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When Your Faith Aligns Too Closely with Your Politics
When Your Faith Aligns Too Closely with Your Politics

By: David Swartz
Subscribing to a political party traps you in a closed system. Christian activists on both sides are complicit in demonizing the enemy, which undermines the message of the very gospel they desire to advance.

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What Happens to Ethics in a Strong Political Wind?
What Happens to Ethics in a Strong Political Wind?

By: Colin Harris
The intensity of our current political climate allows truthful and more complete information to be replaced by propaganda. Misinformation becomes the wind that blows the weather vane of ethics in all directions.

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Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?
Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?

By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.

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Key Moral Issues Arise in Democratic Platform
Key Moral Issues Arise in Democratic Platform

By: Brian Kaylor
During this week's Democratic National Convention, delegates passed the final version of the Democratic platform, which clashes at times with positions of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Key Moral Issues Arise in GOP Platform
Key Moral Issues Arise in GOP Platform

By: Brian Kaylor
As the GOP holds its national convention this week and Democrats are set for next week, both parties will hash out language for their platforms, which can impact those parties and public policy decisions.

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Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'
Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'

By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit
4 Steps on How Pastors Should Handle Politics in Pulpit

By: Barry Howard
The pulpit is a place to accent the privilege and responsibility of choosing our leaders, not a place to dictate the decision. Here are four steps for pastors who want to encourage good citizenship from the pulpit.

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Dueling Narratives Seek to Define Our Culture
Dueling Narratives Seek to Define Our Culture

By: Colin Harris
Our society is defined by dueling narratives, with each side fighting to control their message. The volume and intensity of this struggle are greater than ever, but the struggle has been around a long time.

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The Dangers When Ministers Endorse Presidential Hopefuls
The Dangers When Ministers Endorse Presidential Hopefuls

By: Danny Chisholm
Ministers create inherent dangers when they endorse presidential candidates. It sets ministers up for disappointment, confuses and alienates laity and exaggerates pastors' influence.

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Should Christian Leaders Endorse Candidates?
Should Christian Leaders Endorse Candidates?

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastors have an obligation to address moral and social issues that may be hot topics in the political arena, but endorsing a political party or a particular leader crosses the line.

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'Curse of Perfectionism' Dooms Political Process
'Curse of Perfectionism' Dooms Political Process

By: Zach Dawes
The demand for perfect adherence to a particular faction's ideology is having a detrimental impact not only on the political processes, but also on other societal institutions, including the local church.

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Iowa Evangelicals Answered Call to
Iowa Evangelicals Answered Call to "Elect a President Who Will Lead in Godly Ways"

By: Brian Kaylor
A blizzard of evangelical voters carried Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to an upset victory over business mogul Donald Trump in Iowa's Republican caucus.

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My 'Endorsement' for 2016's Presidential Election
My 'Endorsement' for 2016's Presidential Election

By: Matt Sapp
The presidential race turns to a new chapter today as the Iowa caucus kicks off primary season. Here are four things pastors and laity need to do as we consider which candidates get our votes.

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10 Qualities for Our Nation's Next President
10 Qualities for Our Nation's Next President

By: Terry Austin
What personal traits and skills are important for the next president of the United States? No matter what their political party, we need someone with the qualities to identify the best approach to the issues.

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Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?
Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?

By: Robert Parham
On Feb. 1, the question everyone is asking will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity?

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Lessons in Leadership from the Political Process
Lessons in Leadership from the Political Process

By: Guy Sayles
Our political process offers many valuable - albeit negative - lessons for church leaders. However, politics does teach us the importance of fashioning networks and coalitions, all for the common good.

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Blunt Political Rhetoric Entertains But Does it Help?
Blunt Political Rhetoric Entertains But Does it Help?

By: Colin Harris
Instead of providing substantive deliberation on important issues, our politicians increasingly rely on blunt and shocking remarks designed to give them a poll bump. But this 'politi-tainment' undermines our process.

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Presidential Candidates Battle for Godly Image
Presidential Candidates Battle for Godly Image

By: Brian Kaylor
Faith voters remain targeted by many presidential candidates. Many GOP candidates are courting conservative evangelicals while religious appeals are less frequent among candidates on the Democratic side.

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Holding Elected Officials Accountable to Truth
Holding Elected Officials Accountable to Truth

By: Phil Jump
We expect our elected officials not only to demonstrate their own integrity, but also to oversee and regulate society in a way that sustains and promotes truth and honesty. Do they deliver?

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An Abuse Committed by Left and Right Ideologues
An Abuse Committed by Left and Right Ideologues

By: Roger Olson
People on the political and religious left and right do this all the time. It's so common we can be swayed by it even as we try to resist it. It should be called out. What is it?

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Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good
Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good

By: Robert Parham
Sen. Ted Cruz has officially kicked off the race for the presidency with his announcement this week. Sadly, presidential campaigns wash away efforts to advance the common good.

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Why Christians Can't Change Culture Through Politics
Why Christians Can't Change Culture Through Politics
By: Mike Kuhn
Whether on the right or left, Christians have not been effective in changing the culture because they have sought to do it through political power. To make a difference in the culture, we need a new paradigm.
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Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel
Fear-Based Politics, Religion Run Counter to Gospel
By: Colin Harris
Exploiting fears has been a successful tool to manipulate people in politics and religion. While the religious crowd has put conjured fears to good use, hope – not fear – is the basis of Jesus' message.
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Report Critiques Theology of Corporate Money in Politics
Report Critiques Theology of Corporate Money in Politics
By: Brian Kaylor
A report challenged the influx of corporate money in U.S. political campaigns as harmful to democracy and the needs of the poor. But will anyone pay attention to it?
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Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient
Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient

By: Zach Dawes
When politicians base their decisions on what's politically expedient rather than what's the right thing to do, they may secure an election but they're abandoning the common good.

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Do You Place Party Loyalty Before God's Kingdom?
Do You Place Party Loyalty Before God's Kingdom?

By: Guy Sayles
Our posturing and partisan name-calling on the national level make us forget our commonalities and magnify our differences. But Christians must place God's kingdom before party loyalties.

