Election Day 2012 Round-Up

Finally!  Time to vote (if you aren’t among the very many who have done so already).  I decided to round-up a list of the pieces I’ve written over the past few months that most pertain to the election today.

First, responses to the four Patheos Election Month questions.  This was a great series, generating a lot of response from various bloggers here at Patheos.  Check them all out.  Here are mine:

1:  What’s wrong–and what’s right–with the role of faith in American politics today?

Religious Freedom is for Everyone

2:  Does a candidate’s faith matter? 

Presidential Faith: When Difference Matters

3:  What are the key issues for people of your tradition to consider as they approach this election?

Poverty & Our Shared Humanity

4:  For whom will you vote for President, and why?

Barack Obama, Once More

As soon as Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate back in August, I knew religion was going to be even more of an issue in this election.  I wrote this about it all:

RomneyRyanObamaBiden ~ Religion & Politics Overload

Additionally, I posted a series of prayers compiled by Faith Aloud, for the 40 days leading up to the election … prayers to end the War on Women.  Here was the first set:

This Week in Pro-Choice Prayer

Beyond that, I wrote a variety of posts on other issues relevant to the election as they emerged.  These are just a few.

On GOP men talking nonsense about rape:

If Only Mourdock Were Rare

Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and The Rapist

On the probable illegality of a Catholic Bishop threatening the faithful with damnation if they vote for Barack Obama (and if only he were rare!):

Vote Wrong & Go to Hell?

On why race still matters, even when (and probably because) white folks ignore it:

The War on Black Women

Race Still Matters.  Religion … Maybe.

Read.  Listen.  Share.

And if you haven’t done so already … VOTE!


About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • Frank

    Every democratic vote is a vote in support of the killing of 1.2 million innocent lives each year. They are looking at you to do the right thing?

  • pagansister

    Frank, what a surprise! My vote was for our current President! President Obama is not responsible for any woman who makes up her own mind what to do with her own body. The current laws help prevent back ally or self induced abortions. If a woman wishes to terminate her pregnancy she will do so whether it is legal or not. Legal is safer and preferable. Put your energy into early sex education, choices when a girl or woman finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy, easy access to birth control methods and that might lower the number you continue to spout. It is not any man’s job to legislate what is a woman’s choice—–