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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
An African-American seminary prof blasted President Obama for being an inauthentic African-American, referring to him as "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface."
With President Barack Obama easily defeating GOP challenger Mitt Romney, months of political politicking by conservative evangelicals appears to have been for naught.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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-.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 40 conservative Christian leaders from across the nation met to strategize about replacing President Barack Obama with someone who matches their agenda.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hopefully, the enthusiasm of this new reality will continue as the hard work of true change begins.
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.
During his inaugural address, President Barack Obama quoted the Apostle Paul, but it was really a Peter moment.
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.
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 …
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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.
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.
Britney Spears, not President-elect Barack Obama, was the most-searched item on the Yahoo! search engine in 2008. President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a Bible for the swearing in ceremonies, but not a Bible verse upon which to place his hand. 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?