The Common Good

Results for election 2012

Do Young Voters Need a Business Education, or Are We On the Right Track?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A number of polls suggest the economy is actually a top priority for most young voters. As it happens, though, young people seem to have very different ideas on how best to handle economic instability than the ...

A Season of Urgent Patience
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

During the upcoming season of Advent we ask God to provide us with a full portion of urgent patience. On the morning of Nov. 7, just hours after polling places closed and as vote ...

Faith, Hunger, Politics, Chicken & Waffles: A Conversation Between Chris LaTondresse and Adam Phillips
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

It’s not that the religious right didn’t show up in the 2012 election. They did. But their irrelevance was proven time and time again, both in the primary and in the general election cycle. ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...

Urge Obama, Boehner to Find Common Ground on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Tell our political leaders to move quickly and seek common ground on immigration reform. The election is finally over, and both parties understand the key role Latino vote ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

The Night Indianapolis Stood Still
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 150 years since the bloodshed in Gettysburg, we are still fighting on the front lines of social issue after social issue, classifying votes by race, and displaying hatred toward our fellow citizens. ...

Conservative Christian on Election Outcome: It Was a Bruising Day
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Christian Post has a great round up of election coverage from a Christian perspective. Christian Post has a great round up of election coverage from a Christian perspective.  ...

Christians and Marriage After the Election
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

The Minnesota marriage amendment failed. Though my side won, the divisions created trouble me. As an Episcopalian working within a Catholic law school, I saw the pain of those on both sides. ...

What the Most Negative Election in U.S. History Says About Us
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, we learned that President Barack Obama would remain the leader of the free world. But his victory came at a price. He and Governor Mitt Romney now have the honor of parti ...

Post-Election: Jim Wallis Breaks It Down for Homebrewed Christianity Podcast
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

We were stoked to sit down with Jim Wallis, Sojourners guru, political activist and all-around change agent for the common good to chat up what happened during the most recent elections. We talk about what com ...

‘10 Commandments Judge’ Wins His Old Job Back
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:19pm | Type: Blog

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Roy Moore, forever known as Alabama's Ten Commandments judge, has been re-elected chief justice in a triumphant political resurrection after being ousted from that office nearly a deca ...

Arizona Democrat to Replace Defeated Pete Stark as Sole Atheist in Congress
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:13pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Pete Stark, (D-Calif.), the only openly atheist member of Congress, lost his race for another term on Tuesday. Rep. Pete Stark, (D-Calif.), the only openly atheist member of ...

Buddhist, Hindu Make History in New Congress
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:09pm | Type: Blog

Congress will become a shade more religiously diverse this January, after Tuesday’s election of the first Hindu representative and first Buddhist senator. Tulsi Gabbard , a Democrat from Hawaii, will become the first Hindu-American congresswoman, ...

American Muslims Celebrate Defeat of Congressional Critics
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

American Muslims are celebrating the ouster of two congressmen known for their anti-Islamic rhetoric, and heralding the outcomes as a sign that Muslim voters, at least in some districts, are a political force ...

President Obama's Re-Election Acceptance Speech
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:47pm | Type: Blog

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Mitt Romney's Concession Speech Election Night 2012
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:48pm | Type: Blog

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'We're the Greatest': Empty Boast or Call to Action?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:44pm | Type: Blog

Some people who say America's the greatest really believe that we have the best health care, the best education, the highest incomes, the most liberty, the least corruption, and the most opportunities to ...

The Prerequisite of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/24/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

The results of the presidential election showed how dramatically a very diverse America is changing; people are longing for a vision of the common good that includes everyone. As one commentator put it “the de ...

What's Next for Religious Conservatives?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney failed in his bid to win the White House back for Republicans, but the biggest losers in Tuesday’s voting may be Christian conservatives who put everything they had into denying President Barack Ob ...

The Hand Is Quicker Than the Eye
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Political parties are organized around “big ideas” but they get their power – and they get elected – because of “little ideas” – those rumors, speculations and paranoid fantasies that drive voters into panic a ...

Questioning the Religious Right
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday's election a defeat for the Religious Right. The results of yesterday’s election appear to show a “ dramatic rejection ” of the Religious Right, writes Dan Gilgoff ...

Post-Election: Our Hope for the Future
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Whether your guy won or whether your guy lost, do any of us believe that politicians or the political process can unite us or solve our nation's deepest troubles (the most serious of which are not economi ...

Election Night Jitters: A Video Playlist
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 6:43pm | Type: Blog

From the Man in Black to the Beastie Boys and everything in between -- we give you a little compilation of video salve to help you get through election night. From the Man in Bla ...