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Unrelenting Politics Erodes Collaboration, Empathy
Unrelenting Politics Erodes Collaboration, Empathy
There has been little rest for the politically weary since the 2012 election. Our constant campaign mode constrains our ability to collaborate and shrinks our empathy for one another.
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Achieving Consensus: A Better Path Than Divisiveness
Achieving Consensus: A Better Path Than Divisiveness
As valid as criticism might be, throwing it out like gasoline on a fire isn't productive. We must set aside our own agendas and focus more on the larger context of needs afflicting the human family.
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Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America
Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America "Firsts"
The Miss America pageant crowned its first Indian-American winner Sunday night. Learn about this and other Miss America firsts in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Beauty Pageants, Religion
Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Beauty Pageants, Religion
What's the relationship between religion and beauty pageants? An assistant professor and doctoral candidate shares her thoughts in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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Political Sleight-of-Hand Distracts from Weightier Issues
Political Sleight-of-Hand Distracts from Weightier Issues
Our leaders raise the specter of "Big Government" taking away our freedom, but their political sleight-of-hand distracts us from the realization that "Big Money" already has.
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SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
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Teaching Children the Responsibility of Disobedience
Teaching Children the Responsibility of Disobedience
Passive followers help tyrants stay in power. Christian parents and educators can best serve God's kingdom by teaching children the responsibility of disobedience.
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The Newtown Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective
The Newtown Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective
As we seek to repair our nation's soul following Newtown, let's not neglect our responsibility to seek sensible gun control laws and to improve mental health care.
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Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
The United States remains a Christian nation, with more than nine out of 10 people confirming that they're affiliated with a Christian religion, says a new Gallup poll.
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Why Western Christians Forget Palestinian Christians
Why Western Christians Forget Palestinian Christians
When Western Christians support Israel without reserve, they run the risk of perpetuating the oppression of Palestinian Christians. They value real estate more than people.
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How Evangelism Can Help Us Survive Election
How Evangelism Can Help Us Survive Election
With the passions that drove a contentious election season still fueling fears and anger that impede cooperation, what can help our divided nation? How about evangelism?
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Power Principles
Justice is the standard by which we are to measure every political and social system. Justice is the standard that defines whether a ruler is a success or failure.
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The Kingdom of God, Public Policy, and Judgment
What standard should we use to judge public policy? What factors should guide our decision-making?
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Investing in God’s Kingdom
The politics of God’s Kingdom proclaims that the right Man has already been crucified, resurrected and ascended, so that all powers and principalities are under His control, and that the eternal destiny of the saints and the cosmos are under His control.
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Missouri Baptist Convention Promotes Republican Candidates
Missouri Baptist Convention Promotes Republican Candidates
Despite IRS tax regulations that restrict partisan politicking by tax-exempt organizations, Missouri Baptist Convention leaders introduced three GOP candidates at their annual meeting.
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Mormons – From Missouri Expulsion to Presidency
Mormons – From Missouri Expulsion to Presidency
Thousands of Mormons were once forced to leave Missouri in the 1830s. A lot has changed for the better, with a practicing Mormon who has the possibility of being elected president.
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Did "Bearing False Witness" Drop Off Top Ten?
People create all kinds of loopholes to get around the commandment to not bear false witness. And the political season reminds us that truth doesn't matter as long as the objective is achieved.
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Can We Discern and Evaluate Without Being Judgmental?
Can We Discern and Evaluate Without Being Judgmental?
Being nonjudgmental can allow us to see the possibilities of good in people and perspectives that we might otherwise reject. It can also lead to an apathetic ethics of "whatever."
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President Obama’s Five Most Personal Religious Statements
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.
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Rick Santorum Defends Views on Obama’s Theology
WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama's "theology."
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Sparks Fly as House GOP Blasts Contraception Mandate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Exhibit A in the fight over President Obama's mandate for religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for contraception: a ham sandwich.
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Why Do Mormons Baptize the Dead?
(RNS) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
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French Mormons Find a Less Hospitable ‘Mormon Moment’
CHESNAY, FRANCE (RNS) Past clusters of houses and frozen fields in this Paris suburb, the Palace of Versailles sparkles in the evening sun.
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Poll Finds Americans Split on Contraception Mandate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are split on a federal mandate requiring nearly all employers to provide insurance covering contraception.
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Washington Becomes Seventh State to Legalize Gay Marriage
SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) In an emotional ceremony, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation that makes Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.
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Obama Exempts Religious Groups from Contraception Mandate
(RNS) President Obama unveiled an "accommodation'' in which health insurance companies will provide employees with contraception coverage.
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Egyptians Say Christian Party Is Not the Answer
WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said they do not support the development of a Christian political party.
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Lawmaker Angry over Loss of ‘God’ in Air Force Logo
(RNS) Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for "God" from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office.
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Five Reasons Why Obama Is Losing the Contraception Fight
(RNS) The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is willing to compromise.
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White House Signals Backtrack on Contraception Rule
(RNS) Advisors are signaling a potential compromise on a controversial new mandate that requires institutions to cover contraception costs for employees.
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Mainline Protestants Up for Grabs Heading into November
WASHINGTON (RNS) White mainline Protestants have a big thing going for them this election cycle: they are divided, and possibly persuadable.
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Obama Says Faith Mandates Him to Care for the Poor
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama connected his faith with his policies toward the poor at the National Prayer Breakfast.
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Mormons Confront Epidemic of Online Misinformation
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A Mormon student surfs the Internet for a school assignment and discovers that Mormon founder Joseph Smith had multiple wives.
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Is the Mormon Church’s Racial History a Problem for Mitt Romney?
(RNS) Marvin Perkins says God led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- but friends advised otherwise.
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Americans Intrigued but Wary Still of Mormon Beliefs
(RNS) When Mormons call themselves "a peculiar people," they mean it in the biblical sense -- set aside by God, chosen.
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Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims Blast Rick Santorum on Equality Comment
(RNS) Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are accusing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of bigotry and ignorance.
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Top Catholic Bishop Feels Betrayed by Obama
NEW YORK (RNS) The administration's decision on health insurance had New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan feeling personally betrayed.
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After Angering Catholics, White House Honors Teachers
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House heralded nine Catholic educators as "Champions of Catholic Education."
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Poll: Preachy Politicians Turn Off Many Voters
(RNS) If there's one thing the fractious Republican field agrees on, it's that personal religious devotion is central to their campaign message.
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Obama Holds Firm on Contraception Coverage
(RNS) The Obama administration said that it will not broaden the religious exemption in new rules that require employers to provide contraception coverage.
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Catholics warn Gingrich, Santorum on race baiting
(RNS) Catholic leaders have issued an open letter to Catholic candidates Gingrich and Santorum, warning them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes.”
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Are Mormons Christian? It’s Complicated
(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh.
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Will Evangelical Endorsement Fuel Santorum Surge?
(RNS) The Iowa caucuses revived Rick Santorum’s underdog presidential campaign. Now an influential assortment of Christian conservatives has moved to consecrate it.
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Muslims Say Ron Paul is Their Kind of Republican
(RNS) Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf’s libertarian streak developed early on.
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New White House Staffers Have Catholic, Jewish Ties
(RNS) President Obama named an immigration expert with longstanding ties to the Catholic Church as his top domestic policy official.
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Would Mormons Try to Influence a Romney White House?
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Switzerland passed new employment rules, 13 Mormon members of Congress pleaded with the Swiss ambassador for an exception.
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Romney’s Evangelical Problem Starts with Theology
(RNS) The good news for Mitt Romney: he won the Iowa caucuses. The bad news for Romney: evangelicals remain reluctant to support him.
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Atheists Face Uphill Climb with New Political Party
(RNS) How viable is a political party with the word “atheist” in its name?
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5 Issues Your Church Members Will Discuss in 2012
5 Issues Your Church Members Will Discuss in 2012
Pundits and journalists are predicting what the top issues for 2012 will be. Here are five of the issues that will be on the minds of church members in the new year.
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Obama Defends His Israel Policy at Jewish Conference
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (RNS) President Obama told a crowd of Reform Jews that no other administration “has done more in support of Israel’s security.”
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Religious Freedom Panel Prepares to Close
WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal watchdog panel that monitors religious freedom around the world is preparing to shut down unless Congress passes a last-minute measure.
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GOP Candidates Make Pitch to Jewish Voters
WASHINGTON (RNS) Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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Poll Suggests Believers Can Be Swayed on Nukes, Environment
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most American believers see preventing climate change or the spread of nuclear weapons as important goals, according to a new poll.
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2012 Candidates Asked to Sign Religious Freedom Pledge
(RNS) An advocacy organization for persecuted Christians has asked the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a pledge stating they would make religious freedom a priority.
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Anti-Mormon Bias Persistent in Presidential Politics
(RNS) On June 27, 1844, vigilantes cornered a man who claimed to receive messages from God and gunned him down in an Illinois jail after his arrest.
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Poll: Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Could Be a Primary Problem
(RNS) If Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can secure the nomination, his Mormon faith shouldn’t be an obstacle for voters in the general election.
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Workplace Religious Complaints Double in Last Decade
CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works.
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Religious Groups Spend Nearly $400 million on D.C. Advocacy
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of religious advocacy groups has more than tripled since the 1970s, with conservative groups seeing the biggest growth.
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Change Comes to Bob Jones University
GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) It started in 2005, when the mantle of university president passed to Stephen Jones, Bob Jones III’s son.
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Gay, Muslim Groups Relieved by Changes to Bullying Bill
(RNS) A Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.
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Bishops Welcome Dialogue with Obama as Concerns Remain
BALTIMORE (RNS) The standoff between the White House and the nation’s Catholic bishops over gay marriage and other hot-button issues may be easing.
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N.Y. Clerk Who Refused Gay Marriage Licenses Wins Re-election
LEDYARD, N.Y. (RNS) The town clerk in Ledyard, N.Y., who drew national attention after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples won re-election.
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Bishops Gear Up for Fight with Obama
(RNS) When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather, the issue that will stand out is their growing resolve to engage in politically charged battles.
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After Miss. Defeat, What’s next for Personhood?
WASHINGTON (RNS) The failure of the “personhood” initiative in Mississippi intensified what appears to be a growing divide in the anti-abortion movement.
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Evangelicals Call for Nuclear Cutbacks
WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals called for greater precautions with nuclear weapons and a renewed effort toward disarmament.
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Survey Finds Deep Challenges for Romney
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House.
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Religious Leaders Lobby Congress for Foreign Aid
WASHINGTON (RNS) As Congress prepares for a high-stakes battle over federal spending, religious leaders are lobbying senators to preserve foreign aid as a moral obligation.
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Catholics Urge Civility in Politics
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of Catholic elder statesmen called for more civility in politics, saying Catholics have also been subjected to scrutiny.
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Congress Considers Conscience Rights in Health Care
WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic and other Christian health care providers denounced a rule that requires insurers to cover contraception.
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Saudi-Iran Tensions Overshadow Hajj Pilgrimage
(RNS) Reports last month that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. have enflamed animosity between the two Muslim powers.
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What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
Baptists took form seeking to reform the church in models of simplicity, but are so complex today that many observers despair of finding a model term for them.
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Faith, Political Leaders Find Out How Far Food Stamps Go
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders and members of Congress are getting a firsthand taste of what it’s like to eat on $4.50 a day as part of the “Food Stamp Challenge.”
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Bishops Warn Congress on Threats to Freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops dispatched their new point man on religious freedom to warn Congress that religious people risk being labeled as bigots.
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Faith Groups Target Super Committee
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious communities are holding prayer vigils, phoning politicians and organizing letter campaigns in a bid to protect safety net programs.
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D.C. Pastor to Lead Democrats’ Faith Outreach
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Democratic National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead the party’s religious outreach.
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Obama Hosts First Evangelical Summit at White House
(RNS) President Obama formally extended his ear to evangelicals ahead of the 2012 election.
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Poll: Three in Four Pastors Say Mormons Aren’t Christian
WASHINGTON (RNS) A newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians.
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GOP Campaigns Court Values Voters at D.C. Summit
WASHINGTON (RNS) Several candidates sought to kick-start their stalling campaigns by preaching a gospel of low taxes and conservative Christian values.
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Poll: Obama Seen as Smartest, Most Honest Candidate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider President Obama to be the smartest and most honest presidential candidate against Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
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Without Compromise, U.S. Will Continue to Crumble
Without Compromise, U.S. Will Continue to Crumble
Unemployment. Endless wars. Climate crisis. With problems plaguing the U.S. at every turn, our nation seems to be running on empty. More than ever, it's time our leaders compromise to find solutions.
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Poll: Americans Want Political Compromise
Poll: Americans Want Political Compromise
A majority of people in the U.S. want their federal elected officials to seek compromise, a new poll says. Tea Party supporters are the only group that rejects compromise in favor of sticking to their beliefs.
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Bishops Warn that Church Teaching is Nonpartisan
(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops reminded Catholic voters that they can’t cherry-pick from church teachings to justify their own political preferences.
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Evangelicals Line Up Behind Rick Perry
(RNS) From media mavens to grassroots activists, conservative Christian leaders are heaping praise on presidential candidate Rick Perry.
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Does Mormonism Have an Influence on Economics?
Does Mormonism Have an Influence on Economics?
What's the prevailing approach to U.S. economics? To some degree, there's seems to be a Mormon influence, which includes a distrust of government and debt as well as a disdain for government assistance.
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Clock Is Ticking for Religious Freedom Panel
WASHINGTON (RNS) The independent and bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom could be forced to shut its doors.
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State Dept. Chides Eight Countries on Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department designated eight nations as the most serious violators of religious freedom.
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Bloomberg, Faith Groups Face off Over 9/11 Prayers
NEW YORK (RNS) Critics hope enough pressure will convince Bloomberg to allow clergy to speak Sunday at ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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Calif. Man Becomes a Pioneer for Gay Mormons
(RNS) Mitch Mayne is not the first openly gay person to hold a key leadership post but he may be the first to announce it from the pulpit.
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Dean of Black Preachers Defends Obama
(RNS) In a new book, the Rev. Gardner Taylor decries the treatment of President Obama by his critics.
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Five Facts about Dominionism
(RNS) In recent weeks, an arcane and scary-sounding religious term has crept into the lexicon of the 2012 campaign.
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Bachmann’s Prophecy, Joke or Not, Has Lots of Company
(RNS) Bachmann is facing a flood of criticism for suggesting, perhaps in jest, that God sent Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake.
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American Politics More Religious than American Voters
The country has grown less religious since the 1970s, while frequent churchgoers are now much more likely to vote Republican or support the Tea Party, according to recent studies.
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Senators Probe Politics and Piety in New Books
WASHINGTON (RNS) Truth be told, when asked to name a spiritual role model, few people would likely pick a sitting U.S. senator.
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Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
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The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
Many Americans regard Muslims and Mormons as the two religious groups they feel "coolest" toward. Despite attacks on their religions, both groups remain hopeful about and loyal to the United States.
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Mormons Launch Group to Defend Against Media Attacks
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A group of church loyalists felt the time was ripe to begin scrutinizing media reports for inaccuracies about the Utah-based faith.
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An Interview with God:
An Interview with God: "Who Said I Endorsed Them?"
Granting a rare and brief "interview," God discusses politicians who say they're suited for office because they have a special relationship with God. Does the Almighty endorse?
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With Spotlight on Mormon Faith, Scholars Gather to Defend It
(RNS) Mormon founder Joseph Smith may have declared all churches to be wrong, even apostate, but he also defined Mormonism as an inclusivist faith.
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Colleges Sign Up for Obama’s Interfaith Program
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 250 colleges, universities and seminaries have submitted plans to the White House for yearlong interfaith service projects.
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Catholic Bishops Urge House Against Steep Budget Cuts
(RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging the GOP-led House to reject a cuts-only approach to the budget.
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Church-state Groups Slam Obama on Hiring Issue
WASHINGTON (RNS) The status-quo stance on the issue of faith-based hiring has drawn criticism from atheists and church-state watchdogs.
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Churches Press Obama to Protect Poor in Budget Talks
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama agrees with religious officials’ concerns about protecting the poor, according to leaders who met with him this week.
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Senators Debate Bill to Recognize Gay Marriages
WASHINGTON (RNS) Senators wrestled with issues of faith and religious freedom as they debated a new bill to recognize same-sex marriages.
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As Candidates Run for Office, Some Run from Their Church
(RNS) On a recent Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Pentecostal church in Iowa an intimate account of her pilgrimage to devout Christian.
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Pennsylvania Debates Whether Thou Shalt not Hunt on the Sabbath
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Two of the most influential forces in conservative lobbying are poised to go head-to-head this fall over this difficult issue.
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Pawlenty Woos Evangelicals with Faith Video
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pawlenty has sharpened efforts to woo evangelical voters in Iowa by releasing a video where he speaks candidly about his faith.
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Polygamists Challenge Utah’s Anti-polygamy Law
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Utah’s complicated history with polygamy starts a new chapter as a reality-show family challenges the state’s ban on plural marriage.
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Pastors Lobby for Poor in Heated Deficit Talks
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 4,000 pastors told Congress that churches would not be able to fill the gap facing social service providers if deep cuts are made.
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NBC Apologizes to Congress for Edited Pledge
WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Catholics Return Check from Lawmaker over Marriage Vote
RNS) A New York lawmaker has found himself at odds with the Roman Catholic Church after a parish school refused a $50 donation.
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House Directs Pentagon to Uphold DOMA Law on Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON (RNS) House lawmakers voted to order the Pentagon to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
