Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
November 21st, 2012
01:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama

Washington (CNN) - With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

“Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama … for wisdom, Divine guidance, and that God would accomplish His will and purposes,” Graham said in a statement. “While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders whether or not they agree with them or their policies.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
November 7th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence

(CNN) – For many conservative Christian leaders, it was a nightmare scenario: Barack Obama decisively re-elected Same-sex marriage adopted by voters in some states. Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated in conservative red states.

On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda, eight years after the movement helped sweep President George W. Bush into a second term and opened the era of state bans on same-sex marriage.

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In Obama's first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style
October 28th, 2012
02:27 PM ET
1 year ago

In Obama's first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's prayers for a strong first debate may not have been answered, but that doesn't mean the prayers weren't happening.

Before he stepped onto a Colorado stage earlier this month to face off with Mitt Romney for the first time, Obama joined a conference call with a small circle of Christian ministers.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • President Obama
Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?
October 22nd, 2012
10:07 AM ET
1 year ago

Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama was sharing a pulpit one day with a conservative Christian leader when a revealing exchange took place.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Christian who has taken public stands against abortion and same-sex marriage, had joined Obama for an AIDS summit. They were speaking before a conservative megachurch filled with white evangelicals.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
Atheist billboard attacks Romney's faith, but Mormons say it's misleading
This billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, will follow the Romney campaign throughout southern Florida.
October 22nd, 2012
07:54 AM ET
1 year ago

Atheist billboard attacks Romney's faith, but Mormons say it's misleading

Washington (CNN) – When he campaigns in southern Florida on Monday, Mitt Romney will have an unwelcome traveling partner: a mobile billboard attacking his religion.

The billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, attacks the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its treatment of African-Americans and gays, though the church says the attacks are inaccurate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Florida • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates
Obama camp, liberal groups use VP debate to organize Catholic voters
October 11th, 2012
01:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama camp, liberal groups use VP debate to organize Catholic voters

(CNN) – As it organizes Catholic watch parties for Thursday night’s debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, who are both Roman Catholic, the Obama campaign hasn’t been shy about suggesting that the GOP vice presidential nominee hasn’t lived up to his Catholic values.

“For Catholic outreach, a defining moment in this campaign has been (Mitt) Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate,” said Broderick Johnson, a senior adviser with Barack Obama’s campaign who spearheads Catholic outreach efforts.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Religion
Congressman draws fire for calling evolution, Big Bang ‘lies from the pit of hell’
Bill Nye, left, has blasted Rep. Paul Broun, who attacked Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
October 10th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Congressman draws fire for calling evolution, Big Bang ‘lies from the pit of hell’

Washington (CNN) – A U.S. congressman is attracting attention and criticism for an online video that shows him blasting evolution and the Big Bang theory as “lies from the pit of hell” in a recent speech at a church event in his home state of Georgia.

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” U.S Rep. Paul Broun said in an address last month at a banquet organized by Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

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Pastors prepare to take on IRS over political endorsement ban
October 5th, 2012
12:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Pastors prepare to take on IRS over political endorsement ban

(CNN) - When Ron Johnson takes take his pulpit on Sunday, he will willfully break the law. After presenting his views on President Barack Obama’s handling of religious issues - like abortion, gay marriage, and religious freedom – Johnson will ask his congregation a question.

“In light of what I have presented,” Johnson says he will say, “How can you go into that election booth and vote for Barack Obama as president of the United States?”

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Survey: On importance of religion in presidential politics, racial divides evident
October 4th, 2012
02:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Survey: On importance of religion in presidential politics, racial divides evident

Washington (CNN) - A survey released Thursday shows striking racial and religious divides over the role of religion in presidential politics.

More black and Hispanic millennials – ages 18 to 25 – said that it was important that a presidential candidate hold religious beliefs than white millennials, according to survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

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Viral and profane pro-Obama videos channel tradition of Jewish humor
Sarah Silverman in her 2008 video "The Great Schlep."
October 1st, 2012
10:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Viral and profane pro-Obama videos channel tradition of Jewish humor

Washington (CNN) – When it comes to reaching voters, the co-founders of a Jewish super PAC aimed at re-electing President Barack Obama have this tip for you: Use humor, even if it isn't kosher.

Two campaign videos produced by the Jewish Council for Education and Research – one featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson, the other comedian Sarah Silverman – have received a flood of attention over the past few weeks. A foul-mouthed Silverman pushes people to do whatever it takes to make it to the polls in spite of voter ID laws, while an uncensored Jackson orders disenchanted Obama supporters to "wake the f*** up" and get to work.

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