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“We are religion-and-values specialists and issue generalists,” says Robert Jones in a recent Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com. Jones is the founding CEO of Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C. PRRI “is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization dedicated to work at the intersection of religion, values, and public life,” according to its website. […] Read More

“Start packing!” That was Mitt Romney’s directive when asked if he had anything to say to President Obama now that, at least unofficially, the 2012 general election campaign for White House residency has begun. Not at all a surprising response from the Republican candidate who contends that reality is fundamentally economic in nature, and, therefore, […] Read More

Dozens of Tennessee faith leaders urged Republican presidential candidates to keep the bitter rhetoric on immigration out of the Volunteer State. Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary is March 6. The plea came Feb. 9 in the form of a statement signed and released by some 45 leaders representing the Abrahamic faiths across Tennessee. “We are faith […] Read More

The 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be as much an old-time religious revival as it is a political contest. Informed by consultants that more than 60 percent of American voters prefer candidates with strong religious convictions, Republicans and Democrats are boning up on their pious platitudes. And that’s no easy task given the […] Read More

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he was suspending his presidential campaign and endorsing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The announcement came more than two weeks after Perry finished a distant fifth place in the Iowa caucuses and months after he fell dramatically in Republican presidential polls. Perry started the campaign with the […] Read More

As the Republican candidates for president crisscross South Carolina, spewing venom at each other and producing lots of heat but no light, I have to ponder what I want for our country. I want everyone to have adequate food and a safe place to sleep. I want everyone to have access to health care. I […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy official is involved in behind-the-scenes efforts to defeat President Barack Obama and stop former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney from garnering the Republican presidential nomination. Richard Land, head of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has been involved with private strategy meetings and discussions for months – all while […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House, a reflection of the steep challenge facing Mitt Romney in the GOP primary. According to a survey released Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the Public Religion Research Institute, Romney faces an identity problem […] Read More

The top Southern Baptist public policy official used debunked and exaggerated claims to criticize President Barack Obama for supposedly “living like a playboy.” Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, leveled the attack against Obama during the July 16 broadcast of his radio program “Richard Land Live!” “His White […] Read More

Conservative Christian leaders from across the nation met two months ago near the Dallas airport to strategize about replacing President Barack Obama with someone who matches their agenda – a move that paralleled an effort by Christian leaders in 1979 to defeat then President Jimmy Carter.   About 40 conservative Christian leaders gathered in Dallas […] Read More