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VIDEO: John McCain on What the President's Religion Should Be (BeliefNet)

A few months ago BeliefNet interviewed John McCain and asked him what religion he thought the President should be. The Republican presidential candidate told Beliefnet he's uncomfortable with a Muslim president but felt Mitt Romney's Mormonism is a non-issue. Any religion is okay, according to McCain, so long as this candidate "will carry on the Judeo-Christian tradition that has made this country great."

 
 

VEEPSTAKES WINNER: It worked – Dobson says he would "pull lever" for McCain-Palin

In the last couple of days, I have wondered what it would take for John McCain to get the evangelical vote, particularly when Dr. James Dobson had previously said that he could not vote for him. Well, apparently the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin worked some magic for the good doctor and he said "But I can tell you that if I had to go into the studio, I mean the voting booth today, I would pull that lever."

 
 

VEEPSTAKES: Will Alaska Governor Sarah Palin bring in Conservative Votes for McCain?

VEEPSTAKES: Will Alaska Governor Sarah Palin bring in Conservative Votes for McCain?

With Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty apparently out of the running for McCain's VP pick, speculation this morning turns to Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska.

 
 

"Faithiness" Artifacts from the 2008 Democratic Convention

A collection of news stories about faith at the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver.

 
 

Sunday Shopping to be Banned in Croatia – Efforts Underway in Britain

Sunday Shopping to be Banned in Croatia – Efforts Underway in Britain

In a concession to the Catholic Church, the Croatian parliament has passed a law requiring all shops to be closed on Sundays beginning January 1, 2009. This is the result of years of campaigning by the Church, which makes up 90% of the population.

 
 

The Hijacking of Religion

The Hijacking of Religion

By Jonathan Gallagher, Ph.D. – "For a country to move from general tolerance to extreme intolerance in just a few short years speaks of the power of religion, and its ready exploitation by those seeking political authority and control. The fuel is human competition. For where there is enough food, land, water and other resources, the need to fight other communities is much reduced. But as the world becomes increasingly overpopulated, then such scenarios can only increase. Religion is so close to the heart of how any society defines itself that those seeking political power and worldly goals will readily use such a potent weapon. The exploitation of religious belief is not new—witness the jihads and crusades from history—but its greatly increased impact and extent will be the dominant factors for the foreseeable future."

 
 

Why Communities Must Support Public Education

Why Communities Must Support Public Education

By Danielle Peabody – "If society expects to reap the benefits of educational improvements, society needs to be willing to step in and contribute its time, talent, and support to making education work. It is not something that schools alone can be expected to achieve – parents, neighbors, taxpayers, and future employers have the opportunity to take an active involvement at the local level through their volunteer efforts and supportive work. This is not so much an issue of money as it is a dedication to make sure that society will benefit from education and that education will benefit from society."

 
 

ANALYSIS: California Supreme Court unanimously rules that physicians cannot withhold fertility treatments to homosexuals

Do the rights of religious freedom and free speech, as guaranteed in both the federal and the California Constitutions, exempt a medical clinic's physicians from complying with the California Unruh Civil Rights Act's prohibition against discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation? The California Supreme Court says "No."

 
 

California Court Reverses Itself and Says Homeschooling Parents Do Not Need Credentials

This overturned the decision the judges made in February requiring homeschooling parents to possess credentials. In their decision, they stated, "It is important to recognize that it is not for us to consider, as a matter of policy, whether homeschooling should be permitted in California . That job is for the Legislature. It is not the duty of the courts to make the law; we endeavor to interpret it."