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Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
By: Brian Kaylor
Many Christian leaders praised President Obama's executive order to deal with the immigration crisis, while others – including key Southern Baptist leaders – joined GOP leaders in attacking Obama's action.
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Obama's Message to Young Black Men on Target
Obama's Message to Young Black Men on Target
Addressing the nation's only private liberal arts institution dedicated to educating African-American men, President Obama talked to graduating seniors about race and fatherhood.
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Obama:
Obama: "The Time Has Come" for Immigration Reform
As he urged a joint session of Congress to tackle immigration reform, President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of faith leaders.
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Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law
Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law

While federal immigration reform is needed, we must take care not to feed false stereotypes about the undocumented, including the notion that they don't pay taxes.

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Obama's Inauguration Steeped in Religion
Obama's Inauguration Steeped in Religion
Following tradition, President Obama's inaugural festivities today remain covered with religious garb – from the oath of office to the fact that the ceremony is being held today.
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President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
Mitt Romney was pulverized for flip-flopping, shading ideas to the point of distortion and making up facts. Within weeks of re-election, President Obama has done the same thing.
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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Cornel West Calls Obama 'Republican in Blackface'
Cornel West Calls Obama 'Republican in Blackface'
An African-American seminary prof blasted President Obama for being an inauthentic African-American, referring to him as "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface."
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Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
With President Barack Obama easily defeating GOP challenger Mitt Romney, months of political politicking by conservative evangelicals appears to have been for naught.
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Candidates Talk About Middle Class, Silent on Poor
Candidates Talk About Middle Class, Silent on Poor
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talk a lot about helping the middle class, but both of these men of faith are silent when it comes to plans to help the poor and disenfranchised.
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Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
The White House ruled that young undocumented immigrants don't qualify for federal health care, but denying them access to health care benefits is no real welcome.
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Democratic Party's Religious Rhetoric Deifies Obama, Demonizes GOP
Democratic Party's Religious Rhetoric Deifies Obama, Demonizes GOP
Democratic Party leaders attempted to rally the faith vote at the Democratic National Convention, with much of the rhetoric focused on President Obama as a divinely chosen leader.
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Churches Must Move Past Comfort Zone to Fight AIDS
Churches Must Move Past Comfort Zone to Fight AIDS
Christian groups can make progress in the fight against AIDS, but they must be willing to forge new partnerships that push them beyond their comfort zone.
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Faith Without Works Kills
Faith Without Works Kills
In the wake of the Colorado theater shooting, we have witnessed leaders who point toward God without pointing toward the moral obligation for the well-being of neighbor.
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Why November Will Be Celebration of Constitution
Why November Will Be Celebration of Constitution
Come November, voters will choose between an African-American Christian and a Northeastern Mormon. It's a choice that honors Article Six of our Constitution.
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CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
With the GOP presidential nominee all but confirmed, U.S. voters will need to decide if the CEO model of leadership is what the nation requires at this moment in its history.
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Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Politicians from both parties say undocumented immigrants must go to the back of "the line" if they want to be here legally. It's meaningless talk because the line doesn't exist.
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Harsh Political Partisanship Feeds off Division
Harsh Political Partisanship Feeds off Division
Not long after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address, critics were denouncing him. Today's politics thrives off a hard-edged division that won't allow compromise.
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Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
A Kansas politician apologized for forwarding emails critical of President Obama. However, like many before him, he didn't apologize for what he said but for offending those who misinterpreted him.
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The Night You Became Indefinitely Detainable
The Night You Became Indefinitely Detainable
No president should be allowed to order citizens held indefinitely without an objective judicial finding that they've done something unlawful. And yet that's what President Obama signed into law.
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After U.S. Kills Two Citizens, Religious Leaders Mum
After U.S. Kills Two Citizens, Religious Leaders Mum
Without being charged with treason in any court, two U.S. citizens associated with al-Qaida were targeted and killed by the United States. Why are religious leaders silent about their deaths?
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From Obama to The Daily Show, Talk of Fair Taxation
From Obama to The Daily Show, Talk of Fair Taxation
As President Obama called for economic growth involving fair taxation and "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart engaged a guest on taxation and wealth, a group of students discussed taxation and moral leadership.
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How Does Obama's Record Compare to King's Legacy?
How Does Obama's Record Compare to King's Legacy?