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Is America Ready for a Mormon President?
Is America Ready for a Mormon President?
With its strong emphasis on family and the church's vigorous mission activity, the Church of Latter-Day Saints is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. But is America ready for a Mormon president?
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Mormons Add Shorter Stints to Boost Missionaries
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) They’re hoping that less will mean more: less time and expense, more missionaries.
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Mormon Leaders Told to Stay Out of Politics
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon officials are telling their top, full-time leaders that they and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns.
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Mo. Congressman Apologizes for God Comment
(RNS) A Missouri congressman has apologized for telling a national radio audience that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.”
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Liberals Angry After Congressman’s God Comments
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (RNS) A congressman is catching flak from some liberals for saying last week that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.”
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Pawlenty Leads in Informal Poll of Evangelical Leaders
WASHINGTON (RNS) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the top Republican pick of evangelical leaders, according to an informal survey.
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Evangelicals See Declining Influence in U.S.
(RNS) Are U.S. evangelicals losing their influence on America? A new poll released from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seems to say just that.
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Leaving God out of Pledge Tees off Ohio Congressman
WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC’s decision to edit the word “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance has teed off an Ohio congressman.
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Conservatives Want Senator to Resign after Affair
WASHINGTON (RNS) The president of the Christian conservative Family Policy Network sent Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a letter calling on him to resign.
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Pawlenty’s Prominent Pastor not a Political Pawn
(RNS) When GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty goes to church, he knows he’ll hear a 27-minute sermon—never longer, never shorter.
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Temple Weddings Leave Some on Outside
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) You see them on Temple Square nearly every day, pacing nervously or strolling aimlessly, staring down at the tulips or up at the spires.
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Anglican Leader Slams British Austerity Budget
LONDON (RNS) The Archbishop has touched off a fury by accusing the British government of causing widespread “anxiety and anger” with its new austerity budget.
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First Amendment’s Free Exercise at Heart of Abuse Cases
(RNS) Jeremiah Scott was 11 when the abuse and molestation began in 1990 at the hands of an elder in his Mormon church in Portland, Ore.
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Egyptians Want Advice, Not Rule, of Clerics
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious leaders to advise the nation’s officials but they do not want a theocracy.
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Evangelicals: Bachmann Speaks Our Code
WASHINGTON (RNS) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned several hundred Christian conservatives not to expect a “perfect candidate” to emerge.
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Poll: Two-thirds of Americans OK with Mormon Candidate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Roughly two out of three Americans say it makes no difference to them if a presidential candidate is Mormon.
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Clinton Defends Religious Freedom Envoy
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
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Mormons, Baptists Assist in Tornado Clean-up
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon.
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Bill Would Strengthen Role of Religious Freedom Envoy
WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation would push the State Department to make international religious freedom a greater priority.
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Abuse Victims Oppose Pick for House Chaplain
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain.
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Muslims Battle to Be Official Voice of U.S. Islam
(RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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Jesuit to Become Chaplain of the House
(RNS) A Jesuit will be sworn in as the 60th chaplain of the House of Representatives on May 25.
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Ala. Governor Calls Jews Brothers and Sisters
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Robert Bentley twice referred to Jews as his “brothers and sisters” during a Holocaust remembrance event.
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After Court Gives OK, Christians Mark National Day of Prayer
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer, just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law.
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The President’s (Born-again) Birth Certificate
(RNS) So, according to the long-form birth certificate released by the White House Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Panel Cites Egypt for Religious Freedom Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A religious freedom watchdog panel has added Egypt to its list of the worst violators of religious liberty.
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Churches Form Circle of Protection Around Poor
(RNS) Christian leaders have formed a “Circle of Protection” against U.S. cuts to poverty-fighting programs.
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Gingrich Talks of Journey to Catholicism
WASHINGTON (RNS) Gingrich traced his spiritual journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic at a Catholic prayer breakfast.
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Former N.J. Governor Denied Episcopal Ordination
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey will not be ordained into the Episcopal Church priesthood in the near future.
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Bill Would Limit Military Funeral Protests
WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder to protest outside military funerals.
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Mormon Men Delaying the Walk Down the Aisle
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) John Evans is in no hurry to get married.
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Obama Invokes Christian Beliefs at Easter Prayer Breakfast
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama said Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter “puts everything else in perspective,” at a White House event.
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State Department Fires Back at Ambassador
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department fired back at a prominent Catholic ambassador who said the agency has a “rigidly narrow” view of foreign policy.
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Burned Church Nears Completion as Suspect Found Guilty
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) As a white man surrendered to federal marshals, workers were rebuilding the pulpit of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ.
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Senate Confirms Religious Freedom Ambassador
WASHINGTON (RNS) A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration’s long-vacant position to oversee international religious freedom.
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Court Dismisses Challenge to National Day of Prayer
WASHINGTON (RNS) The law calling for an annual National Day of Prayer imposes solely on the duties of the U.S. president.
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Evangelicals Named to Ministry Watchdog Panel
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has announced members of a commission to advise Capitol Hill.
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Report: Ambassador Spends too Much Time on Religion
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta has spent “considerable time” writing on topics beyond the mission of his office.
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Obama, Karzai Blast Florida Quran Burning
WASHINGTON (RNS) Presidents Obama and Karzai blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed.
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Evangelicals Most Likely to Support Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON (RNS) A slim majority of evangelicals favor government shutdown over a budget compromise.
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Embattled Religious Freedom Envoy the New Iron Lady
WASHINGTON (RNS) The embattled nominee is comparing herself to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Young Mormons Advised not to Delay Marriage
(RNS) Single Mormon men who are postponing marriage should get to it right away, church President Thomas S. Monson said.
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For Mormons, What Does Follow the Prophet Really Mean?
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon leaders will offer sermons at an upcoming conference that many Mormons will treat like faxes from God.
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Religious Freedom Envoy Tries for a Second Time
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration’s nominee to oversee international religious freedom returned to Capitol Hill.
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Tennessee Amends Anti-Shariah Bill
(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism.
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Evangelicals Resist Obama’s Childhood Obesity Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are the only major religious group where a majority opposes the federal government’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity.
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Obama Taps Campuses for Interfaith Service Projects
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House is hoping to recruit America’s college and seminary students in a nationwide interfaith service campaign.
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Churches Press Obama to Reengage on Middle East
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Study Says Engagement Rises with Mosque Attendance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A political science professor says research shows that affiliation with a mosque increases Muslims’ civic engagement.
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Former Counterterrorism Chief Says Muslims Cooperate
(RNS) A former FBI counter terrorism director rejected allegations that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations.
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Court Rejects Challenge to `In God We Trust’
WASHINGTON (RNS) Atheist Michael Newdow plans to continue his fight to get “In God We Trust” off U.S. currency.
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White House Praises Muslims Ahead of Hearing
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration is highlighting the role Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities.
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House Republicans Plan to Defend DOMA
WASHINGTON (RNS) House Speaker John Boehner said that he and fellow lawmakers will defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Evangelicals Push Back on Proposed Budget Cuts
(RNS) Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned Congress.
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Israel Won’t Renew Permit for Jerusalem Bishop
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Israel has declined to renew a residency permit for Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem.
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Wisconsin Dispute Exposes Catholic Split on Unions
(RNS) The fierce budget battle in Wisconsin has pitted the state’s top Roman Catholic bishops against each other.
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If Obama Won’t Fight Gay Marriage, Conservatives Will
WASHINGTON (RNS) If President Obama no longer wants to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, who will?
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Catholic Bishops Back Wis. Union Protesters
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops threw their moral weight behind the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.
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Budget Cuts Target the Poor, Faith Groups Say
(RNS) Get ready for more undernourished infants, dangerously cold homes and disease-stricken communities in developing countries.
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At 89, Civil Rights Icon Reflects on Faith, Activism
(RNS) The Rev. Joseph Lowery has always combined his work on secular causes with a sacred message.
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National Debt is New Hot Issue for Evangelicals
WASHINGTON (RNS) Many economists warn that the government’s huge national debt is a looming threat to long-term prosperity.
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In Italian Sex Scandal, Vatican Caught in a Bind
VATICAN CITY (RNS) No major leader has been a more stalwart ally than Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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Grassroots Group Pressure King on Muslim Hearings
WASHINGTON (RNS) Peter King is facing grassroots pressure to cancel his planned hearings on the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims.
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Egypt’s Christians Keep Wary Eye on Muslim Brotherhood
CAIRO (RNS) In Magdi Shnouda’s cafe the men playing backgammon are a mixture of Christians and Muslims.
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When Marriages are Eternal, Single and Divorced Mormons Struggle
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) To many Americans, religious or not, chastity before marriage is a quaint tradition at best and emotionally damaging at worst.
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Quebec Bans Sikh Daggers from Capitol
TORONTO (RNS) Lawmakers voted unanimously to ban the kirpan, a Sikh ceremonial dagger, from the legislature building.
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Consumer Protection Chief Seeks Allies in Faith Leaders
WASHINGTON (RNS) The architect of the new consumer protection bureau met with faith-based groups.
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Congressman Says He’s not Anti-Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) A congressman said he is not anti-Muslim after saying Muslims represent the “antithesis” of American values.
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Ala. Governor Apologizes for Brothers and Sisters Comment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Bentley apologized to anyone who was offended with his inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his “brothers and sisters.”
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Ala. Governor Says only Christians Are his Brothers and Sisters
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said that people who aren’t “saved” Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.
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Religious Leaders Praise new Obama Policy on Cuba
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith leaders are hailing a change in White House policy that reduces limits on religious travel to Cuba.
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Poll: Americans of All Faiths See a Civility Problem in U.S. Politics
(RNS) Americans agree on one thing: our political system has a civility problem.
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Clergy Urge Congress to Unite Behind Push for Civility
(RNS) A coalition sent an open letter urging a “time of soul searching” and national dialogue about “violent and vitriolic political rhetoric.”
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Jews Troubled by Palin’s Use of Blood Libel
(RNS) Sarah Palin accused “journalists and pundits” of manufacturing a “blood libel” that seeks to link her and other conservatives to the massacre.
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Time to Call Out Strident Rhetoric of Extremists
Time to Call Out Strident Rhetoric of Extremists
Freedom of speech has always given rise to extremists who abuse that freedom. When rhetoric turns violent, we need to do something about it. It's time to tone down the rhetoric and find a way to work together.
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Civility Project Disbands after Low Interest in Congress
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Civility Project is closing down after just three members of Congress agreed to the project’s pledge.
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Religious Profile of 112th Congress Remains Stable
WASHINGTON (RNS) The midterm elections did little to alter the religious composition of Capitol Hill.
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Jewish Groups Have Mixed Feelings on Highest-ranking Jew in Congress
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Virginia Republican Eric Cantor becomes House Majority Leader next month, he will become the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in history.
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Religious Leaders Join White House in Dream Act Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters are calling it a moral solution to help students hurt by the country’s immigration system.
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Swiss Urged to Continue to Allow Mormon Missionaries
WASHINGTON (RNS) Members of Congress are urging Swiss authorities to allow Mormon missionaries to continue serving beyond 2012.
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Black Church Group Criticizes Congressional Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Conference criticized Congress for linking extension of unemployment benefits to tax cuts for the wealthy.
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Half of Americans say Obama Holds Different Religious Values
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama faces significant challenges on how Americans perceive his religious faith.
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Mormons Soften Language on Gays
(RNS) A newly published compilation of guidelines used worldwide by leaders of the Mormon Church has softened the language about gay Mormons.
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Muslim Advocacy Group Sues over Okla. Shariah Ban
(RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.
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Faith Groups Press Geithner on Foreclosures
WASHINGTON (RNS) A national network of faith-based organizations urged him to tackle problems with fraudulent foreclosures.
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Obama to Visit Largest Mosque in Indonesia
(RNS) President Obama plans to visit one of the world’s largest mosques during his trip to Indonesia in November.
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Are Midterm Elections Merely a Game to Win?
Are Midterm Elections Merely a Game to Win?
As the midterm elections near, we might wonder whether our political drama has become a game rather than theater – a contest to be won rather than a reflection of who we are and of what life is at its deepest levels.
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Southern Baptist Pastor Appeals Suit over Obama’s Birth
(RNS) Southern Baptist gadfly Wiley Drake will appeal a court’s dismissal of his suit claiming President Obama was not born in the U.S.
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Hoping to Avert Disaster, Democrats Turn to Black Churches
WASHINGTON (RNS) Democrats are turning to a key part of their base—African-Americans—and are using the black church to help get voters to the polls.
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Mormon Leader Weighs In on Same-sex Attraction
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormons may not know until the hereafter what causes same-sex attraction, but “God loves all his children” a top Mormon leader said.
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Survey: 6 in 10 Protestant Pastors Disapprove of Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) Six out of every 10 Protestant pastors say they disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, a LifeWay Research survey found.
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Palin Keeps Mum on Faith
(RNS) Sarah Palin once pursued politics out of a religious sense of calling.
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Why Young Adults Reject Conservative Christianity
Why Young Adults Reject Conservative Christianity
Two political science experts warned that young people are rejecting conservative Christianity – and in big numbers. Many have been turned away by the politics of anti-homosexuality.
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ACLU Questions Sunday Morning Voting at Churches
WASHINGTON (RNS) The ACLU is criticizing plans by two Iowa churches to host early voting during worship services.
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American Shariah? That’s News to Muslims
(RNS) Rep. Duncan expects his “Save Our State” referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on Nov. 2.
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Behind Colbert’s Right-wing Funny Man, a Quiet Faith
(RNS) When comedian Stephen Colbert came to Capitol Hill and stole the spotlight, no one was more surprised than lawmakers.
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Critics Waiting for Action from Faith-based Office
WASHINGTON (RNS) Some critics say the office has been used to push the president’s health care reform.
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Judge: Methodist Agency Can Lobby on Issues Besides Temperance
WASHINGTON (RNS) The United Methodist Church’s public policy agency can advocate on causes beyond alcoholism and temperance.
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Mormons Divided on LDS Apostle’s Speech on Gays
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Scores of Mormons say they felt confused and bruised after Apostle Packer unequivocally condemned same-sex marriage.
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Mormon President Says Church Needs More Missionaries
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs even more missionaries, LDS President said.
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Methodist Agency Drops Support of One Nation Rally
WASHINGTON (RNS) A United Methodist agency has withdrawn its endorsement from this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally.
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Interfaith Group Urges U.S. to Press for Middle East Agreement
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
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Mich. Attorney General Defends Campaign Against Gay Student
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) An assistant attorney general in Michigan is defending his rights to denounce the openly gay student.
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Even Those in Authority
The Apostle Paul, in writing to his young colleague Timothy, encourages him to pray for everybody, including those in authority.
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Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
American Christians are living in a divisive time of profound paranoia and deliberate deception – much of it advanced by Christian politicians, those the prophet Ezekiel might identify as the false shepherds.
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Indiana Rep. Mike Pence Wins Values Voter Straw Poll
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rep. Mike Pence was the surprise winner of a straw poll among 17 possible Republican presidential candidates.
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Romania Church Leaders Condemn Roma Deportations
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France.
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Report Finds Spike in U.S. Poverty Levels
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of people in poverty in America increased to its highest recorded point last year.
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What Role Does Mormonism Play in Glenn Beck's Civil-Religion?
What Role Does Mormonism Play in Glenn Beck's Civil-Religion?
Glenn Beck's tent of civil religion, by celebrating a generic god and holding a particular view of U.S. history, automatically includes a wide range of theological and historical perspectives.
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Early End to Daylight Saving Time Frustrates Israelis
JERUSALEM (RNS) The government’s decision to end daylight saving time early has set off an angry debate.
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Obama Denounces Quran Burning
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
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Mormon and Jews Reach Agreement on Baptism Dispute
(RNS) Jewish and Mormon church leaders announced the agreement Wednesday.
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Don't Let Political Campaigns Shape Your Life
Don't Let Political Campaigns Shape Your Life
Political campaigns thrive on negative advertising, tearing down their opponents rather than focusing on their own ideas. We cannot allow our society to persuade us that it's OK to destroy or devalue another person.
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Man Sues Mormon Church over Baptism Back Injuries
(RNS) A Las Vegas man is suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after he injured his back.
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A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
Ronald Reagan, then the GOP nominee for president, joined a who's who of conservative Christians on a Dallas stage 30 years ago, convincing many Southern Baptists and other evangelicals to join the Republican cause.
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Polls: One in four Americans Thinks Obama’s a Muslim
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two new polls say as many as one in four Americans mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim.
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Hispanic Leaders Warn GOP on Repealing Birthright Citizenship
WASHINGTON (RNS) Hispanic evangelical leaders said Republican proposals could erode support from Hispanic voters.
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Fight over N.Y. Mosque Becomes a Partisan Wedge issue for Obama, GOP
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
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Religious Leaders Blast Gingrich, Palin on New York Mosque
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
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Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
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Religious Groups Press for CIA Torture Probe
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious organizations are calling for an investigation into allegations of forced human experimentation.
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GOP Candidates Play the 'God Card'
