Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part IV

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Julie Phillips is a writer and "aerial dancer" from Athens, Georgia. She's also the features/art-and-entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald -- for which she shot some probutcool footage on her inauguration trip to DC. In this clip, a young woman and a girl from Atlanta explain what they liked about ...

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 ...

President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Immense crowds are cheering. These two photographs tell the smaller stories that put Obama on the podium tonight. Phillyhappening saw these teenaged Muslim girls on a Philadelphia street last night. (Thanks, James Mills.) [phillyhappening / Flickr] David Smyth in Denver recorded this boy at a local Obama rally last week. (Hat tip ...

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 ...

Powell Endorses Obama and Muslim Americans

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Endorsing Obama [elycefeliz / Flickr] Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Sunday in an interview with Tom Brokaw. The significance of this was hashed out yesterday: as a Republican retired Army general, Powell adds to Obama's commander-in-chief cred. For JCP, who is studying the Middle East at the University ...

Obama Is Not an Arab — But So What If He Were?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 16th, 2008

[John Weise / Flickr] At the same Minnesota rally last week at which McCain said Obama wasn't a scary guy, he also clarified that Obama is not an Arab. "No, ma'am," he said, in response to a woman who felt Obama was of Arab extraction, "No, ma'am. He's a decent family ...

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, ...