Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide

(Reposted with Permission from the Author) With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it’s perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues? 1. Economic Inequality On economic inequality, Pope Francis has called for ending [Read More...]

Unchristian Witness: Pro-Life Congressman Asks Mistress to Abort Their Child

I’m not surprised by the recent revelation that out spoken defender of family values and hardcore “Pro-Life” Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais was taped encouraging one of his four mistresses to abort their unborn child…
The problem with the Right’s Pharisaical approach isn’t just the hypocrisy and harm to the Christian witness. It’s that it blinds them to people’s struggle, and you can’t show people God’s love when you’re yelling at them.
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Romney Doesn’t Care About Half of America—The GOP Half!

The group he is dismissing is mostly Republican! The top 10 states with the highest percentage of the population not paying income taxes are the reddest states in the country…Furthermore, the people he’s dismissing are not statistics or problems or worthless. They are God’s children, our neighbors. They matter and have worth…Romney’s similarity to the Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man is more than just in affect and movement. He has no heart. [Read more...]

Scripture & Politics Guide Part 9: Applying Scripture in a Pluralistic Society

progressive Christians should not categorically condemn those who claim their faith must publicly inform all they do. But we should remind those who make such claims that when they take such a stance, they place a much higher burden on themselves. [Read more...]

Part 8-Countering the Right’s Pharisaical Approach to Piety

The tendency of many leaders of the religious right and Republicans to focus on purity and on following the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit is not a problem unique to American politics…the idea–repeated by the prophets, Christ, and then throughout the epistles–that more is required of us than simple belief or a statement of faith is made especially clear in James. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and they shudder!” (James 2:18-19).
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