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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.
Dwindling evangelicals? Why you should be very skeptical of outrageous claims
If one defines evangelicals as you would in the 1970s, then there has been a decline in white-only-born-again-Christians. But that’s not what’s happening. Evangelicalism–like the rest of America–is changing demographically. It’s less white, more Latino, and skeptical of labels than is previous decades.
Brazil’s evangelicals become a political force to be reckoned with | World news | theguardian.com
Evangelicals' political clout is visible. While the Catholic church has long exerted influence behind the scenes, evangelical pastors flex their political muscle overtly. Last year, the biggest public demonstration in Brazil was not one of the many political protests, but a March for Jesus rally that drew more than 800,000 people on to the streets of São Paulo.
Michigian Senate Candidate's Family Gives Millions To Evangelical Group Targeting 'Unreached People'
World Mission plays a role in Land's Senate campaign. According to donor records, employees of World Mission Clothing have donated $10,400 to Land's campaign. The money likely comes from Land's sister and brother-in-law, who campaign records show have donated $5,200 each to Land's Senate bid.
Marina Silva Creates Competition for Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's Presidential Election
A devout evangelical Christian, she would be the first Protestant elected to lead the world's largest Catholic nation. She entered politics in the Amazon at the side of rain-forest activist Chico Mendes, whose 1988 assassination helped spur the global environmental movement.
RNS: Atheist politicians remain closeted in the US
Serah Blain at the Secular Coalition for Arizona thinks many atheist politicians are closeted because of “a strong association in the U.S. between morality and religion — this idea that morality comes from faith. Right now it’s still politically risky to say you can be ethical without a belief in God,” she said.
Philippines Mindanao's only Christian municipality does not want to be part of Islamic region
The peace agreement between the government and Muslim guerrillas provides for the creation of an autonomous region, to be governed under Islamic rules. Wao, the only municipality with Christian majority, wants out. (Asia News)
Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested (in Burundi)
Since 2013, the small Central African nation of Burundi has seen a gradual but serious contraction of political rights and social freedoms. The government has even targeted leisure activities. (The Washington Post)
Project Pedro Pan and Today’s Manufactured Border Crisis
When Fidel Castro brought the horrors of Communism to the island nation of Cuba, parents feared their children would lose their faith, their heritage and suffer indoctrination. Some parents did the unthinkable: They sent their children away, not knowing if they’d be reunited.
Emily's List Candidates Are Quiet on Abortion
Yet none of them are talking much about abortion, a change from recent elections in which Democrats used the issue to stir female voters. The gap can be explained by this awkward fact: Most of this year's competitive races are in red states where the Democratic playbook on social issues doesn't work, compounding the party's challenges in retaining control of the Senate.
  • 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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  • 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?”
    How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom? - The Atlantic
    This standard may sound familiar—RLUIPA is the sister statute to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, the federal law which was at issue in Hobby Lobby. These laws apply to different laws implicating religious freedom—RFRA only to federal laws and RLUIPA to the land use and prison contexts—but both ask whether a religious burden is the “least-restrictive means” of accomplishing the government’s “compelling” goals.
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  • 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)
    Despite historic elections, Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law still creates tinderbox
    Pakistan has witnessed its first-ever civilian government completing a full five-year term and transferring power peacefully. But out of more than 1,100 people implicated in blasphemy cases over the past three decades, more than half are religious minorities. (The Globe and Mail)
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