” Table, or will we be creating a worthy Table beckoning the kingdom of ...

Why Voting Matters
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

As we have since 2004, Sojourners has published an issues guide of principles and policies for Christian voters. We encourage you to use this guide to educate yourself on these issues. ...

Obama Surges Ahead Among Catholic Voters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

President Obama’s support among Catholic voters has surged since June, according to a new poll, despite a summer that included the Catholic bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the naming of Rep. Paul Ryan, ...

Why Our Presidential Candidates Need a Manicure
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

Our presidential candidates could also benefit from an appointment at Pretty Nail Salon, to listen to the local narratives and deepen their understanding of how social policy is affecting the lives of the urba ...

Obama at the U.N.: A New Religion Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Tuesday gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. WASHINGTON — ...

Poverty's Annoying Persistence
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

We need to get poverty back on the public agenda. In the richest country in the world, numbers that high should be seen as a moral crisis. It’s annoying, isn’t it, how American ...

Watch the Vote: #925NVRD
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

In times like these no one can afford to sit back and watch this one like a reality show on Bravo TV. Exercise your dominion; register to vote today! Editor's Note: This ...

Echoes of the Poor People's Campaign
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

What if MLK had lived to lead the Poor People's march? Would the United States be a place where 1 out of 5 children, around 15.5 million, are in poverty and where close to 50 million people are without he ...

White Working Class Voters Still Looking for a Candidate, Still Religious
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The white working class, a potentially rich bloc of voters for Republicans or Democrats, hasn’t settled on Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute shows. ...

Election 2012: Why Voting Matters. An issue guide for Christians
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:29am | Type: Page

Christians have a moral and civic responsibility to participate in the political life of society by prayerfully measuring the proposed policies of all candidates against Christian ethics and values. Our broad set of Christian values should inf ...

What the presidential candidates say about poverty; Obama, Romney respond to Circle of Protection invitation
Originally Posted: 01/10/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Press

September 13, 2012 Sojo in the News National Council Of Churches ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

Conservative Christian Leaders Focus on Romney’s Policies, Not Faith
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

More than two dozen Christian conservatives are trying to put theological debates about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism to rest by focusing on the policies outlined in the GOP's new na ...

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

It’s time to STOP using faith, Jesus, and the Bible as a political platform. Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church. It’s time to STOP: ...

6 Suggestions for Christians for Engaging in Politics
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Every four years, posts about politics pop up with increasing frequency on social media, eliciting often-furious back-and-forths that usually end up doing nothing more than reminding each side how right they a ...

A Season of Civility in Response to Campaign Incivility
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Instead of trying to fight fire with more fire, the time has come to practice civility among ourselves as we engage in public life, and as we do so, learn to demand respectfulness from our elected officials, b ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

The Politics of Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

In my mind, the poor are the ones being hijacked in all of this. Wealthy politicians from both major parties certainly are not arguing or creating policy from the viewpoint of Jesus. In fact, thinly veiled rel ...

Caring for the Poor is Government's Biblical Role
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them. So let's look at wh ...

Baptist Leader Stands His Political Ground Amidst Akin Furor
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Late last week, a church-state watchdog group in Washington filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing Don Hinkle, who is the Missouri Baptist Convention's director of public policy, wit ...

Cardinal Dolan, Sister Simone Campbell, To Bless the Democratic Convention
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

In a move that could recast the reigning political narrative about the Catholic bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing benediction at the Democratic National Conventi ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Asks Candidates to Sign Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday drew further attention to his political role by asking bot ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s GOP Convention Blessing Prompts Debate
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the nation’s most prominent Catholic prelate, will deliver the closing blessing to the Republican National Convention in Florida next week was seen as a huge coup ...

Romney Says Tax Returns Would Publicize Private Mormon Tithing
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney says in a new interview that one of the reasons he’s distressed about disclosing his tax returns is that everyone sees how much money he and his wife, Ann, have donated to his Mormon church, and th ...

The Shrill Are Shouting: So What?
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

To judge by the shrill echoes of shrill voices, the right wing is arming for battle, with God on their side, the flag as their shield, and the future of a white Christian nation at stake. Foolhardy politicians ...

Paul Ryan, Joe Biden: A Tale of Two Catholics
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. For the fi ...

Sister Simone Campbell Visits Bill O'Reilly, Talks Budget
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly to discuss her organization's push for a faithful budget. Sister Simone Campbell sat down with Fox News ...

Watch Live: Romney Announces Paul Ryan as VP Pick
Originally Posted: 08/11/2012 - 9:15am | Type: Blog

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick early Saturday morning. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announc ...