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Piety Or Pocketbook?: Religion, The Economy And Voting In Election 2008

Political junkies continue to pore over the results from last week's election. One question that has been on many minds is to what extent Barack Obama's religious outreach was successful.

The Los Angeles Times has already pronounced the effort a success. "Religious voters helped propel Obama to victory," blared a Nov. 9 headline.

But you know what they say: There are lies, damn lies and statistics. In this case, it's worth taking a closer look at the statistics. Read more

Ballot Bias: California's Proposition 8 Writes Discrimination Into Law

Last Wednesday morning, I woke up to the disappointment that California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, was most likely going to succeed.

Many of my Californian friends were shocked that the usually progressive state they live in actually passed a measure that overturned the California Supreme Court's decision ensuring that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry. Read more

Alter Call: Conservative Columnist Calls On Religious Right Politicos To Quit While They're Behind

Poor Cal Thomas.

The nationally syndicated conservative pundit is a plaintive voice crying out in the evangelical wilderness. Thomas doggedly keeps calling on Religious Right politicos to repent, and they just keep saying no.

In a column I read this morning in The Washington Times, Thomas rails against the Religious Right's sadly misguided political power trip and pleads with evangelical Christians to turn to other means to spread their influence. Read more

Godless Gaffe: North Carolina Candidate Dole's 'Faith-Based' Attack Backfires

Barack Obama's historic election as president has dominated the news, as pundits pour over the results in an effort to explain what went right for Obama and wrong for John McCain.

Several Senate and House races remain too close to call, meaning we may not see the dust settle from campaign '08 for a few more weeks. There's a lot to chew over here. Read more

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. Read more

Weird News Now: Donald Wildmon's Unique Spin On The Day's Events

I get several Religious Right updates every day via e-mail. One of the most interesting is a daily roundup of tidbits of interest to Religious Right followers put out by the Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association under the auspices of a phony news service called "One News Now." Read more

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. Read more

California Dreamin': Dobson, Religious Right Allies Answer Theocratic Call In Golden State

Look out, California, the Religious Right is bringing out the big guns!

That is, James Dobson of the Focus on the Family broadcasting empire has accepted an invitation to attend a prayer rally in San Diego this Saturday as the Religious Right's last attempt to pass Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that would deprive gays and lesbians of the right to marry in California. Read more

Is AU Biased?: Church Politicking Complaints Spur Unfair And Inaccurate Allegations

Americans United has always taken heat from the Religious Right for allegedly turning in only "conservative" churches to the Internal Revenue Service for candidate endorsements from the pulpit. Read more

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." Read more

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