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Gov. Pawlenty and the Evangelicals: Where He Stands on Hot-Button Issues

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s evangelicalism has become one of the planks in pundit-class conventional wisdom about his chances of winding up John McCain’s running mate. What has the governor said and done over the years on evangelicals’ pet issues?

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Church Groups Focus on Gender-Based Violence at IAC

Is the focus on gender-based violence at the Ecumenical Pre-Conference an encouraging sign that churches are moving past patriarchy and coming to term with a reality that affects an estimated 1 in 3 women worldwide?

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War on Contraception and Science Going Strong

From Plan B to proposed regulations redefining contraception as abortion, the Bush War on Contraception and Science is being waged until the bitter end.

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“Family Rights” Frame Disguises Right Wing Propaganda

The religious right’s misleading use of the human rights and evidence-based frameworks were on full display at the UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS.

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Roundup: G8 Makes Big Promises on AIDS, Religious Right and Your Orgasms

G8 promises $60 billion to fight disease in Africa, A book review on the Religious Right and sex, Obama needs women, UK’s Family Planning Association proposes new comprehensive sex ed plan.

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Christian Conservatives Seek to “Restore” Women

A leading figure in the Christian right anti-trafficking establishment, Linda Smith embodies the tensions between feminists and religious right activists working on this issue.

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Abortion? It’s All About the Economy for Many Iowa Voters

In nearly any other election in recent memory, the accusation that a Republican candidate in Iowa not only supported abortion but had participated in one would have been big news — if not a political kiss of death. Not this year.

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Lift Ev’ry Voice: Progressive Clergy Shout to Be Heard

By framing sexual health and justice debates as battles between purity and perversion, or virtue and vice, traditional media misses the progressive religious voices that speak out for ethics, morality and faith with respect for the dignity and decisions of all families and all individuals.

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Religious Right Trumps Science in Minnesota Governor’s Stem Cell Veto

In vetoing a stem cell funding bill, Michigan Governor Tim Pawlenty extolled the virtues of adult-derived stem cells, rather than embryonic stem cells, for research. But Pawlenty’s reasoning demonstrate that ideology won out over science.

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Hagee’s Church of Easy Answers

Feel like you’re not the man you thought you could be? Your local megachurch has a solution: every woman deprived of her reproductive rights, every gay person deprived of the right to marry suddenly makes you look manly by comparison.

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