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Obama and the (progressive) Religious Revival

Having a conservative evangelical in the white house (although it turns out Bush was really a social conservative and a religious liberal) coincided with a boom for the evangelical wing of the Christian faith as people had a constant reminder of that faith tradition in the spotlight – for better or for worse. Will Barack Obama do the same for the more liberal religious traditions? Will mainline churches see a revival?

Barack Obama and the (progressive) Religious Revival – Progressive Revival

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Black immigrants see personal triumphs in Obama — And More

Black immigrants see personal triumphs in Obama | | The Gainesville Sun | Gainesville, FL

“He is in a better position than anybody else to speak with the leadership on the African continent, eyeball to eyeball, that it is time for change,” said Ezekwenna, chief executive of Africans in America, which focuses on human trafficking issues. “As leader of the free world, if he tells them the game is up in his motherland, his ancestral home, they will get a clue that the game is up.”

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Op-Ed Contributor – The Pope’s Real Message for Obama –

The roughly 67 million Catholics in the United States make up nearly one-quarter of the American population, but just 6 percent of the global Catholic total of 1.1 billion. Ninety-four percent of the Catholics in the world, in other words, are not Americans, which may help explain why the pope and his lieutenants are not always thinking American thoughts when they get out of bed in the morning.

That’s a useful bit of context to bear in mind in light of a tough new Vatican document on bioethics, released one week ago, that ratchets up the church’s condemnations of embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, the “morning-after pill” and a host of other techniques it regards as violations of human dignity. …

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Climate Change Becoming Priority for Euros, US

European Leaders Agree on Climate Change Plan

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 12, 2008 (ENS) European leaders today agreed to hold fast to their plan to battle climate change through growth in renewable energy sources and 20 percent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and on ways to share the costs. The plan includes concessions to heavy industry and to countries in Eastern Europe concerned that the cost of curbing greenhouse gas emissions would also curb their economic growth.

Obama Would ‘Save the Planet’ By Repowering America

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 10, 2008 (ENS) President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he is ready to tackle the climate crisis immediately upon taking office, following a meeting Tuesday with former Vice President Al Gore and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. “All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over, the time for denial is over,” Obama said. The three men met at the Transition’s Chicago headquarters to discuss energy, climate policy and economic recovery.

Environment News Service

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Churches Vie to Attract The First Family

There have been letters, discreet inquiries and bold appeals. Some are using their connections; others are just seeking a foot in the door. It’s part of the spirited competition among Washington churches to land the most sought-after Christians in town: the Obama family.  Methodist, Baptist, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Episcopal — all have been courting the Obamas to be regulars in their pews on Sunday mornings. …

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What?  No Muslims?  Mu friend Bubba says they’re Muslims!