Can Pope Francis be the one to save Barack Obama?

by (@rebs8675309) October 6, 2013

Pope Francis’ recent comments may have earned him an unlikely fan, President Barack Obama. But could the Pope’s approach enable Obama to one day see the light on abortion and same-sex marriage?

Joel Hunter: A Political Pastor

by (@TheIRD) July 15, 2013

A recent Religion News Service (RNS) article by Mark Pinsky profiled Orlando mega-church pastor Joel Hunter, lamenting the pastor’s efforts to “[become] the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics have resulted in a ten percent drop in membership.” The article reports membership at Northland Church has dropped from 15,000 to 13,500 because of Hunter’s refusal […]

Tooley: Ambitious Pastor Took ‘Cheap Shots’ at Religious Right

by (@TheIRD) April 3, 2013

By Charlie Butts and Jody [Editors note: This article originally appeared on the Instant Analysis website, quoting an interview with Mark Tooley.] The Episcopal priest who brought politics to the pulpit on Easter Sunday is being accused of taking “cheap shots” at conservative Christians in a Washington, DC, venue while the First Family was in attendance. St. […]

Reduced Religious Vitality, Our Nation, and the 2012 Election

by (@bjgingerich) November 13, 2012

by Robert Benne We are indeed a changed country. We are in decline economically, socially, and culturally.  And the crucial factor—religion—that undergirds all those sectors is losing its punch. The victory of Barack Obama is a sure sign of these changes. Let’s start with the economic dimension.  We have incurred trillions of dollars of debt […]

Poll: Regular Churchgoers Preferred Romney

by (@TheIRD) November 8, 2012

Exit polling following the US presidential election has found that regular churchgoers voted for defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney by wide margins. According to one exit poll released through CNN, 42 per cent of Protestant Christians voted for Barack Obama and 57 per cent for Romney. Among the nation’s Catholics, half voted for Obama and […]

Now Is the Time to Value Faith

by (@TheIRD) November 7, 2012

By Addie Darling In the days leading up to yesterday’s election, both President Obama and Governor Romney made last-minute appeals to the public based on common values and national well-being. This past Saturday, President Obama presented a new ad  about his faith values. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6msJWsmvTo&w=460&h=315] However, while President Obama may have been leading with his values for […]

Pew Poll Shows Most Protestants and Catholics Opposing Obama

by (@markdtooley) November 4, 2012

A new Pew Research Center poll, the last before the election, shows majorities of evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, and Roman Catholics supporting Mitt Romney. White evangelicals support Romney over Barack Obama by 78 percent to 16 percent, about equaling George W. Bush’s record evangelical support in 2004, which some believed was the margin of victory. White […]

Campaign 2012: the Funeral March of Public Discourse

by (@bjgingerich) November 1, 2012

[Warning: this blog is about indecent language. I link to said indecencies for sake of evidence, but if you don't want to hear bad language, don't click on the hyperlinks.] Have you heard? There’s a presidential election going on. As I try my best to avoid campaign blitzing on the internet (thankfully, I don’t have […]

What About Sudan?

by (@TheIRD) October 12, 2012

By Faith McDonnell Through our affiliation with Act for Sudan, an alliance of advocacy organizations and individual activists of which IRD is a member, IRD is working to have Sudan become an issue in the remaining Presidential debates at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. Both debates include foreign […]

The Evangelical Left Post Obama?

by (@markdtooley) October 12, 2012

The seeming absence of the Evangelical Left in this election is notable.  Liberal evangelicals were fired up for Barack Obama in 2008. Obama’s overall improvement in evangelical support was not huge. He got 24 percent of white evangelicals versus 21 percent for John Kerry in 2004. But he got about 33 percent of young evangelicals, […]