Category Archives: Politics

Does Hobby Lobby have a point in its contraception showdown with Obama?

Last week, I caught up on the Hobby Lobby case, which is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. To recap, at issue is whether evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby has to pay for health insurance that includes coverage for contraception, as the … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby case: how will the Supreme Court rule on contraception?

Hobby Lobby execs got the news last week that their case opposing a federal mandate to provide contraception to employees will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case interests me because I am taking a class on intergovernmental … Continue reading

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Rev. Schaefer one of many pastors officiating gay weddings in defiance of church

I’ve been following the saga this week of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist minister from Spring City who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony. He was suspended for 30 days Tuesday … Continue reading

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Obamacare, Medicaid and the social problem pastors won’t address

Amid all the political back and forth on the Affordable Care Act and whether it’s the savior of society, or a sign of the apocalypse, I came across a blog item taking pastors to task for not standing up for … Continue reading

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Now who is taking a Christian defense of the poor? Why it’s Ohio Gov. John Kasich

In case you haven’t been paying much attention to politics lately (and who can blame you), some post-shutdown maneuvering has started to emerge. As you might expect, it’s the Republican side doing the maneuvering in the wake of the PR … Continue reading

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Sen. Ted Cruz wins key vote at Values Voter Summit

The government shutdown may be ending with Republican polling data in a nosedive, but ringleader Sen. Ted Cruz picked up a key endorsement from the effort. Cruz won by double digits a straw poll conducted by the conservative Family Research … Continue reading

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Government shutdown driving young Christians from the GOP?

As the government shutdown rumbles into week two with no end in sight, faith watchers are wondering if the GOP’s hardline stance won’t cost the party young Christians it already struggles to attract. The Republican take-no-prisoners approach is driven by … Continue reading

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How are Sen. Ted Cruz’s religious beliefs driving government shutdown push?

Fresh off his 21-hour filibuster, Sen. Ted Cruz’s religious ties are being explored by several media outlets. A vision of Christian dominionism emerges upon closer examination of speeches and comments made by both Sen. Cruz and his father, the Rev. … Continue reading

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Churches may pay less under the Affordable Care Act

While we all wait for government to shut down, I thought I’d share some Affordable Care Act news as it relates to the faith world. The Associated Baptist Press had the story last week that provisions to allow small businesses … Continue reading

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‘Hello, this is Pope Francis…’ Pope calls have Vatican worried

I pondered a philosophical question today after reading a New York Times’ story about Pope Francis making spontaneous calls to needy (and very surprised) people. It left me pondering whether a good act is a good act alone? Or must … Continue reading

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