After an African-American president, an African pope?

October 5, 2009

turksonIf you start seeing pictures of the man at the right or hearing his name now and then, here’s why.

Support for abortion rights declines in America

October 1, 2009

Public support for abortion rights is ebbing in America while the issue’s importance has fallen on the public agenda, especially for liberal Democrats, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

U.S. conservative Christians rally against Obama agenda

September 18, 2009

U.S. conservative Christians, a key base for the out-of-power Republican Party, gathered in Washington on Friday to rally the faithful against President Barack Obama’s agenda, including his top domestic priority of healthcare reform.

POLL – Is reforming U.S. health care a moral issue?

September 10, 2009

obama-healthThe heated debate over United States health care reform revolves around practical issues like its expected costs or the government-run “public option.” But when President Barack Obama addressed Congress on the issue, he quoted a letter from the late Senator Ted Kennedy saying: “What we face is above all a moral issue; at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.”

Fewer Americans see Islam as violent-Pew poll

September 9, 2009

The percentage of Americans who believe Islam encourages violence has declined and very basic knowledge about the faith has shown modest increases, according to a new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Thirty-eight percent of those polled believed Islam was more likely than other faiths to encourage violence, down from the 45 percent who held this view two years earlier.OBAMA/

from Tales from the Trail:

The Pope blessed Ted Kennedy

August 31, 2009

KENNEDY/As a divorcee who was pro-choice on abortion, the United States's most prominent Catholic politician was not exactly in the Vatican's good books.

Obama accuses some healthcare critics of “bearing false witness”

August 19, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama enlisted the “Religious Left” on Wednesday to help galvanise public support for his faltering drive for healthcare reform, using the language of faith as he accused some of the critics of his biggest domestic project of “bearing false witness.”

Religious Right TV ad links “Obamacare,” abortion

August 19, 2009

The Family Research Council, a leading activist group among America’s “Religious Right,” has launched a new TV ad in five key states that claims President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan will lead to publicly funded abortions — a charge disputed by the president’s allies and abortion rights groups.

Liberal U.S. religious groups launch “40 Days of Health Reform”

August 10, 2009

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Liberal U.S. religious groups launched “40 Days of Health Reform” on Monday.

Religious Left pushes for healthcare reform

August 7, 2009

America’s “Religious Left” is jumping into the healthcare debate with a plan to launch a “40 Days for Health Reform” initiative starting Monday.