Religion-and-politics poll reaches ‘Seinfeld’ proportions on nothingness

Focus on the Family Action exposes a shocking revelation from a new poll on religious beliefs and politics liberals and conservatives are different.

The evangelical pollster The Barna Group reveals this and other rather obvious conclusions at CitizenLink.com, the lobbying arm of the Colorado Springs-based ministry and publishing empire. Grab the smelling salts and read on.
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Ann Coulter bushwacked on radio by conservative Christian abortion foes

Crossposted from The Colorado Independent

Ultra-conservative Christian talk radio hosts are taking a new approach to getting their message out ambushing right-wing pundit Ann Coulter over her support for 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who absolutist antiabortion activists accuse of being “willing to sacrifice children for your vote.”

The Denver-based American Right to Life Action is leading the charge with a YouTube video excerpting Coulter’s on-air radio freak outs and calling on the acid-tongued author to apologize and retract her support for Romney.
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Strange Bedfellows: Michael Savage and the Catholic Right

by Snarky Anderson crossposted from Blogging for Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Thomas More Law Center has been on a roll these past few months. Last December, it sued the U.S. Treasury Department, arguing that the government was promoting radical Islam by paying federal bailout money to the insurer AIG. Now it has joined forces with Michael Savage to stop Congress from re-instituting the Fairness Doctrine, which existed between 1949 and 1987.

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Disgraced Rove aide named top lobbyist for Focus on the Family

Being a serial plagiarist may no longer be the professional equivalent of a hair shirt. Look at Vice President Joe Biden. Good thing for ex-Bush administration political operative Tim Goeglein too.

He’s been named the top Washington, D.C., lobbyist for Focus on the Family, according to a little-noticed “comings and goings” political column in the Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette.
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What is hot on Christian Radio? The Fairness Doctrine

I need to do a fair amount of travel by car for work – and often through rural areas where NPR stations just don’t reach. But rightwing and Christian stations do. Even though I am not a Christian, I actually prefer listening to the latter. There is less annoying bluster accompanying the dissemination of their views, and I get a window into what they are thinking.

So let me share with you what I heard last week on one of my trips.
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Sheriff investigates Mormon polygamists in southern Colorado

An investigative report by Naomi Zeveloff at The Colorado Independent:

Two months after a mass raid of a polygamist Mormon compound in Texas piqued the nation’s interest, a similar sect in southern Colorado is flourishing and in fact some speculate that the tiny town of Westcliffe in southwest Colorado may become the next polygamist nerve center in the United States. A compound there already hosts an estimated 30 members of the breakaway Mormon sect, and an aide to jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has already shelled out more than $1 million for nearly 200 acres of land nearby.
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Origins of Personhood: The moral precedent of conception, religion and the law

Second in a series of reports exploring the ramifications of a controversial state ballot measure. Crossposted from The Colorado Independent.

The question of when life begins is an incredibly complex one with enormous legal and ethical ramifications for contraception, abortion, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell research and the very definition of our humanity.

Colorado voters will decide this thorny question in November.
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Usury in the Bible Belt

You’d have thought that usury would be little practiced in areas of the country where large numbers of conservative Christians go so far as to declare that the Bible is the received word of the Almighty, reflecting His will, His interests, and even His grammatical tendencies. But in fact the opposite is true. The worst and most shameless form of legalized usury, the payday lender, is most prevelant in the Bible belt and least common in the liberal Northeast. There are maps here that make the point graphically.
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