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One of the most common “talking points” in political speeches, media commentary and “coffee shop” conversations during election season is about “small government” versus “big government.” We are told that conservatives (Republicans) are for “small government,” while progressives (Democrats) are for “big government.” For example, Mitt Romney’s website states that “President Obama has put our […] Read More

“Never think that you need to protect God. Because anytime you think you need to protect God, you can be sure that you are worshipping an idol.” – Stanley Hauerwas Afraid. It is the best way to describe my feelings about the conversations that are taking place, the declarations being made on social media, at […] Read More

Red states – Republican-voting states – are more generous than blue states – Democratic-voting states. Based on a study of the 2008 data from the Internal Revenue Service of taxpayers, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported, “The eight states where residents gave the highest share of income to charity went for John McCain in 2008. The […] Read More

(RNS) If there’s one thing the fractious Republican field agrees on, it’s that personal religious devotion is central to their campaign message. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and even Ron Paul stress their faith on the stump; Romney plays up his religion, though he downplays his Mormonism because of lingering evangelical suspicion toward his […] Read More

(RNS) Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf’s libertarian streak developed early on. “When you come from a countryside that can kill you,” said Adolf, a Muslim convert in her late 50s, “there is a strong emphasis on individual rights, a strong emphasis on self-reliance, and an emphasis on helping each […] Read More

(RNS) The Iowa caucuses revived Rick Santorum’s underdog presidential campaign. Now an influential assortment of Christian conservatives has moved to consecrate it. On Saturday (Jan. 14), the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania sewed up the endorsement from a coalition of prominent national evangelical leaders. And he has basked in the glow of their affirmation. “Every […] Read More

With the help of conservative evangelicals, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum surged to a virtual first-place tie in Tuesday’s Republican caucuses in Iowa. Ending with a quarter of the vote and a mere eight votes behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Santorum rose dramatically from the bottom of the polls in just a couple of […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists Wednesday (Dec. 7) by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But he was just getting started. Gingrich also promised to use American dollars to fund “every dissident group” in Iran, whose leader has threatened to destroy […] Read More

(RNS) An advocacy organization for persecuted Christians has asked the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a pledge stating they would make religious freedom a priority in the United States and overseas if they win the White House. Open Doors USA joined with religious freedom activist Tom Farr of Georgetown University to draft the pledge, which […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Several GOP presidential candidates sought to kick-start their stalling campaigns on Friday (Oct. 7) by preaching a gospel of low taxes and conservative Christian values to a summit of Tea Partiers, religious right activists and beltway insiders. Every major Republican candidate except former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is scheduled to address the Family […] Read More