Rick Warren to Give Inauguration Invocation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 19th, 2008

Pastor Rick Warren -- a vocal opponent of homosexuality and gay marriage -- will be giving the invocation on January 20th. For many on the left: not a popular move by their man Barack. Thirty-year-old trevorkiel is an Obama devotee willing to grant the president-elect lots of wiggle room. But not ...

California’s Prop 8

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 14th, 2008

California's Prop 8, probably the most scrutinized ballot measure of 2008, was one of three same-sex marriage bans that passed last Tuesday. (The others were in Florida and Arizona.) Gay-rights advocates are questioning its legality and planning nation-wide protests tomorrow. Several anti-Prop 8 marches have already taken place since the ...

Christians Figuring Faith Into Their Votes

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[TheFemGeek / Flickr] Two Christians. Two distinct views on how to mix faith and politics. Meaghan is a Democrat getting a Ph.D. in psychology at Tulane in New Orleans. She says she likes knitting and is sarcastic, but here she is entirely earnest about faith and American democracy. Don't get me wrong, I ...

Palin: Feminist Role Model or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[gaelx / Flickr] Since Sarah Palin joined the McCain campaign, there's been vociferous disagreement over her feminist cred. Is she blessing or blight to the cause? To catch up on the debate, here are a few recent strands. Wendy describes herself as a "conservative, home schooling mom" with a "smokin' hot, hard ...

A Pastor’s Tips on Voting

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Church and flag [Golden ~Eye~ / Flickr] Jeff Leake is a Steelers fan (he lives in Pittsburgh) and likes reading novels at Borders bookstores. He's also the lead pastor of Allison Park Church and has been asked a lot about the election and how to consider the candidates. Here's a longish excerpt ...

Campaign Issues: A Family Affair

Posted by Ann | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Lapsklaus / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] If our politics is genetic, then how come it's (often) so difficult to talk to our parents about campaign issues? If they don't share our views, we revert to our 15-year-old selves, petulant and hysterical over the very notion that we share DNA ...

Lying About Lipstick

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

[BrittneyBush / Flickr] Lipstick on a pig. It's absurd, but since our mission is to serve up smart citizen commentary from webworld, and since today everyone's talking about the new McCain/Palin ad, here we go. Yesterday, Obama said that McCain's offer of "change" is like putting lipstick on a pig. No reference ...

Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

Sarah Palin’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

[Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] There were lots of favorable headlines in the mainstream media about Sarah Palin's convention speech. Here, from the blogosphere, is some of that same feeling as well as some edge. Jeff from Elk Grove, California, is going to vote for Obama, but he thought Palin nailed her ...

Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Bristol Palin with family at VP announcement in Dayton [er3465 / Flickr] Elle is a Texas-based group blogger who thinks it's no one's "business" that 17-year-old Bristol Palin is five months pregnant. Elle was a pregnant teen herself, once. But she does take aim at the coverage of Bristol's pregnancy. Elle "can't ...

McCain Picks Palin

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Alaska [triciaward / Flickr] Impeccably timed to eclipse the Obama-convention-speech headlines, McCain has chosen Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice-presidential candidate. Archbishop Cranmer, who blogs about religion and politics with sixteenth-century wisdom, feels this spells "Barack who?": Governor Palin is a Protestant Evangelical Christian. Moreover, she is strongly ‘pro-life’, ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...

Christian Isn’t Partisan

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

She likes Dr. Pepper. There aren't any CC photos of a nonpartisan Christian voter. [Darwin Bell / Flickr] Dee is a Christian blogger with dyslexia and dysgraphia who has taught herself to like writing. She's also a fan of theme parks and Dr. Pepper, especially if it's bottled in Dublin, Texas. Last month, ...

Warren Better Than Network Anchors?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Rick Warren [kev/null / Flickr] You remember the Gibson/Stephanopoulos-moderated Democratic debate, right? That may have been on Mike from LeftFielder.org's mind when he decided Pastor Rick Warren was better at interviewing candidates than most network anchors. Actually, he just plain feels Warren did a great job: In my mind [...] the real ...

Another Reaction to Saddleback Church Forum

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Outside Saddleback Church [Bjarne B. Sunde / Flickr] Kate Stone writes an eponymous blog, and, unlike Erica, she was happy to miss the whole Saddleback frenzy while she was camping in New Mexico. She was curious to catch up on it at the end of her trip, though. After meeting a ...

Reaction to Saddleback Church Forum

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Erica is a journalism student from California. She tried very hard to get a ticket to Pastor Rick Warren's recent forum with Obama and McCain at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest -- and she felt rather sour when she learned that the seats had sold out at high prices (thanks, ...

Fighting for Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 15th, 2008

KK Forss is a photographer in Ely, Minnesota. He suffers from excruciating chronic spinal pain and has been trying to get the Minnesota House to pass a medical-marijuana bill (which never came up for a vote in the last session). KK says that when he could use medical marijuana, it ...

Obama’s Western Wall Prayer

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Prayers in Western Wall [beggs / Flickr] The prayer that Obama slid into the Western Wall in Israel has been much debated since a Jewish seminary student and his friends filched it and passed it on to the media. Some people feel it was a piece of political polish written ...

Why Conservative Christians Should Vote for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

[rev_bri / Flickr] A lot of conservative Christians -- who voted reliably for Bush in the last two elections -- seem to be alienated and disappointed by McCain as their Republican option. Some, though, argue pragmatically that it's in their long-term interest to support him. Kara is a Christian who is "determined ...

More on Church-Vote Separation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 18th, 2008

[Garrettc / Flickr] This is a sidebar to Ann's post about evangelical Christians who think religion and politics may be oil and water. RDemocrat blogs at BlueGrassRoots with other Kentucky Democrats. A Christian who believes firmly that religion and politics shouldn't mix, s/he was upset to see -- in Jeremiah Wright ...