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Kids vs. Global Warming
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

A lawsuit, which has been dubbed a ‘David vs. Goliath battle,' sees a group of young adults taking on high-level government officials, states, energy companies and big businesses over their collective fai ...

Mission Not Accomplished
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Whatever President Obama does at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia this weekend may not be front-page news in the U.S—but for many Colombians trying to make an honest living in their h ...

Mitt Romney on the Cusp of Making Major Mormon History
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON --  With Rick Santorum’s exit from the White House race, Mitt Romney stands on the cusp of history as the first Mormon to appear at the top of a major party ticket in a general presidential election. Romney, a Brigham Young University-educate ...

Rick Santorum and Family Values
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Most of the first punditry around Rick Santorum suspending his quest for the Republican presidential nomination focuses on his drop in the Pennsylvania opinion polls and his difficulty in fundraising. Those we ...

Rick Santorum Drops Out of GOP Presidential Race
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

Rick Santorum, candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, has ended his run for the GOP presidential nomination, he announced at a news conference from a hotel in Gettysburg, Pa., today, CNN reports. Despite winning primary contests in ...

President Obama to Young Evangelicals: 'God’s Hand is Moving through His People'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In a video address Tuesday, President Obama told hundreds of young evangelical Christian leaders gathered at the Q Conference in Washington, D.C., that they had a partner in the White House in their humanitari ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Bishops Say Obama Compromise is `Unconstitutional’
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Catholic bishops say the Obama administration’s proposed revisions to a mandate that requires insurers to provide birth control coverage are still unacceptable and even “radically flawed" -- ...

President Obama: Easter Celebrates 'That Glorious Overcoming'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

President Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast for about 150 members of the clergy from across the nation in the East Room of the White House Wedndesay morning. In his six-minute address, Obam ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Jesus radically broke with the prevailing culture and paradigms of his day. He reached across social, cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries. He built bridges, spanned the gap, and reconciled us to each oth ...

How Soon Can We Come Up with a Healthcare Plan that Makes Sense?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Maybe the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and maybe it's not. If it turns out to be constitutional, maybe it's good legislation and maybe it's not. In any case, it's looking increasin ...

Before Politics, Mitt Romney Was a Mormon Bishop
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

While Mitt Romney was building his career at Bain Capital, he was also a Mormon bishop (equivalent to a pastor) and a stake president (presiding over several area congregations) in suburban Belmont, Mass. ...

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie For Trayvon
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Think Progress reports that Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) was today removed from the floor of the House during an impassioned speech against the murder of Trayvon Martin. Think Progr ...

New Poll: Religion Still Affects Politics
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

The more church you attend, the more likely you are to vote Republican. That's one of the findings from Gallup’s comprehensive study on U.S. states and their religious commitments (or lack thereof). And the data they account seems consistent with o ...

SCOTUS: Voices form the Healthcare Debate
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

People lined the steps of the Supreme Court once again today, asking for their voices to be heard on the ongoing healthcare debate. People lined the steps of the Supreme Court onc ...

Obama Nominates Physician, Global Health Expert to Head World Bank
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

In a move that surprised many in the world of economics and politics, on Friday morning President Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim, the South Korea-born physician, anthropologist and president of Dartmouth College ...

Obama: 'If I Had a Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama spoke out about the Trayvon Martin shooting Friday morning at a press briefing nominating Dr. Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. President Barack Obama ...

The Ryan Budget and Moral Cowardice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Remember Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2011 budget, The Path to Prosperity? Well, it’s baaa-aaack and this time the path is smoother and wider and offers a quicker trip to judgment. Remember R ...

Religious Groups Blast GOP Budget Proposal
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders and poverty experts Wednesday called the new House GOP budget proposal "immoral" and "irresponsible." Faith leaders and poverty experts Wednesday ...

America to Politicians: Easy on the Religion Please
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

New research released today by the Pew Forum shows that the American public are becoming increasingly anxious of the amount of religious language being used by their public officials. ...

Same Budget Problems, New Budget Year
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

This morning, Congressman Paul Ryan (R- WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, released a proposal for an FY 2013 budget. Similar to last year, the plan places an undue burden of deficit reduction on low ...

White House Proposal Gives Religious Groups More Say in Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration is offering to expand the number of faith-based groups that can be exempt from the controversial contraception mandate, and proposing that third-party companies administer coverage for ...

Evangelicals Voting in Record Numbers in GOP Primaries
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Making up half of Republican primary voters, evangelicals appear to be turning out to support Rick Santorum's resurgent campaign in record numbers and are increasingly influencing the shape of the party. ...

