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What Americans Think About U.S. Foreign Aid Might Surprise You
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 7:23am | Type: Blog

It might come as a surprise to learn that less than one percent of the U.S. budget is spent on foreign assistance. It might even be shocking to discover that, despite this relatively small amount, these funds ...

Survey: Gap Between 'Social Justice' and 'Right to Life' Catholics
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

More American Catholics believe their religious leaders should be focused on issues related to poverty and social justice during this election season, rather than spending time and energy on other issues such ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. There are three basic elements of choosing a candidate for public office respo ...

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

10 Reasons Climate Change Should Be An Election Issue
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 2:32pm | 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 - 12:10pm | 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 - 10:27am | 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 - 9:08am | 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 - 10:07am | 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 - 10:41am | 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 - 7:05pm | 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 ...

Introducing Meet the Nones: We Don't Need Your Labels
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

“Nones” is a term that includes atheists and agnostics, but also anyone who does not identify with a traditional religious faith. Therein lies my concern. Editor's Note: ...

Study: 20 Percent of U.S. Adults Have No Religious Affiliation
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 8:56am | 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 - 3:09pm | 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 ...

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

Who Didn’t Win the Presidential Debate?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Clearly it is the mission of the church to tell and to show the millions of people who have fallen below the poverty line that they are not alone. Jesus clearly says, in the Matthew 25 that how we treat them i ...

Disciplinary Hearing Delayed for Mormon Blogger
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon blogger accused of apostasy for writing critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues, has been given a reprieve — for now. ...

Romney Courts Evangelicals With `Judeo-Christian’ Values
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by scarce ...

Is Democratic Optimism Grounded in Reality?
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

President Obama rode a tide of optimism into the White House four years ago, only to watch his support erode after the reality didn’t live up to the speeches in many cases. But we wanted to hear it, and it wo ...

On the Incalculable Power of the People
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

While speech is free, the influence of common people connected through community is beyond calculation, and such a movement is needed to ensure our government is truly of the people, by the people, and for the ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

The recently revealed video of Gov. Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far ...

Watch the Vote: What's at Stake?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In today's hyper-politicized climate, all of the hoo-hah about voter suppression can sound like a bunch of partisan pandering on both sides. [ Editor's Note: This is ...

Removing 'God' and Letting God In
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

On the heels of the Republican National Convention, where the shadow of the Religious Right still ominously looms, it was notable that the Democratic National Convention opened with a debate over the absence o ...

Black Pastors Move to Counter New Voter ID Laws
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

African-American clergy are joining forces with civil rights groups to push for increased voter registration ahead of the November election, spurred on by new voter laws they say restrict opportunities for min ...

Watch 'The Line': The Most Important Film You'll See This Year
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

Matthew 25 doesn’t say, “As you have done to the middle class you have done to me." What it records Jesus saying is, “As you have done to the least of these, you have done to me.” ...

QUIRK: Chuck Norris Warns USA About 1,00 Years of Solitude ... No, Darkness
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

From Huffington Post: Chuck Norris has offered a dire warning to America, claiming that U.S. citizens face "1,000 years of darkness" if President Obama is reelected for a second term in November. ...

Women's Rousing Political Convention Speeches Make Their Silence in the Church Deafening
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Not having the voices of women in the Church is not just sad for women. Truthfully, it’s sad and a deep loss for the Church. Before you throw stones or want to endorse me as a ca ...

Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ Author David Niose
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

David Niose is president of the American Humanist Association and vice president of the Secular Coalition for America, a group that lobbies on behalf of nontheist and secular Americans. In his new book, “Nonbe ...

Religious Labels Matter Less in 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Americans in general no longer worry about denominational labels, says David French of Columbia, Tenn., a blogger at EvangelicalsforMitt.org. French, for example, grew up attending a Church of Christ and now a ...

Transcript of Cardinal Dolan's RNC Blessing (with Video)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered his highly-anticipated benediction Thursday night to close out the Republican National Convention in Tampa. ...

Of Protestants, Politics, and Power
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

As the Republicans leave Tampa and the Democrats prepare to gather in Charlotte, one dynamic is immediately clear in both parties: For the first time since Abraham Lincoln ran in 1860, no white Protestant will ...

Jim Wallis on HuffPo Live: Poverty and the Shadow Convention
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners' CEO, the Rev. Jim Wallis, was a guest on Arianna Huffington's new online news channel, HuffPo Live, today to talk about the face of poverty in this heated election season. ...

Romney Says Tax Returns Would Publicize Private Mormon Tithing
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 1:55pm | 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 ...

N.Y. Cardinal Timothy Dolan Defends Obama Invitation to Al Smith Dinner
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

The nonpartisan charity dinner is a time for civility, engagement, and dialogue, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan wrote. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of ...

Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

Election 2012: Concrete, Chameleons, and Clay
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

With political campaigning ramping up to its zenith (or nadir, depending upon your point of view) in the weeks and months ahead, the time is upon us to demand both integrity and flexibility from our elected of ...

Poll: Most Americans Would Vote for an Atheist Presidential Candidate
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:59am | Type: Blog

For the second time in less than a year, the Gallup poll reports that a majority of Americans would vote for an atheist for president. For the second time in less than a year, the ...

Obama Appoints First Mormon to White House Faith-Based Advisory Council
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 8:27am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — As he competes against a Mormon in the presidential election, President Obama has appointed the first Mormon member of his White House faith-based council. WASHINGTON ...

Romney May See an Evangelical 'Enthusiasm Gap'
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 8:20am | Type: Blog

Most Americans who know that Mitt Romney is Mormon say the presumptive GOP nominee’s faith doesn’t concern them. But a new poll indicates there may be an “enthusiasm gap” for Romney among white evangelicals, a ...

What Are Our Foundations of Morality?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

During this election time, we have come to expect the rhetoric to replace reason and civility is a term that has no place in our discourses. Our disagreements are often not cognitive disagreements, but differe ...

Poll: No End in Sight for Economic Woes, High Unemployment
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The economists surveyed by the AP foresee an unemployment rate of 8 percent on Election Day. The Associated Press reports: "A majority of economists in the lates ...

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 ...

Black Mormons Face a Political Choice Like No Other
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years ago, who would have predicted the 2012 U.S. presidential race would pit a black incumbent against a white Mormon? SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty years ago, who would have p ...