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Results for 2012 election

Mitt Romney Ad Says President Obama Launched ‘War on Religion’
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused Democratic President Barack Obama of launching a “war on religion” in a television ad released on Aug. 9. Republican preside ...

New $6.5 Million GOP Campaign Targets Jewish Voters
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Michael Goldstein voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but now says he has buyer’s remorse. EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Michael Goldstein voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and supports gay marr ...

What Was Romney Like as a Mormon Bishop?
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Though Mitt Romney talks little about his faith on the campaign trail, he grew up in the Mormon Church and spent years as a top church leader in Massachusetts. Lani Gerson left t ...

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice? Many Are Saying Both
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The influence of clergy in swaying their congregants' attitudes about moral issues like abortion and contraception access is dwindling, according to a new study. The influen ...

Survey: Black, Hispanic Americans Say Economy Critical Issue in Election
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

A new poll released today shows an overwhelming percentage of black and Hispanic voters favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election — 87 percent and 58 percent, respectively. Both ...

Obama, Romney on Colorado Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events Friday in the wake of the unfolding tragedy in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater early today, killing at least ...

Bachmann's Muslim Brotherhood Claims Draw Fierce Fire
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Accusations by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., that an Islamist group has infiltrated the U.S. government are drawing fierce criticism from fellow lawmakers and religious groups. ...

College Student on Millennial Values
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Zeenia Framroze, a student at Harvard University, spoke in April at Georgetown University Berkeley Center's Millennial Values Symposium. Zeenia Framroze, a student at Harvar ...

The Politics of Aslan
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The lion helped inspire my hope to write a biblical and theological defense of the common good, something that has been almost ...

Poll: Mormons Excited About Romney’s Rise, But Wary of Media
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Most Mormons in Utah believe that Mitt Romney’s rise to become the likely GOP presidential nominee is a good thing for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But many do not trust the media to cover ...

1 in 5 Americans Would Not Vote for Mormon President
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Nearly one in five Americans say they would not vote for a Mormon president, a percentage that has hardly budged since 1967, according to a new Gallup poll. Nearly one in five Ame ...

Evangelical Leaders Announce Immigration Table Launch
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

Church leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of the Evangelical Immigration Table – a broad coalition of organizations, churches and pastors from across the political and religious ...

Evangelicals Stay Mum on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

What's surprising in 2012 is the relative lack of anxiety among evangelicals who for years considered Mormonism a "cult" that was to be feared, not embraced. Now th ...

Florida: You Cannot Take Our Vote
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

As a woman I am grateful for the fact that in 1969 someone thought it might be a good idea to at least symbolically say, “Yeah, man, we’re cool with the ladies voting. We can groove with that.” But the current ...

Fairness for Whom?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Fairness matters, especially for people on society’s margins—and that conviction goes far beyond tax equity to every aspect of p ...

With Nomination Clinched, Focus Turns to Romney’s Mormon Faith
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney clinched the GOP presidential nomination on May 28, becoming the first Mormon selected by a major political party. But will his barrier-breaking faith be a boon or bane to his White House campaign? ...

Churches Tread Lightly on Politics in 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. But that doesn’t mean they plan to keep mum in the public square. Instead, ...

Barna Reports: Issues Matter More to Voters Than Anything Else
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

If you have read books like Drew Westen’s The Political Brain , you might be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at this headline. A large body of work has emerged over the past few years that suggest that we vote with our hearts, rather than our heads. ...

Polls: Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Endorsement Not Likely to Affect Election
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage opened a torrent of speculation on what his newly enunciated position will mean politically, but the latest polls indicate the public largely backs his ...

How Congress Can Hinder a Presidential Campaign
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

From yesterday's New York Times: "There is nothing a presidential campaign likes less than to be forced to answer for someone else’s actions." From yesterday's ...

Why Religion Will Continue to Shape the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Dan Gilgoff and other religion reporters examine why social issues will continue to shape the narrative of the 2012 election. Dan Gilgoff  and other religion reporters examine ...

A New Way of Being Christian in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Christian Millennials are now coming of age and recognizing the flawed strategies and broken agendas embraced by their forebears. They've seen how the religious right (and the religious left, for that ma ...

The Democrat-Evangelical Disconnect
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In yesterday's New York Times, professor and author T.M. Luhrmann examined how Democrats can speak to evangelicals more effectively. In yesterday's  New York Times ...

The Challenge
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factchecker column, issues a challenge to President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Glenn Kessler, writer of the Washington Post Factcheck ...

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: SojoMail

May 3, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “If Republicans can’t support ...

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

People of faith may be tempted to worship at the altar of politics, but make no mistake: The kingdom of God and the kingdoms of politics are never one and the same. Politics is a ...

Sojourners' Tim King Talks Politicians, Politics and Faith on CNN Radio
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

Today, Sojourners' Communications Director Tim King talks with CNN's Lisa Desjardins about politicians and God-talk in this 2012 presidential election season. Today, Soj ...