As the national monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opens to the public, it's an appropriate time to measure President Obama's record to King's concept of social justice. The assessment isn't favorable.
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Obama Protects the Powerful Over the Poor
Obama Protects the Powerful Over the Poor
In the debt-ceiling debate, President Obama caved in to those who demanded drastic cuts to programs to help the needy, children and elderly. He needs to believe in social justice enough to fight for it.
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Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are Southern Baptists leaders once again ignoring the latest reckless rant – that President Obama "lives like a playboy" – from the head of their public-policy office?
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Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama
Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama "a Playboy"
President Obama is "living like a playboy," says the head of Southern Baptists' public policy office. Next time, he might want to consider fact-checking before repeating debunked claims from emails and Glenn Beck.
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Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in Dallas appeared on a Fox News program after Easter and used falsehoods and innuendo to challenge the president's faith.
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Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
An anti-immigration group's report card gave failing grades to President Obama and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Other federal politicians didn't do much better although U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann earned a B-.
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Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Jewish, Christian and Muslim American religious organizations affirmed President Barack Obama's speech last week aimed at pushing Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace. Other faith leaders were more critical.
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Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
President Obama's 12-minute immigration speech mocked the GOP and in two short paragraphs outlined his understanding of comprehensive reform; faith leaders said his words fell short.
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Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
President Obama said his administration had beefed up border security and gone beyond what the GOP said it wanted in order to support comprehensive immigration reform.
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Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Since President Obama and his family visited a Baptist church on Easter and Fox News later aired a tape of the church's pastor, the church has received more than 100 threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
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Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked
Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked "Birther" Claims
After talking about "God's love" and "the sacrifice of Jesus Christ" on a nationally televised news program on Easter Sunday, Franklin Graham argued that President Obama may not have been born in the United States.
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What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
Is the Christian left giving President Obama a pass on his promises to end the nation's wars and remaining mostly mute as he expands our military involvement in Afghanistan and now Libya? The question merits reflection.
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The Hypocrisy of Obama's Rationale to Attack Libya
The Hypocrisy of Obama's Rationale to Attack Libya
President Obama defended military action against Libya by saying it would have been a "betrayal of who we are" to do nothing. However, the truth is we often turn a blind eye to the oppressed around the globe.
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What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
With 975 employees in its tax department and spending more than $200 million to lobby Congress for favorable treatment, General Electric lets taxpayers foot the bill while it rakes in profits and avoids taxes.
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Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time. While the rules are useful tools for moral discernment, too often presidents itching for military conflict neglect them.
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Gingrich Polls Higher than Obama among Evangelicals
Gingrich Polls Higher than Obama among Evangelicals
Evangelicals favor five possible GOP presidential candidates more than President Obama. Their numbers dropped among born-again Christians, and not one received favorable ratings from members of non-Christian faiths.
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Fringe Christian Politicians Feed
Fringe Christian Politicians Feed "Birther" Movement
Bills have been introduced in at least 10 states that would require presidential candidates to supply proof that they are natural-born Americans. Are conservative Christian politicians fueling the "birther" movement?
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Retired General Talks about Arming Against Obama, Marxism
Retired General Talks about Arming Against Obama, Marxism
A retired U.S. general, earlier criticized for telling church groups the war against terrorism was a conflict between Judeo-Christian values and Satan, now says people are asking him if it's time to arm against the government.
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Obama's State of the Union Shows He
Obama's State of the Union Shows He "Gets It"
President Obama offered a sober analysis and a centrist solution to the challenges facing our nation. Partisans on the left and right will be upset, but it's clear he understands how to move forward with a divided government.
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Troubling Undertone in Obama's State of the Union
Troubling Undertone in Obama's State of the Union
The bulk of President Obama's State of the Union address focused on changes he believes need to be made for our country to thrive, but the speech was couched in the language of American exceptionalism.
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Is President Obama Opposed to American Exceptionalism?
Is President Obama Opposed to American Exceptionalism?
When we equate American exceptionalism with being number one, we fail to defend the things that make us exceptional, including freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
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Why 'E Pluribus Unum' Is a Better National Motto
Why 'E Pluribus Unum' Is a Better National Motto
President Obama drew criticism for saying "E Pluribus Unum" rather than "In God We Trust" is the national motto. While Congress OK'd "In God We Trust" as a knee-jerk reaction to McCarthyism, Obama knows his history.
