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Eric Sapp

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Viral Video: Girls Ask Senators Not to Side With Dictators

(15) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 3:13 PM

A new animated video that has racked up more than 450,000 views from faith voters and veterans this past weekend asks a simple question: Will U.S. Senators side with dictators in Iran, North Korea and Syria or with the World Evangelical Alliance, Vatican and Pentagon? It should be...

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Politicians Ignore the Working Poor at Their Peril

(8) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:06 PM

In recent years, there has been a trend in politics away from any mention of the poor. Republicans never really paid them any mind, but Democrats have been convinced they should not make any mention of the poor, and instead, focus exclusively on the middle class. The decision to stop...

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Is God Rooting for Obama?

(11) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 2:16 PM

If you're Romney right now, you've got to be cursing your luck: You're in a neck-and-neck race the week before the election with a message about how the president can't lead and mistakenly thinks we need a strong and effective government in America -- and then wham: the biggest natural...

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Unchristian Witness: Pro-Life Congressman Asks Mistress to Abort Their Child

(11) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 6:41 PM

In the New Testament, there is only one sin that gets the divine death penalty: hypocrisy. There is a reason. It's the devil's best tool against the Christian witness. And it's what so disappoints me about the Republican approach to faith and politics. It's why when we started working with...

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The Unreported Political Implications of Pew's Religion Poll

(18) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 5:27 PM

I love Pew. But the problem with religious academics doing political polls and non-religious reporters covering them is that the headlines can get skewed and political implications muddled. The headlines from yesterday's Pew poll on religion and politics should have all read: "Obama and Romney Both Face Serious...

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Why I Hate the 'Middle Class' but Love Working Americans

(33) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 8:39 AM

One of my favorite quotes is FDR's famous line, "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." This moral and economic principle is at the core of...

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The Most Important Treaty You've Never Heard of and How the NRA Wants It Dead

(616) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:27 PM

There are currently no international laws or treaties regulating the international sale of conventional weapons. You read that right. There is more international oversight of the sale of bananas and iPods than grenade launchers and AK-47s. As a result, the bullets killing our troops in Afghanistan and the weapons used...

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Why Our Blunt Narrative Doesn't Win

(92) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 4:35 PM

Democrats and progressives need to change the way we're talking about the recent birth control brouhaha. By making this about women and contraception -- instead of couples being able to decide when to start a family -- we're focusing on the short-term policy goals instead of long-term political narratives, limiting...

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Tea Party Jesus

(102) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 2:55 PM

How might the Sermon on the Mount have been different if Jesus was in the Tea Party? That is the question at the heart of a campaign launched yesterday (Jan. 17) by American Values Network that will culminate in the release of our first animated video...

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Don't Take Perry's Faith Bait

(164) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 5:07 PM

We all know the age-old philosophical question: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Here's an updated one: If a floundering and desperate politician tries to pick a fight but no one takes his bait, does it...

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Supporting Troops, Not Nukes

(7) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 3:30 PM

During last week's GOP foreign policy primary debate, American Values Network teamed up with American Security Project to run a TV ad that has been generating a lot of buzz. The ad points out that the $700 billion...

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Why Super Committee Failure Is Good

(23) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 3:13 PM

When I was in college, there was a saying everyone on my football team knew because our fullback repeated it any chance he got: "You can wish in one hand and [crap] in the other. See which hand fills up first." Democrats and progressives would be wise to heed the...

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Rick Perry's Church-Giving Hypocrisy

(321) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 9:00 AM

There has been a great deal of talk lately about Rick Perry's belief in God, much of it by Rick Perry.

But belief in God is not the same as following God. The Book of James illustrates that point with a message politicians (and many on the right) should...

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Christian Right Says Ayn Rand Could Split GOP

(32) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 11:53 AM

"For nearly a decade Democrats have sought a religious wedge issue that could separate big chunks of white evangelical voters from their Republican home. Now they've found it, and are thrusting at the Social Darwinist/Ayn Rand underbelly of American conservatism."

This is how Marvin Olasky -- icon of the...

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Glenn Beck Backtracks After Seeing AVN "Rand vs Jesus" Ad

(189) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 6:45 PM

Perhaps the cold spell we're experiencing in DC originated from a realm much farther down beneath the earth that just froze over today. Glenn Beck just changed his mind on Ayn Rand! This was Beck back in June 2010: "Ayn Rand, you've got to love Ayn Rand. She's...

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GOP Must Choose: Ayn Rand or Jesus

(1069) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 1:25 PM

I recently wrote on why Democrats and progressives need to take some time studying Ayn Rand to fully understand the political significance of all the GOP leaders lining up to praise her. The GOP has a huge problem if their conservative religious base finds out what Rand really...

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Why Democrats Must Read Ayn Rand

(277) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged has been among Amazon's top 20 bestsellers for much of the past year. This year she's outsold the Rev. Billy Graham, the Rev. Joel Osteen, and the Rev. Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life combined! There's even a new Atlas Shrugged movie playing in 300...

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LAPD Stops Arresting Kids on Their Way to School

(12) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 3:07 PM

Written with my brother David Sapp, who was one of the ACLU staff attorneys in the meetings that resulted in this policy change.

Imagine that you're running late to school -- maybe you forgot your lunch, maybe you had to help your younger siblings get ready for school,...

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How to Shut Down the King Hearings

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 12:13 PM

The upcoming McCarthyesque hearings by Rep. King into whether American Muslims are anti-American have been met with cheers from racists/xenophobic elements within the Tea Party/GOP base and with cries of outrage from the left. There is value in the unified voice being lifted by progressives, faith leaders, and others of...

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The Religious Right's Boycott of CPAC is a Game Changer, If Dems Don't Ignore It

(159) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Imagine that Democrats were holding our first big political event of the year, and virtually every one of our major candidates for the upcoming election was planning to attend. Then imagine the event was being boycotted by the NAACP and all the unions. Think we'd have a problem? Well that...

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