On Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, as the world looked on, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. The ceremony was particularly momentous because Obama became the first African-American to hold the nation’s highest office, a groundbreaking event in U.S. history. But the inauguration was also a familiar [...]
Archive for '2008'
In one of America’s most historic votes, Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the United States. The first African-American to become the nation’s chief executive, the Democrat won the presidency by running on a platform of fundamental change. Yet there are also continuities, as President-elect Obama — like his immediate predecessor, George [...]
With the party conventions over and the Democratic and Republican tickets set, the two-month sprint to Election Day on Nov. 4 begins – and in that race, religion is playing a major role. Among the factors at play in the coming political drama: Barack Obama’s publicly professed Christianity and the controversy over the former pastor [...]
Voters between the ages of 18 and 25 have turned out in record numbers in this year’s presidential primaries and caucuses, and according to several recent polls, their faith and values are playing a major role in how they cast their ballots. An April 2008 Harvard University poll found that 37 percent of young voters [...]
The primaries continued to churn the political waters, even in the wake of the Super Tuesday results, which highlighted divisions within the two major parties rather than ending them. But the role of religion in the campaign remains a constant, as does a range of related ethical and moral issues of concern to voters. Questions [...]
The primary season — even through Super Tuesday — posed a particular challenge to evangelicals. From Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 through George W. Bush’s in 2004, evangelicals usually found a champion they could rally around. But the wide-open field this year, and the presence of Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, [...]
Most Americans say the nation is ready for a female president, but is the country ready for a woman to take on the traditional presidential role of comforter, inspirer, moral voice and quasi-spiritual leader? In a country where women’s leadership roles in religion are hotly debated, opinions may differ sharply.
As the presidential primaries head into overdrive, endorsements by religious leaders are adding interesting twists to an already fascinating election season – and in some cases drawing the attention of watchdog groups. Although 70 percent of registered voters say it’s inappropriate for clergy to speak publicly on behalf of or against a specific candidate, politicians [...]