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Culture War

So-Called Culture War Issues Are Really About Justice

Sally Steenland | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the so-called "culture war" issues -- especially abortion and same-sex marriage -- were a boon to conservatives in terms of fundraising and energizing their base to go to the polls.

Whither the Culture War?

Glen Browder | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

A prominent political scientist suggests that the politics of values may have settled into a state of lessened conflict and volatility. The debate runs on; but terms like "acceptance" and "stability" figure centrally in his depiction of cultural struggle in this country.

A Thank You Note to Pope Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

As we approach American Thanksgiving, it is time to express gratitude for a very important development in the life of the Catholic Church, which I very much love. And that is the grace of your pontificate.

The Culture War Is Over

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The culture war is over. That may be the most important message contained in Pope Francis' remarkable interview with the Jesuit press last week.

The Significance of the Pope's Interview: Christianity Doesn't Compel Homophobia

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathaniel Frank

What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.

My Conversation With Jonathan Haidt on Gay Marriage

David Blankenhorn | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
David Blankenhorn

I know something about the marriage culture wars. I was a well-known opponent of gay marriage -- I testified at the Prop 8 trial in California -- and last year I changed my mind, which had a big impact on me personally and on the Institute for American Values.

Why the Culture Wars Now Favor Democrats

National Journal | Posted 06.04.2013 | Denver

It's no coincidence that gay marriage, gun control, and immigration are all in the news this month. Their prominence measures a critical political shi...

The Conservative Culture War on California

James Peron | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
James Peron

A fiscally sane agenda is needed for California, but as long as Republicans or conservatives package it by stereotyping Mexicans, the young, gays, "coastal elites," or whoever else they wish to drag into their damned "culture war," it doesn't have a chance.

A Philosophical Civil War in Dying America

Glen Browder | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Unfortunately, the most disruptive development in contemporary America is a divisive struggle over democratic ideals, cultural values, and principles of governance.

Marco Rubio's Geological Cliff

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Rubio's critics are alarmed that an up-and-coming Republican leader is, once again, floating in a fact-free zone. It's Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock and Paul Broun all over again. It's the Republican primary when all the candidates publicly rejected evolution.

Keywords: Culture War, Marijuana

Harvey Stein | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Harvey Stein

Let's get beyond cloudy fearful thinking. A simplistic, know-it-all community takes the easy way out, turning us all into non-thinkers: Just Say No. And that's the worst tragedy.

Reflections on Campaign 2012 by a Former Goldwater Girl

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Rev. Susan Russell

I never made it to law school and instead stayed home and raised kids and remained a registered Republican -- more out of loyalty to my father than to the GOP -- but increasingly found myself voting "across party lines." That changed in 1992.

The Liberal-Conservative War: Is it Cultural -- or Biological?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Steven Paul Leiva

What if the Culture War is not cultural at all? What if it is biological? What if this unbridgeable divide we are experiencing is in fact a matter of speciation -- between Homo sapiens retro and Homo sapiens progressivus?

Romney's 'Culture' War Comes to Mideast

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Romney, who did not mention the word Palestinians in his speech or visit the occupied territories during his trip, did not recognize what any 10th grader of international politics knows: that the occupation is preventing Palestinians from attaining their full potential, cultural or otherwise.

Family Research Council and a Denial of Partisan Christianity

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Let's be honest here. Does anyone believe an effort like this one isn't an attempt to register those who will almost certainly vote Republican?

Both Sides Now: What Economy? It's the Culture War, Stupid

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgHuffington and Matalin debate "War on Catholics" vs. "War on Women". The legal rights of non-catholic employees in publicly funded hospitals... or a 2000 year church doctrine. Then: guess who wins shootout between Clint and Karl over Chrysler ad?

Jon Ward

Rick Perry's Lesser-Known First Book Is A Conservative Culture War Jeremiad | Jon Ward | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has taken plenty of heat for making dubious assertions about modern medicine and health, but she's not t...

The Yin And Yang Of The Culture War

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Right and Left are going to have to recognize the importance of the role each plays in the well-being of the whole.

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: How Did Junk Food and Obesity Become a Red State / Blue State Debate?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

I cornered NYU Professor of Nutrition Marion Nestle to ask why the issues of junk food and obesity have become so incredibly politicized.

Why We Have Culture Wars and the Europeans (Apparently) Do Not

Peter Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Baldwin

One of the burdens of being a large, continent-sized democracy is that the lunatic fringes are kookier, their clashes more heated and their forum that of the nation as a whole.

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

How to Win a Culture War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one.

James Dobson: We Have "Lost" Culture Wars, US "Awash In Evil"

Washington Monthly | Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

James Dobson delivered a farewell speech to the Focus on the Family staff, and conceded that the culture war he helped start hasn't turned out well fo...

Frank Rich: The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off

New York Times | Frank Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SOMEDAY we'll learn the whole story of why George W. Bush brushed off that intelligence briefing of Aug. 6, 2001, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U...

A New Faith Coalition

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Further polling results will help to answer the critical question of why religious voters cast their ballots the way they did. But three factors are likely key to understanding the religious shift.