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Rep Virgil Good, (R-VA) Concedes Defeat December 19, 2008

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Courtesy TPM:

It’s official: Rep. Virgil Goode, the Virginia Republican best known for denouncing the election of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) as the first Muslim member of Congress, has conceded defeat against Democratic Rep.-Elect Tom Perriello.

Goode asked for a recount after the certified total gave Perriello a 745-vote lead out of over 300,000 votes cast. The chance of turning around that kind of deficit was nearly non-existent, and now that the recount has finished Goode has conceded via press release.

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Catholic Church cuts off ACORN funding November 14, 2008

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(CNN) — The Roman Catholic Church is cutting off funds to the community organizing group ACORN, citing complaints over its voter registration drives in the November 4 election as part of the reason

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development froze its contributions to the group in June amid allegations that Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million.

This week, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore, Maryland, the campaign’s chairman said it was cutting all ties with the group.

“We simply had too many questions and concerns to permit further CCHD funding of ACORN groups,” Roger Morin, the auxiliary bishop of New Orleans, Louisiana, told his colleagues in a letter to the conference. Video Watch why fired board members allege a cover-up »

The CCHD has donated more than $7.3 million to ACORN-related projects over the past decade, including $40,000 to an ACORN chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada, that was raided before the election in an investigation into fraudulent voter registration forms. Among other questionable documents, the ACORN chapter submitted registration forms for members of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

ACORN contends it has tried to help head off election fraud.

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Christian Right Regrouping After Obama Win November 10, 2008

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Courtesy Huffington Post:

Pundits declared evangelicals among of Election Day’s losers. Conservative Christian leader James Dobson confessed he was grieving. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said religious right leaders “kept their own flock in line, but the majority of Americans were unmoved.”

But few are writing obituaries this week for the Christian right, which has been wrongly considered dead after setbacks like the demise of the Moral Majority and crumbling of the Christian Coalition.

White evangelicals remain a large, loyal and organized Republican voting bloc that delivered Tuesday for John McCain but could not offset the battery of factors working against Republicans in 2008.

One pressing question in the wake of Barack Obama’s historic victory is whether the Christian right can grow its own ranks or take positions with broader appeal. Some Republicans believe a tight embrace of social conservative values turns off independents and moderates, but many Christian right leaders resist compromise and contend that, if anything, the GOP has strayed too far from its principles.

Once again, conservative evangelicals engaged in politics find themselves at a crossroads.

“Do they want to be an oppositional force, lambasting the administration at every turn, which can help their organizations raise money?” said Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University. “Or do they find ways to intersect with new leadership and either try to minimize damage to their agenda or move forward issues where they can find consensus? It’s an important turning point for the movement.”

Exit polls showed McCain carried white evangelicals 74 percent to 24 percent _ not far off George Bush’s 79 percent to 21 percent margin over John Kerry in 2004.

Six in 10 white evangelicals ranked the economy as their most important issue _ slightly less than the voting population as a whole. One difference that emerged was over terrorism: 14 percent of white evangelicals identified that as their top issue, compared with 7 percent of all other voters.

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McCain’s Evangelical Surge Helped Obama With Mainline Protestants October 15, 2008

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Steven Waldman

Posted October 15, 2008 | 11:44 AM (EST)

With all the attention showered on evangelical Christians and Catholics, we’ve neglected the religious group partly driving Barack Obama‘s recent surge in the polls: mainline Protestants.

