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Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Did Obama Finally Thread the Needle on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. One of the toughest p ...

Party Ties, Not Religious Ones, Drive Down Obama's Approval Rating
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Most Christians don’t approve of President Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups. Most Christians don’t approve of President ...

5 Reasons Gay Marriage Is Winning
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

After four same-sex couples filed suit Wednesday challenging Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, neighboring North Dakota is the only state that isn’t facing a challenge to its gay marriage ban — at least not ...

President Obama Mourns Kansas Tragedy: 'We're All Children of God'
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday called for people of all faiths to deter gun violence and anti-Semitism, one day after a gunman killed three people at Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City. ...

What Pope Francis Can Teach President Obama This Week
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago, when the United States established full diplomatic relations with the Holy See, critics of the move fell into two camps. Thirty years ago, when the United States ...

Can Pope Francis Help 'Reset' Frayed Ties Between Obama and the Catholic Bishops?
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

When President Obama and Pope Francis sit down at the Vatican on Thursday, the meeting may well offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic Church over the last six years: a leader of ...

When Pope Francis Meets President Obama, Expect Collaboration Over Conflict
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

President Obama is to meet Pope Francis for the first time next week as Obama wraps up a European tour, a high-profile encounter between two major world leaders that appears to carry especially high stakes fro ...

COMMENTARY: An Executive Order with Moral Authority
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

Many of us believe skyrocketing income inequality is the most important economic, political, and moral issue confronting our nation. Everyone from members of Congress to Pope Francis has called for action — an ...

Obama Highlights Religious Freedom in National Prayer Breakfast Speech
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Facing criticism that he does not give religious freedom enough attention, President Obama devoted most of his National Prayer Breakfast address to the issue, naming people imprisoned for their beliefs and cal ...

Obama's Religious Freedom Record
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president doesn’t practice what he preaches on international religious freedom policy. Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president does ...

Crowds Recall the Faith that Animated MLK’s Unfinished Dream
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr., knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, religious leaders gathered in a historic church to remind the nation that he was fueled by faith. ...

'Because They Marched:' Obama's Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's speech from the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Editor's Note:  The fol ...

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 ...

Climate Change Report: Weather, Rising Seas Imperil Power Plants
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

In a report obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Energy Department said Thursday that power plants are at risk of being shut down due to the effects of climate change. In a repo ...

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 ...

Joel Hunter Pays a Price for Political Activism
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

There’s a price to pay for becoming the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics. Even more so for refusing to march in lockstep with the Republican Party. There’s a ...

Remaking the Tax Code to Help the Working Poor
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Through the removal of financial restrictions tacked onto certain marriage policies, President Barack Obama brings hope to low-income couples by acknowledging the financial and moral benefits marriage can have ...

A Prayer at the White House
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 5:47pm | Type: Blog

A meeting today of faith leaders with the president on immigration reform opened and closed with prayer. This was my prayer at the end. A meeting today of faith leaders with the p ...

On Scripture: A Vision for America
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

As we stand this week on the cliff of a critical moment in the life of our nation — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the second inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, the first person of African descent, as the ...

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 Gospel: The Cure For Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is a worldwide enterprise in the 21st century. In the United States, USAID has reported that between 12 and 27 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. ...

To Free a Mockingbird
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view," says Harper Lee through Atticus, "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

Text of President Obama's Proclamation on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11. Editor's Note ...

Obama, Romney Discuss Role of Faith in Their Lives
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

In a recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, fewer than 50 percent of Americans identified Obama as a Christian. About 60 percent knew Romney is Mormon. The two discussed their faith in eight ...

N.Y. Cardinal Timothy Dolan Defends Obama Invitation to Al Smith Dinner
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 4:45pm | 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 ...

DRONE WATCH: Shadow Wars
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

A series of recent news stories, largely based on anonymous sources, reveals an emerging new U.S. military strategy. After more than 10 years of long, bloody ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama admi ...

Obama Campaign Taps Young Adviser, Michael Wear, for Faith Outreach
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

President Obama's re-election campaign has tapped a 23-year-old executive assistant in the White House faith-based office to head up its outreach to religious communities. WA ...

Polls: Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Endorsement Not Likely to Affect Election
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage opened a torrent of speculation on what his newly enunciated position will mean politically, but the latest polls indicate the public largely backs his ...

One in Six Voters Still Think Obama’s a Muslim: Why?
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is incorrectly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only one quarter of voters can correctly identify him as a Protestant, accordi ...

President Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Barack Obama became the first President to formally endorse same-sex marriage. In an interview with ABC ’s Robin Roberts ...

Transcript: Obama's Remarks at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to crack down on Iran and Syria and promised to "never again" allow atrocities like those seen during the Holocaust. President Ba ...

Jim Yong Kim Confirmed as World Bank President
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Surprise nominee Dr. Jim Yong Kim has today been chosen as the next President of the World Bank, The Washington Post reports. Surprise nominee Dr. Jim Yong Kim has today been chos ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...