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Matthew Lee Anderson, blogger and author ofEarthen Vessels: Why our Bodies Matter to our Faith: "A Republican party that shifts on an issue like marriage to pick up votes will win no more trust from the electorate than it had before. Trust is formed when politicians are able to make their case effectively and cheerfully, and from a strong sense of conviction. The failure of the political leadership to do that on social conservative issues is more a problem than the issues themselves."

Scot McKnight, author and professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary: "We are tempted to divide the USA into the good and the bad and to forget that the gospel has folks on both sides of political lines. Even more: we are tempted to think that the winners of the election are those who are blessed by God when the blessing of God is on God's people. God's gospel-powered mission creates a new people, the church, where we are to see God's mission at work. Therein lies our hope."

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church:"Our hope is not in the man we put in the White House but in the Man we put on the Cross."

John Green, religion and politics expert at the University of Akron, senior fellow at Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: "Maybe Hispanic Catholics were not as moved by (Romney's) religious liberty-type arguments as by immigration and economics."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: "We pray that you [President Barack Obama] will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant. We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom. We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone."

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