GOP Candidates Play the 'God Card'
As the 2010 midterm elections heat up, several GOP candidates have invoked God to support their campaigns and attack their political opponents. One even said his opponent was trying to take away the freedom "to find ... salvation."
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Baptist Attacks Fail on Candidate's Religion
Baptist Attacks Fail on Candidate's Religion
After facing weeks of personal attacks, including questions about her conversion to Christianity, Nikki Haley, who grew up Sikh, easily captured the Republican nomination for South Carolina governor.
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Ten Commandments: On Hearts, Yes; Buildings, No
Ten Commandments: On Hearts, Yes; Buildings, No
As Americans debate whether or not the Ten Commandments should be posted in schools and government buildings, some Christians should make sure the ninth commandment is written on their hearts.
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Hijacking Faith to Fit Science, Politics
Hijacking Faith to Fit Science, Politics
Redefining faith as scientific truth or political ideology subordinates faith to these other realities. Out of a desire to have faith validated and affirmed by wider culture, some are allowing their beliefs to be hijacked.
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British Government: Family Policy's Focus on Marriage
British Government: Family Policy's Focus on Marriage
The British government's new family policy will acknowledge the importance of marriage, highlighting how much better children fare if their parents stay together.
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Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
When it comes to meaningful immigration reform, the marginalized have more to fear from political allies, who often are quick to profess solidarity but slow when they fear votes could be lost. Shame on them.
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Greatness
The only way to face tomorrow is placing ourselves in the hands of the One who has told us – not three times, but thousands of times – that the only way to follow him is by way of sacrifice and service. If we will be willing to do that, though there is no guarantee where it will take us, we will know that we’re in very good company.
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Tax-Reform Advocate Running for State Office
Tax-Reform Advocate Running for State Office
A nationally known tax expert who has made headlines, and enemies, for her tax-reform suggestions, which advocated shifting more tax burdens away from the poor, is running for office in Alabama.
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Bringing God Home
The new king of the unified kingdom brought the Ark home and in doing so, brought the presence of God home too. But as much of a cause for celebration it was, as much of a national victory it was, it only highlighted the internal strife of David’s private life with Michal, his political wife whom he couldn’t quite trust enough to love. And no matter how much she loved him she couldn’t move his heart to love her in return.
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The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
Gwen Ifill's book examines the new generation of black political leaders seeking to build futures for themselves and the people they serve in innovative ways.
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Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
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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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Religious Resolution Distorts History about Nation's Founding
Religious Resolution Distorts History about Nation's Founding
The Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of about 40 House Representatives, announced that it is introducing "America's Spiritual Heritage Resolution." A similar resolution has failed to gain traction in the past.
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Some Christians 'Dress Up' Jesus to Match Their Politics
Some Christians 'Dress Up' Jesus to Match Their Politics
Many little girls and boys like to play dress-up. While we all outgrow this childhood desire, too many adult Christians will "dress up" Jesus to align with their political preferences.
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Alabama Voters May Have Their Say on Rewriting Constitution
Alabama Voters May Have Their Say on Rewriting Constitution
Alabama politicians have dodged the opportunity to allow Alabama voters to decide whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. This year may be different.
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Faith and Politics
For more than 25 years, the Christian Right has carefully constructed a political myth claiming that “GOP” stands for “God’s Only Party.” Conservative Christians quickly bought into the myth.
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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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A Prayer for a New Day
May we pray, pray, pray and work, work, work to build a better tomorrow and welcome this world you have made and love to become all you have intended it to be.
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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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What the U.S. Recession Reveals About Leadership
Hardly anything has been reported about how religious leaders are responding to the economic crisis, or even their present failure to be as forceful on behalf of the vulnerable as they have tried to be when working to influence elections and boost the political clout of their religious constituencies.
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Analyzing the Religious Vote
Religion has played a pivotal role in every election in this country since 1976. That remains true for our most recent presidential race as well. Even though the U.S. Constitution does not allow a religious test for public office, religious voters put the full force of their faith to work in deciding who would get their vote.
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Libby Pardon Would Be Last Defining Act of Bush Presidency
Richard Nixon's presidency ended after Watergate in disgrace with his resignation. The Bush-Cheney presidency will end on a much more disgraceful note if Scooter Libby is pardoned.
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Mind Your Manners
The apostle Paul saw genuine freedom not as the right to do what I want to do, but the responsibility to seek the well-being of others. Self-indulgence is the opposite of freedom.
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Religious Liberty Contradictions in Supreme Court Case
Sekulow's arguments on behalf of Pleasant Grove City suggest that his legal focus is not really in protecting religious liberty but in promoting Christianity.
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Dear President-Elect: Prioritize Immigration Reform
How do you say "thank you" in Spanish? Appointing a few brown faces to your cabinet or to the Supreme Court is not the answer. We should not feel gratitude for something that should be the norm. You say thank you by not ignoring the number one reason we went out to the polls and voted.
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The South Must Awaken
Forty years after King's death, it is noteworthy that except for North Carolina and Virginia, voters in Southern states were not part of the dramatic voting that resulted in the election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.
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China and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
China has a long way to go—economically, politically and morally—before it is able to celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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The Myths of Transcending Race and Post-Racialism
Rather than speaking about a color-blind or "post-racial" society, the pundits and other observers of the Obama election should hope that it marks a society committed to "post-racism."
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Reverse Congo's Melancholy History
The Democratic Republic of Congo's problem is its wealth. It is the size of Western Europe, and it is quite staggeringly rich in diamonds, coal, oil, and coltan, an essential ingredient in mobile telephones.
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See Gray in a World of Black and White
Methodists have historically had the ability to hold together the concerns of both liberals and conservatives, to preach both the evangelical and social gospels, and to attempt to understand and acknowledge the important positions deeply held by people on opposite sides of the theological or political divide, bringing them together in what some might call a "radical center."
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SBC Leader Holds Poor Record of Political Punditry
Throughout this election year, journalists have often asked for political insights from Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He remains a key source for the media's understanding of evangelicals and politics, despite frequently offering inaccurate analysis.
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The Audacity of Hope
Something of an awakening occurred among many of the faithful. It's almost as if scales fell from their eyes and they saw that they were not really being represented by conservative politicians so much as they were being pandered to by them.
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Theological Realism Is Needed about President Obama
President-elect Barack Obama is neither the messiah, nor the antichrist. He is first and foremost a politician, whose adoring adherents deny his feet of clay and demonizing opponents refuse to respect him. Hopes are too high; despair is too deep.
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Baptist Democrats Face Mixed Election Results (Updated)
Two Baptist Democrats faced mixed results yesterday in congressional races for seats that have been long held by Republicans.
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Is Obama a Christian?
Sen. Barack Obama is not a Christian, according to the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an organization that claims advocacy for Christian religious liberty and opposition to anti-Christian bigotry.
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Dole Campaign Ad Targets 'Godless' Opponent (Updated)
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) ran an advertisement last week accusing her challenger of being in league with "godless Americans." The 30-second ad provoked a lawsuit, counter-ads and now a new ad from Dole, which appeared during Friday's lunch hour, seeking to clarify the real issue.
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Witnessing on Election Day
In the volatile and often virulent political climate of this election cycle, followers of Jesus would do well to remember times for quiet, peaceful and graceful witness.
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Vote Twice, at Least
Our county has such immense power, influence, and control over the lives of other nations and peoples that it would be unjust and irresponsible for individual Americans to vote only on their own self-identity and self interest within a national context.
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David's Advice for Presidential Candidates: Part Two
The David we find in 2 Samuel 11-20 is a man who loses focus, loses his leadership ability, and ultimately loses both his kingdom and much of his legacy.
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David's Advice for Presidential Candidates: Part One
Could our current presidential candidates learn anything from the biblical example of David, either before or after he became king?
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La. Governor Used State Funds to Attend Churches
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticized for spending tens of thousands of dollars of state funds on helicopter flights to attend church services. At least one visit was to a Southern Baptist church where Jindal shared his testimony and spoke about campaigning.
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Election-Year Artifact: 'Same-Sex Unions and Child Sacrifice' Mailer
The real fear of the mailer's purveyors—which include Christians and Jews—is that the wrong choice in the voting booth Nov. 4 means Western civilization will die as we know it.
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When the Pursuit of Wealth Leaves Us Feeling Empty
Rev. Mark Woods, editor of Britain's Baptist Times, examines economics across the pond and "the glorification of greed in popular culture."
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Recapture Values That Reflect God
Do we love God and care about God's concerns? If not, then please defend your values legally, politically, or otherwise, but do not call them "Judeo-Christian." They are not.
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Faithful Leaders Call for High Moral Standards
Juxtaposing this image of accomplishment against the tears of a broken person and shattered family reveals the superficial nature of politics and leadership. Admissions of weakness are the death knell of a public servant. They are fodder for opponents to start a raging fire of public anger designed to raise new leaders.
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Christians Concerned About Bangladesh Elections
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Christians in the Muslim-majority country of Bangladesh are concerned about general elections in the South Asian country set for Dec. 18 and sub-district elections on Dec. 24 and 28.
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Don't Be 'Incurious'
How can one sit at the intersection of faith and life and not be curious?
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Stop Manipulating Prayer for Sectarian Division
Given the tendency for public prayer to degenerate into religious grandstanding and arrogance, it's no wonder Jesus instructed the bulk of our prayer to be accomplished in private.
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Ordinary Citizens Model Civil Discourse
A strange thing happened while I was standing in line on the first day of early voting: Civility broke out among us.
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Halt of DVD Showing McCain Interview Is Ridiculous
Warner Bros. is halting any promotional viewings of the new DVD "The Hanoi Hilton" because the DVD includes a bonus feature of Sen. John McCain talking about his POW experience.
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Market Problems Are Systemic and Chronic
Rather than allowing the market to "punish" those companies that have acted irresponsibly, could we be reinforcing bad behavior by propping up those companies financially?
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Don't Poison the Well of Public Discourse
It was the religious people who first injected the language of battlefield into the civic debate. They did so, first, in religious struggles, as Baptists in the South can attest. The struggle to dominate was not simply among brothers who disagreed on this or that; it was the forces of good against the forces of evil, truth against error, right versus wrong, orthodoxy over heresy.
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One Nation, Four Gods
The Culture War, in fact, is not really a conflict pitting secularists and atheists against theists and people of faith, but rather a civil war among theists. The Culture War is a theological war over competing ideas of God.
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Gore Says Faith Community Decisive in Tackling Climate Change
Al Gore knows that actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to an issue which evokes reptilian opposition in some quarters of corporate America and skepticism within certain church circles: global warming.
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U.S. Policy Pushes and Pulls Migrants
Migrants are easy targets on both sides of the borders. Not since the days of Jane and Jim Crow has the U.S. government had a policy in place that systemically brought death to a group of people based on their race or ethnicity. Our deterrent policy is killing Hispanics.
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No One Wants to See Bush on the Big Screen Now
Oliver Stone will release his biopic of George W. Bush on Oct. 17. Prediction: Almost no one will want to see it.
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McCain and Obama Are Afraid of Sacrifice
Why would two card-carrying Christians evade the issue of sacrifice in a nation where the overwhelming majority professes faith and a significant slice say the nation is Christian?
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Be the Answer to Your Prayer
What is the real purpose of a National Day of Prayer? I have often been puzzled by efforts to get large numbers of people praying about something. Is the assumption being made that God only responds to a critical mass of people praying. That until a certain number is reached, God will not act?
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Palin Stuck Between Rock and Tube of Lipstick
The case of Sarah Palin is extraordinary in the history of American politics, even as it seems entirely ordinary in the history of American women.
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New 'Political Gospel' Departs from Christian Faith
Earlier generations of fundamentalists and evangelicals conveniently ignored the social dimensions of Jesus' message and heaped condemnation on the heads of these men and women for promoting a "false gospel" which they claimed deviated from historic Christianity. But the new evangelical "political gospel" is even more a departure from the tenets of the Christian faith.
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Church Tax Exemption Isn't a Right
This past Sunday 33 pastors from all across the country deliberately broke the law. Prompted by the Alliance Defense Fund, a socially conservative legal consortium based in Arizona, these pastors stood in their pulpits and endorsed political candidates.
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Who Would Jesus Torture?
Would Jesus condone torture if it yielded information that might prevent a terrorist attack? Anyone who has studied the life and teachings of Jesus closely, really thought about the red-letter parts of the New Testament, would answer, no.
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The Axis of Incompetence
There is an axis of incompetence that runs from New York to Washington, from Wall Street to the White House. All they know how to manage are elections.
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Critics of Christianity in China Don't Get It
China gets hammered again in the annual report on international religious freedom, as they do every year. Having visited (not as a tourist) churches in cities and villages in 21 of China's provinces I have to admit there is not the freedom of religion enjoyed (and exploited) by believers in America.
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The Truth Is That White Evangelicals Are Not Shifting to Obama
Evangelicals are not shifting to presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to a new survey from a prominent political scientist who shared his results last week at the annual convention of the Religion Newswriters Association. The findings counter the repeated claims of left-leaning Christian activists, Democratic Party advocates and liberal reporters who have contended that white evangelicals are undergoing a major shift away from the Republican Party.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Thumbs Up for President Bush
President Bush deserves a word of thanks from goodwill Baptists for his inclusive approach to one of the three religions in the Abrahamic faith tradition. For the past eight years, he has hosted in the White House an annual Iftaar dinner, a meal after sunset that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan. He has shown the world the good side of people of faith.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Obama Campaign Introduces Faith-Based Merchandise
The Obama campaign is reportedly rolling out a line of faith-themed merchandise catering to religious voters.
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American Baptist Pastor in Palin's Hometown Says Her Election Would Be a 'Disaster'
Sarah Palin is a front-line culture warrior whose election as vice president would be a "disaster" for the country, says an American Baptist pastor and longtime nemesis in local politics in the governor's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
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Serious Thinking Requires Moving Beyond 'Liberal' and 'Conservative' Labels
Once upon a time (say as late as 1948), the terms "liberal" and "conservative" actually held clearly defined meaning.
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Russian Baptists Deliver Aid to South Ossetia
Russian Baptists are responding to human needs in the desperately poor and war-ravaged enclave of South Ossetia.
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Jesus for President
What would happen if Jesus came to 21st century America, performed a couple of low-key miracles just to get folks talking, then announced he was running for president of the United States?
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Palin Pick Prompts Debate About Wives Working Outside the Home
Sarah Palin's nomination as vice president has sparked debate in conservative religious circles about whether a mother with young children ought to work outside the home.
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State's Congressional Delegation Turns Down Dialogue With Muslims
I got an e-mail Wednesday morning from a Muslim friend who was distraught to discover that every member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation declined to accept his invitation to a dinner and dialogue with moderate Muslims.
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Claim of Evangelical Voter Shift Is More Prayer Request than Answered Prayer
Claiming evangelicals are converting from Republican sin to Democratic salvation doesn't make it so no matter how many times that chorus is sung, and it has been sung over and over by progressive community organizers, quasi-religious politicians and liberal reporters. Praying for a miracle is not the same as declaring that the miraculous has happened.
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9/11: A Day That Lives in Infamy
Not to sound trite, but 9/11 is indeed a day that will live in infamy. On this day a sovereign democracy was savagely attacked by a terrorist organization.
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Fellow Church Members, Deacons, Vie for Alabama Congressional Seat
Tip O'Neill's famous quote that "all politics is local" is nowhere truer this year than in Alabama's second congressional district, where both the Democratic and Republican candidates are deacons at the same Southern Baptist church.
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Politician Palin Forces Theological Revisionism
The nomination of Sarah Palin changed Southern Baptist fundamentalism quicker than Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, metaphorically speaking. The Republican Party's first woman caused Republican Party's first-line male clergy to revise their theology about women, while claiming they never meant what they said earlier.
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City Councilman Faults 'Sorry Churches' for Not Fighting Social Ills
Taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for social programs because there are too many "sorry churches" that aren't doing what they're supposed to do, according to a city official in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Should We Apologize for Slavery?
The question came up on an American Airlines flight from Nashville to Dallas. I was reading the September-October issue of Sojourners, a liberal Christian magazine, and my seatmate was reading over my shoulder. We were both taken with a letter to the editor that opposed an apology for slavery.
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Weather Politics, Weather Theology
Sometime around the middle of August, James Dobson's Focus on the Family released a video urging Christians to pray for rain. Not rain to end the drought in the Southeast and other places, but rain to drown out a political message. The video encouraged Christians to pray for rain during Barak Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver on the last night of the Democratic National Convention.
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SBC Leaders Nervous About Election
Southern Baptists on Sept. 24 are launching a 40-day Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. The daily prayers will include requests for God's guidance in voting, for the election of more "godly" Christians, for God to "help churches find ways to help Christians get to the polls" and for public officials to be protected "from the attacks of Satan."
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Baptist Preacher Terms Palin VP Pick 'Anti-Family'
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, aimed in part to ease doubts about his candidacy among the Religious Right, isn't winning over all conservative evangelicals.
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The People are the Trustees of The Airways
I listen to a lot of local radio programming. The talk shows in this radio market are entirely one-sided propaganda. Sean Hannity opens his showing every afternoon calling it the "Stop the Obama Express." How subtle is that?
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An Olympic-Sized Problem
Like many Americans, my attention recently was on the Olympic Games. I heard a report that more workers were coming to work too tired to be productive, because they have been staying up late watching the events.
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Diversity and Particularity
We live as a people in the midst of great diversity. We are diverse in age and gender and race and religion, especially religion. Even among Christians there is great variety. When we factor in the many other religious expressions in America, we are as one scholar put it "awash in a sea of faith." And that doesn't even take into account the many people who have no faith at all.
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NCAA Chooses Money Over Students' Health
Recently, presidents of about 100 of the nation's best-known colleges and universities called on lawmakers to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. Their reasoning is akin to that surrounding the law of prohibition of years gone by: the drinking age is encouraging drinking, not curtailing it, specifically binge drinking.
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'I Have a Dream' Sermon Established Martin Luther King as Prophet
Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered 45 years ago today, established the Baptist preacher as a modern-day prophet, according to scholars contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Memo to the Bush Administration: Only Pregnant Women Have Abortions
An old pro-life slogan says, "If it's not a baby, then you're not pregnant." One could add, "If you're not pregnant, it can't be an abortion." Medical and surgical abortions can only be performed on pregnant women.
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What is Georgia's Fault?
At the end of a day of touring villages in my home country of Georgia, I switched the TV set on and looked for a channel with international news. There was a talk about the war in Georgia where an expert was asked by a journalist whether it was Georgia's fault to have started the war.
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Organized Labor Still Alive and Well

