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An Ethnic Chinese Christian, Breaking Barriers in Indonesia - The New York Times
A former mining consultant, Mr. Basuki first ran for office in 2005, winning a local election on his native island of Belitung, off the southeast coast of Sumatra, in a district where 93 percent of the voters were Muslim. “I asked them why they wanted me to run, because I am of Chinese descent and a Christian,” he recalled of the local residents who approached him. “They said, ‘We don’t care — we know who you are. We know your character.’ ”
The Protestant Mainline Goes to Washington | Religion & Politics
When the Johnson Amendment passed in 1954—the amendment that was the target of the recent Pulpit Freedom Sunday—it was in the context of the political mobilization of mainline Protestants, not evangelicals.
How the Faithful Voted in 2014 Midterm Elections
In addition to continued strong support from white evangelicals and people who attend religious services regularly, the GOP appears to have made inroads among some religious constituencies that traditionally have not been as supportive of Republican candidates. (Pew)
Tony Perkins Takes A Crack At Being The Jesse Jackson Of The Louisiana GOP
What does Jesse Jackson do for a living? He extorts people. And extortion seems to be a growing racket in politics, because that’s precisely what Tony Perkins, head of the Family Resource Council, tried his hand at last night.
Big White Evangelical Turnout for Midterms - Religious Dispatches
The religious right spent decades building get-out-the-vote operations and candidate recruitment and training grounds. Those efforts do not vanish with demographic changes, particularly if evangelical turnout is outsized compared to other demographic groups. That’s why white evangelicals may only make up 32% of the population, as in Kentucky, but make up 52% of the electorate. Turnout matters.
Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood: Is Religion Inherently Violent? - The Atlantic
Although "religious" violence has always had a political element, she argues, the political nature of warfare—even in wars with putatively religious justifications—has become even more pronounced in contemporary history.
Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee Are on a Collision Course as Evangelicals Audition 2016 Contenders - NationalJournal.com
Still, as evangelical leaders approach 2016 with unprecedented urgency and emphasis on coordination, it appears the decision to collectively endorse one person may come down to two very different candidates: Huckabee, the once-ran preacher with inimitable charm and religious bonafides; or Cruz, the fresh-faced agitator who refuses to compromise or play nice with his party's establishment.
The Big Role of Black Churches in Two Senate Races
“Souls to the Polls” drives are a big part of the explanation. Black churches often promote voting after services, sometimes even taking church members directly to the polls. Such drives are traditionally most popular on the Sunday before an election, when black turnout might be even higher than it was on Sunday.
When pulpit and pew disagree
What can Christian leaders do when the official teachings of mainline Protestant churches and the political ideologies of the laity diverge? (Elesha Coffman, Faith and Leadership)
Evangelicals road test 2016 strategy - Anna Palmer - POLITICO.com
The evangelical movement finds itself at a crossroads: Regain relevancy in 2014 after a tough year in 2012 or face an even tougher fight in the next presidential election, when, it fears, Hillary Clinton will be at the top of the ticket, galvanizing liberals all the way down the ballot.
  • Opinion: Presidents pay tribute to Billy Graham
    How popular is Billy Graham? Just look at the new book, “Billy Graham & Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well.” President Barack Obama and every living former president contributes to this book. (Patrick Gavin, Politico)
    Who Was the Most Religious President of All Time?
    They called him “The Deacon.” (Slate)
    Obama could have a prayer among Ohio's white evangelicals
    A recent gathering of religious leaders in Ohio indicates that churches don't necessarily march in lock step with the Republican Party. But certain social issues could still make it a tough sell for the president. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • House panel backs bill to ban later-term abortions
    The bill, named the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line 20-12 vote and could get a vote in the full House as early as next week. (Associated Press)
    House passes DHS bill with anti-abortion rider
    Provision bars Immigration and Customs Enforcement from providing abortions for illegal immigrant detainees (The Associated Press)
    House strikes back on gay marriage
    Just hours after President Barack Obama publicly backed gay marriage, the House struck back and passed a measure aimed at reinforcing the Defense of Marriage Act. (Politico)
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  • Former UPS driver at center of pregnancy discrimination case before Supreme Court - The Washington Post
    His arguments are backed by amicus briefs filed from both the left and right of the political spectrum and from women’s rights organizations as well as ­anti-abortion groups. “Women’s groups are concerned about guaranteeing equal access to the workplace for women,” he said. “And anti-abortion groups are concerned about removing the pressures to terminate a pregnancy that a worker might not want to make.”
    Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage cases | Reuters
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned. By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in those states. Other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans will also be affected, meaning the number of states with gay marriage is likely to quickly jump from 19 to 30.
    Evangelical college's contraception lawsuit proves divisive | Al Jazeera America
    “There’s this external, out-facing argument to the federal government that ‘we believe these to be abortifacients, and this is part of our core religious identity,’ ” Leah Seppanen Anderson, a political science professor, said. “As an insider at Wheaton, I feel like we have not had that conversation.” She and most of the women she spoke with agreed that in their own lives, they would probably err on the side of not using emergency contraception. But Anderson said she’s simply not comfortable with the college making that decision for her, let alone presenting it to the world as a definitive evangelical value. “It seems like people at best aren’t sure, so why are we drawing the line on the sand on this issue?”
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  • Diplomacy and religion: When foreign policy was closer to heaven, and hell | The Economist
    When they make the effort, religious leaders can, in other words, be dab hands at diplomacy. They know how to choreograph events in ways that respect each other's integrity without causing offence. What about the other way round? How much do diplomats know about religion?
    Mayoral Race Threatens to Shake Up Tradition Where Jesus Grew Up
    Ramiz Jaraisi, the Christian mayor of this largely Muslim city, which depends on tourism generated by its past, has been in office for 20 years, but some say it is time for change. (The New York Times)
    As Spain's people drift from Catholic Church, government cozies up
    Spain's conservative government is considering dramatic restrictions on abortion and has already increase the Catholic Church's role in education, revealing a divided society. (CSM)
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