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July 31, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
President Obama has taken plenty of heat in conservative Christian circles for a remark he made in 2006 in which he said that that United States was no longer “just” a Christian nation, but was religiously diverse. Now, it turns out, he has allies for that view: evangelical Christian leaders. In a statement issued Tuesday , the National Assn. of Evangelicals said that when it surveyed selected evangelical leaders about whether the United States was a Christian nation, 68% said no. “Much of the world refers to America as a Christian nation, but most of our Christian leaders don't think so,” said Leith Anderson, the association's president.
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NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Taking a page from President Obama's political playbook, Michele Bachmann has formally left a church in Minnesota accused of holding anti-Catholic views. According to CNN , the church that Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus had attended for more than a decade, Salem Lutheran in Stillwater, Minn., granted the couple's request to be released from their membership last month, a week after Bachmann told a national audience that she would run for the Republican presidential nomination.
OPINION
March 24, 2008
Re " 'Old Hickory's' slaves," Opinion, March 21 Can we say that President Andrew Jackson was wrong to intentionally enslave people? Can we say that Osama bin Laden is wrong to intentionally kill people? Yes, they are both wrong. Ethical thinking is evolving toward moral truths, and much of humanity has outgrown the barbarisms of slavery and murder. Carl Byker is correct to say that we need to "figure out who we want to be in the future," but that does not absolve Jackson of his moral failings.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Strategists for the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton exchanged calculated barbs Sunday over accountability and ethics and who was engaging in personal attacks.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Outrage alert: Some conservatives have a beef with Michelle Obama’s invitation to a rapper who once called for the “burn”-ing of George W. Bush to perform this week at White House event. Hip-hop artist Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., a Chicago native who goes by the name Common, will be part of a poetry program Wednesday night. President Obama is expected to attend. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site launched by Tucker Carlson, has helped spearhead the controversy over the rapper.
NEWS
June 23, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Republicans from time to time have accused President Obama of playing identity politics. Here's the problem: The electorate remains confused about his identity.   The problem is most famously manifested in persistent conspiracy theories, driven by conspiracy-loving “birthers,” about Obama's birthplace and citizenship. But voters remain muddled about his religion as well, as a new Gallup poll confirms. The poll released Friday shows that just 34% of Americans can identify Obama as a Christian or, more specifically, as a Protestant.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Of the Democratic presidential candidates, would Republican John McCain rather take on Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? "You know, Ron Paul is still in the race," McCain joked Wednesday during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." McCain deadpanned about the marathon race between the Democrats: "I hate to watch it. It's terrible. My heart goes out to them." During the taping, McCain pretended to walk off the set when Stewart pressed him on whether President Bush is more of a liability for him than the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. is for Obama.
OPINION
June 7, 2012
Re "Religion shifts to the back burner," June 4 It's probably not altruism that prompts Mitt Romney to rein in conservatives' criticism of President Obama for his past association with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Perhaps Romney wants to forestall focus on his own Mormon faith. Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its president and members of the Quorum of the Twelve are all white males because of the church's historical discrimination. Romney asserts but does not define values that Mormonism purportedly has in common with other faiths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama “to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.”  The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
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