Labor Day is coming up. In the United States, as with most legally mandated Monday holidays, in the minds of most it has lost any inspirational significance and has become just another three-day weekend.

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Most Americans Think Churches Should Stay Out of Politics
For the first time in at least a decade, a majority of Americans believe churches should keep out of politics as opposed to expressing their views on social and political concerns.
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College Presidents' Alcohol Project Deserves Failing Grade
As of Aug. 25, a group of more than 125 college presidents and chancellors have signed on to promote one of the dumbest ideas ever to emerge from an administrative office.
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Christianizing Campaigns
Every morning when I walk to my office, I pass the centerpiece of Belmont University: the 150-year-old bell tower. From it currently hangs a 20-foot banner advertising "Debate 08," the Oct. 7 town hall presidential debate hosted by Belmont.
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Wiley Drake Takes Up Prayer Call for Rainout of Obama Event
A Focus on the Family Action broadcaster has apologized for a tongue-in-cheek video asking people to pray for rain during Barack Obama's outdoor speech at next week's Democratic National Convention, but a former Southern Baptist Convention officer quickly took up the cause.
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Christian Leaders as Power Brokers
It sounds like the beginning of a corny joke: Two Christian guys walk into a Baptist church and tell the pastor they want him to help one of them become president of the United States.
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How Fast Can Rick Warren Spin?
Let me confess that I believed from the beginning that the so-called "Faith Forum" held on Aug. 16 at the Saddleback Church in California and hosted by its pastor, Rick Warren, was a bad idea.
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McCain Wins Points With Religious Right in Saddleback Forum
Saturday's Saddleback Civil Forum helped Republican presidential candidate John McCain shore up support among the Religious Right, according to several conservative commentators.
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Russia, Georgia Conflict a Matter of Perspective
During the recent conflict between Georgia and Russia, we learned an interesting lesson on the importance of perspective. My husband, one of our daughters and I were hosts to a Russian houseguest.
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Saddleback Forum Reveals Differences in Candidates
As a long-time student of civil religion (I co-authored a book in 1988 entitled "Civil Religion and the Presidency" that the publisher quickly took out of print because the evangelical audience to which it was directed was [and still is] unwilling to face up to the matter), I stayed up last Saturday night to watch the show in California. I found it profoundly disappointing, even though Rick Warren tried to be "an honest broker," a term German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck used about himself at the Congress of Berlin in 1878.
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Is Rick Warren Still Reading from a Small Bible?
Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has flipped from being a cheerleader for President Bush in the fall of 2004 to claiming neutrality in the 2008 presidential election. His twist is accompanied by a widespread claim that he now has a broader moral agenda. But discerning Christians ought to ask what purpose drove his shift and did he really pivot toward a more comprehensive set of moral issues?
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Enter the Antichrist
Mark Twain once wrote, "I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's."
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Preacher, Get Your Gun
We have an interesting and kind of scary political discussion going on here in my home state of Georgia.
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Georgia, Russia Clash … in Beach Volleyball
Wednesday morning I watched women's beach volleyball at the Olympics. I had hoped to find the Americans playing. When watching MSNBC, you never know who you will get. I quickly became intrigued with the match. It was Russia versus Georgia. Not Georgia the Peach State, but Georgia the country that Russia invaded this week.
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Pastor Wonders About Friends in Georgia War Zone
I just made my eighth trip to Georgia in June to celebrate the wedding of Malkhaz Songulashvili, archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, and his beloved Ala Kavtaradze.
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NCAA Refuses to Ban Beer Advertising for Sports Broadcasts
The NCAA Executive Committee declined to ban alcohol advertising for sporting events, ignoring letters signed by coaches, presidents and athletics directors who said advertising beer is inconsistent with the NCAA's policy banning advertising for hard liquor and not in the best interest of college sports or higher education.
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Is John Edwards' Affair a Warning to the Religious Left?
Former presidential candidate John Edward's extramarital affair with a younger woman paid to produce videos of Edwards is a headshaking disappointment. It shouldn't have been.
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Baptist Leader Decries Georgia-Russia Conflict
A Baptist leader in the eastern European state of Georgia says last week's invasion by Russia is the most serious threat to the former Soviet republic in recent history.
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Back to School
As summer slowly grinds to a steamy close, children and young people around the country are gearing up to go back to school. For most of them that means public school.
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A Candle for Those Oppressed
This Friday, the attention of the world will turn to Olympics. Extensive media coverage will be given to exceptional athletes--the talented swimmers, gifted gymnasts, Dream Teams and so many others.
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Congressional Candidate Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Wins Primary
A moderate Baptist pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics won Tuesday's Democratic primary for a seat in Congress.
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Christian Leader Rejects Abortion to Save a Woman's Life
A proponent of "biblical patriarchy" is drawing fire among conservative religious homeschoolers for his view that abortion is never morally justifiable, even to save the life of the mother.
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'Back to School' Also Means Return to Battles Over Intelligent Design
As fall approaches, along with back-to-school sales and tax-free holidays, expect more controversies about intelligent design, warns a Texas organization that monitors science teaching standards in public schools.
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In God We Trust?
I'm a big fan of God, but the governor's proposal to allow Kentuckians to opt for car license tags that replace the state slogan "Unbridled Spirit" with "In God We Trust" seems like a nice idea with complicated and confusing consequences.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Ready, Set, Pray
For years now the Fredericksburg, Va., city council has started their monthly meetings with prayer. Working through a pre-established rotation, each council member takes a turn seeking guidance from a higher power for the council to do its work.
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'Swing Vote'
What if Larry the Cable Guy chose the next president? That's basically the premise of "Swing Vote," the new Kevin Costner starrer satirizing presidential elections.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Translating Big Daddy: Rules for the Campaign Trail
Leading up to the 2006 mid-term elections when the Democratic Party regained majorities in both the House and Senate I was on the phone one evening with my friend, Christine Pelosi, when she asked me to share with her the rules of politics I follow.
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History, Faith and Politics
The decades between 1970 and 2020 will eventually be seen as one of the most significant periods of our history, especially in regard to the interplay between politics and religion. And the 2008 presidential campaign may well serve as an object lesson for the whole period.
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Report: State Official Upholds Nomination of Wiley Drake for Vice President
Former Southern Baptist Convention officer Wiley Drake is reportedly officially a candidate for vice president of the United States in California--at least for now.
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We're Number 1?
With the football season approaching, we can get ready to see all kinds of weird fans on the TV screens with their index fingers pointed toward us, yelling, "We're No. 1."
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Mohler, Dobson Bash Obama
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler warned that electing Sen. Barack Obama as president would send America on a trajectory toward "normalization" of homosexuality and gay marriage.
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Bid to Lead Alabama's Public Service Commission Falls Short for Favorite of Religious Right
Support from conservative Christians and endorsement by Judge Roy Moore weren't enough for political outsider Matt Chancey to win Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for president of Alabama's Public Service Commission.
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Don't Forward Libelous E-Mail
Like everyone else, I daily receive forwarded e-mail messages from friends and acquaintances. Whenever it says at the bottom, "Pass this along to 10 of your friends and keep this message alive," I immediately determine I will not pass it along, no matter what the threat may be in ignoring the warning.
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Common Cause Launches Campaign to 'Recapture the Flag'
Common Cause has launched a campaign called "Recapture the Flag," protesting abuses of power by the White House and failure by Congress to oversee the Executive Branch.
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The Future of Faith-Based Initiatives
It is probably too early to speculate how history will rate George W. Bush's tenure as president. There will obviously be many words written about Sept. 11, the war in Iraq, tax cuts for the rich, the polarization of the country along partisan lines, the disputed 2000 election, and so on. The most problematic piece for me will be his legacy with the faith community.
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Critics Say G8 Climate Statement Doesn't Go Far Enough
President Bush hailed Tuesday's climate change statement by G8 leaders as "significant progress" on global warming, while environmental and humanitarian groups criticized it as too little and too late.
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Jesse Helms and Eternal Peace
Admittedly, I was never a fan of Jesse Helms, the conservative (an understatement) longtime Senator from North Carolina that just recently died on July 4. His funeral was Tuesday at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh and was attended by the powerful politicians from both the Democratic and Republican Parties with whom he either forged alliances or did battle with during his 30 years in the Senate.
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Jesse Helms Attended Moderate Baptist Church
Sen. Jesse Helms, an icon of conservative politics who died Friday of natural causes, lay in state at a decidedly moderate Baptist church he attended faithfully for more than 30 years.
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Patriotism Is Not Enough
Several years ago, while on a family trip to London, we were making our way up from Trafalgar Square to St. Martin's Place. As we headed toward the National Portrait Gallery, I glanced at one of the many statues that surround this area of Britain's capital. My glance at the stone monument, however, quickly turned into an intense focus and reflection on the words below the figure carved there. The words read, "Patriotism is not enough." The woman whose representation was situated atop that citation was Edith Cavell.
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Struggling With Religious Liberty Sunday
We're observing Religious Liberty Sunday on July 6. I struggle every year with how to handle it, and I am struggling more than usual this year.
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The 232nd Fourth of July

