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October 28, 2010

Obama: Same-sex Marriage Views Evolving

President Obama said to a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday that his views on same-sex marriage are evolving. Adam Smith of Time magazine suggests that Obama might be setting himself up for a "Clinton-esque shift" on the issue. Here's the transcript from Joe Sudbay:

I think that -- I am a strong supporter of civil unions. As you say, I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage.

But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships.

Obama addressed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that he's working to overturn. "I think 'don’t ask, don’t tell' is wrong," he said. "I think it doesn’t serve our national security, which is why I want it overturned."

The larger issue, he said, was the attitude that the LGBT has disillusionment and disappointment with Obama.

"I guess my attitude is that we have been as vocal, as supportive of the LGBT community as any President in history," he told a group of liberal bloggers. "I’ve appointed more openly gay people to more positions in this government than any President in history."

October 26, 2010

Survey: 6 in 10 Protestant Pastors Disapprove of Obama

Six out of every 10 Protestant pastors say they disapprove of President Obama's job performance, a LifeWay Research survey found.

Researchers said of the 61 percent who disapprove of Obama's work, 47 percent disapprove strongly.

The survey, released October 21, found that 30 percent of pastors approve of the president's performance (including 14 percent who strongly approve). Nine percent were undecided.

When the Southern Baptist-affiliated research group surveyed Protestant pastors about their voting intentions just before the 2008 elections, 20 percent indicated they planned to vote for Obama, compared to 55 percent who planned to vote for GOP candidate John McCain.

"If voting intentions and job approval measure similar things, the president hasn't made many friends in the pulpits of America's churches throughout the first year-and-a-half of his presidency," said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research.

The new research was based on interviews with 1,000 Protestant clergy October 7-14 and had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

Researchers also found that 84 percent of Protestant pastors disagreed with the idea of pastors endorsing political candidates from the pulpit.

October 18, 2010

Rand Paul Blasts Opponent's Ad Referencing Baylor

Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, chastised his opponent Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway for an ad referencing Paul's time as a student at Baylor University. During yesterday’s Senate debate in Kentucky, Paul said in his closing statements that the race has "turned ugly," quoting Jesus's words in Mark 8:36/Matthew 16:26.

Most of you who know me know me as a pro-life Christian ... I'm disheartened that my opponent has chosen to attack my religious beliefs. We have serious problems in our country. We have to have a serious discussion. He's descended into the gutter to attack my Christian beliefs.
...I believe that those who stoop to the level of attacking a man's religious beliefs to gain higher office, I believe that they should remember that it does not profit a man to gain the world if he loses his soul in the process. If you wish to be considered for higher office, if you wish to enter into the debate, step up, cast aside these attacks on my personal religion. Jack, you should be ashamed. You should apologize. Have you no decency? Have you no shame?

Conway's ad referenced stories about Paul's past. "Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible a 'hoax'?" the ad's narrator asks. "Why did Rand Paul once tie a woman up, tell her to bow down before a false idol and say his god was 'Aqua Buddha'."

Paul has denied involvement in a kidnapping, saying that he went along with a college prank. Paul was a member of a secret society at Baylor University that published mocking statements about the Bible in newsletters, according to Ben Smith's Politico.

Paul released a new ad stating that the candidate "keeps Christ in his heart." It asks, "What kind of man would bear false witness just to win an election?" before showing a photo of Conway.

Conway's campaign says that the original ad does not question Paul's faith, according to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post.

Paul, who is the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, leads in recent polls. In May, James Dobson switched his endorsement from former Republican candidate Trey Grayson to Paul. Dobson said that “senior members of the GOP” mislead him by saying that Paul was pro-choice. Dobson said that Paul identifies with the tea party and calls him "my kind of man."