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Fannie Lou Hamer's America, 44 Years Later (by Burns Strider)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I am overwhelmed at the historic nature of what's happening this week, and it's important that we all think about this. It's important for me as a Mississippian. I ...

A 'Postmodern Negro' Perspective on Not Voting
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. I'm voting in this election, not with naivete but with sincere enthusiasm. Not with any messia ...

Minor Party Pros and Cons
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

If you're among the growing number of voters who are disenchanted with both major parties, you may be considering a move to a third party. You're not alone. If you' ...

Mal-Engagement, Disengagement, and Wise Engagement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I understand the sentiments shared by many voters in the recent <a href="http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=334">Pew poll on faith and politics</a>. I understan ...

Another Religious Swing Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

One of the stories I first heard on my recent visit to Australia was about what helped swing the vote last November to Kevin Rudd, the new Labor prime minister. One of the stories ...

Prophetic Distance and the Perils of Picking a Winner
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I like winning, but I've done a lot of losing in my life, especially when it comes to voting. I've got a pretty good track record of picking losers.</p> I like win ...

What Is Your Vote Based On?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

All of us who choose to vote must base our vote on something.</p> All of us who choose to vote must base our vote on something. For some people, it's party. They� ...

Voting is Never Uncritical, Unqualified, nor Unconditional
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I've been blogging lately about faith, politics, and voting. I've been blogging lately about faith, politics, and voting. In a recent post , I reflected that this ele ...

To Vote or Not to Vote
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Some folks I've talked to are not going to vote in the 2008 elections. Some are disillusioned. Some don't like either candidate enough to vote. Some folks I've talk ...

New Yorker Obama Cartoon Controversy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

While Ben Franklin penned the <a href="http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/us.capitol/one.jpg">first American political cartoon</a> in 1776, Thomas Nast ushered in the gilded age of the modern ...

Prophetic Texts (Loosely Involved Part 2, by Russell Rathbun)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitic ...

Loosely Involved (Part 1, by Russell Rathbun)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Eyes%20to%20See&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> I am standing in this ...

Advise Everyone... Endorse No One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

As we pass the half-way point of our <a href="http://www.jesusforpresident.org/">Jesus for President tour</a>, we remember Jesus' admonition that we be "as wise as serpents and ...

Jesse Helms' Passing -- the End of an Era?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a former North Carolinian, I have very mixed feelings regarding the death of Senator Jesse Helms. When my late grandfather Roy B. Clogston was the athletic director of NC State from 1948-69, he bec ...

Preachers, Poets, and Storytellers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> <p>July 4 weekend! Now this is a holiday! We won't have another one until Labor Day, but that doesn� ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I traveled by bus, and my experience is typical of what has become the norm for road travel between Sou ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I traveled by bus, and my experience is typical of what has become the norm for road travel between Sou ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I was in Zimbabwe from June 21 to 28. I traveled by bus, and my experience is typical of what has become the norm for road travel between Sou ...

Jesus for President: Declaring Independence from Partisan Politics
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Soccer moms, NASCAR dads, and now holy hipsters have been touted by political pundits and the mainstream media as the group du jour that political candidates must court in order to win the coveted pre ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Obama's Faith-Based Plan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In 2000 I was part of a small group of religious leaders invited to Austin, Texas, to discuss a new White House faith-based initiative with George W. In 2000 I was part of a small ...

Video: Dobson, Obama, and Jim Wallis on the Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis talks about the evangelical agenda in the context of James Dobson's recent criticism of Barack Obama. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zyLrRr4FzQ">Watch it:</a>< ...

Dobson and Obama: Who is 'Deliberately Distorting'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family Action, and his senior vice president of government and public policy, Tom Minnery, used their "Focus on the Family" radio show to criticize Barack Obama's u ...

Dobson and Obama: Who is 'Deliberately Distorting'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family Action, and his senior vice president of government and public policy, Tom Minnery, used their "Focus on the Family" radio show to criticize Barack Obama's u ...

Two Firsts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

The fact that an African American and a woman each ran so strongly in the long primary season of this election year speaks very well of the country. The fact that an African Ameri ...

