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Does the Vatican Just Hate Nancy Pelosi?

September 25, 2013

Media pundits fail to understand that such canon laws and their enforcement spring from love—not of power, but of the people involved in this particular case.

Next to these participants in a 2004 abortion-defending political rally stood some pro-life counter-protesters with signs saying “LOVE THEM BOTH” and urging compassion for vulnerable children. Guess which side the GBCS was on?  (Photo credit:

13 Years of the GBCS’s Greatest Hits, Part One: Social Stances

August 8, 2013

The recently announced changing of the guard at the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church is a good occasion for reviewing what has made this offering-plate-apportionments-funded agency so controversial in the life of our denomination.

This first (non-comprehensive) list is of some of the GBCS’s most striking approaches to social issues under the leadership of its outgoing General Secretary, Jim Winkler, who has been in charge since 2000.


UMC’s Obamacare Support Comes Back to Bite Them

August 6, 2013

In March of 2010, a deal was struck with House Democrats that allowed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as many have taken to calling it, to pass. In the moments before its passage, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor to thank supporters of the push for health care reform. As the IRD noted at the time, Pelosi specifically thanked the United Methodist Church (UMC): “Our coalition ranges from the AARP…to the American Medical Association, the Catholic Health Association… the United Methodist Church, and Voices of America’s Children.”

Lutheran, Episcopal Bishops Head to Capitol Hill

December 14, 2012

Bishops from five Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Synods and five Episcopal Church Dioceses are gathered in Washington this week. Urging law makers to retain international development assistance focused on alleviating poverty, the…

Pelosi Thanks Religious Left for Obamacare Support

March 25, 2010

The following article originally appeared on the FrontPage Magazine website, and is reproduced with permission.   Speaker Nancy Pelosi was careful to thank the religious left for its ardent support of Obamacare before the…

Church Lobbies Back Nancy Pelosi’s Obamacare Bill

November 20, 2009

The following originally appeared as an IRD Weekly E-Newsletter. If you would like to receive future mailings, register as an IRD User today. Find additional newsletters in the IRD E-Newsletter Archive. Often our Mainline Church lobbies in Washington, D.C. deny they endorse…

Ecumenicals Gather in Methodist Building to Oppose “Violence”

September 27, 2007

The Geneva-based World Council of Churches, as part of its “Decade to Overcome Violence (DTOV),” sent a delegation of “Living Letters” to Washington, D.C to confer about American “violence.”  They met with U.S. church…