Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election
November 5th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election

Johnstown, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan, a Roman Catholic, asked a priest he met at a restaurant Monday to bless a rosary he carries with him.

The Republican vice presidential nominee was in the middle of a five-state battleground blitz through Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the day before Election Day when he met Father Greg Ames prior to his second rally in Johnstown, Colorado.

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Faith • Paul Ryan
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
Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan
June 18th, 2012
05:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan

(CNN) - The Obama administration's key Catholic ally on its controversial plan to require health insurers to provide free contraceptive coverage is dropping support for the plan, potentially complicating the president's relations with Catholics in an election year.

The Catholic Health Association, which comprises 2,000 Catholic hospitals, health systems and related organizations, said Friday that although it had initially supported what the White House called a compromise on the contraception issue, it is now "deeply concerned" about the plan and says the White House "has not relieved our initial concerns."

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Health care • White House
Romney to address Faith and Freedom Coalition from the road
June 11th, 2012
02:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to address Faith and Freedom Coalition from the road

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address an annual Faith & Freedom Conference via video conference instead of in person Saturday, the group confirmed to CNN.

Romney was originally scheduled to attend the Faith & Freedom Conference & Strategy Briefing in Washington, DC, but the event conflicts with his multi-state bus tour slated to begin on Friday in New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • Washington
After winning GOP primary, rabbi takes moderate tone
June 6th, 2012
07:51 PM ET
2 years ago

After winning GOP primary, rabbi takes moderate tone

Washington (CNN) – If Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wins a congressional race in New Jersey's 9th district in November he will become the first rabbi to serve in Congress. And while he moved a step closer by winning the district's Republican primary on Tuesday night, Boteach says he is not hung up on being first.

"I think it would be a beautiful thing for the Jewish community," Boteach, a Republican, said about a rabbi serving in Congress. "I am kind of wondering why we didn't have one before. And if it is me, I would be very pleased. But if it is someone else, I would be pleased… but maybe not as pleased."
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • House • New Jersey
Poll: Obama leads in NY, Catholic voters split
May 31st, 2012
10:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama leads in NY, Catholic voters split

(CNN) - It's no surprise but a new poll shows President Barack Obama with a strong lead in the solidly blue state of New York.

Fifty-six percent of voters in the state said they would pick Obama, while 31% said they would support Mitt Romney, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • New York • President Obama
May 18th, 2012
09:38 AM ET
2 years ago

In culture war skirmishes, Georgetown becomes political football

Washington (CNN) – In the latest round of culture wars over contraception and religious liberty, most Americans would probably identify places like the White House and Congress as key battlefields. But another nearby locale has emerged as a national platform for such skirmishes: the stately campus of Georgetown University, the country's oldest Roman Catholic college.

On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, will speak at a relatively low-profile graduation ceremony for one of Georgetown's individual schools, an appearance that has attracted criticism from the Catholic archdiocese of Washington.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Washington D.C.
Source: Obama campaign hires faith outreach director
May 14th, 2012
07:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Obama campaign hires faith outreach director

Washington (CNN) – Just as it confronts fallout with some religious communities over President Barack Obama’s newly expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Obama re-election campaign is hiring a religious outreach director, an activist close to the campaign said Monday.

Michael Wear, who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as Faith Vote Director, according to James Salt, a Catholic activist who is close to the Obama campaign and White House.

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • President Obama • Religion
May 11th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Complexity in black church reactions to Obama’s gay marriage announcement

(CNN) - After the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first gained wide public recognition in the mid-1950s, he made a special request to evangelist Billy Graham.

King was poised to join Graham on one of his barnstorming crusades, but he would do so only on one condition. He asked Graham to publicly speak out against segregation, a request Graham declined, says San Diego State University historian Edward Blum.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views
May 7th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views

(CNN) - Apparent White House division over gay marriage – with Vice President Joe Biden saying Sunday that he is “absolutely comfortable” with the idea, going further than President Obama has on the issue – mirrors a nation that is evenly divided on the matter. Recent polls show that about half of Americans favor legalized gay marriage, while half oppose it, with support for the idea gaining significant ground over the past 15 years.

Pew’s latest polling on the issue, conducted late last year, found that 46% of Americans support favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 44% are opposed. Support for gay civil unions is substantially higher, with a clear majority of Americans supporting such arrangements.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Joe Biden • Same-sex marriage
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