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Obama's Compromise: Weakness or Wise Leadership?
Obama's Compromise: Weakness or Wise Leadership?
Members of President Obama's own party lament that he has caved on a clear pledge. While some see it as weakness, his effort to work for partial solutions on the way toward a greater goal may reveal wise leadership.
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Obama Embraces Reaganomics, Puts Vulnerable at Risk
Obama Embraces Reaganomics, Puts Vulnerable at Risk
Political leaders are supposed to execute justice for the vulnerable. They can't fulfill that duty without the revenue produced by taxes. President Obama knows this is true yet is willing to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.
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Politicians Pander to Rich, Ignore the Poor
Politicians Pander to Rich, Ignore the Poor
President Obama and Republicans in Congress appear willing to continue the national pastime of pandering to the wealthy at the expense of the needy. Their deal should offend anyone who cares about justice.
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Conservative Christian Leaders Plot to Replace Obama
Conservative Christian Leaders Plot to Replace Obama
About 40 conservative Christian leaders from across the nation met to strategize about replacing President Barack Obama with someone who matches their agenda.
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Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Under the pretense of a prayer meeting, conservative Christian leaders are plotting to remove President Obama from the White House. Their deception reveals their lack of moral integrity.
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Niebuhr's Ghost, Sunday's Specter: Choosing Our National Theologian
Niebuhr's Ghost, Sunday's Specter: Choosing Our National Theologian
Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the most influential U.S. theologians, didn't succumb to simplistic responses to complex problems. By contrast, many today favor a religious flag-waving that hits certain hot-button moral issues.
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
In his first Oval Office address to the nation, President Obama accurately diagnosed the root causes of the Gulf gusher and laid out in broad strokes a constructive plan forward.
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Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Some people believe that President Obama is a secret Muslim no matter how much evidence exists about his faith in Christ. Meanwhile, Liberty University's president appears to have exaggerated his Muslim roots.
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An Open Letter to Sasha and Malia Obama
An Open Letter to Sasha and Malia Obama
Dear Sasha and Malia, your dad's been working hard for the American people. And he is doing some very good things while enduring very painful opposition and hatred.
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National Day of Prayer: Facts and Fiction
National Day of Prayer: Facts and Fiction
As the National Day of Prayer approaches this Thursday, let's correct a few distortions. President Obama, for example, is not trying to cancel the day. That's a rumor rooted in the nonsense that he's not a Christian.
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"Voice From the Past" Advises Barack Obama
President Obama receives a lot of advice, including this letter from a voice from the past. "Mo Amramson" was also in charge of leading a multitude of people through troubling times.
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Why Immigration Reform Can't Wait
Why Immigration Reform Can't Wait
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue that this is no time to tackle another controversial initiative, but they are wrong. Now is the time to push a bill through Congress.
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Lessons from Niebuhr Put Obama at Odds with Poor
Lessons from Niebuhr Put Obama at Odds with Poor
Back in 2007, Barack Obama proclaimed Reinhold Niebuhr as one of his "favorite philosophers." But what the president took away from Niebuhr puts him at odds with the world's poor and oppressed.
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Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
A recent EthicsDaily.com editorial cautioned against Obama's Afghan war plan, echoing our concern eight years ago when Bush made his case for war there. Will you be reading a similar editorial in 2017?
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Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
President Obama told the nation last night that his strategy in Afghanistan is to make more war in order to end the war. But he never satisfactorily assured the nation of the probability of such success.
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Moses Stages Another Comeback
Moses Stages Another Comeback
Moses has been one of the go-to men for freedom-loving Americans of nearly every generation. Now the ancient Jewish leader is the subject of a new book and even has an action film in the works.
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SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
A Southern Baptist leader accused President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did" and compared a health-care adviser to Josef Mengele.
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Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
A GOP senator has again parted ways from the Republican right, the Birthers and conservative cable TV and radio hosts. If only more refused to be silent or bullied by the Christian right and its allies.
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Pastor's Video Insinuates Obama is the Antichrist
Pastor's Video Insinuates Obama is the Antichrist
Debunking a video that uses falsehoods and half-truths to suggest that President Barack Obama is the Antichrist is like proving there isn't a needle in a haystack.
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At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
Joining 100 world leaders at the United Nations for a day of talks on climate change, former Vice President Al Gore called on the Senate to pass a landmark bill to fight global warming.