Steve Taylor on Leaving Music for Film, Returning to Music, the Election and Other Scary Things
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Steve Taylor, film director and rock hero, visits our (mine and Jordan Green's) Homebrewed Christianity podcast to talk about the disappointing theater run of his film, Blue Like Jazz, what made him leave ...

My Vote Was Stolen
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

What does it feel like to have your vote stolen? It sucks. It feels like someone literally let all the air out of my balloon animal. What does it feel like to have your vote stole ...

Jesus for President 2012
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

What would America look like if Jesus were in charge? It was way back in 2004 that the spark for the Jesus for President campaign was born — by a bunch of post-evangelical Christi ...

My (Native) Vote
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

So who am I going to vote for? I am not sure. But fortunately I have a few more hours to figure it out. My early voting ballot is almost complete. I have done my reading, finished ...

Watch the Vote: A Prayer for America
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It’s here, God — Election Day in America. Today is the day when Americans everywhere are given the privilege and responsibility to exercise dominion (agency) at the polls. It’s h ...

It’s Easy to Forget Privilege When It’s Always Been Yours
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

I’m all for being a part of the democratic process, but it seems a bit odd to me that so many of these bloggers are coming from a position of power and privilege they themselves have always had. ...

Jesus Didn't Vote Today: A Poem
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t vote today Not tomorrow Not yesterday Jesus didn’t vote today Not tomorrow Not yesterday Jesus didn’t need the bullet or the ballot box or The bomb or bayonet o ...

Election Day Communion
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians gather to celebrate unity in the midst of differences. Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. As we’ve seen these past months, in a closely divided country, elections bring ...

Voting: Responsibility or Privilege?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Next week I will vote for the first time in a presidential election. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen two years ago, giving up my Korean passport, my (not)green card, and pledging allegiance after having li ...

God Is Still Not A Republican, Or A Democrat
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Our efforts appeared to inject some common sense into our nation’s political discourse, but given recent electoral statements and newspaper ads from some conservative Christian leaders, it appears the message ...

Paul’s Politics
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

The apostle Paul calls the church in Corinth a body — and that’s political language: “God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be … As it is, there are many parts, ...

Watch the Vote: God Will Part the Waters
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The deep waters of injustice are rising high and threatening to spill over on Nov. 6. Voters will have to wade through muck and mire to cast faith-filled ballots this year. So, listen up, study up, and get you ...

Graduation Day for the Electoral College
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The United States is the only democratic country in the world where a candidate can be elected as president without earning the highest number of votes. The United States is ...

Religious Consistency and Hypocrisy: Election 2012
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: On Nov. 6, neither a Republican nor Democratic victory will bring in the Kingdom of God. Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consist ...

If I Had a Million Dollars ...
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do? Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help st ...

What Is Left Unsaid in This Campaign
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

How can it be that the Holy Bible refers to helping the poor and vulnerable more than 2,000 times, yet two professing Christians running for president of the United States disregard this unholy scourge? ...

4 Things We Should Be Talking About Before Nov. 6
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Poverty. Guns. . Drones. Climate change. Bring up any of those issues and watch the candidates make a quick nod of concern and then scamper away from any specifics As the winds an ...

On Scripture: How to Vote like a Christian
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

No single party or candidate has a monopoly on loving God and neighbor. It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the ...

Breaking Personal Pledge, Southern Baptist Leader Land Endorses Romney
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Breaking a longstanding personal pledge, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying next week's election is the most important since Abraham Lincoln ...

Disenfranchisement Is the Biggest Threat of All
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Of all the ugliness in Election 2012, nothing is more disturbing than attempts to prevent people from voting. Voter suppression strikes at the very heart of American democracy. Of ...

Looking For Undecided Voters? Check the Pulpits
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Pollsters and politicians hunting for the rare and elusive undecided voter might want to train their sights on the pulpit. Pollsters and politicians hunting for the rare and elusi ...

Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne: A Conversation About Politics
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne,in conversation about politics and faith, in an excerpt from their new book "Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?" ...

Obama Endorses Gay Marriage Push in Washington, Maine
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Late last week, President Barack Obama endorsed the same-sex marriage referendum on the Washington state ballot and also formally backed a similar measure on the ballot in Maine. ...

Muslims Back Obama, But By Smaller Margin Than 2008
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Nearly nine in 10 Muslim American voters pulled the lever for the Democratic candidate in the last two presidential elections, partly because of Republican policies and rhetoric that many considered anti-Musli ...

Turn Down The Noise: Fast, Pray, Vote
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Here in Ohio we have seen political advertising go "one louder" and receive "that extra push over the cliff." The NOISE is so deafening, I'm convinced the campaigns and super PACs have ...

The George McGovern I Remember
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

I will miss George McGovern. The former Senator from South Dakota and Democratic presidential candidate in 1972 died in a hospice on Sunday, at 90, surrounded by family and friends who loved him. Indeed, many ...