As the election cycle draws to an end on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Mormon Church has said it is happy that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not been dragged into politics too much, and that it is moving into "mainstream acceptance."
"For people like us it's been incredibly intense because of all the media interest," said Michael Otterson, the head of worldwide public affairs for the Mormon Church in an interview a day before Election Day. He added that they are "relatively pleased" that the church went through the campaign without "being dragged into the middle of politics."
In an in-depth interview with The Washington Post, Otterson said that Mormons are used to living their lives without much national attention. Romney's campaign generally avoided bringing up the candidate's Mormon faith, and although he talked about his values and personal convictions, the former Massachusetts governor rarely connected it directly to the LDS Church, where he served as a missionary. more >>
A former member of the militant Black Panthers who now pastors a megachurch in Sacramento, Calif., has received aggressive criticism, including death threats, for his support of biblical values that are more in line with the Republicans' party platform, according to a local news station. The pastor told a Fox News affiliate recently that he will not be voting for President Barack Obama.
"I accepted Christ in my life. My relationship with Him means more to me then the Democratic party, Independent, Republican, black or white," Dr. Phillip Goudeaux, who leads Calvary Christian Center told FOX40.
Goudeaux, whose church has 20,000 members, was not available for comment. The Christian Post wanted to confirm the death threats, but the church is closed on Mondays. more >>
A pro-Obama voter guide being circulated to black church members in Virginia before Election Day compares Christianity to Mormonism in what appears to be an effort to dissuade voters from considering Mitt Romney because of his faith.
A group of black pastors representing the Greater Hampton Roads Christian Leadership Conference produced the brochure in an effort to persuade voters to compare the differences between Christianity and Mormonism and in turn, vote for President Obama.
Dr. Joseph Lowery was one of the people who, decades ago, taught me that there are issues much bigger than one's race and its culture, and there comes a point at which one must rise above his or her provincial and even ethnic preferences.
How ironic that it is now Dr. Lowery who seems to be suggesting voters give up that greater vision.
According to a report in a Georgia newspaper, Dr. Lowery addressed a pro-Obama rally October 27 at Saint James Baptist Church, Forsyth, Georgia. Forsyth Mayor John Howard was quoted by the Monroe County Reporter as being "pretty shocked" by what Dr. Lowery said in his speech to the crowd. more >>
The winner of Tuesday's presidential election will be determined, in part, by how well each candidate performs among certain demographic groups. The exit polls will also provide some evidence of whether the different strategies of the candidates had any impact.
Here is what to look for in the exit polls:
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Hours before Election Day, the latest and final presidential poll by Gallup was released, showing GOP candidate Mitt Romney holding a one point lead over President Barack Obama.
Romney is supported by 49 percent of likely voters while Obama is backed by 48 percent. Among independents, 46 percent favor Obama and 45 percent back Romney.