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We are in for a roller coaster ride now. Rarely if ever has a president come in with such huge hopes and expectations, and rarely with as many pressing issues to confront.
Managing editor Kim Lawton talks more with Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life senior fellow John Green about religious voting patterns on November 4th and the implications for American politics.
Thomas J. Reese, SJ, senior fellow at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center, discusses the Catholic vote and also anticipates how the US Catholic bishops will engage with a new Democratic Congress, a pro-choice president, and a pro-choice Catholic vice-president.
We have a profile today of the great Irish flutist Sir James Galway, talking about what grounds his performances and his life.
I have never been more proud to be a black man. Because I felt part of something -- a community that did not care that I am a card-carrying Republican, because they knew how I would vote. I would vote for the men and women who gave their lives that this day might come to pass. So when I voted for Barack Obama, I dug deep with no regrets.
The election of President-elect Obama has made a great country even greater, and the world once again looks to America for leadership. All of us are invited to pray for America, the world, and our new president.
The 2008 presidential contest between Barack Obama and John McCain will likely be remembered for engaging religion at two levels: one thematic, the other cultural and demographic. Each points to how political religion paradoxically threads through and yet divides the American landscape.
When was the last time Pennsylvania Avenue and Times Square and countless other locations across the country were packed with crowds at 1:00 in the morning following a presidential election? The same nation that elected George Bush by the hanging chads of 2000 has just given the presidency to someone who was relatively unknown at that time.
I spent most of this morning working for the Obama campaign here in my hometown of Charlottesville. I've been away from home since Thursday at a conference. First thing in the morning my family got up, got dressed, and we all went off to vote. I took my daughter and baby son into the booth with me, and my daughter got to help select our choices and then confirm the ballot.