The American Independence Day did not have much going for it when we lived in Hong Kong. In those days it was a Crown Colony of the British Empire and had been since 1842. Groundhog Day meant more to the British than the Fourth of July.

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A Prayer for Independence Day
Good and gracious God, you have given us the privilege and the responsibility of living in the most resourceful land in the world. From sea to shining sea most of us enjoy unparalleled freedom, comfortable homes, nutritious meals, preferred vocations and unique religious liberty.
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Vitter, Craig Unlikely Sponsors of Marriage Amendment
The latest attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage is under scrutiny not for its content but for two of its sponsors viewed as unlikely champions of family values.
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James Dobson Preaches a False Gospel
For the past eight years, James Dobson's brand of Christianity has been normative in the land. Dobson has preached a Christ acceptable to the present Bush administration. When George W. Bush and company get down on their knees, they pray to the same Christ to whom Dobson turns for guidance in making moral decisions.
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How America Lost Its Soul
It was a noble experiment; risky but worth the risk. Human beings have inalienable rights, Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence. A declaration of human rights.
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'Mission Accomplished' Now A Reality
Though his staged photo-op on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego harbor was about five years premature, the "Mission Accomplished" banner unfurled behind President Bush has now come true.
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Professor Says 'Stewards of Knowledge' Wasted Resource in Churches
People sitting in church pews with knowledge about complicated social issues but who use it only to enrich themselves are a wasted resource for the Kingdom of God, a former tax lawyer turned fair-tax activist told a Baptist Center for Ethics audience last week.
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Dobson Breaks Silence on Presidential Race; Blasts Obama; Challenges McCain
After four months on the sidelines since endorsing Mike Huckabee for president in February, Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson came out swinging in a special radio broadcast accusing presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama of distorting the Bible and possessing a "fruitcake" understanding of what the Constitution says about the separation of church and state.
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Second Baptist Pastor Jailed in Small Town in Azerbaijan
Three months after Azerbaijan, under international pressure, released a Baptist pastor imprisoned on questionable grounds, a second Baptist church leader in the same small village has been jailed on what family members claim are trumped-up charges of illegal possession of a firearm.
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Protecting a 'Way of Life'
So the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Bill foundered in Congress. Everyone knew it would stall and fail. What's the big deal?
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Speaker Encourages Churches to Advocate for Just Tax Laws
Churches have often misused and misunderstood the Bible verse that says "render unto Caesar" as an excuse for tolerating unjust taxes that oppress the poor, a speaker at a Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon said Thursday.
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A New Name For Alabama's Education System
I want to propose a new name for Alabama's education system--one that more accurately portrays the true status of public education in our state. I propose we call our public schools "the Lazarus system."
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The Evidence of Things Not Seen
In March of this year, 11-year-old Kara Neumann of Weston, Wis., died as the result of a diabetic condition known as ketoacidosis. This condition is normally treatable with injections of insulin. When properly treated it is rarely fatal. But Kara's parents did not seek medical treatment for their daughter. Instead, they prayed.
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SBC Resolution Encourages Political Involvement
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution urging political involvement by churches.
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Waging Peace Rather Than War
"Ain't Gonna Study War No More" is one of those old songs we don't hear sung much these days. It comes from some of the very insightful and meaningful verses in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (The first four books of the New Testament Bible.)
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Climate-Change Bill Fails in Senate
Senators on Friday blocked a bill aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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To Bee or Not to Be
Rising food and fuel prices are on the minds of much of the world. These realities exist hand in hand. It takes lots of energy for the massive food production needed to sustain (and in many cases, fatten) over six billion human residents on this orb. Thus, it is futile to think the cost of one will be unrelated to the other. Alongside these very noticeable realities, though, there is another busy contributor to food production. It is the honey bee.
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Religious Politics as Spectacle
In our last episode of religion and politics on the campaign trail we left Sen. John McCain rejecting the endorsement of John Hagee. McCain found out that Hagee thought the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves, because they would not leave Europe and move to Israel.
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Experts Say Anti-Immigration Laws Carry Unintended Economic Costs
Anti-immigration policies like an Oklahoma bill cracking down on illegal aliens are costly, two economists said in an interview aired recently on a Baptist radio program.
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Top Ten Conspiracy Theories of the Religious Right
Having recently read Matt Taibbi's book about John Hagee's church, I was startled to read of what passes for phophetic language. The conspiracy theory about Al Gore working secretly with global warming folks to take over the Unites States stayed with me. I was reminded of other Religious Right conspiracy theories that have brought with them "amens."
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McCain's Faithful Second Team
I am beginning to feel a little sorry for Sen. John McCain. He's done everything he is supposed to do. He beat out a large contingent of Republican presidential hopefuls fairly early allowing him to occupy the enviable position of presumptive Republican nominee for president for three months now. He's been scurrying about trying to rally the party behind him and all the other things the presumptive nominee does leading up to the Republican National Convention in September.
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John Birch Society Joins SBC and Club for Growth in Common Cause
Three different organizations have more in common that appears at first blush.
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Is There a Way Beyond Verbal Shock-and-Awe?
Last week, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, found it necessary to "distance" himself from two ultra-conservative pastors: John Hagee of Texas and Rod Parsley of Ohio. Probably, you couldn't find an American who has not heard of the similar troubles Sen. Barack Obama has had with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
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Economic Extremists Air Ads Opposing Climate Change Senate Bill
A right-wing economic group with an anti-government philosophy is attacking a bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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Lieberman to Speak at Hagee Summit
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate turned Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is listed as a headline speaker at an upcoming event sponsored by John Hagee, a preacher from San Antonio, Texas, whose controversial views recently caused Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject his endorsement.
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Focus on the Undocumented Family
Family values have arisen as battle cry among Christians, specifically conservative Christians. During past presidential elections, family values were indicated as being a decisive factor for the electorate in arriving at the decision for whom to cast a vote.
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Starfish, Lotteries and Taxes
The Alabama Senate is considering a bill that will, among other things, remove the state portion of tax on food. I'm hopeful the bill will pass and have encouraged others to do what I have done--call their senator to encourage support for the bill.
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A Short History of Memorial Day
As a child I wasn't aware that Memorial Day observances were intended for those felled on the battlefield. I thought of it as a day of family remembrance, honoring relatives gone before us--veterans and non-veterans alike--something akin to a low-church All Saints Day--but with flowers; lots of flowers.
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Pundits and Politicians Label Opponents as False Prophets
Pundits and politicians are hurling around the term false prophets, making one wonder if the term is the newest way to smear an opponent with a negative religious image. Are all our opponents false prophets? What really is a false prophet?
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We Need Unbiased Data About Climate Change
The government is struggling with a huge issue. They are debating the sensibilities of changing the map on the back of seed packets.
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Seven Touchstones for Reclaiming the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics
Last Thursday, I spoke at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Christian Action Council held at Zion Canaan Baptist Church in Columbia. I significantly condensed that lengthy presentation and repackage it as an editorial.
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The Fragmenting Christian Right
It appears that the Religious Right is coming undone. Having played a dominant role in national politics since the 1980s, it now appears that the key players will be sidelined during the upcoming presidential campaign. It also appears that some among the conservative Christian movement think the partisanship of the past decades have hurt the cause of Christianity overall.
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Christian Right Leaders Push Back Against Concern for Global Warming
A group of conservative religious leaders and politicians on Thursday unveiled a new campaign aimed at getting 1 million supporters behind a so-called "biblical" view of the environment that downplays concerns about human-induced global warming.
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Baptists Show Solidarity With Palestinians
A British Baptist leader joined a reported 15,000 people last Saturday in a march in central London showing solidarity with Palestinians.
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Lawyer Group Recruiting Churches to Disobey Tax Law
A legal advocacy group founded by Religious Right broadcasters is recruiting pastors for an act of civil disobedience by preaching about political candidates in violation of rules against politicking for non-profit charities imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.
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Centrist Baptists Challenge Group Denouncing 'Politicization of Faith'
Baptist leaders questioned a self-identified "inclusive grassroots initiative" unveiled Wednesday criticizing Christians on both the left and right for allowing their faith to become too political.
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It Takes a Cyclone to Awaken Conscience
What is more mystifying--the things that occupy our attention or the things that should occupy our attention?
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Baptist Leaders Denounce War Funding Bill
The House of Representatives this week takes up a spending bill analysts say would bring the total cost of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001, to at least $875 billion.
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Pondering Immigration
Immigration: everyone has an opinion. We hear rhetoric used to describe the dilemma of undocumented immigrants in this country from politicians to pulpits.
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Democracy Grows As Truth and Honesty Prevail
Most of us would love to see more democracy in the nations of the world. Just suppose the Middle East had a fledging democracy 50-plus years ago. Iran did have a thriving and growing democracy, until August 1953.
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Will the Christian Left Criticize or Justify Obama's Divorce from Wright?
Senator Barack Obama filed divorce papers against Reverend Jeremiah Wright on the grounds of irreconcilable differences one day after his pastor of 20 years appeared at the National Press Club, even though Wright's substance and style had not really changed.
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Family Research Council Urging Pastors to 'Cross the Line' in Political Endorsements
A Religious Right spokesman with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention says he plans to counsel pastors to "cross the line" in telling church members how they should vote in the upcoming presidential election.
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Conservative Methodists Accused of Trying to Buy African Votes With Cell Phones
A multi-year effort to turn the United Methodist Church to the right on controversial issues like homosexuality suffered a setback at General Conference meetings being held this week in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Liberation Theology a Significant Theological Movement
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's former minister, continues to be a factor in the ongoing presidential campaign. His recent media blitz has put his theology and social views on the front burner. I find it interesting to hear his views characterized as representative of Black Liberation Theology.
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Christian Television Network Reports Growing Audience in Iran
Iran's mix of political instability and harsh enforcement of Sharia law are combining to produce an unexpected result--increased interest in the gospel message--reports a broadcasting ministry operated by and for Christian in the Middle East.
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Gospel Tears Down Idols and Shrines of Politics and Race
Analyzing election results is a tricky business, even for the experts, and I'm no expert. But it's hard, at least for me, not to try to get a feeling for what is happening and finding patterns that reveal where the electorate is heading, even if the sampling is a single state like Pennsylvania.
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Environmental Racism: Another Inconvenient Truth
Most Americans are coming to terms with the environmental peril facing our planet. Documentaries, books, media attention and scientific research are raising consciousness to this very important issue. For this we should all be grateful. However, there exists an inconvenient truth within the present environmental movement. The greatest levels of environmental derogation exist where people of color live.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Senate to Pass 'Strongest Possible' Bill on Climate Change
More than 140 Baptist leaders from 25 states and the District of Columbia endorsed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter sent today calling on the U.S. Senate to pass climate-change legislation
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British Baptists Issue Warning on Extremist Politics
British Baptists, Methodists and the United Reformed Church have joined forces to denounce racist and extreme political parties in upcoming local elections in Wales and parts of England.
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Seeing Our Sin
I remember talking with two friends before the fall of the Soviet Union telling them I believed the U.S.S.R. would start to crumble and would no longer exist within five years. They thought I had lost my mind. Our country had defined the Soviet Union as totally evil and had given it an aura of invincibility.
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Missouri Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Criticizing Confederate Flag
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
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Fundamentalists on the Left and Right
Chris Hedges has lived an interesting life so far. He is a graduate of Harvard divinity school and once considered a career in the ministry. He eventually ended up in journalism where he served for two decades as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and National Public Radio. In 2002 he shared the Pulitzer Prize with a team of writers for coverage of global terrorism.
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Christian Right's Support for Torture Sends Tortured Message About What Christians Believe
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, has criticized Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's opposition to the U.S. government's use of torture.
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Resource Questions Candidates About No Child Left Behind
Add one to the list of moral values at stake in the next federal election: where does your candidate stand on reauthorization of No Child Left Behind?
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The Cost of War
There have been a lot of numbers thrown about recently regarding the cost of the war in Iraq. The estimates now suggest the war will run through trillions of dollars.
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Seven Who Fought
It was a costly battle for many whose family, profession, prestige – even life itself were laid on the line. During the 1950s and 1960s the fight for dignity and human rights against bigotry, hate and apathy changed the lives of thousands of Americans.
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Who Commands the Commandments?
The Ten Commandments belong in communities of faith, not in public places.
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Dobson Is Troubled by McCain's Opposition to Torture and Global Warming
How did Sen. John McCain's commitment to addressing global warming and advancing human rights become sources of opposition from Christian Right leader James Dobson?
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Confederate Flag Issue Flies in Face of Anniversary of MLK Assassination
Racism is racism. Sexism is sexism. Wrong is wrong. Secular hate speech is as wrong as religious hate speech. Liberal untruthfulness is as wrong as conservative untruthfulness. Yet human nature compels us to rationalize, to justify and to defend our dehumanizing action and beliefs, and those of our friends, those on our side.
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Politics and Ecumenism
The Golden Rule of Ecumenism has brought vastly different Christian traditions together for conversation and action, and the rule should be applied to American politics.
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Iraq War Bill is $5,000 Per Second
EthicsDaily.com editorials and columns expressed opposition to the war in Iraq before the war in Iraq, when TV news show pundits, politicians and too many preachers either crusaded for the war or said too little in opposition. Our opposition was rooted in the rules of just war.
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Baptist Leader Terms Racism 'Insidious Cancer' in Society
Growing up black in America, Aidsand Wright-Riggins says he is used to hearing the "n-word." What bothers him is as a midweek air traveler he seldom sees more than one or two fellow African-American passengers, even though the United States is more than 12 percent black.
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What Do Obama, Clinton and McCain All Have in Common?
What do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have in common? All three are ontologically white males. No one can become the leader of the world's most powerful country (empire?) unless they are committed to what male whiteness symbolizes within the colonial process.
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4,000 War Dead More Than Just a Number
The number of dead Americans in Iraq passed 4,000 this week. It was almost lost in the midst of the Easter holidays. I only knew one of those 4,000, but it changed my view of the families that have lost, the soldiers who fight and the awful cost of war.
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Voting Values
The media has been ablaze with the story of my recent local congressman known as Charlie "Good Times" Wilson.
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Context Key to Understanding Jeremiah Wright's Remarks
Last week Barack Obama did two remarkable things. First he risked speaking directly to the reality of racism in America and American history. Obama framed his remarks with his signature phrase of "the audacity of hope." He claimed that his populist candidacy for the presidency is proof that audacious hope has a place in today's America.
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African-American Baptist Group Protests Boot-Camp Death
