Year End Review of American Christianity

January 1, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Faith, Headlines

2008 is over.

The most important event on the religious landscape of America was the presidential election. The Democratic party reinvented itself as “religious” and the Republicans lassoed former Baptist minister and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Mormon governor Mitt Romney stepped up the plate, as well. John McCain suffered a slight setback for snuggling too close to John Hagee, a card-carrying anti-Catholic. McCain then chose Sarah Palin, an Pentecostalesque evangelical who was denounced as a “creationist” and “fundamentalist”. Who can forget the Saturday Night Live skits mocking Palin.

Then there were the Pastor Rick Warren interviews, which were very civilized and enlightening–perhaps the highlight of the entire campaign. Barack Obama shocked everyone by saying that decisions over abortion and the moment with life begins were “above his pay grade.”

We elected Barack Obama, a professed Christian whom a majority of practicing Christians voted against. Barack Obama’s greatest moment of unpopularity centered around his pastor Jeremiah Wright’s racist comments about Whites, Jews, and the infamous “God damn America” sermon. Obama promised America that he had not heard the Reverend Wright say anything prejudicial in his twenty years of attending Wright’s Trinity United Church in Chicago. Obama withdrew his membership at Trinity United and the rest is history. Obama won the election but Proposition 8 passed in California with the support of Catholics, Evangelicals and Mormons.

Pope Benedict XVI made his first visit to the United States and celebrated Holy Mass in Washington, D.C. and New York City where he visited Ground Zero. Most notably, the Holy Father met with victims of priestly sexual abuse and offered apologies.

As a former Anglican clergyman, I followed with great interest the crisis in the Anglican Communion and the related fallout in America’s branch-the Episcopal Church USA. After a meeting in Jerusalem, conservatives around the globe rallied together in their affirmation that homosexuality is a grave sin and contrary to the Sacred Scriptures. In the meantime the American Episcopal denomination continues to fracture and splinter. Perhaps 2009 will see the formation of a new denomination.

Did I miss anything? If so leave a comment.

               

Election 2008 – Either way we dodged a bullet

November 11, 2008 by David Stotts  
Filed under Culture, Headlines, Politics

The disappointment many of us felt on Election Night 2008 really began ten months prior – when John McCain made his unlikely comeback in New Hampshire on January 8th. He was never the best candidate to defeat Barack Obama, nor was he the best standard bearer for the conservative voice in America. Not by a long shot. He may be an American hero and an honorable man, but his inability to fully grasp (let alone articulate) the fundamentals of true conservatism weakened him with his base, and with the general electorate. Just ask yourself how many times, during the three Presidential debates, you found yourself screaming at the television incredulous at McCain’s refusal to stand up to Obama’s sophistry. Anyone who lets his wealth-spreading opponent get away with co-opting Republican “tax cutting” rhetoric doesn’t deserve to win. Now the President-Elect is “ready to rule on day one” and many of us (especially those of us who care about the Life issue) are deeply troubled. But I like silver linings. I need them. WIth McCain no longer in the position of being the de facto representative for conservatism, we now have a tremendous opportunity. It’s time for us to purge our ranks, relearn what it means to be a consistent social and economic conservative and look for new and persuasive ways to not just articulate, but implement conservative principles on the ground. When those ideals are actually applied, not just touted, you get real results. But enough about Bobby Jindal.

The point is this: we dodged a bullet either way. To be sure, the bullet of Barack hurts far more than would have that of McCain and we’ll suffer longer because of it. But let’s not forget, from the ashes of Jimmy Carter rose Ronald Reagan. We mustn’t squander this opportunity to refine.

               

John McCain on SNL (Saturday Night Live)

November 3, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Headlines, Politics

These videos of McCain on SNL with Tina Fey are so funny! You’ve got to watch them. (They make take four or five seconds to load…)

This one is my favorite:

And an interview with John and Cindy with an excellent clip of McCain impersonated Barbara Streisand:

               

Barack Obama losing a little ground

November 2, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Headlines, Politics


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Obama needs to be up at least 8-10% if he’s wants to sleep for the next couple nights. Zogby put McCain as within the error of margin on November 1st. McCain is gaining tick marks in swing states. Will he win be able to pull this off?

Everyone I know is praying and fasting!

               

Joe the Plumber vs. Barack Obama: Thou shalt not steal!

