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Welcome to Week Three of Patheos' Election Month feature. Patheos offers the world's most compelling writers confronting life's most important questions.

This week we ask: What are the key issues at stake in this election for people of your tradition?

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Articles and Posts

US Presidential Elections: A Nation Divided

US Presidential Elections: A Nation Divided

Adrian Warnock

As a British observer, one big concern I have is for the unity of your great nation.

A Christian View for Kingdom Politics

A Christian View for Kingdom Politics

Joshua D. Hawley

Isn't immanentizing the eschaton precisely what Christians citizens should be doing?

The Three Crucial Issues This Election

The Three Crucial Issues This Election

Annie Turner

I am a progressive Christian who worships in two communities, one a more traditional Catholic Church and the other a more liberal, gay-friendly, inclusive United Church of Christ. Here's what's important to me.

Patheos Election Month: The Most Important Issue for Catholics Is...

Patheos Election Month: The Most Important Issue for Catholics Is...

Rebecca Hamilton

It threatens not just religious people, but secularists, as well.

 Civil Liberties and Human Rights are Under Fire

Civil Liberties and Human Rights are Under Fire

Chris Hallquist

I'd much prefer that Obama win, but I voted for the Green Party candidate because Democrats can't take civil liberties for granted.

My Pagan Spirituality and my Democratic Vote

My Pagan Spirituality and my Democratic Vote

Crystal Blanton

This election is about more than the economy; it is about freedom of choice, religious diversity, and racial equality.

Why Won't Candidates Run on This Life Issue?

Why Won't Candidates Run on This Life Issue?

Leah Libresco

Our politicians should face up to the enormity of the violence they plan to inflict on others, not puff themselves up by telling us how strong they are.

What Issues My Faith Makes Key For Me

What Issues My Faith Makes Key For Me

Phil Fox Rose

More than any single issue, I would ask which candidate is more likely to further our disentangling abroad and healing at home.

Billy Graham, Paul Ryan, and Biblical Principles

Billy Graham, Paul Ryan, and Biblical Principles

Bruce Epperly

The quest for justice is a mighty river and imperative on the wealthy and powerful, whether in government or private enterprise.

The Good Samaritan and the Social Safety Net

The Good Samaritan and the Social Safety Net

Anne Lindley

As a Christian, I believe Jesus was not kidding when He said "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

What I Care About That's Not Being Talked About

What I Care About That's Not Being Talked About

Adam Copeland

While I am prepared to argue for these issues in the language of the public square, each one is central to me because of my Christian foundation.

Unraveling the Spin on the 2012 Election – A Different Perspective

Unraveling the Spin on the 2012 Election – A Different Perspective

Frank Viola

It takes work to find out where the truth lies. It also requires time.

An Issue Dear to Jesus' Heart: The Poor

An Issue Dear to Jesus' Heart: The Poor

Laura Garwood-Meehan

I guess I missed the lesson where Jesus cautioned against enabling the widows to mismanage their money.

Poverty and Our Shared Humanity

Poverty and Our Shared Humanity

Caryn Riswold

I stand in two traditions - Lutheranism and feminism - and answer this question from that multiplied perspective.

Key Issues for a Rocker

Key Issues for a Rocker

Jacob Slichter

Brooklyn-based musician and writer Jacob Slichter, the drummer for Semisonic, responds...

 The Court And My Pagan Vote

The Court And My Pagan Vote

Jason Mankey

A right-wing super-majority on the Supreme Court could marginalize not just Pagans, but anyone involved in a minority religion.

Me, Myself and I: Sorting Through the Issues

Me, Myself and I: Sorting Through the Issues

Maria Dixon

In this era of the one trick pony voter-the solidly ideological voter-I am awash in a sea of conflicting concerns, ideologies, and identities.

Foreign Policy Beyond War, Terror and

Foreign Policy Beyond War, Terror and "National Security"

Adam Jeske

I wanted President Obama and Governor Romney to talk about people when they talked about foreign policy.

My Catholic Problem - and Ours

My Catholic Problem - and Ours

Jeremy Lott

Two issues that make a choice at the presidential level very difficult.

What Presbyterians Should Care About

What Presbyterians Should Care About

Bruce Reyes-Chow

As part of the ongoing Patheos 2012 election coverage and commentary, I am opening up my blog for Presbyterians to answer this week's question. First up, Norb Kumagi, an ordained elder in Northern California.

The Key Issues are Not Issues

The Key Issues are Not Issues

Greg Garrett

Our own participation in American civic life has become so unchristian that what Christians should be concerned about is not Christian issues, but a Christian ethic for doing politics.

Change We Can Believe In? The Obama Question

Change We Can Believe In? The Obama Question

Carl Gregg

Neither President Obama nor candidate Obama has ever been particularly progressive, leftist, or radical.

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians and the Role of Government

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians and the Role of Government

Eric Sapp

I think the Church could do a better job (in most cases) of caring for the poor than government...if it actually answered Christ's call and did the work. The problem is we're not.

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