Bishops ‘Dubious’ on White House Contraception Compromise
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

The nation's Catholic bishops have again voiced doubts about the Obama administration's plans to modify a mandate for employers to provide free birth control coverage, vowing to press a new campaign ...

Violence, Women, Congress and the Bible
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In the next few months I fear that polarized debate over issues concerning the lives and bodies of women will continue to stifle political and social progress in this country. Shame on Democrats and Republican ...

Santorum Shows the Religious Right isn’t Dead Yet
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

With Santorum on an roll after big primary wins Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi, those born-again bigwigs and their allies may be having the last laugh. Does Rick Santorum' ...

How to Measure the 'Evangelical Vote'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Presidential hopefuls are again battling it out to be the God candidate, but the tide of the so-called “evangelical vote” seems ever-shifting. In Tuesday’s Mississippi and Alabam ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN: The Psychological Toll Of War (OPINION) What motivated an American soldier to allegedly open fire and kill 16 innocent Afghan civilians in cold blood? No one knows at this point. The soldier, an Army staff sergeant, seems to have acted alone, ...

Book Review: Fixing the Moral Deficit
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago President Barack Obama announced his FY2013 Budget. Within a few weeks, Ryan will submit his FY2013 budget plan for review. Dr. Ronald J. Sider’s new book, Fixing the Moral Deficit (February 20 ...

Breaking News: Super Tuesday Entirely Predictable
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

Thousands cast their ballots in yesterday’s primary election and the results? Things pretty much stayed the same. Thousands cast their ballots in yesterday’s primary election and ...

Anger is the Achilles Heel of the Republican Party
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Limbaugh's comments — and the greater sentiment they reflect — point to a sexual double-standard among many social conservatives. But that isn’t what is tripping up the GOP right now. Anger is their Achil ...

Santorum's Secret Army: Home-Schoolers
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Strapped for cash and staff, Rick Santorum has enlisted a ragtag but politically potent army to keep his campaign afloat: home-schoolers. Strapped for cash and staff, Rick Santoru ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Mitt Romney Trouncing Rick Santorum Among Catholics
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney's support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis ...

Senate Rejects Conscience Clause Change to Contraception Rule
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

The Senate on Thursday defeated a Republican-led bid to insert a broad religious exemption into a federal mandate that requires most employers and health insurance companies to provide free contraception cover ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

Mormons, GOP Didn’t Always Get Along So Well
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

As Mitt Romney presses his bid for the Republican nomination for president, many Americans don't realize how his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP -- and how its f ...

Race Down to the Wire, GOP Goes Musical
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The unofficial results are in and it looks like former governor Mitt Romney won the Michigan primary with 41 percent of the vote. Many commentators believe that this win indicates a recovery of momentum for the Romney campaign. There are now unconfir ...

Santorum Is Not Romney's Only Problem in Michigan
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mitt Romney’s position on the Detroit auto bailout and health care plan have been blasted, but a pollster suggests one issue not often discussed on the campaign trail this year could end ...

How (Not) to Judge a Christian
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

We can never forget that Jesus never demanded a “one size fits all” kind of faith. We must always allow room for disagreement and live with the tension of multiple opinions. Relig ...

Defining "Evangelical" and Other Unsolved Mysteries
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I understand the interest in us evangelicals, I really do. The way much of the mainstream media covers our communities in the news can make us seem like a puzzling subspecies of the American population, not un ...

GOP Primaries and Old Country Buffet
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: SojoMail

January 12, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The average Christi ...

The Friday News: January 6, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/06/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The Friday News: January 6, 2012 PATHEOS: Evangelicalism's Changing Heart On Immigration The conventional wisdom among pundits and journalists holds that immigration is ...

An Invitation to The Great Conversation
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: SojoMail

January 5, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Proportionately, tha ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

When Faith is Attacked
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel It was not the stones thrown by his tormentors that made him suffer most, he said; it was the silence of his friends. ...

Time to Go Deeper
Originally Posted: 12/29/2011 - 1:38pm | Type: SojoMail

December 29, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK  "We can't aff ...

Mitt Romney Uses KKK Catchphrase
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post reports: Someone didn’t do his research. On Tuesday, political commenters reported that GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has been using a catchphrase in his stump speeches that the Ku Klux Klan favored in the 192 ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE NEW REPUBLIC: Why Are American Politicians Always Switching Religions? If Newton Leroy Gingrich becomes the Republican candidate ...

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives
Originally Posted: 12/09/2011 - 4:02pm | Type: SojoMail

December 8, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Christians are a little ...