October 16, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Headlines, Politics

Everyone is talking about “Joe the Plumber”, also known as Joseph Wurzelbacher.

Joe the Plumber has a goal: He wants to purchase the small plumbing business for which he works and then expand it by hiring more people. Joe wants to create more jobs. Joe is the kind of person who will help America. As such, Joe the Plumber represents the entrepreneurial type that forms the back bone of this nation’s economy.

Several days ago, this Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher publicly confronted Obama. He accused Obama of wanting to raise his taxes so that it would be impossible for him to establish his business and thereby expand America’s economy.

Barack Obama responded by saying that “spreading the wealth around” would help all Americans!

Thus comes the revolution. The Democratic party no longer believes that wealth should be created by citizens. No, wealth must be spread around. That’s another way of saying, “Government is Robin Hood – We steal from the rich and give to the poor.”

Why is this dangerous. It is dangerous because the Government currently takes our money to fund abortion, wars, and pork barrel projects for which “Joe the Plumber” has no interest. Now Barack Obama says that he’s going to take more and do more.

Joe the Plumber who works hard for living will not be able to fulfill his dream as a small business owner, because Barack Obama wants to fund abortions, nationalize health care, and dog-ear billions for the liberal institutions that he favors.

If this election swings to McCain, it won’t be because of McCain; rather, it will be because Joe the Plumber and his friends have seen the light.

               

Liberal Outrage at Pro-McCain March

October 14, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Headlines


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Don’t let the media convince you that McCain’s supporters are mean-spirited while Obama’s supporters are doves. In case you thought that New York liberals were warm-hearted and tolerant, check out this video:

               

“Christians for Obama” (and “McCain Haters for McCain”)

October 11, 2008 by Charlton Wimberly  
Filed under Faith, Headlines, Politics


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I’ve been really troubled by how many people (including some close friends) have said that you can’t be a Christian and vote for Obama.  Yeah, Obama is wrong on abortion.  But as important as the abortion issue is, it’s not the ONLY issue. I can understand how some Christians may weigh all of the issues (including the war, poverty, etc.) and decide to vote for Obama.  

For example, on Thursday the New York Times (I promise I read other stuff, too) ran an article with a picture of three small children who were killed by American bombs in Afghanistan, along with at least 30 other civilians.  It’s heart-wrenching–you can see it here.  I’m not trying to equate abortion victims with civilian victims of war–on the contrary, I think that there are significant differences there.  But I do think that the war is one of many examples of important issues (along with abortion) that Christians must weigh when choosing a candidate.  I can see how Christians, who value life, might weigh all of the issues in this election and end up voting for Obama–even without agreeing with (or trying to rationalize) his flawed position on abortion.

Even though I’ll probably vote for McCain (do they have bumper stickers that say “McCain Haters for McCain”?), I think it’s reckless and misguided to label someone as a heretic simply because he or she decides to vote another way (especially considering that neither of our choices in this election is all that appealing).  Since both parties’ platforms are significantly deficient, shouldn’t Christians have grace for other Christians who come to a different decision when selecting whom to vote for?  Do we really want to tie the Gospel so closely to a single candidate or political party?

Curious for your thoughts.

               

The only way McCain can win

October 8, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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McCain will win if he can swing these seven states (the number in parentheses indicate the electoral votes carried by each state):

Ohio (20)
Florida (27)
Nevada (5)
North Carolina (15)
Missouri (11)
Virginia (13)
Colorado (9)

Obama currently holds all seven states according to the Real Clear Avg. However, Obama only holds these seven states by 4% or less. If the wind blows rightly, McCain can pull it off. Otherwise, we get this:

Obama Marx 2008

Obama Marx 2008

               

Second Presidential Debate a Dud

October 8, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Culture, Headlines, Politics


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Last nights “worst-ever-moderated debate” was a dud.

What’s up with McCain suggesting that the government buy up bad mortgages and lower the value? That’s insane.

Still, Obamas’ healthcare program is even crazier and his pro-partial birth abortion policy is not even insane, it is morally evil.

               

Why Bush is hurting McCain

October 1, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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Why are independents flocking to Obama in the polls? One reason is that we’re hearing from George W. Bush again. When you pick up the paper, you see George W. When you turn on the TV, you see George W.

George W. brands the Republicans and makes people want to run into the arms of the Democrats.

Whether you like George W. or not, his current media presence is reminding people that they want “Change”.

               

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