Hope, in Perspective
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Here in Manhattan, the city streets hum with hope following the announcement of the first African American to be nominated for president by a major political party. Here in Manhat ...

A Transformational Moment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

When the historic legislative milestone of the Voting Rights Act finally passed in 1965, I was still a young teenager. Until then, black people in America didn't have the right to vote. ...

What Do You Mean by Politics? (Part 2 of 2 by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

[continued from <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/06/what-do-you-mean-by-politics-p.html">part one</a>]</p> [continued from part o ...

What Do You Mean by Politics? (Part 1 of 2 by Brian McLaren)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

A recent <em>New York Times</em> story, "<a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/us/01evangelical.html" target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/ ...

Poverty IS an Electoral Issue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Four years ago, Call to Renewal conducted a 12-day "Rolling to Overcome Poverty" bus tour to say that poverty was a religious and electoral issue. Four years ago, Call t ...

Failing "Elections 101" in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

This weekend Zimbabwe's opposition party announced that it would take part in the next round of presidential "elections." Violence, harassment, and intimidation of unarmed citizens continue as p ...

Immature Media or Mature Faith?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>No two events in this political season stand in starker contrast than last night's ABC Democratic debate and last Sunday's CNN Compassion Forum. </P><br /> <P></P> ...

Questions of Substance at the Compassion Forum
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Last evening, I was privileged to be one of the religious leaders asked to participate in the Compassion Forum, sponsored by <a href="http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/">Faith in Public ...

Is King's Complete Message Breaking Through?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, he was trying to move the country to take on the moral issue of economic injustice. When Martin Luther King Jr. was assa ...

Video: Jim Wallis and Tony Perkins on CNN
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On CNN's <em>The Situation Room</em>, Jim Wallis and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins talk about evangelical attitudes in the election. ...

What Will Dobson Do Now?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Over the weekend, James Dobson backed off <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/super-tuesday-liveblog-what-wi.html">his earlier assertion</A> that he ...

The Rev. Wright Effect; Rice on Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>We were never likely to get away with "transcending" race in this election as the early Obama campaign suggested to some. We were never likely to get away w ...

How Wrong Was Rev. Wright?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking words of comfort, hope, and healing, Rev. On a Sunday when Americans flooded houses of worship seeking wo ...

Healing the Wounds of Race
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>It has simmered throughout this campaign, and now race has exploded into the center of the media debate about the presidential race. It has simmered throughout this c ...

What's Next for Mike Huckabee?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Tuesday evening, John McCain clinched the Republican nomination for president, and Mike Huckabee, the last remaining contender, conceded defeat. Tuesday ev ...

The Politics of Change
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It's time to be in the business of building social movements, not just winning elections. At the ...

Defending the Facts on Obama's Faith
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I don't endorse political candidates, but I will defend them when it becomes necessary. I don't endorse political candidates, but I will defend them when it becomes nece ...

An Emergent Politics Primer: Part Two
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Emergents seek a theological rationale for their political engagement. The thing is, that rationale varies from issue to issue, which makes the emergents an infuriatingly moving target for those with ...

Beyond Politics: Election 2008 in High-Def Part III
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>What about the mosaic revival is comforting? As a Latino evangelical leader, one of the things I am asking is moving beyond polarization. What about the mosaic reviva ...

An Emergent Politics Primer: Part One
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

I once asked a fellow Minnesotan why he voted for former professional wrestler, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, for governor in 1998. I once asked a fellow Minnesotan why he v ...

A Slippery Church-State Slope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In the 2008 election, "change" has emerged as the new catch-all buzzword. I reported on the God's Politics blog a few of the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspoli ...

A Mosaic Revival: High-Definition Election 2008 Part II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>This is part two of <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/election-2008-in-highdefinitio.html">my reflections concerning Election 2008</a> and Generation X, Y, ...

Election 2008 in High-Definition: Beyond Black and White
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Without question the 2008 election is a historic time. Much has been said about the momentous nature of this presidential election. A woman, an African American, and a Latino were all trying ...