Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
November 7th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
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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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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith
Romney meets with evangelist Billy Graham
October 11th, 2012
05:21 PM ET
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Romney meets with evangelist Billy Graham

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met with evangelical icon Billy Graham on Thursday at the evangelist’s remote mountaintop home in North Carolina.

Romney traveled to Graham’s residence in Montreat, just outside Asheville, to meet with Graham and his son Franklin Graham, a high-profile pastor in his own right.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Religion
Catholic nun brings her star power to DNC
Sister Simone Campbell speaking at the end of her "nuns on the bus" tour in Washington.
September 5th, 2012
02:17 PM ET
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Catholic nun brings her star power to DNC

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Sister Simone Campbell will get what may be the biggest media platform of her life on Wednesday night, when she addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. But the Catholic nun already has plenty of star power.

Walking around Charlotte this week, Campbell was repeatedly stopped by fans who wanted to pose for pictures.

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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
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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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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
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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
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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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Anti-abortion movement stands by 'no exceptions' orthodoxy amid controversy
In the decades after the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ensured legal protection for abortion procedures nationwide, the anti-abortion movement was initially uncompromising in advocating across-the-board abortion bans at the state and national level.
August 22nd, 2012
01:08 PM ET
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Anti-abortion movement stands by 'no exceptions' orthodoxy amid controversy

(CNN) – Both Todd Akin’s claim that women’s bodies can prevent contraception in cases of “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s newly-adopted platform language calling for a constitutional ban on abortion have provoked controversy for largely the same reason: They showcase the belief that all abortions should be illegal, without exception.

But even as Democrats and abortion rights groups use the controversies to reinforce allegations of a Republican-led “war on women,” don’t expect the anti-abortion movement to back away from calls for all abortions to be illegal – even for women impregnated by rape or incest.

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Filed under: Abortion
Pew: Many Americans don't know religion of either presidential candidate
July 26th, 2012
12:29 PM ET
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Pew: Many Americans don't know religion of either presidential candidate

(CNN) – Americans have limited knowledge of the presidential candidates’ religious faith, but their concerns about the candidates’ respective religious beliefs are unlikely to play a major role in the 2012 race, according to a Pew survey released Thursday.

Most Americans, 60%, know that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a Mormon; he would be the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elected to the White House. Among those who are aware of Romney’s religion, 81% say that they are comfortable with it or that it doesn’t matter to them.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama
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