Election Day is near, and religious organizations are busy distributing voter guides to inform the faithful about issues and candidates. They appear at a time when the IRS is closely monitoring politicking by churches and when high-profile public policy issues are entwined with religious values. This year, religious groups with more liberal political orientations are [...]
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The Republican Party had taken ownership of religious ground and the Democratic Party had awakened to the need to claim votes from people of faith. Then came a wave of financial scandals that affected politicians of both parties, leaving neither side in a position to accuse the other of “a culture of corruption.” On Sept. [...]
In 2002, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Cleveland school voucher program in a decision that President Bush called a “landmark ruling” for parents, many voucher supporters thought a clear victory had been won. The road, however, has been much rockier, with negative court rulings, dueling research reports and continued debate about church-state constitutionality [...]
In 2004 Catholic voters did what not long before would have been considered political heresy: They supported a Republican for president over a Democrat, and an evangelical Protestant, no less, over the first Catholic presidential nominee since John F. Kennedy in 1960. Moreover, Catholics’ preference for George W. Bush over John Kerry – 52 percent [...]
Several high-profile evangelical Christians are criticizing the evangelical movement for its close alliance with the Republican Party. These voices – scholars, clergy and laypeople – say that evangelicals have sacrificed the message of Jesus at the altar of political influence, throwing over their biblically mandated mission to the poor and disadvantaged in favor of trying [...]
UPDATED May 1, 2009: Best-selling books, high-profile conferences and a blog boom all signal a political renaissance of people who call themselves “spiritual progressives” or “religious liberals.” They include members of many faiths, and a prime focus is countering the politics of religious conservatives and critiquing their use of religious language. Issues such as poverty, [...]
On “Justice Sunday” – April 24, 2005 – thousands of Christians around the country watched a live broadcast from a Kentucky mega church in which conservative Christian leaders depicted Democrats as “hostile” to religious Americans for opposing some of President George Bush’s judicial nominees. Is that portrait accurate?