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Republicans Woo Evangelical Base in Bid to Recapture the Senate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The Republican National Committee on Friday launched its first web-based effort to rally conservative believers behind the party, a sign of how crucial voter turnout will be in this fall’s close-fought midterm ...

Meet the 'Evangelical' Catholics Who Are Remaking the GOP
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

In today’s Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bu ...

Getting Real for the New Year
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 6:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Don't make promises you can't keep. THIS IS OUR first issue of the new year, and with ...

Why the Debt Ceiling Matters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity. AS FIGH ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it? ...

The Party of No Compromise
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying. I SPENT M ...

White House Slams House GOP Plan for Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

The GOP was highly criticized by Democratic officials for their plan to offer a path to citizenship for illegal children with the exclusion of legalizing their parents. White House advisors remain spiteful of the GOP’s immigration plans accusing them of ...

Obama Pushes for Path to Citizenship in Immigration Bill
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama pushed back immigration reform on Tuesday indicating that the bill will likely be passed in the fall. President Barack Obama pushed back immigration reform ...

Farm Bill Passes House, Without Food Stamp Funding
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

For the first time in 50 years, the House of Representatives cut mention of food stamps from the Farm Bill, which passed the House yesterday. For the first time in 50 years, the ...

Sidelined Obama Faces Impossible Task on Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In the next few weeks President Barack Obama is expected to visit key states throughout the U.S. In the next few weeks President Barack Obama is expected to visit key states thro ...

House to Vote on Obamacare Delay
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

House Speaker John Boehner promised today that the House will hold a vote over whether to delay a key part of Obamacare. House Speaker John Boehner promised today that the House ...

Evangelicals Urge House to Move Forward On Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

We are at a critical moment, one where we urgently need to fix our broken immigration system. The Senate’s passage of the immigration bill recognized that. As we turn to the debate in the House, it is right t ...

6 Things Congress Needs To Do in July
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The month of July stands as an important time for Congress as members of the House and Senate attempt to make decisions about six major U.S. issues. The month of July stands as an ...

G.O.P. Sees Opportunity for Election Gains in Obama’s Climate Change Policy
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

In order to gain substantial backing in the 2014 midterm election, Republicans are beginning to flaunt major environmental and economic issues regarding President Obama’s Climate Change policies. ...

Abortion Bill Reopens Tricky Terrain for Republicans
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

As the House debates a bill to limit abortion, Republicans are reopening a subject that cost them dearly in 2012 and continues to present perils for the party’s attempt to appeal to women voters. ...

Rand Paul Courting Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Rand Paul has used the last few months to aggressively court evangelicals through a CBN special, a trip to Israel, and appearances with pastors. Rand Paul has used the last few mo ...

South Carolina becomes Republican's immigration reform 'test market'
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Press

March 27, 2013 Sojo in the News Noelle Phillips ...

Ohio’s Rob Portman Becomes First GOP Senator to Support Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. ...

Our Pastoral Letter on the Budget — And My Hope for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the idea of the common good is failing in American politics. The sequester battle is a good but tragic example of how the ...

Immigration Reform 2013: THE UPDATE for Monday Feb. 11
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Press

February 11, 2013 Sojo in the News Linda Hartke ...

George W. Bush urges immigration reform
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Press

December 5, 2012 Sojo in the News UPI.com ...

Pro-immigration conservative activists plan their strategy
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Press

December 3, 2012 Sojo in the News Peter Wallsten ...

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. ...

After Romney Meeting, Billy Graham Website Scrubs Mormon ‘Cult’ Reference
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed language labeling Mormonism a “cult” from its website after the famed preacher met with Republican nominee Mitt Romney last week and pledged to help his presid ...

Nietzsche Dissects American Political Discourse
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

If the government is designed ultimately for the good of the people, is the political discourse today reflective of that goal? What if I told you that the political discourse in A ...

A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

In times like these, when politicians are sweating to sway voters to their side, or frame their opponents as the polar opposite—the enemy—it is tempting to begin to define ourselves and each other through the ...

GOP Convention’s Religious Leaders Agree on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

The views of religious leaders offering prayer at the RNC differ sharply from the Republicans’ own platform. If you blink, you might miss the fact that the religious luminaries o ...

Romney Says Tax Returns Would Publicize Private Mormon Tithing
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 2:55pm | 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 ...

The Roots of Rep. Todd Akin’s “Legitimate” Rape Remarks
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Dr. Jill Powell, a gynecologist at St. Louis University, said misinformation about pregnancy can add to the psychological stress following a sexual assault. "If someone has heard that medically there' ...

Is Religion Damaging The GOP?
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Mike Lofgren argues that politicized religion is hurting the Republican Party. Over the weekend, Salon published an excerpt from Mike Lofgren 's new book, The Pa ...

New $6.5 Million GOP Campaign Targets Jewish Voters
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 3:29pm | 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 ...

Conservative Congressman defends Muslim-Americans, religious pluralism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

More conservatives speak out against Michelle Bachmann's claims Huma Abedin is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Scott Keys reports for ThinkProgress :    ...

Paul Ryan’s Not-Very-Catholic Catholic Budget
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Give Congressman Paul Ryan credit for persistence. The Wisconsin Republican and architect of the GOP’s budget plan has spent a month arguing that his party’s proposals to cut programs for the needy while sparing the Defense Department and not raising ...

Ryan Seeks To Defend Catholic Roots of GOP Budget
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 4:18pm | 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 ...

Catholic Bishops Say Ryan Budget Fails Moral Test
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:01pm | 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 ...

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 ...

Obama on Republican Budget: 'Social Darwinism'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

In a lunchtime speech today before hundreds of reporters and editors attending  the annual meeting of the Associated Press, President Obama launched an attack on the House Republican budget passed last week.  “Disguised as a deficit reduction plan, ...

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. ...

Dear Ann Coulter: Stop Making Sense
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative spokespeople are gonna ruin my reputation if they keep putting stuff out there I agree with. I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative sp ...

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 ...

How Did Religion Play Out in Super Tuesday?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 6:32pm | Type: Blog

New exit polling shows Mitt Romney continuing to struggle among the GOP’s white born-again/evangelical voters. While Mitt Romney took 10 of the Super Tuesday primaries and caucus ...

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 ...

Ten Songs for Super Tuesday
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today is Super Tuesday, the action-packed day for GOP presidential hopefuls as 10 states undergo primary elections. To bring us further into the spirit of Super Tuesday, the blog team at Sojourners has compile ...

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 ...

They're Baaa-aaack: Return of the Christocrats (Who Never Really Went Away)
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The truth, however, is that the religious right, Christian Reconstructionism and Dominionism have never gone away. And now they're back — "big time," as Dick Cheney might say. ...

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 ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 21, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

TIME: The Problem With Rick Santorum’s Holy War We have been here before. In 1908, the Unitarian William Howard Taft ran against the evangelical William Jennings Bryan. Bryan supporters attacked Taft’s faith; that year a Pentecostal newspaper wrot ...