Meeting under protest in Panama City, Fla., leaders of Florida's largest black Baptist organization pledged to use the 2006 death of a 14-year-old African-American youth at a boot-camp style detention center to inspire new programs aimed at keeping young men out of trouble.
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Knowing a Second Language a Must Today
Living between two great oceans, North Americans generally tend to think of English as being the only language necessary. Unfortunately it is common to hear the sneer, "If they want to talk to us, let them learn English."
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Obama Criticizes But Refuses to 'Disown' Controversial Pastor
In a speech widely touted as one of the most important of his presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced incendiary comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright but refused to disown his pastor of 20 years.
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Barack Obama Talks Straight on Race
This has been a remarkable morning. It started with a phone call from Tony Brown, a radio talk show host in Alexandria, La. On the show with me were Jerriel Bazile, whose brother stands accused of selling drugs to an FBI agent in Bunkie, La., and a woman whose son has been charged in a shooting. We talked about the adversarial relationship between the Bunkie police force and the poor black community. Yesterday, Mr. Bazile reported, 100 Bunkie residents gathered to protest and organize.
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Did Skin Pigmentation or Prophetic Imagination Fuel Jesus' Vision?
What color was Jesus? Was it skin pigmentation that determined Jesus' message or was it the prophetic imagination that defined his mission? Are pigmentation and imagination separable or inseparable? How is it that we remake Jesus in our own image?
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Bill Granting FDA Regulation of Tobacco Clears Committee
An American Baptist leader welcomed passage by a House panel of a bill that would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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Has the World Gone Crazy for Guns?
A picture of a handsome 16-year-old black student shot to death in a parking lot recently ran across the top of the page of our daily newspaper. Another recent story described gun brandishing and a near-killing nearby. What is this, "Gunsmoke?"
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Bring Your Bible to Church--And Your Gun
"Git out the old six-shooter, Ma, we're goin' to church." That might sound like it's from a Hollywood western, but it may not be fiction for long.
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Richard Land's Apology Was Not an Apology
Richard Land has apologized for referring to Senator Charles Schumer as the "schmuck from New York."
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Jimmy Carter Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A campaign to free an imprisoned Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan received a boost when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter intervened on his behalf.
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Extreme Religious Endorsements
Sen. Barack Obama recently received an endorsement from a controversial religious leader who promotes hate toward certain groups. Ironically, Sen. John McCain was endorsed by another religious leader who also promotes hate toward certain groups.
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Reaction Mixed to SBC Leader Calling Jewish Senator a 'Schmuck'
Should a Southern Baptist Convention leader resign for using a Yiddish slur against a Jewish senator, or is it "much ado about not much?" That's the range of reaction to Monday's EthicsDaily.com story quoting Ethics & Religious Liberty head Richard Land calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer a "schmuck."
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The Ethics of Waterboarding
On Feb. 22, the Justice Department revealed that an internal ethics review conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the CIA's use of waterboarding.
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Study Says 1 in 100 Americans Behind Bars
For the first time, more than one in every 100 Americans is behind bars, disproportionally affecting people of color and the young and competing for tax dollars with needed government programs like education.
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White House Religious Liaison Steps Down Over Plagiarism Charge
President Bush's liaison to the Religious Right resigned Friday after admitting that he plagiarized articles he wrote for his hometown newspaper.
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SBC Leader Uses Obscene Slur to Describe Jewish Senator
A Southern Baptist leader lecturing at Criswell College used a gutter word to describe a Jewish U.S. senator.
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The Faith of Jesus Refuses the Politics of Fear
On Sept. 11, 2001, Americans entered into a daily existence that much of the world already experienced; living with the continual threat of terrorism. Yet, since that tragic day, we have been gripped by the oppressive power of fear, a fear that the media and our political leaders want to consistently bring to our attention. While appropriate measures of security are necessary to defend against violence, fear only suppresses our desire to live with a sense of hope, and it essentially leads us away from living life with faith in the face of fear.
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Legislator Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Running for Congress
A Missouri legislator and pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics is running for Congress.
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A New Voice for the Faithful
The expression, "there at the beginning," took on special meaning for me this past week. I was witness to the birth of a new movement in Alabama, a movement which has the potential to redefine the way faith communities confront social concerns in our state. The movement has a name: the Alabama Faith Council.
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Appeals to Anti-Semitism, Racism, Mar Democratic Congressional Race
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
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Jesus Was an Alien, Speaker Says
Christians have an obligation to reject negative attitudes and false assumptions about immigrants, in part because their Savior was an alien in Egypt, Christian ethicist and EthicsDaily.com columnist Miguel De La Torre said in a Friday lecture at Belmont University.
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Al Gore the Prophet
From time to time throughout this long presidential campaign, I have heard several people say they wish Al Gore would get into the race. I am not one of them. I don't want the former vice president to run for president, because it would distract him from the important work he is doing in the cause of the environment. The consequences of that campaign have truly global significance.
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Jesus' Political Message Judged the Immorality of Poverty
One of the sad facts about American Christianity is that many Christians are ignorant of the political nature of Jesus' message. Preferring to see Jesus in only spiritual terms, and his message as only about salvation and heaven, we often miss the significance of Jesus as a political figure.
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American Television Sells Viewers Short on News That Matters
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, went on record criticizing our United States administration for the many problems encountered as a result of the war in Iraq.
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Huckabee Elevates Ten Commandments Above Secular Laws
If everyone obeyed the Ten Commandments and New Testament, there would be less need for laws to be enforced by the government, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday in a Baptist church.
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Conservative Critics Lambast Gore's New Baptist Covenant Address
Former President Jimmy Carter declared unanimous support for Al Gore's creation-care mandate in front a supportive audience of 2,500 Baptists at a luncheon gathering Jan. 31 in Atlanta, but not all response was positive outside the banquet hall.
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McCain Can't Enter Promised Land of Presidency Without Miracle of Christian Right Support
The Republican Party is heading toward a spiritual smack down. In one corner are the party officials, waving the placards of pragmatic compromise. In the other corner are the conservative Christian leaders, holding high the cross of moral conviction. Their grudge match is over presidential candidate John McCain, who has received no endorsements from any significant Christian Right leader and downright opposition from the movement's indisputable head: James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, whose radio audience reaches millions of listeners daily.
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Clinton Details 1993 Meeting with President of Southern Baptist Convention
If President Bill Clinton ever had a prayer with the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, it was right after a meeting on Sept. 16, 1993, with then-SBC president Ed Young.
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Gore Urges New Covenant Baptists to Take Up Mantle of Creation Care
Former Vice President Al Gore challenged 2,500 fellow Baptists at a Thursday luncheon with prophetic zeal to take up the mantle of reversing global warming.
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Author John Grisham Offers Tips to Restore Baptists' Good Name
Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naïve and prone to internal warfare?
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Jimmy Carter Rates New Baptist Covenant Celebration His 'Most Momentous' Religious Event
One of the world's most famous Baptists, Jimmy Carter accepted Christ at age 11 and began teaching Bible lessons 65 years ago.
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Clinton Challenges 'Epidemic of Indifference' in Address to African-American Baptists
The past seven years in Washington have seen an "epidemic of indifference" and a "collective turning of the government's back" on people in need, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a joint meeting of four major African-American Baptist groups Wednesday in Atlanta.
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Republican Power Structure Used Religious Conservatives, Panelists Say
The Republican Party used religious conservatives in a machine manufactured and bankrolled by fiscal conservatives, reaping benefits like tax cuts and new business opportunities, a group of panelists said in a Tuesday screening of "Golden Rule Politics" in Atlanta.
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Constantinian Christianity
Erick Prince, founder of Blackwater, testified last fall before the House Oversight and Government reform committee concerning his company's activities in Iraq. Steeped in conservative Christian traditions, the Prince dynasty has deep Republican roots whose fortunes were freely spent to support religious causes like James Dobson's Focus on the Family or provide seed money for the Family Research Council, ran by former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.
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Study Says Bush White House Made 937 False Statements in Lead-Up to War
A study released days before tonight's State of the Union address says President Bush and seven of his administration's top officials made at least 937 false statements about the national security threat of Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Huckabee Speaks Via Phone to Church, Despite Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal
A day after canceling a Sunday-night sermon at a north Florida Baptist church facing pending lawsuits that allege molestation and cover-up, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee decided instead to address the congregation live via telephone.
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Death in the Congo
Last week the International Rescue Committee released its latest mortality survey for the Democratic Republic of Congo. They do a survey every 2-3 years; the methodology is as sound as it can be given the circumstances, and these surveys are widely acknowledged as the best estimate of how many people have died as a result of Congo's wars.
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Urgent Invitation to 'An Inconvenient Truth' Screening at New Baptist Covenant
Unpublicized is a jewel of an opportunity for Baptists concerned about the environment. If you want to know more about global warming and what you can do, then attend one of two special screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth" during the New Baptist Covenant gathering next week in Atlanta and interface with two Baptist ministers who have shown the documentary in their churches.
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Huckabee Not Speaking at Church Mired in Sex-Abuse Scandal
Mike Huckabee will not be speaking this weekend at a north Florida Baptist church facing pending lawsuits that allege molestation and cover-up. His campaign says he never agreed to it in the first place, contradicting a press release sent out by the church, while a support group for victims says he backed out after they complained.
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A Godly Constitution
If elected president of the United States Governor Mike Huckabee plans to bring the U.S. Constitution into alignment with God:
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Huckabee Schedules Campaign Stop at Church in Center of Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal
Mike Huckabee's scheduled Sunday night campaign stop in Florida will be in a Baptist church at the center of a nearly two-year-old scandal involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy.
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Educating Tim LaHaye
Dear Rev. LaHaye: You may not be aware that someone wrote a fictional letter to the editor to the USA TODAY and signed your name to it. I'm sure you would be concerned that someone would dare impersonate you, so I'm just giving you a heads up.
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The Misunderstood Man From Nazareth
Back in November of last year Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters for financial information from six of the countless mega-church television preachers. The senator was widely portrayed as persecuting these millionaire preachers. The offended preachers surrounded their auditors with lawyers and let the senators, IRS and anyone interested know that they were not responding to such insolent questions.
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Help Wanted: Black Friend
The great modern-day theologian--Steven Colbert of the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report"--recently began accepting applications for the position of his very own "black friend."
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Pulitzer Journalist, President's Grandson Panelists for 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening in Atlanta
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker and Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and co-founder of a grassroots service organization called Democrats Work headline a panel discussion following a screening of the Baptist Center for Ethics DVD "Golden Rule Politics" Jan. 29 in Atlanta.
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White Supremacists Headline Martin Luther King Day Protest in Jena
A controversial "pro-majority" group gathers today in Jena, La., to protest both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and last September's rally that brought thousands of African-Americans to the small town in solidarity with six arrested black teens now famous as the Jena Six.
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Al Mohler for President--of the SBC
Amidst the intense campaigning for the presidency of the United States, there is a smaller yet significant campaign of another type taking shape--the campaign for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Jerusalem Should Be a City of Peace for People of All Faiths
On May 14, 1948, the modern State of Israel declared its sovereignty as an independent state and a home for the Jewish people. That action opened a floodgate of violence that continues to this day, and it created a human catastrophe as nearly a million Palestinians were forced from their homes and became refugees--a number that, according to the United Nations, has increased exponentially.
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Romney's Politics Aren't Christian
On Dec. 5, Mitt Romney gave an excellent speech at Texas A&M University about the relationship between church and state. He asked evangelicals to take an inclusive outlook toward his Mormon faith, and he urged Americans not to exclude the language of faith from our national discourse.
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Moderate Leader Says Huckabee Lied About SBC Statement on Wifely Submission
Baptist Press reported that Mike Huckabee said he "stands by" a Southern Baptist statement on wifely submission, but a moderate leader says the former Arkansas governor misrepresented what the statement really says in last Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.
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George W. Bush Interview in the Year 2050
In the Year of our Lord, 2050, a press conference at the ranch near the Crawford city limits was just beginning. By 2050, the Crawford air terminal had been named Heck-of-a-Job International Airport. The local school was named the Laura Bush High School.
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A Position Opposing Abortion Does Not Make One Pro-Life
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of its most memorable decisions in the Roe v. Wade case. That decision viewed laws that banned abortion as violations of constitutional rights to privacy and gave women the right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Since that decision, the issue of abortion has been center stage in each election campaign for president, and the debates that have raged have divided the United States along entrenched partisan lines to the point where both sides feel so passionate about their views that they have mischaracterized the other side's position.
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Huckabee's Religious Views Worry Jews
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's fundamentalist Christian credentials may be winning him votes among conservative evangelicals, but they are backfiring with another important voting demographic--liberal Jews.
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New Year Hopes and Wishes
I don't do New Year's resolutions anymore. However, I do have a few New Year's hopes and wishes.
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Huckabee Linked to Controversial Bible Teacher Bill Gothard
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has ties to a controversial Bible teacher known for authoritarian views that critics say border on spiritual abuse.
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Bruce Springsteen, Immigration and the American Dream
Bruce Springsteen's lyrics describe an America big enough for immigrants and immigration, decent enough to remember that those who come here are driven by their desperate faith in the American Dream, and hopeful enough to acknowledge that though this country can at times be a very hard land, American joy, goodness, generosity, and heroism are real.
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Transforming Poverty by Reconsidering Our Citizenship
The power of our communities lies in the ideals of our common humanity. To continue to live in separate villages whose cohesiveness is ephemeral at best, or in gated communities of homogeneity, will only enhance everyone's poverty.
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Homeschoolers Not Monolithic In Support for Huckabee
National media describe an army of homeschoolers propelling Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over the top in Iowa, but several blogs suggest not all home educators are marching in lockstep.
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Thompson Grossly Overstates Endorsement of '40 Million' Wesleyans
Presidential candidate Fred Thompson spoke ministerially--a euphemism in preacher circles for inflating numbers from the pulpit--when he claimed endorsement by two men representing 40 million Wesleyans, according to a newspaper report.
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Barbie Poisoning
I remember the year I eased the Barbie ban. It started with a lazy holiday shrug and ended with a dozen naked plastic bodies strewn about the house.
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Judge Says White House Must Release Visitor Logs for Nine Religious Right Leaders
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Bush administration to release information about when nine prominent religious conservatives visited the White House, rejecting arguments by the administration the records should be kept secret to protect confidentiality of presidential and vice presidential deliberations.
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People of Faith Should Vote with a Well-Informed Religious Conscience
The Christmas season has arrived again and the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush will occupy our time and thoughts over the coming weeks. Yet, another event is beginning to seek our attention that will captivate our minds for the next year; the 2008 presidential election.
