Why we vote that way: an anthropologist dissects faith and politics

Here’s an interesting take, from T.M. Luhrmann: If you want to understand how evangelicals conceive of their political life, you need to understand how they think about God. I am an anthropologist, and for the last 10 years I have been doing research on charismatic evangelical spirituality — the kind of Christianity in which people [Read More…]

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Will Catholics decide this year’s election?

Maybe: Ask ten people to name the most critical swing voting bloc in the 2012 presidential election and you’re likely to get at least five — and maybe ten — different answers. But, new polling from Gallup suggests that it’s Catholics who could well be the best bellwether of whether President Obama or former Massachusetts governor Mitt [Read More…]

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Ryan: Catholics can disagree about the budget

He made his remarks in a speech at Georgetown: U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, under criticism from some fellow Catholics, said his financial plan’s call for cuts in federal aid to the poor is consistent with the church’s teachings. In a speech today at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution in the nation’s capital, [Read More…]

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Kansas law would require churches to host gay weddings — UPDATED

Details — and a grateful H/T to Marcel at Aggie Catholics: Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s [Read More…]

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Obama’s “looming confrontation with Catholic activists”

This comes from The Hill, the political paper of record on Capitol Hill: President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse. Democrats want voters this year to focus on what they have branded [Read More…]

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“Test of Fire”: Must-see video for this election year

This says it beautifully. Just watch. And then share it with someone you know. [Read more…]

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“The Church cannot not oppose this unjust mandate…”

“This represents an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government to force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. The mandate purports to define which religious institutions are “religious” enough to merit the protection of their religious liberty. The Church cannot not oppose this unjust mandate. It is a [Read More…]

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RIP, Chuck Colson

The famous born-again Christian died today: Chuck Colson, a former aide to Richard Nixon, evangelical leader, author and nonprofit founder, died Saturday at the age of 80. He passed away at a hospital in Northern Virginia, three weeks after surgery to ease intercerebral hemorrhage — a large pool of clotted blood in his brain. Colson [Read More…]

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Catholics who are helping turn the tide of opinion on the death penalty

Something that doesn’t get much attention, but should.  From the Washington Post: Soon, probably next week, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy will sign into a law a bill that abolishes the death penalty in his state. When he does, Connecticut will be the fifth state to enact such legislation in as many years — and the [Read More…]

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Did Bishop Jenky cross the line?

Some people are saying so, pointing to this homily. Details: A prominent advocate of church-state separation filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria of violating federal law by intervening in a political campaign. The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church [Read More…]

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