Christian Principles in an Election Year

The National Council of Churches (whose member faith groups “include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations”) offers Christian Principles in an Election Year complete with a companion group study guide. It is also available in a reproducible format in a pdf file.

Alternative Faith-Based Voter Guide

From the Associated Press:

Redeem the Vote, a Montgomery-based group that registered thousands of religious voters in 2004, plans to distribute what it calls an “alternative voter guide” on races for statewide offices and the Legislature.

It will list candidates’ responses to a questionnaire about issues of faith, rather than highlighting their [...]

GA Christian Coalition Breaks Away

Like Noah and his neighbors, Georgia’s Christian Coalition and the national organization are waving goodbye with no plans to see one another again.

This is the fourth state group to leave the national Christian Coalition. Alabama’s group jumped or was pushed last month.

God’s Politics

Jim Wallis of the Soujourners Community, author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, has started a new blog called God’s Politics. He and Ralph Reed are in a dialogue (well… an exchange of blog posts) to get it started.

Political Plagiarism

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Judge Roy Moore points to the original author

I was flipping through some pages last night and saw again the recent quote from House minority leader Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn who charged that the positions taken by the Alabama Legislative Democratic Leadership Council in their Covenant for the Future represented “the [...]

Who’s Dumping Whom?

Seems that the national Christian Coalition was also in the process of ending its relationship with the Christian Coalition of Alabama:

At the same time Giles was sending a letter to the national organization, the national group was sending a letter to the Christian Coalition of Alabama about terminating the agreement between the [...]

Christian Coalition of Alabama Departs National Organization

The Christian Coalition of Alabama is departing the national Christian Coalition because the national organization is too liberal. A new name and logo will be unveiled by November 1.

Thanks, Kathy.

Promoting a Culture of Life

President Bush and others talk about promoting a “culture of life.” The term is often used in terms of framing the abortion issue. Bush addressed anti-abortion marchers (January 24, 2005) saying that “even the unwanted have worth.”

“We’re also moving ahead in terms of medicine and research to make sure the gifts of [...]

A Prayer for Tax Fairness

The Rev. Jim Evans is saying in an op-ed piece in today’s Anniston Star what Kimble Forrister of Alabama Arise, the Tuscaloosa News, others, and I have been saying. The recent tax reform legislation that Alabama passed is “important” and it is a “first step.”

Some highlights of his piece:

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Christian Coalition Attacks Trial Lawyers – and Falsely?

Ok, I have one for you that puts together two recent threads of topics here in the Political Parlor: how money corrupts the political process and how faith does and doesn’t affect the political process.

From talk2action.org yesterday:

The Christian Coalition of Alabama (CCA) is accusing trial lawyers, [...]

Most Professedly Christian and Least Christian in Behavior?

About 90% of Alabamians identify themselves as Christian or Jewish, so I will assume that somewhere around 90% of the readers here identify themselves as Christian or Jewish. Given that, I hope it’s useful to take an article published today to pose more food for thought about how our faith does or does not [...]

Faith and Low Sacrifice / High Sacrifice Issues

Jim Evans’ recent article about Susan Pace Hamill’s piece in the Virgina Law Review led me to find her article on the web (PDF file and quite long). In it, she says some powerful and provocative things.

For example, she reflects on “the scarcity of faith-based ethical reflection in tax policy.”

The [...]

National Christian Coalition on Hard Times

Speaking of money and politics (as I was below), the Washington Post has a story about the Christian Coalition shrinking as its debt increases.

The once-mighty Christian Coalition, founded 17 years ago by the Rev. Pat Robertson as the political fundraising and lobbying engine of the Christian right, is more than [...]

Jim Evans on Morality and Tax Policy

I urge you not to miss Jim Evans’ most excellent piece from the Anniston Star this morning about the moral dimensions of governmental budgets and tax policies. (Our Daily News Digest has it, but it is good enough that I particularly wanted to call your attention to it.)

An excerpt, in which [...]

Senate Committee Passes High School Bible Elective

The Montgomery Advertiser reports today that the Senate version of a bill to establish a high school elective called “The Bible and Its Influence” passed out of committee on a 4-2 vote. The bill is sponsored by Rules Chair Jim Preuitt, D – Talladega.

[Sen. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope] predicted a Republican-led filibuster of [...]

Legislative Dispatch

A Look from the Rearview Mirror

This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session.  For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end.  For others, it was one that ended much too quickly.  It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.

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Putting Students First

As you know, a very important piece of legislation will be presented for our consideration in the House tomorrow in Montgomery – Senate Bill 310 – the “Students First” tenure and fair dismissal reform bill. Like me, many House members have been inundated with phone calls and emails from opponents of this bill, and some have been [...]

Legislative Transparency

There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]


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