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African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's
African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's "Courage"
Former President Jimmy Carter created an uproar by charging that some of the opposition to President Obama is due to continued racism. One African-American pastor applauded his courage.
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Identity Crisis: Some Struggle with Different Leaders
Identity Crisis: Some Struggle with Different Leaders
Jody Powell, part of Jimmy Carter's "Georgia Mafia," died Sept. 14. Many Southerners identified with them, just like many black Americans today identify with Obama. Others don't like leaders who are different.
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Wilson's Outburst Should Be Turning Point for Civility
Wilson's Outburst Should Be Turning Point for Civility
The battle over ideas in this country has degenerated into a name-calling, fear-mongering contest. It's time to condemn the Joe Wilsons of the world who would rather inflame than inform.
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Right-wing conspiracy theorists and political opportunists have argued that Barack Obama isn't president because he's not a natural born U.S. citizen. A Baptist congressman is the latest to join the act.
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 Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Rather than tackle the humiliations of being Hispanic today in this country, the president announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws will be delayed until next year.
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Cape Coast Castle: Monument to Man's Cruelty
Cape Coast Castle: Monument to Man's Cruelty
An African town, once a trading post for slaves, now testifies to our "capacity for cruelty." Will we learn from the past and protect the vulnerable of society?
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Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
More than 50 religious leaders, including Baptists from the United States, signed a letter sent to President Obama, calling for a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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Glad Obama's President? Thank Conservative Talking Heads
Glad Obama's President? Thank Conservative Talking Heads
If some of America's best-known conservative talk show hosts aren't on the payroll on the Democratic National Committee, they should be. Their fiery rhetoric may be partially responsible for Barack Obama's election.
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Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Wiley Drake, former second vice president of the SBC, let it be known that he was praying for President Obama to die. Is praying for someone's death consistent with the values and truth that Jesus embodied in his life and ministry?
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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Obama as Spock? President More Closely Aligns with Poitier's Roles
Obama as Spock? President More Closely Aligns with Poitier's Roles
President Obama has been compared to Spock, the logical Vulcan in "Star Trek." A more apt comparison may be some of the characters played by Sidney Poitier, intelligent black men who won't be intimidated and with a solid moral center.
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After Obama's Election, Much Work Awaits Us to Fulfill King's Dream
After Obama's Election, Much Work Awaits Us to Fulfill King's Dream
The euphoria of the inauguration of Barack Obama has passed. Will we open our eyes to the unfinished business that lies ahead of us? Now is the time to be counted among those who will help President Obama pursue a more just and equitable society.
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Obama's Election Inches Nation Closer to True Integration
Obama's Election Inches Nation Closer to True Integration
For many people, the promise of America has never equaled the reality of America. The election of Barack Obama has changed that. It is a sign that we have taken a significant step toward integration.
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Obama's Election Represents a Giant Step Forward for America
Obama's Election Represents a Giant Step Forward for America
Now that Barack Obama has been elected by the majority of Americans to be our nation's leader, it is time to put aside partisan-driven ideologies and differences, at least long enough to celebrate what has happened to us as a country. (Photo: Cover of 'The Audacity of Faith' from Judson Press)
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Audacity of Faith: Reflection on Election of Barack Obama
Audacity of Faith: Reflection on Election of Barack Obama
America has come close to moments of racial reconciliation before, and in each instance the nation found a way or a reason to turn away from that opportunity. Will the election of Barack Obama be one more missed opportunity?
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Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Our nation has already tried and punished enlisted military personnel for inhumane treatment of people in their custody. Why should political officials and intelligence operatives receive immunity for similar or worse conduct?
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Finding a Church is Never Easy, Especially if You're President
Finding a Church is Never Easy, Especially if You're President
Searching for a church home is a big decision. It's even tougher when the entire nation's watching you. No matter what church the First Family joins, for some it will be the wrong choice. Maybe we should let them worship in peace.
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Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
When President Obama claimed in Turkey that we Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," a right-wing brouhaha ensued. They set aside the fact that Obama has repeatedly extolled the value of faith in politics.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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Obama Headed for Repeat of Vietnam, Says Peace Activist
Obama Headed for Repeat of Vietnam, Says Peace Activist
PASADENA, Calif. -- While applauding President Obama's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq by 2011, a longtime peace activist cautioned that Afghanistan may be the next U.S. military quagmire.
