Phrases like Values Voter and Moral Majority are badges of political honour, worn with pride by certain sections of the electorate. Look a little closer though and you'll spot an interesting fact about these terms - they are completely meaningless.
If you are one of those voters who wants to be sure to vote in accord with the central motivating values that permeate the Bible, then I invite you to use this list as you assess each candidate seeking public office.
We are all values voters. Our values come from the core teachings of our various religious traditions. We share a core set of religious beliefs and values that should guide our votes in this election and in every election.
I am a religious person. I believe in God, the Bible is a core touchstone of my life, and I strive to live my life in accordance with the Bible's precepts, commandments and values. I am also a left-wing, liberal, scientifically minded Jewish woman.
Not since John F. Kennedy ran for president has a candidate for the White House faced such stiff and persistent difficulties stemming from his faith. Yet again, white evangelicals may provide the critical vote.
My Christian brothers and fellow social conservatives failed by adopting a narrow definition of values that centered almost exclusively on opposition to gay marriage and abortion to the exclusion of virtually everything else.
There was very little values narrative in this election. And there was almost no attention to the faith community and its concerns. But the issues we face now are profoundly moral questions. We have work to do.
The same people that have claimed that we are somehow weakening their marriages by simply being together are actively seeking to strip my husband and I of any rights or recognition our marriage provides us.