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Immigration IS a Social Issue
Immigration continues to dominate much of the discussion among Republican presidential candidates. The issue sparked a fierce back-and-forth exchange between candidates Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney during the recent CNN/YouTube debate.
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Megachurch Probe Challenges All Church Ministries
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) dropped a bomb on a small segment of the church world in the United States on Nov. 6. But it has the potential of creating shock waves that may have long-term effects for many congregations in church-state relations, financial accountability and understanding of clergy income and taxes.
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Paul Pressler Endorses Fred Thompson
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson picked up a rare endorsement from a religious leader--a Southern Baptist layman credited with rescuing the nation's second largest faith group from what he and others viewed as a liberal drift.
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Huckabee's 1992 Statement on HIV/AIDS Policy Raises Disturbing Questions
In 1992, Mike Huckabee was running for a seat in the United States Senate. As part of that process, he filled out the questionnaire sent to candidates by the Associated Press, which they use to develop background knowledge for reporting on the candidates. These statements were recently reprinted by the New York Times.
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E-mail Hoaxes, 'Forwards' Fly Among Presidential Campaigns
Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have been targeted by recent e-mail hoaxes and what might be termed the "dirty forward."
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New Baptist Covenant Celebration Must Avoid Appearance of Partisanship
I am a supporter of the Celebration of the New Baptist Covenant. I hope the meeting will enhance Baptist relationships and Baptist witness. Still, I see a potential problem with the political image it may present.
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Romney Misfires in Faith Speech, Offers Building Blocks for the Future
Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was more patriotism than piety and more civic faith than Mormon faith. Romney is no John Kennedy.
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Persecution of Christians in Iraq Grows
Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a minority of Christian leaders protested the preemptive war. Among them were bishops of the United Methodist Church, President Bush's church. Many Christian denominations chose to remain silent.
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Reinvite Huckabee to Speak at New Baptist Covenant
Republican presidential candidate and Southern Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee needs to speak at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, 2008, in Atlanta. He needs the support of goodwill Baptists--Baptists of goodwill need his support.
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The Link Between Politics and Religion
Nearly every week someone complains that my column is not about "faith matters." The accusation is that I write more about politics than faith and should therefore call the column "political matters."
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Romney Tries to Thread Impossible Theological Needle
Religion is neither a qualifier nor a disqualifier for public office, unless you are a Mormon, one of your opponents is a Southern Baptist and you are both running for the presidential nomination of your party.
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'Do You Believe This Book?' Question at GOP Debate Referred to King James Version
The man who asked Republican presidential candidates if they believe every word of the Bible in Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate says he wasn't satisfied by any of the answers he heard.
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Jimmy Draper, Jerry Falwell Jr., Ronnie Floyd All Voice Support for Huckabee
Former pastor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee continued to emerge as a front-runner for religious conservatives, picking up endorsements from the son of the late Jerry Falwell and from a former opponent in Baptist politics in Arkansas.
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EthicsDaily.com Submits Video for Republican CNN/YouTube Debate
The second CNN/YouTube presidential debate airs tonight, and EthicsDaily.com took part in the process by submitting a question for consideration.
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Huckabee Touts Christian Credentials in Second TV Ad
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, targets conservative Christians in his new television ad airing this week in Iowa.
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Rabbi Rambles on Rain, Righteousness
Remember Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's prayer vigil to let God know Georgians are conserving water and should be rewarded with rain? Well it worked--sort of.
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My Meeting With Ian Smith
Ian Smith, the former white minority president of Southern Rhodesia, has died. Smith and his supporters unilaterally (and illegally) declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 and ran a white minority regime for 14 years, until an insurgency led by Robert Mugabe finally forced him into peace talks at Lancaster House in 1979.
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Movie Star, Motivational Speaker, Pro Wrestler All Endorse Huckabee as Best Conservative Christian Candidate
Baptist motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and "Left Behind" co-author Jerry Jenkins joined a growing list of faith leaders and celebrities endorsing former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for president.
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Huckabee Criticized for Ties to Prosperity-Gospel Preacher Kenneth Copeland
A Southern Baptist seminary professor criticized Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joining forces with a prosperity-gospel preacher under Senate investigation for his ministry's finances.
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U.S. Senator Requests Donation Information of TV Evangelists
Back in the 16th century, the Dominican monk Tetzel, to fulfill the pope's demands, preached from village to village how the faithful could shorten the time of their loved ones in purgatory with a few shekels. According to Roland Bainton's classic life of Martin Luther, Tetzel would say to the villagers:
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Georgia's Governor, Baptists, Turn To God During Drought
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network reported Wednesday's half-inch rain across parts of Georgia was "certainly an answer to prayer."
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Torture and the Appearance of Evil
Perception is reality. It's not the only reality, but it is real to the one perceiving it. Perceptions can change, but until they do, what someone perceives as being real is real--to them.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Warns Against 'Giulianiazation' of Evangelical Politics
A Southern Baptist scholar says Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani signals a larger "Giulianiazation" of evangelical Christianity that he views as dangerous.
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Former Southern Baptist Leader Calls for Boycott of Pat Robertson
A former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention has called for a boycott of CBN and the "700 Club" until founder Pat Robertson "repents" of endorsing Rudy Giuliani for president.
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Dobson Denies He is Endorsing Huckabee; SBC Leaders Voice Support
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson denied in Monday's radio broadcast an Internet report that claimed he is on the brink of endorsing Mike Huckabee for president.
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Veterans Day Creates a Ministry Dilemma
Veterans Day creates a ministry dilemma. As a pastor and religious leader, how can I be faithful in teaching what I believe to be central to following Christ and yet not unduly offend others?
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Revival of the Domino Theory
During the middle of the last century there were lots of opinions about a domino theory in Southeast Asia. With the defeat of the Japanese in 1945 there was a new breath of fresh air--freedom. The European and American governments were slow to see this coming.
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Tennessee Democratic Head Says Progressive Religious Voices Drowned Out By Religious Right
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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No Clergy Endorsements for Thompson Create Religion-Free Zone Campaign
Why aren't Christian Right leaders endorsing Fred Thompson? They are certainly backing his competitors for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, even those who are alien to their moral and doctrinal orthodoxy.
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A Crisis of Faith
Since the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, conservative evangelicals have served as a formidable political force. Comprising over one the third of the electorate, evangelicals voting in concert have faithfully delivered numerous victories to conservative candidates.
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Minister Says Churches Sacrifice Prophetic Voice for Political Gain in DVD to be Screened in Nashville
Instead of using God as a political wedge, American Christians ought to pray to be used by God, says Tim Alexander, a Church of Christ minister in Nashville, Tenn.
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Scarborough Defends Huckabee's Role in SBC Holy War
Vision America founder Rick Scarborough is defending presidential candidate Mike Huckabee against those who criticize him for sitting out the Southern Baptist Convention's theological wars.
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A Christian and a Democrat
"I can't vote for a Democrat," a man once told me. "I'm a Christian." He spoke these two labels as if they were a set of antonyms. He could not grasp my attempts to explain that one label referred to a religion while the other referred to a political party. Some preacher had told him that all Christians are Republicans, and he had accepted this factoid without thinking.
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Church, State Should Remain Separate for Theological Reasons
In the year 313, Roman Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan. This decree, which came as a result of Constantine believing that the Christian God had given him victory over his enemy, and thus sole power in the Empire, reversed the persecution that had been sporadically carried out against Christians.
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Lawyer Group Urges Moratorium on Executions; SBC Leader Favors Death Penalty
The American Bar Association has called for a nationwide moratorium on executions, citing a three-year study of state death-penalty systems that found unfairness and other flaws.
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Immigration and the Law
Over and over in the Old Testament, we are admonished to be kind to "the widow, the orphan, and alien." In the New Testament Christ admonishes us to welcome the stranger: "When I was a stranger you took me in…whatever you do for the least of these brothers of mine, so also you do for me."
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White House Seeks to Reduce Program Providing Energy Assistance to the Poor
Two weeks after President Bush vetoed a children's health insurance bill claiming he wants to put poor children first, the White House is threatening to veto legislation to boost funding for a program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills.
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SBC Leader Labels Mormonism 'Fourth Abrahamic Faith'
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land called Mormonism "the fourth Abrahamic faith" in a discussion of controversy over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's religious affiliation.
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Separation of Church, Government Good for Both
One of the most frustrating things I encounter as a minister is the realization that many if not most Christian people do not appreciate the idea of a separation of church and government. In fact, not only do they not appreciate the idea, many vehemently oppose the notion. Which is terribly troubling because separation is a good thing--for the church and the government.
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Huckabee, Romney Top Straw Polls for 'Values Voters'
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was the overwhelming favorite in a straw poll taken on site at Friday and Saturday's Washington values voter summit, but Internet voting by supporters of Mitt Romney made the former Massachusetts governor the official winner.
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Does Fred Thompson Worship at the Church of Civil Religion?
Fred Thompson exemplifies civil religion--religion that honors the nonspecific idea of the little "g" God and requires nothing more than a nod in political speeches. Civil religion is the opposite of authentic religion.
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Presidential Candidates Risk Spiritual Smack Downs When Visiting Baptist Leader
Unless presidential candidates want a spiritual smack down, they should avoid talking to Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page, who failed to retain the pastoral confidentiality of two conversations and then boasted to other pastors about his soul-winning ways. In both cases, Page elevated his own evangelistic credentials and degraded the spiritual character of candidates.
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House Sustains Veto of Children's Insurance Bill
Faith leaders called Thursday's House of Representatives vote upholding President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill a defeat for America's children and win for tobacco.
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Presidential Contenders Scramble to Get God Right
When it comes to the desired degree of religiosity in presidential candidates, most voters are like Goldilocks tasting bowls of porridge: Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
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European Baptist Leader Urges Support for Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A European Baptist leader renewed calls to pressure Azerbaijan to release an imprisoned Baptist minister after a court rejected an appeal of his two-year prison sentence Oct. 3.
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SBC President Says He Offered to Pray with Giuliani to Accept Christ
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says he offered to pray with Rudy Giuliani to accept Christ as his savior, but the Republican presidential candidate declined.
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Who's On Jesus' Side in Mississippi?
His momma read him Bible stories at bed time and rocked him to sleep singing the old hymn "In the Garden." He gave his life to Christ at age 8 and walked where Jesus did at age 9. Thirty-years later, he stood on the banks of the Jordan River as three of his own sons professed faith and were baptized. His wife's name is Angel. He is pro-life, pro-prayer, pro-Bible literacy and pro-guns. He's a Southern Baptist running for office.
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Huckabee Says Christian Right Leaders Value Power More Than Principle
Heading into a major forum this weekend for "values voters," Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee complained that some Christian leaders haven't endorsed him because they "are more intoxicated with power than principle."
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Bush Wants Money for Iraq, but not America's Children
President Bush recently demanded another $189 billion to extend his occupation of Iraq for another year--even as he stripped low-income children of their healthcare. The cost of funding an expanded State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP, pronounced s-chip) is only $12 billion per year, less than a tenth the money he wants for Iraq.
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Oral Roberts University, Hagee, Seek Influence Beyond the Church
Recent allegations against Oral Roberts University raise larger issues concerning the influence the university has around the nation.
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Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Gore, Says Christians Should Save Souls, Not the Earth
The environment is a second-tier concern for Christians--in part because the Bible teaches that the world is coming to an end, anyway--and the church's top priority is saving souls, according to a Southern Baptist Convention leader.
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Democratic Christian Congressman Says Humility Lacking in 'Values' Debate
The politics of polarization employed by the Religious Right is both ineffective and unbiblical, a Democratic congressman said in a panel discussion of the proper relationship between faith and politics earlier this week.
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Campolo Says Hillary Clinton Stronger Candidate Than Bill
An American Baptist minister and spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal says Hillary Clinton is an even stronger presidential candidate than her husband.
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Gore Becomes Third Baptist to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Al Gore became the third Baptist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, joining Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Martin Luther King in 1964.
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Help Save a Sinking SCHIP
I pay attention when the Gospels show Jesus' anger. In addition to a few confrontations with religious hardliners, there are only a few other notable episodes.
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What Should Churches Do About Immigration?
Let's face it: Global migrations in the 21st century will not disappear just because of wishful thinking.
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In First GOP Presidential Debate, Thompson Defends U.S. Iraq Policy
Rookie Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he doesn't think he waited too long to enter the race.
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Advancing Peace as Divided Lebanese Christians Stockpile Weapons for War
Lebanese Christians are divided with factions stockpiling weapons and preparing for a civil war, according to a New York Times article last week.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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Baptists Hold Key to Overriding Veto on Health Insurance Bill for Children
Baptists hold one of the keys to overriding President Bush's veto last week of a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance to millions of low-income children.
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Another Anniversary: Six Years of War in Afghanistan
Six years ago, Sunday, Oct. 7, was the day we buried my wife's mother in the old cemetery in Farmersville, Texas. Following the burial services the family gathered for a late afternoon lunch. It was a time of remembering a fine lady and the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for.
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Faith Leaders Denounce Veto of Children's Insurance Program
Religious leaders expressed disappointment after President Bush on Tuesday carried out his threat to veto legislation to provide health insurance for 10 million American children.
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A War For Oil
From the very beginning of the war in Iraq, faith leaders, and others, have raised concerns that the conflict did not meet the criteria for a "just war." Just-war theory has been taking shape for centuries. In its present form there are a minimum of five conditions to be met in order for an armed conflict to be considered "just."
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Guidelines for the Political 'Crazy Season'
What's a Christian to do during the political "crazy season"--i.e. the race for the presidency of the United States? When asked, I usually answer in terms of what a Christian should and should not do.
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Blackwater Head Disavows 'Mercenary' Label
A private security contractor at the center of a congressional probe of alleged war profiteering and misconduct objected to characterizations of his business as a "Republican" company that employs "mercenaries."
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Christian Ethicist Says Churches Need Own 'Immigration Reform'
An ethics professor says all Christians in the United States are "guest workers" with an allegiance to God that supersedes national or political loyalties.
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McCain Says He Isn't a Baptist
GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain said in a Web interview last week that he misspoke when he said recently he is "an active member" of a Southern Baptist church in Arizona and has been for years.
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Southern Baptists Push Immigration Reform
On Sept. 16, Latino church groups demonstrated in front of the Georgia state Capitol against the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and against the provisions of Georgia's Senate Bill 529.
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