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Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
President Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress stood light-years apart from President George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address.
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Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
The symbolism was obvious: President Obama went to the rooftop—the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, with its solar panels for heat—before he signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday.
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Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
The cry of “socialism” is the Christian Right’s new sling blade in its attacks against President Barack Obama, disclosing full-throated anger and repeating the same charge as the political right.
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Office Has Potential to Remedy Some Biases
Office Has Potential to Remedy Some Biases
Is it really better for government and religion to stay out of each other's affairs? This is a question that Joshua DuBois most likely will have to answer time and time again. May his wisdom surpass his years; and from what I've read of him, it does.
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Office of Faith-Based Initiatives Should Disappear
Office of Faith-Based Initiatives Should Disappear
For my part the office could simply go away. If we want to spend money to help people, then create the Office of Helping People in America, and then go do it. The work is not going to be any more effective if it is done under the auspices of a church or any less effective because it is being done by secular professionals.
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Watching ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Watching ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Even with all that is unfamiliar to many Americans--the sprawling and filthy slums, the abject poverty, the strict caste system, the religious violence between Hindus and Muslims, the Indian music, names and scenery--there is much that we recognize besides the rags-to-riches narrative.
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Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony and issued an altar call to follow the Golden Rule in a clear, brief statement about faith in politics at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
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Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
President Barack Obama has reset the nation’s moral compass. Granted much of what he did was rhetorical. Nonetheless, he struck a new moral direction away from the nation’s failures, save one exception.
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Don’t Fritter Away Opportunity for New Creation
Don’t Fritter Away Opportunity for New Creation
Maybe more than doing an updated, imaginative and expanded version of Jesus’ call to his disciples, we need to listen again to what, cryptically stated, he said was at stake.
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Religion Still Has the Right Words for Peace
To combat deep-rooted hatred and rejectionism, a profound spiritual movement is needed, and far from being a cause of divisiveness - as it is perceived in this country - religion is the only power which has a language of the necessary depth and subtlety.
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The Inauguration of Barack Obama: Moving Out of Our Exile
To use religious language to describe my thoughts on Tuesday, I felt that I was not witnessing so much the inauguration of a president, as I was participating in a revival meeting that was calling all of us to repentance, redemption and renewal.
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Hope’s Hard Work
Hopefully, the enthusiasm of this new reality will continue as the hard work of true change begins.
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See Neighbor As Kin or Nothing Will Change
Morale alone will not fix what is broken in our country. But without some sense of common purpose, some level of hope, some willingness to embrace our neighbor as our kin, nothing is going to change anyway.
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Obama’s ‘Peter Moment’
During his inaugural address, President Barack Obama quoted the Apostle Paul, but it was really a Peter moment.
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Faith, Fear, Fury and the Future
Despite the fear, hate, injustice and other trials of our time, we know and Obama proves the moral supremacy of faith over fear. Despite the fears and fury, we shall overcome by the power and relentless effort fueled by our faith.
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A Letter to America, not the President
I have read a number of letters to our new president, but I have yet to read a single letter to the American people. We might do well to remember the fate of the country is not entirely in his hands, but ours as well …
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President Obama Offers Religious Continuity with Previous Presidents
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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Inauguration Reminds Us of What Prayer Is, Isn’t
Prayer is not ceremonial. Prayers offered at public events like football games, graduations and presidential inaugurations are mere ceremony. They are prelude to something else that is the main event. If Jesus is right and prayer is actually a conversation we can have with God, then we have no business reducing it down to the level of a starter pistol at a foot race.
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Change Comes Slowly, but Surely
In November, Sen. Barack Obama entered into history as the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Next Tuesday he will take the oath of office and become the 44th president of our country.
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Britney, Not Barack, Is Top Yahoo! Search
Britney Spears, not President-elect Barack Obama, was the most-searched item on the Yahoo! search engine in 2008.
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Obama Selects Bible for Inauguration, Nation Awaits His Text Choice
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a Bible for the swearing in ceremonies, but not a Bible verse upon which to place his hand.
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From Wright to Warren, Is Obama Moving from Social Gospel to Private Faith?
Barack Obama once credited a prophetic black preacher as his spiritual mentor. Now he has selected a self-promoting white preacher to give the invocation at his inauguration. What does Obama’s shift from Jeremiah Wright to Rick Warren say about the president-elect?
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