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Quote of the Day

“I don’t give support simply by quoting the Bible. I want to see it lived out in the policy. I’m not electing a pastor in chief. I’m electing a commander in chief.”
– John Lee, a pastor in Sioux Center, Iowa. (NPR)

Monday Must-Reads

By Patrick Healy, New York Times
The presidential race hurtled over the weekend toward a watershed moment: voting that will start to reveal the true depth of Americans’ desire to cast aside traditional politicians and Washington-style compromise and embrace disruptive outsiders appealing to their passions.
By Harry Bruinius, Christian Science Monitor
In a baffling political season, one of the more curious mysteries is why two of the least religious presidential candidates may be poised to win one of the more famously religious states.
By William A. Galston, Brookings Institute
As the Iowa caucuses loom, we do not know whether the raw support Donald Trump is registering in public opinion surveys will translate into actual votes. Still, the level of support he enjoys has surged during the past month. Something is happening.
By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post
But at the risk of spoiling the fun, the crisis of conservatism is actually a problem for all of us — and I say that as an unabashed liberal. An intellectually vibrant conservatism is essential to a healthy democracy.
By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
The White House has announced plans to add a popular evangelical writer, a Ferguson, Mo., activist and a Methodist megachurch pastor to President Obama’s list of faith-based advisers.
By Roberta Rampton and Idrees Ali, Reuters
President Barack Obama will make his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque in a defense of religious freedom, the White House said, following a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States. Obama will visit on Wednesday the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he will hold a roundtable with the community and deliver remarks.
By Johnny Kauffman, WABE Atlanta/NPR
There are now a total of six bills in the Georgia Legislature all meant to exempt people from certain laws based on their religious beliefs. In an election year, the issue has the state Republican Party divided on how to appeal to Christian conservatives and business interests.
By Erik Ortiz, NBC News
Obama on Friday unveiled new rules that would compel companies with more than 100 workers to provide the federal government annual data for how much they pay employees based on gender, race and ethnicity.
By Alan Yuhas, Guardian
They have bloviated about carpet bombing, bickered about walls, and waxed anti-Muslim and -migrant, but over more than 16 hours of debate, the Republican candidates for president have almost entirely ignored what most of the world fears most: the rising tides and temperatures of climate change.
By Stephan Salisbury, Philadelphia Inquirer
Born into slavery in Delaware in 1760, he worked tirelessly, purchased his freedom and came to Philadelphia, founded a civil organization, founded a church, and then an entire religious denomination.


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