This bucket includes the historic American churches that once dominated the spiritual landscape but have been losing members in recent years: United Methodist Church, Lutherans, Presbyterian Church in the USA, American Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ. Their members represent 18% of the population. Source Article

In ’05 Video, Pastor Anoints Palin, Says Christians Should “Infiltrate” Government, Schools, Business September 24, 2008

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Bruce Wilson

Posted September 24, 2008 | 12:19 PM (EST)

“Muthee exclaimed, “We come against the spirit of witchcraft! We come against the python spirits!” Then, a local pastor took the mic from Muthee and added, “We stomp on the heads of the enemy!” – Journalist Max Blumenthal, describing Palin-anointer Thomas Muthee’s appearance at the Wasilla Assembly of God, September 20, 2008

Despite concerted efforts, disturbing evidence pointing towards the likely nature of Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs continues to emerge. Yesterday “scrubbed” footage, from a 2005 “anointing” of then-Alaska gubernatorial contender Sarah Palin, resurfaced on the website of the net-based alternative news service The Irregular Times. The footage showed Kenyan minister Thomas Muthee not only praying over and blessing Sarah Palin, to advance her bid for the Alaska governorship and protect Palin from a “spirit of witchcraft”, but, prior to the blessing, Muthee gave a seven to eight minute speech in which he called on believing Christians to “infiltrate” a number of key areas of secular society including Banking and finance, schools and education, media, politics and government.   Source Article

YouTube Censors Documentary on Palin’s Churches September 13, 2008

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Bruce Wilson

Posted September 13, 2008 | 03:09 PM (EST)

Palin was baptized at Wasilla Assembly of God and attended the church for over two and a half decades, and she has been publicly blessed by a number of pastors and religious leaders employed by and associated with that church.

Last Sunday our research team released a video, a ten-minute mini-documentary, focusing on the Wasilla Assemblies of God and the video seemed on the verge of a massive “viral” breakthrough when YouTube pulled it down, citing “inappropriate content.” Source Article

Palin Falsely Claimed She “Would Never Presume To Know God’s Will” September 11, 2008

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Seth Colter Walls

September 11, 2008 06:21 PM

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ABC’s Charles Gibson on Thursday that “I would never presume to know God’s will or speak God’s words.”

The response came in answer to question about comments Palin made to a group of graduating Wasilla high school students earlier this year, first reported by the Huffington Post. At that ceremony, Palin said: “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.” Source Article

Sarah Palin’s Demon Haunted Churches – The Complete Edition September 8, 2008

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Talk To Action

By Bruce Wilson Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:43:32 AM EST

Contained in this story :

–A new 8 minute video documentary, “Palin and the Holy Laughter Anointing”

–The 10 minute video documentary “Sarah Palin’s Churches and The New Wave” (currently also titled as “Sarah Palin’s Demon Haunted Churches”).

–Documentation on the sources of video footage used in the documentary.

–A written summary of the surrounding story, to contextualize the video.

–Supplemental Documentation on the Third Wave movement.

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Palin used state funds for trip to speak at her former church September 6, 2008

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Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2008

ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sarah Palin used state funds in June when she traveled from Juneau to Wasilla to speak to graduating evangelical students and urge them to fan out through Alaska “to make sure God’s will be done here.”

State records show that Palin submitted a travel authorization for a quick round-trip visit to attend the June 8 graduation of the Master’s Commission program at the Wasilla Assembly of God, the church where she was baptized at age 12. The only other item on the agenda for that trip was a “One Lord Sunday” service involving a network of Mat-Su Christian churches earlier that morning at the Wasilla sports complex.

The records show Palin flew from Juneau to Anchorage on Saturday, June 7. She returned to Juneau that Monday afternoon. The plane tickets cost the state $519.50, and she claimed an additional $120 for meals and other expenses.

Palin couldn’t be reached for comment Friday as she campaigned for vice president. Her spokeswoman at the McCain campaign said she wouldn’t grant an interview.

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Palin’s Pastor: God “Is Gonna Strike Out His Hand Against” America September 5, 2008

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Max Blumenthal

Posted September 5, 2008 | 09:25 PM (EST)

On July 20, 2008, the pastor of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s home church, Larry Kroon, delivered a sermon called “Sin Is Personal To God.” Kroon, the senior pastor of the non-denominational Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska, used the book of Zephanaiah as his reference point for discussing “that great day of the Lord when God will finally bring closure to human history… a day of wrath.” According to Kroon, “all things and all people” are going to bear the brunt of God’s “intense anger.” “There’s anger with God,” he proclaimed. “He takes sin personal.” Source Article