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Survey: On foreign policy, U.S. both blessed by God and on wrong track

A new study described as the first of its kind suggests Americans believe the United States is both especially blessed by God and especially responsible to use its power wisely.
       

Candidates spar over abortion in final presidential debate

John McCain and Barack Obama differed sharply over the legality of abortion in their third and final presidential debate Oct.15 at Hofstra University, in one of the only mentions in this year’s presidential debates of a divisive cultural issue.
       

Faith leaders urge Red Cross access to detainees

Top leaders from several faiths have asked Congress to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all U.S.-held detainees, including those held at secret overseas prisons.
       

Young evangelicals less enthusiastic than their parents about McCain

Young white evangelical voters are less supportive of Sen. John McCain than evangelical voters over the age of 30, according to the poll conducted for the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.
       

Connecticut latest jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage

The Connecticut Supreme Court Oct. 10 made that state the latest in the union to offer full marriage rights to same-sex couples.
       

Little framed in moral terms during presidential debate

Economic woes and national security dominated a second presidential debate that offered little new information for undecided voters, including those looking for a values-based hook on which to hang their presidential choice.
       

Fewer than three-dozen churches risk tax-exempt status through endorsements

Only 33 churches signed up to participate in a conservative Christian group’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday Sept. 28, but planners viewed the exercise in civil disobedience as a success.
       

Support for ‘two-state’ solution troubles some Palin backers

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's answer during her Oct. 2 vice-presidential debate expressing support for a “two-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is drawing criticism from some of her strongest supporters -- pro-Israel conservative Christians.
       

VP debate explores little on hot-button social issues

Biden PalinVoters hoping to know more about the vice-presidential candidates’ faith-influenced views on contentious policy issues probably learned little from the Oct. 2 debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin.
       

Four in 10 think clergy should endorse candidates

Four in 10 Americans believe religious leaders should be permitted to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without risking their organization’s tax-exempt status, a new survey by the First Amendment Center shows.
       

Some conservatives say: ‘A woman VP? Sure. A woman pastor? No way’

There may never be a female pastor leading Tony Perkins’ Southern Baptist congregation in Louisiana, but there could be a woman taking over the vice president’s mansion in Washington. And as Perkins sees it, there’s no contradiction there whatsoever.
       

Southern evangelicals not guided by Bible for view on torture

A new survey suggests the very Americans who claim to follow the Bible most assiduously don’t consult it when forming their views about torture and government policy.
       

Torture fails to ensure national security, experts insist

Retired high-ranking military officers and national security experts at a national summit on torture agreed—a policy that permits torture does not make the United States or its troops safer.
       

Right or rite: Do Christian citizens have a duty to vote?

There is a debate in some religious circles about whether voting in secular elections is a duty for Christians.
       

Saddleback forum points out candidates’ differences, similarities

Individual stand on moral issues -- from personal character to the international arena -- was the foundation of the Aug. 16 Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency.
       
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