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Joshua challenged the people of Israel to choose whom they would serve. As millions of us cast our votes today, we face a similar decision. Will we settle for the gods of fear and privilege? […] Read More

With midterm elections less than a week away, it’s imperative that you make the time to vote. It’s your privilege and your responsibility. Here are 5 questions to ask about your candidates as you enter the voting booth. […] Read More

Does a “Vote the Bible” t-shirt, worn to a voting location, violate electioneering law because it may be offensive? An election worker in Round Rock, Texas, apparently thought it did and asked citizen Kay Hill to cover it up when Hill showed up to vote Oct. 24, according to a news story in the Austin […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on October 28, 2012. Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents 14 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents,* to another two, to another […] Read More

When the United States was founded, the only persons allowed to vote were free white men who owned property.  White women could not vote. White men who did not own property could not vote. Non-whites were denied the right to vote. Blacks did not gain the right to vote until 1870 with the ratification of the 15th […] Read More

The rule – the operating assumption, that is – in a democratic republic is that everyone will vote for the candidate who will best advance that voter’s self-interest. It’s democracy because, supposedly, everyone gets to vote her or his self-interest, and, ideally, each self-interested vote has equal value – the principle of “one person one […] Read More

When I was a week short of my 8th birthday, I vaguely remember John Kennedy’s inaugural address in January 1961. A key quote was, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” We have heard it repeated many times, and it makes me proud to know […] Read More

The U.S. national anthem ends by questioning whether the “star spangled banner yet waves o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” In 2012, deliberate measures to suppress voting and voter registration of poor, non-white, elderly, formerly incarcerated and disabled Americans make that question more than a choral ending to our […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The American Civil Liberties Union is criticizing plans by two Iowa churches to host early voting during worship services. “Combining polling places with religious services is an invitation to the abuse of both religion and the civic act of voting,” said Ben Stone, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, […] Read More

In 10 days’ time, on March 24, NSW residents will go to the polls for a State election. Indeed this is the year for elections with all three levels of government being voted upon. Not that readers need to be reminded of this fact. If you are like me, your mailbox, e-mail box and even […] Read More