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Faith and Politics

Trump's America Is Different Than Mine

Pat Waak | Posted 07.22.2016 | Denver
Pat Waak

I tried to watch Donald Trump's speech last night, but every time I switched over I heard language that evoked darkness, distrust and despair. One of the channels was carrying the horror movie Pumpkinhead, which is at least fiction.

How Would Jesus Vote?

Mark Gerzon | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Mark Gerzon

What would this man, based on love and forgiveness, make of our political culture today? How would he respond to the intense battle between the Democrats and Republicans, who each seem to determined to portray the other as the devil himself?

The Founders Trusted the People, Not Religious Tests

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

One of the great innovations our founding fathers built into our Constitution was a ban on religious tests. They had seen too much. They knew history too well. They would not have their government controlled by any one religion.

Faith and the Confederate Flag

Rob Lee | Posted 06.23.2016 | Religion
Rob Lee

My family bloodline is bound up in a dark part of American history. With a name like Robert Lee the question I undoubtedly receive most about my name is, "Are you related to him?" and the answer is yes, yes I am.

As a Future Seminarian Headed to Georgia, I'm Scared About the 'Guns Everywhere' Law

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

As someone about to become a seminarian in the state, I can't quite wrap my head around the idea that while receiving Communion on Sunday, one of my fellow congregants might be packing heat.

Marriage Equality Is A Christian Concern

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

As a person of faith, who reveres faith and grieves the defamation of it in our modern world, I can't stay ambiguous about this issue. Opposition to marriage equality slanders God, true adherence to the Bible, and the revolutionary practice of faith Jesus brought to this world.

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Fighting poverty must not be a partisan issue. When we look at both the causes and the solutions, this battle should bring both liberals and conservatives together.

John McCain's Theology of War Is Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let me state some clear convictions from many of us in the faith community. The war in Vietnam was morally wrong. The war in Iraq was morally wrong. And John McCain has been morally wrong on both of them.

Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Pastors are meant to do funerals for old people who have passed. But when pastors have to bury so many children from the deaths of gun violence, the moral sequence of the world has been turned around.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?

Welcome To The 'Radical Middle'

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Having visited this metaphorical space in my own city of Portland, I am moved by what I've witnessed: liberal secularists setting aside their suspicion of evangelicals and going to work with them to improve public schools and bring health care to the poor.

Our Fiscal Soul and the Arithmetic of Protecting the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The discussion we are having about "the fiscal cliff" is really a debate about our fiscal soul. What kind of nation do we want to be? We do need a path to fiscal sustainability, but will it include all of us -- especially the most vulnerable?

Looking Beyond A Nation Of Reds And Blues To The Many Shades Of Purple

Christine Organ | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

We are more than just a primary color on a newsroom whiteboard. We are not a political agenda. We are individuals. Multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, always complex individuals.

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.

The Prerequisite of the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The results of the presidential election showed how dramatically a very diverse America is changing; people are longing for a vision of the common good that includes everyone.

Hope And Love: The New Moral Majority

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

It was a very long, tense election night. But ultimately, hope and love won. Misogyny, racism and homophobia lost. The people of the United States voted, and on sexual justice issues, we are the new moral majority.

Prayer For Leadership

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Give us, O God, leaders whose hearts are large enough to match the breadth of our own souls, and give us souls strong enough to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.

Religious Questions We Ask When We Vote

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

Hurricane Sandy altered more than the physical landscape of the East coast; the storm, at least for now, changed the political landscape, as well.

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.

Turn Down the Noise: Fast. Pray. Vote.

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Troy Jackson

The barrage of negative advertising, coupled with propaganda masquerading as news, is taking its toll. The political discourse has gone over the cliff here in Ohio, and the resulting noise makes it much harder to truly listen to God and to one another.

The George McGovern I Remember

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

1972 was the first year I was old enough to vote in an election, and McGovern was the first presidential candidate for whom I voted. To this day, I am more proud of that vote than most of the others I have cast since.

Billboard Fraud

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Troy Jackson

If voter fraud is almost nonexistent, why is a private anonymous family foundation spending significant cash in a swing state like Ohio in communities of color?

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.

The Truth In Love

Troy Jackson | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Troy Jackson

The prevailing wisdom is that the best way to win the day and win this election is by destroying the other. In this swing-state many believe most likely to decide the presidential election, the rhetoric can be particularly disheartening.

Romney and Religion at the Republican Convention

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 11.03.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Mr. Romney is trying to ingratiate himself with the religious right without getting his hands dirty by acknowledging too close a relationship with those who shamelessly have used conservative Christianity for outright partisan political purposes.