Conservatives Go After ‘NASCAR Christian’ Vote
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Back in John Kerry’s ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign, Democrats tried to attract so-called “NASCAR Dads” – white, working-class, mainly Southern fellows – to try to blunt George W. Bush’s re-election and show folks that Kerry was not a wealthy ...

Ryan Seeks To Defend Catholic Roots of GOP Budget
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Speaking at Georgetown University, Rep. Paul Ryan called his budget a roadmap to avoid a debt crisis that will hurt the poor hardest of all. Paul Ryan did not want to engage in a ...

Gallup Poll: 'Very Religious' Support Romney, 'Moderate' and 'Non-Religious' Favor Obama
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

In the 2012 race for the presidency, religious voters will continue to be watched closely. According to  Gallup’s latest poll , Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by 17 points among “very religious voters.” These voters are those who attend religious s ...

Support Increasing for Gun Rights, Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

There is more support for both gun rights and gay marriage in this election cycle than in the previous two, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. ...

Arizona's Immigration Legislation Undermines Christian Values
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

SB 1070 is not just ethically bankrupt but undermines basic Christian values and American ideals. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing a case about the constitutionality of Arizon ...

Georgetown Faculty Challenge Ryan Budget
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 8:23pm | Type: Blog

A group of professors and administrators is joining the chorus taking Ryan to task for claiming his budget proposal falls in line with Catholic teaching. Rep. Paul Ryan is slated ...

Young Evangelicals and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Young evangelicals are different from their parents and any generation that has preceded them. On Thursday, Sojourners launched its 2012 election campaign, Voting For Us , ...

How Do We Engage Young Millennials?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

What is clear is that new modes of thinking are essential to approach a generation that has been devastated by their examples of Christianity and political leadership. As part of ...

Both Parties Have 'Work Cut Out For Them' Attracting Millennials
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

The newest generation of adults is checking the “unaffiliated” box at a rate of one in four. But young adults aren’t just showing apathy for religion—it’s politics as well. In a ...

Young Millennials: Rethinking Religion
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

One in four young millennials (age 18-24) identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated—up from 11 percent in their childhood. But the distinguishing factor for this age group is that the “unaffiliated” labe ...

BREAKING: Sojourners Launches Election Year Campaign - SojoMail 04.19.12
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 10:44am | Type: SojoMail

April 19, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Most people in the country ...

Millennials Find Distinction Between Personal Morality and Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 7:22am | Type: Blog

College-aged adults are not letting their moral beliefs on social issues filter into their politics. College-aged adults are not letting their moral beliefs on social issues filte ...

What is Post-Candidate Politics?
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

A politically disillusioned electorate and a huge influx of money for attack ads will be a challenge to our country’s democratic processes. The danger, especially for my generation, is to tune out from politic ...

Catholic Bishops Say Ryan Budget Fails Moral Test
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

A week after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan claimed his Catholic faith inspired the Republicans' cost-cutting budget plan, the nation’s Catholic bishops reiterated their demand that the federal ...

The Cost of the Military
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 10:17pm | Type: Blog

The budget for UN Peacekeeping operations for fiscal year July 2011-30 June 2012 is about $7.84 billion. That’s 0.5 percent of what the world spends on its militaries. Each year, ...

Survey Shows Obama Lead Narrowing as Voters Focus on Economy
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

A new poll released today shows that Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in economic issues among voters. A new survey released today shows that President Barack ...

Bless These Shrimps: Faith, Fishing and Gulf Coast Restoration
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

For many years, communities of faith have provided a safety net to fisher families impacted by bad seasons or disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP spill. They have also seen firsthand the vital connecti ...

The Lesson of History
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The analogy with Tet is not exact, but the lesson from history is worth heeding. An indigenous insurgency, with safe haven in another country, fighting an occupation force and a government it has installed, wi ...

Faith Leaders Opposed to Prison Privatization
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

The rates of incarceration in the U.S are the highest in the industrialized world. Our criminal justice system is moving further away from the principles of due process, fair and equal justice, and access to c ...

The Cold War is Over
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

From the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, the Cold War ended. But U.S. policymakers apparently still haven’t gotten the news. ...

Rachel is Weeping: Ending Racial Profiling in America
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Racial profiling not only threatens the psychological and emotional well-being of targeted communities. The practice can lead to death. Editor’s note: The following written test ...

Hope, Caught on Film
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, anonymous U.S. officials told the media that the U.S. military wouldn't stop the drone-launched missile attacks, which they have been carrying out for years within Pakistan. ...

Lobbyists Spend A Lot of Money to Make Your Taxes Confusing
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

I finished up my taxes last night. I didn’t think much of the hour I spent on the phone with my dad making sure I filed correctly. Taxes are always complicated, right? Well, maybe that’s because the folks at Intuit (the publishers of TurboTax) want t ...