Obama's same-sex marriage support riles religious conservatives
May 9th, 2012
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama's same-sex marriage support riles religious conservatives

(CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday outraged conservative Christian leaders, who vowed to use it as an organizing tool in the 2012 elections, but the move is also activating the liberal base, raising big questions about who gains and loses politically.

"It cuts both ways – it activates both Democratic and Republican base voters," said John Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron. "The most likely effect is that it makes an already close election even closer."

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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage
May 3rd, 2012
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage

(CNN) – The Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights.

North Carolinians will vote on the state's Marriage Amendment Act before North Carolina voters next Tuesday.

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Filed under: North Carolina • Religion • Same-sex marriage
April 23rd, 2012
09:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Montana governor defends 'polygamy' remarks regarding Romney's heritage

(CNN) - Montana's Democratic governor defended himself from criticism Monday over remarks he made last week that appeared to tie Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, to the practice of polygamy within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" he was trying to point out Romney struggles in connecting with Latino voters when he claimed Romney's "family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico" in an interview with The Daily Beast.
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Liberty University responds to Romney controversy, angers online students
April 23rd, 2012
05:25 PM ET
4 months ago

Liberty University responds to Romney controversy, angers online students

Washington (CNN) - Liberty University reacted over the weekend to a brewing controversy over the fact that the evangelical school has selected Mitt Romney, a Mormon, to speak at the school’s graduation.

In a statement from Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., the school says that the complaints have significantly died down and that many of those complaining “had no affiliation with the university.”

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Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response
April 20th, 2012
07:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response

Washington (CNN) - Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose adherents are called Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address.

By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school's Facebook page about the Thursday announcement – a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.

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After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign
April 13th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign

(CNN) - The Roman Catholic Church announced a major campaign Thursday aimed at bringing attention to what it said were growing threats to religious liberty in the United States, including the pending White House rule requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees of Catholic organizations.

An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the initiative would stretch out over the course of a few years and that it would include everything from encouraging priests to address religious liberty concerns in church to sending inserts for church bulletins.

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Filed under: Religion
April 4th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
2 years ago

At Easter breakfast, Obama talks faith in face of doubt

Washington (CNN) - Facing a re-election bid and contending with a bitterly partisan Congress, President Obama spoke Wednesday at a White House Easter prayer breakfast about keeping faith in the face of doubt.

"I am not going to stand up here and give a sermon," Obama said in the East Room of the White House, addressing an audience thick with Christian leaders. "It's always a bad idea to give a sermon in front of professionals."

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Muslim voters could swing election, report finds
April 3rd, 2012
03:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Muslim voters could swing election, report finds

(CNN) - The number of Muslims in the United States is tiny - less than one in 100 Americans - but their votes could sway the results of the presidential election in November, a new study says.

That's because they are concentrated in a number of key swing states, says Farid Senzai, the author of the report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Religion
April 2nd, 2012
02:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney fields hostile question on Mormonism

Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) - A Green Bay voter confronted Mitt Romney over his religion at a town hall Monday, the day before Wisconsin's primary. Romney is a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are commonly called Mormons.

"I guess my question is, do you believe it's a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?" asked Bret Hatch, a 28-year old Ron Paul supporter from Green Bay.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Religion
More Americans say too much religion in politics
March 21st, 2012
04:02 PM ET
2 years ago

More Americans say too much religion in politics

(CNN) – For the first time since 2001, a plurality Americans say there is too much religious talk from politicians, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The poll showed 38% of Americans saying there was too much religious expression from politicians, compared to 30% who said there was too little. Twenty-five percent said the current level of religious rhetoric was the right amount.
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