'God' also absent from Democrats' platform
September 4th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

'God' also absent from Democrats' platform

(CNN) – Democrats omitted the word "God" from their 2012 platform, a change from the party's 2008 document and a noticeable split from Republicans, who mention God ten times in their official party stance.

In 2008, Democrats wrote, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Religion
5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention
September 4th, 2012
01:54 PM ET
2 years ago

5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – You can't have a political convention in the Bible Belt, in Billy Graham's home state, and not expect religion to play a role.

Here are our predictions for how faith (and faithlessness) will intersect with this week's Democratic National Convention.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Religion
Who's delivering prayers at the DNC - and why they matter
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who closed out the GOP convention, is also giving the final prayer at the Democratic convention.
September 4th, 2012
06:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Who's delivering prayers at the DNC - and why they matter

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has a penchant for using high-profile prayer givers to send messages to the nation.

At his 2009 White House inauguration, Obama called on Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation, signaling an attempt to tamp down on the culture wars (Warren is a theologically conservative evangelical who was close to George W. Bush).

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Marriott head praises Romney for bringing Mormonism 'out of obscurity'
September 2nd, 2012
02:07 PM ET
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Marriott head praises Romney for bringing Mormonism 'out of obscurity'

Boston (CNN) - The head of the Marriott hotel chain, in deeply personal and reflective remarks at a New Hampshire church Sunday, credited Mitt Romney with changing Americans' perceptions about Mormonism.

J.W. Marriott Jr., a hotel magnate from one of America's most prominent Mormon families, spoke during services at the Wolfeboro branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - where Mitt and Ann Romney were also in attendance.
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Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?
Mark DeMoss and Mitt Romney at Liberty University, where Romney delivered the commencement address in May.
September 2nd, 2012
12:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The task of selling a Mormon presidential candidate to evangelical America has fallen to a public relations man who’s not even getting paid for what may be the toughest sales job of his career.

For six years, Mark DeMoss has served as Mitt Romney’s unofficial evangelical ambassador, making the case that born-again Christians should help elect the first Mormon to the White House.

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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
Mormon speakers at RNC mark sharp departure from Romney's reticence on faith
August 31st, 2012
09:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Mormon speakers at RNC mark sharp departure from Romney's reticence on faith

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - After years of keeping quiet about his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney's campaign thrust his church life into the national eye Thursday night, as a handful of Mormons took to the Republican National Convention's stage to deliver moving testimonials about the Republican presidential nominee's role as a member and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

One couple that belonged to the same Massachusetts ward, or church, as Romney did recounted in a prime-time address how Romney tended to their 14-year-old son when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Religion • Republican National Convention
Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
August 23rd, 2012
02:07 PM ET
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Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

(CNN) – Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base.

Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.

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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • Religion
Cardinal Dolan to offer closing prayer at Republican Convention
August 23rd, 2012
09:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Cardinal Dolan to offer closing prayer at Republican Convention

(CNN) – Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, America’s highest-profile Catholic official, will deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Republican convention, in another sign of how important the Catholic vote is expected to be this year.

The Archdiocese of New York confirmed Dolan’s role on Wednesday night, after it was reported by The Associated Press. News of Dolan's role initially came in an interview of presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney by EWTN, a Catholic television network, which is scheduled to air Thursday night.

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August 21st, 2012
10:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney open up about their faith in a church magazine

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have opened up about their religious faith to an unlikely source: Cathedral Age, the quarterly magazine of the Washington National Cathedral.

The interviews mark a rare instance of Romney talking about Mormonism, while Obama discusses his Christian faith in detail, referencing favorite Christian writers and Bible verses.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Religion
Obama, Romney mark campaign-free Sunday by attending church
August 19th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney mark campaign-free Sunday by attending church

Washington (CNN) - The two men locked in an intense campaign for the White House marked one of the rare days that neither has a campaign event by attending church services with their families on Sunday.

President Barack Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, walked across Lafayette Square on an overcast Sunday in the nation's capital to attend mass at St. John's Episcopal Church.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Religion
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