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The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

by $120.2 million, and McGovern-Dole Food for Education by $15 million. The 8.2 percent cut ...

‘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 ...

'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 ...

Who Voted?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

One of the big questions before Tuesday’s election was whether Barack Obama could replicate the diverse coalition of voters responsible for his 2008 victory. The news? He did. One ...

Red-Tape Bill Threatens Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The lame-duck Senate may move forward on a bill that would hamstring the SEC as it works to fight fraud and implement financial regulatory reform, tying up the agency in needless red tape and lawsuits. ...

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

The Line  and understand what it’s like to be poor in America today. If you chip in $15 today , we ...

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 ...

‘Mormon Moment’ Ends with a Loss — But Romney’s Religion Still Won
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Overall, most observers say, the Romney candidacy was a net positive for his Utah-based faith. SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons in Utah and across the nation were thrilled by the prospe ...

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 ...

10 Reasons Why Romney Lost
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The reasons Republicans are giving for Romney's loss. CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby offers 10 reasons he’s hearing from Republicans: 1. Losing among young people, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why Is Voting Made So Difficult?
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Why is voting in the U.S. made so difficult? As millions of Americans wait in long lines to vote today, David Firestone wonders why it has to be so difficult. “This is th ...

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 ...

PHOTOS: Million Puppet March in Support of PBS
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, supporters of Public Broadcasting gathered in Washington, D.C., for a march in response to Mitt Romney's now-infamous Big Bird comment, referring to his plan to cut funding for PBS. ...

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 ...

12 Myths About Mormonism That Persist Despite the ‘Mormon Moment’
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

All those stories educated millions of observant Americans about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, some “understandings” remain misunderstandings — and many views of the religion are stil ...

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 ...

Homeless, Not Helpless
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield In New York City, an activist group of homeless and formerly homeless people challenges the powers that be. ...

A Call to Conversion
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good Ex-offenders confront the for-profit prison industry. AS LARRY WATSON arrived by charter bus ...

Catholic Bishops Make Last-Minute Pitch for Romney
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

A number of Roman Catholic bishops are making forceful last-minute appeals to their flock to vote on Election Day, and their exhortations are increasingly sounding like calls to support Republican challenger M ...

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 ...

Faith Means a Lot of Waiting Around
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Almost 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated, we’re still giving legal benefits to some couples but denying them to others, not to mention that we fill our prisons with brown-skinned people, too many women a ...

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 ...

Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Case Against ‘Under God’
Originally Posted: 10/30/2012 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a non-religious family that's challenging the mandatory daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in their children’s classro ...

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?" ...

Woman Crusades to Save Sister’s Life, End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

an increased focus on the justice of the system. Since 1992, 15 death row inmates have been wrongfully accused ...

Monks Win Latest Court Battle in Bid to Sell Caskets
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

NEW ORLEANS -- In a sometimes harshly worded ruling, a federal appeals court last week smacked down the Louisiana funeral board's continued attempts to prevent a group of monks from St. Joseph Abbey from ...

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 ...

Millennials' Reflections on the New American Values Survey
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

weekly or more, by a margin of 12 percent and 15 percent, respectively, believe the Church should focus ...

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 ...

Watch the Vote: The Ground Game
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

For the next 12 days it’s all about the ground game. With most voter registration deadlines passed, the fight against voter suppression has shifted focus from registration drives to calling banks, car-pools, and calls to vote early. Bishop Dwayne Roy ...

Politics, Debates, and the Nones
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

It’s no wonder that more and more people of faith are identifying as the “nones”— or none of above the when it comes to religious beliefs. Who wants to be associated with Christianity — Protestant, Evangelical ...