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Fair Questions for Sarah Palin

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

While the Obama campaign made many mistakes in responding to Sarah Palin, they didn't resort to the attacks on her family and faith that some in the media did.

Religion in America: Why Many Democrats and Europeans Don't Get It

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

A culture's moral compass is not an innate or logical determination, but an underdetermined product of historical contingency and willful choice.

Palin & Religion: What's Scary, What's Not

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

The Palin candidacy does pose real church-state questions, as well as many opportunities for hysterical overreaction. Here's a guide to what is and isn't scary, about Palin's mixing of faith and politics.

To Boldly Go Where No Californians Have Gone Before

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gregory

Now that he has the legal right to marry, actor George Takei sat down with me enthusiastically gushing about his upcoming nuptials to his partner of twenty-one years, Brad Altman.

McCain's Christian-Right Sop

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

Palin is sending a strange message on abstinence-only sex education; it clearly didn't work for her daughter. Indeed a lot of women are angry about that message and panicked over the enthusiasm Palin seems to be inspiring. Let me offer four reasons to calm down.

Palin And Republican Hypocrisy

Earnest Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earnest Harris

The message is clear. When white teens have babies, it is manna from heaven. When white men and women are selected for positions and promoted over more qualified people, it's a smart move.

Phony Biden Broadcast And Disturbing Palin Church Sermon Raise Alarms Among Jews

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jan McGirk

As Americans debate family values and experience levels, Israelis have also been focused on the vice presidential candidates. They have been sizing up Biden and Palin according to their foreign policy stances and political affiliations.

Fear of God

Dan Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Pasternack

The unwavering faith in absolute truth that belongs to evangelicals is incredibly powerful. And it's the reason why Sarah Palin is a brilliant choice as John McCain's running mate.

Obama Wins Big With Born-Again Christians

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

For the first time in two decades, the born-again vote (a key segment of the evangelical vote) is moving toward Democrats instead of Republicans. These Americans give Obama a 12-point lead, 43 percent to 31 percent.

Rick Warren's Carnival of Confession

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

While Rick Warren is an improvement over Focus on the Family's James Dobson, he must teach evangelicals there is a better way than the selfishness of modern conservatism.

Losing My Religion

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

Maybe after years of watching the seemingly endless hypocrisy of those who claimed to be legislating in God's name, younger evangelicals are ready to take matters into their own hands.

Dear Americans, Pray Harder

Matthew-Lee Erlbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew-Lee Erlbach

Dear Americans, Barack and John here. We know that there's been some controversy over our appearance at Saddleback, the Evangelical Megachurch. Some ...

A Civil Forum? Maybe We'll Learn Something

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

Pastor Rick Warren's forum with McCain and Obama tomorrow could be the most exciting event of the political season. Why? Because the pastor of Saddleback Church isn't a member of the press, and maybe he won't act like one.

Pavlovian Premillennialism

Randall Balmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Balmer

In subtle and not-so-subtle ways, Republicans are seeking to portray the presumptive Democratic nominee as the Antichrist foretold in the Book of Revelation.

God Against Obama: Dobson, Osteen, Corsi, the Evangelicals Strike Again

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Because they have no better answer, Evangelicals are just out to stop Obama, America's best chance for a fresh start in a world grown understandably sick of us.

Pastors Go Postal

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ehrenreich

After Joel and Victoria Osteen's latest incident, there's a possible message from on high: that their brand of Christianity fosters a distinctly un-Christian narcissism.

The Media-Created Myth That Veterans Love McCain

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Nickolas

The media hasn't bothered assessing the exit polling from the primaries that they paid for to determine whether McCain was actually excelling with this group.

Drop Bibles, not bombs

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Wicker

The idea of demeaning another religion by encouraging conversion offends us. It's playing dirty pool. Imperialism of the worst kind. Isn't that strange? Dropping Bibles seems more offensive than dropping bombs.

Vote For A Bad Guy

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

Neither McCain nor Obama is the good guy in this election. If they were, we'd have real reason to be afraid. Jesus is a good guy, and he would be a disastrous president. Dangerous even. Don't vote for him.

Sneak Peak: Obama's Outreach To Young Evangelicals

David Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In early August, the Obama campaign will launch a new effort aimed at bringing young Evangelicals together in support of Barack Obama. This effort was...

James Dobson's Toilet Politics

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

How does a transvestite go to the toilet? I don't mean anatomically. I mean locationally, as in to which bathroom? I never thought about it until Focus on the Family began battling Colorado's new anti-discrimination bill.

Evangelical Sheep? Don't Count On That

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

One out of four Americans identifies as evangelical. A recent Pew survey of their opinions, however, found a diversity that should give political pundits pause and fuel Obama's efforts to woo them.

Why I'm Not Writing That Check to Obama Today

Gloria Feldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Feldt

Looking at his statements about abortion in the big picture, Obama's character begins to appear as someone who is quick to deflect, demur, defer to his challengers.

David Barton: Bobby Jindal is "One of the Really Cool Guys"

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Since Barton came on the scene in the late 1980s, his mythical version of American history has been employed by members of Congress with disturbing frequency, often finding its way into legislation

Obama, Mathew, and Joshua

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Obama's campaign is launching a grassroots effort, tentatively called Joshua Generation, with plans to hold concerts and house meetings targeted at young evangelicals and Catholics.