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Who Gets Religion

Welcome to the first installment of GetGetReligion, an occasional look at GetReligion, the daily review of mainstream religion coverage that is dedicated to the proposition that "the press...just doesn't get religion." Written by Godbeat graybeard Terry Mattingly and a shifting cast of young associates, GetReligion is bankrolled by conservative moneybags and Mattingly pal Roberta Ahmanson, a sometime MSM religion reporter herself.
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Welcome to Religion & Politics

A hearty welcome today to Religion & Politics, a spanking new webzine brought to us by Washington University's spanking new John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics. It's a fine looking site, with fine essays by a bunch of leading religion scholars and higher journalists, from Michael Ruse and Molly Worthen to Amy Sullivan and Michael Sean Winters. I'm pleased to be able to say that I serve on the editorial advisory board.
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Faith-Based Executive Order Finally Off the Ground

Are you ready for some faith-based inside baseball? Back on November 17, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13559, "Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships With Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations." Long in the making, EO 13559 set out to rectify various regulatory problems with the previous administration's faith-based initiative.
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A Cheer for Joel Osteen

I realize that I don't have a dog in this fight, but I'm glad that Joel Osteen is on hand to say he thinks Mormons in general are, and Mitt Romney in particular is, Christian.
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Dolan Hearts GOP in Wisconsin

Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, returned in glory to his former see of Milwaukee yesterday. A priest of the archdiocese was unimpressed.
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Bad Gods

This week a bunch of Georgetown professors called out Paul Ryan for proposing a national budget contrary to their church's social teaching. And Ryan pushed back. So let's take a look at the Judeo-Christian tradition's locus classicus on the subject.  
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Mojave Cross: Standing Again

The compromise on the Great Mojave Memorial Cross Controversy could have been worse. The proponents of maintaining a cross on a rock outcropping in the Mojave Desert get to have one, but only via a land transfer where the area is fenced off with signage indicating that it is now private property. 
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The Godless Gap

The latest Gallup poll shows just how much Mitt Romney has to make up for his party's having thrown its lot in with conservative religion. For while very religious voters support him by a 17-point margin, 54-37, the non-religious support President Obama by almost twice as much, 61-30. And those in the middle, the moderately religious, back the president by 14 points.
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Why Go After the Nuns?

The denunciation of the Leadship Conference of Women Religious by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as the Roman Inquisition) puts this medievalist in mind of the Church's 15th Ecumenical Council, which wrapped up its business in Vienne just 700 years ago next week.
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Chuck Colson: Political Warrior to Culture Warrior

When Chuck Colson, Watergate Felon, established Prison Fellowship in 1976, it was not just the latest tale of the power of Grace to transform a wicked public life. By dumb luck, political instinct, or possibly Providence, Colson had happened upon the means by which the Republican Party could resurrect itself after the disaster of the Nixon presidency.
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