Category - United States

  • November 16, 2012

    A new US survey confirms that winning an overwhelming majority of 'white Christian' voters is no longer sufficient to secure the presidency.

  • November 15, 2012

    The US Presidential election was a disaster for the religious right, which had again tied its faith to the partisan political agenda of the Republican Party, says Jim Wallis, CEO of the progressive evangelical Sojourners magazine and movement. Research into shifting populations and voting patterns shows why the religious right’s leaders will no longer be able to control or easily co-opt the meaning of the term “evangelical,” he argues. There is a new, diverse coalition for a new America emerging, and a changing evangelical demographic is a central part of that.

  • November 8, 2012

    US Christian charity Bread for the World is urging its supporters to write to President Obama asking him to make ending hunger a priority.

  • November 8, 2012

    The Public Religion Research Institute, which looks at religion, values and public life, will be releasing a new report in the aftermath of the US presidential election.

  • November 8, 2012

    Amnesty International USA will be urging second-term President Barack Obama to finally close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

  • November 7, 2012

    All the major media outlets have now called the United States presidential election for Barack Obama, who has been re-elected for a second term.

  • November 7, 2012

    This could be the most diverse United States electorate in history, say analysts of early returns in the hotly contested 2012 presidential election.

  • November 5, 2012

    “To go into the voting booth and vote for either Wall-Street-backed candidate, that is the definition of throwing away your vote.” So claims Jill Stein, the US Green Party’s candidate for the presidential election on 6 November 2012.

  • November 2, 2012

    With the US presidential election only a matter of days away, BBC Radio Scotland's 'Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross' programme will explore why religion is so important in American political life, and the extent to which religion and belief may impact the outcome of the electoral process.

  • November 2, 2012

    Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consistency in the faith community to hypocrisy, says Jim Wallis. One of the reasons the fastest growing demographic in religious affiliation surveys is now “none of the above” is that too many people see more religious hypocrisy than consistency. In this reflection, the CEO of of Sojourners in the USA argues that evangelicals, in particular, are apt to get their values in a muddle in the political arena, not least by ignoring or sidelining the huge biblical emphasis on concern for the poor and vulnerable as a criterion for looking at the impact of human endeavour.