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Evangelical Voters

Donald Trump's New Evangelical Advisers Neither Love Him Nor Hate Him. They Just Want Him To Listen.

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

Hoping to solidify his standing with a slightly ill-fitting constituency, Donald Trump announced on Tuesday the creation of an executive council of ev...

Dear Mr. Trump: Christian Questions You Still Need To Answer

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Mr. Trump, it has been said that you may be the most irreverent and illiterate candidate when it comes to religion that either party has ever nominated, which is why it seemed so ironic that you today accused your likely opponent, Hillary Clinton, of being weak in her faith.

What Makes a 'Christian Voter'?

Norman Wirzba | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Norman Wirzba

It's election season, and that means some of the people seeking political office will also be seeking the Christian vote. But what is this thing called "the Christian vote"? What makes a vote specifically or distinctly Christian?

Watching the madness through the fog

Charles Redfern | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Charles Redfern

I've been benched, forced to watch the GOP descent into xenophobic madness through chemotherapy's haze. I haven't possessed the strength to drop in c...

Sins of the Father: Why Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Endorsement of Trump Feels Like Déjà Vu

Melanie Brooks | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Melanie Brooks

In the two weeks leading up to Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump gained momentum from some high-profile endorsements, among them conservative evangelical leader and Chancellor of Liberty University Jerry Falwell Jr., oldest son of the late controversial televangelist.

Has Ted Cruz Ever Actually Read the Bible?

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. His dad was/is a pastor and he's a Christian. Surely, Ted has read a least some of it at some point in his life, right? Maybe... and maybe not.

The American Nationalism Problem

Keith Gaddie | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.

Why Do Liberals Love Billy Graham?

Steve Posner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Steve Posner

Many folks assume that Billy Graham is a right-wing ideologue because he shares many of the most literal interpretations of the Bible espoused by Christian fundamentalists. But as an evangelical, his beliefs are more nuanced.

The New Evangelical Agenda

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The ironic and tragic thing about the religious right is how little of their own agenda they have achieved. By voting for a conservative ideological agenda, they have actually hurt the poor, resisted immigration reform and promoted endless wars. There is a new evangelical agenda for a new evangelical demographic.

Election Disaster For Religious Conservatives? I Couldn't Disagree More

Tim Suttle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Evangelicals have to move our focus away from right wing politics and begin focusing on mission. When I say mission, I don't mean saving souls so much as pursuing the kingdom of God.

Toward An Irrelevant Faith: Reflecting on Conservative Christianity and the Elections

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Not only did conservative Christians not adhere to their own principles embedded in their theology, but they also shirked their beliefs by acting in ways that were not "Christlike" because of their disdain for the president.

Jesus for President 2012

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We have to engage. After all, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the real stuff of his world -- day laborers and unjust judges, widows and orphans, strangers and immigrants, abused women and exploited workers, redistribution of wealth and reconciliation with enemies.

God Is Still Not a Republican, Or a Democrat

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

During this presidential campaign, we lament the way in which religious faith has been abused, manipulated and neglected in the heated, focus-group-tested sound bites that fill our airwaves and pass for "substantive" policy debates.

Can Religion and Politics Mix? Religious Candidates, Voters, and Religion in the 2012 Campaign

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

A Gallup poll from June of this year asked; "If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person who happened to be _________, would you vote for that person?" The results of the polls show how clearly religious prejudices run in American politics

Religious Principles And The Election

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We should not go into the voting booth informed only by warm sentiments but instead by an informed understanding of the real social consequences of what the candidates' policies would be.

Jaweed Kaleem

Billy Graham Launches Pro-Romney Voter Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.18.2012 | Religion

Just a week after meeting and nearly endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at his Montreat, N.C., home, an ailing Rev. Billy Graham ...

A Gospel Score Card For The 2012 Elections

Bishop Wayne Wright | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Bishop Wayne Wright

With bullet point accuracy, political score cards aim to size a candidate up depending on a specific vote on this or that issue. Their purpose is to help voters sort who are the political sheep and who are the goats. We need a gospel score card.

Jaweed Kaleem

Obama, Romney Campaigns Dig Deep To Target Religious Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

Loveland, Colo., resident Melissa Riley got an unexpected flyer in the mail Friday with her name on it. Printed in red, white and blue text against a ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Does Religion Matter In The Election?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion

BETHESDA, Md. –- Will presidential candidates' religion matter in next month's election? Does the religion of voters? Should religion matter at all?...

Evangelical Idol: A Christian Political Trinity

Rob Asghar | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Rob Asghar

To be an evangelical Christian in America today is to believe, when one prays to their Heavenly Father, "Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," that the GOP platform brings us far closer to that Heavenly Kingdom than any other political choice.

Can We Afford To Be Neutral? Christianity And Civic Engagement

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

Christians have an important decision to make this election season: if and how to be involved. Political discourse often turns so ugly and aggressively partisan that it is tempting for people of faith to excuse themselves from being involved altogether.

A Call To Transform Politics

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Jesus said the greatest commandment was to "Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself." In a Democratic Republic, our politics have the power to love, hurt or even oppress our neighbor.

Religious Freedom At The 2012 DNC: Day 1

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

What stayed with me the most from yesterday's interviews was that everyone took for granted that religion would play a major role in the election and assumed that regardless of who the candidates were, you would still see religious people vote the way they've always voted.

The Evolution Of Conservative Evangelicals, Or How They Came To Love Mormonism

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Now that Mitt Romney will formally accept the Republican Party nomination next week in Tampa, one major constituency group within the GOP finds itself wrestling with party vs. faith.

Latino Evangelicals Join Forces With Catholics

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

While newer generations are losing their religion, many Latinos have converged, en masse, on evangelical churches across the country in search of a po...