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Confrontation Or Conversation?: Religious Right Leaders Ponder Tactics To Tackle Obama

Religious Right forces did everything possible to keep Barack Obama from winning the White House.

Leaders of the movement successfully mobilized their flock at the ballot box. Exit polls show that 74 percent of white born-again Christians voted for Republican candidate John McCain.

But there weren't enough evangelicals to win the presidency for McCain. Now Religious Right strategists are pondering what to do next.

Church Disservice: Candidates, Clergy Mix Religion And Politics Unwisely

Tomorrow, the 2008 election will be over, and the staff at Americans United can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

That relief won't be based on the election's outcome, but rather from no longer having to advocate constantly against the excessive use and abuse of religion in this presidential election -- an abuse committed by both the political left and right.

Partisan Propaganda: Christian Coalition Voter Guides Aim To Deceive

The Christian Coalition has unveiled its "nonpartisan" voter guide for distribution at churches and other locations before the November election. In a letter accompanying the document, Coalition President Roberta Combs calls the guide "one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections."

Of Pigs, Lipstick And Elections: Candidates Should Be Talking About Serious Constitutional Concerns

For the past few days, both presidential candidates have been up in arms about a "lipstick on the pig" comment made by Barack Obama.

People have been wondering: does Obama's comment mean he's sexist? Is he calling Palin a pig? Or is it just an expression that the McCain camp has blown out of proportion?

Here's my thought: No matter who the pig is and what color lipstick he or she may or may not be wearing, Americans have a big decision to make come November -- and wasting even one day worrying about pigs and lipstick isn't helping this country make that decision.

Saturday Night Live: Pastor Warren's Biblical Pop Quiz Bombed With N.Y. Youth

I headed up to New York City this weekend to visit with some friends from college, but before I arrived, I made sure to let them know that on Saturday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., I had to watch the interviews the Rev. Rick Warren was holding with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at his evangelical mega-church.

To that, of course, my 27-year-old friends said, "What?! Why are they doing that at a church?" Followed by, "I will not be watching that. You're on your own."

No Faith-Based Bias: Washington Post Supports Ban On Publicly Funded Hiring Discrimination

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Faith-Based Advice: Coalition Urges Presidential Candidates To Change Bush's Initiative

In February of 1811, President James Madison vetoed a congressional bill incorporating an Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. Citing the First Amendment, Madison said the measure "exceeds the rightful authority to which governments are limited by the essential distinction between civil and religious functions."

Biased Bunch: Religious Right Wants 'Faith-Based' Hiring and Firing Along With Federal Funds

For many members of the Religious Right, Barack Obama's proposal to expand "faith-based" initiatives was "dead on arrival," the Associated Press reported yesterday.

Though Obama announced a plan to increase spending on faith-based social services, starting with a $500 million-a-year program, top religious conservatives seem more than disappointed.

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