What bloggers are saying about the Faith in Public Life/Zogby survey on the election, the “shrinking God gap,” and Obama hangin’ with Rick Warren. . .
Commenting on the results as well, Pam’s House Blend points out: “Poll shows Iraq, not the homostraw man, was focus of voters.”
And Jim Wallis confirms that conclusion, noting: “The moral agenda of religious voters has broadened beyond the two issues of abortion and gay marriage. When Focus on the Family’s James Dobson says the “moral valuesâ€ voters stayed home, he is simply wrong, and the data shows it.”
Speaking of that, Deb Hafner posts a handy list of what the election gains mean for people who care about issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. It also debunks the common media theme that this new congress is conservative.
And pastor Jeremy concludes that “as far as the “God Gap” goes, I think Evangelicals are finally figuring out that just because you stamp the name “Jesus” on something, doesn’t make it holy, pure, and wise.”
Melissa Rogers, always thoughtfully commenting on “religion’s intersection with public affairs,” writes about Rick Warren inviting Barack Obama to speak at Saddleback. Back in 2004 Warren listed five non-negotiables that included abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage – issues that Obama would “fail” on. In light of this Melissa wonders:
“Am I too optimistic in thinking that Warren himself might cringe at this kind of pitch today, especially in light of his increasing focus on issues like AIDS, the Darfur genocide, and worldwide poverty? I’m not looking for Rick Warren to issue a new heavy-handed “issues” statement that screams Democrat rather than Republican. But I would hope that Warren would talk differently about these things in the run up to the 2008 election. If he does, that will be progress in the journey toward a better conversation about faith and politics in America.
The Rev. Chuck Currie lays down the law with Trent Lott: “It seems to me he has a real choice now to either follow his old instincts of dividing people based on race or he could answer God’s call for justice. It’s up to him.”
The liberal Adventist Spectrum Blog posts youtube video of blogger Andrew Sullivan lecturing about how conservatives sold their soul by embracing fundamentalist-informed governing philosophy. Speaking of that, Johnny rips into popular young Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll who blames Ted Haggard’s wife.
Islamicate says goodbye to Rummy. Father Jake draws attention to the Episcopal resolution for ending the war in Iraq. Reaping the fruits of their resolve, CrossWalk America hosts some guest bloggers, including two UCC writers they met while walking through Indianapolis.
And finally, Rabbi Jill Jacobs at Jewish Funds for Justice, writes on the new NYTimes section on “Giving” which includes an article on tithing, which, if I recall, is the democratic method of supporting the good work of religion in society.