Monthly archive July, 2006

The Cross and the Sword

Nicole Greenfield: In repsonse to "Fundamentalism's Power Principle," Mark I. Pinsky of The Orlando Sentinel wrote to The Revealer with his interpretation of what might currently be going on within the evangelical movement. He argues, "It is less confrontational and less fixated on abortion and gay marriage, and more amenable to coalitions in...

Ralph Reed Gets Shaved

Religious Right-watcher Frederick Clarkson looks past liberal satisfaction over the electoral defeat of former Christian Coalition kingmaker Ralph Reed in Georgia’s GOP primary for lt. governor. A loss for the Christian Right, as most of the press portrayed it? Not really, says Clarkson; rather, more evidence of a movement shaving off its rough edges.

"The Killling Box"

More on Lebanon from Ken Silverstein: a short interview with Augustus Richard Norton, an anthropologist and retired U.S. Army colonel who served in Lebanon and has been studying the region for 25 years. Amidst all the punditry, startling clarity on the misguided assumptions of Hezbollah, Israel, and the Bush administration, and their ramifications for religious...

Glory Bumps and Cartwheels

In a recent Washington Babylon post, Ken Silverstein draws our attention to an unconventional barometer of the worsening situation in the Mideast–the Rapture Ready message board, a forum for believers to share their excitement about what they feel is the fast approaching apocalypse. The amount of death and destruction over the past week has prompted...

The Facts According to Fundamentalism

Jeff Sharlet: The New York Times is filled with ups-and-downs for Christian conservatives today -- Ralph Reed has lost his primary race for lt. governor of Georgia, Bush vetoed stem cell research, and the Kaczynski twins, darlings of American Christian Right activists (though you wouldn't know it from the Times' coverage) are twisting Poland's crank...

This Is What Domestic Partnership Gets You

A diarist on the liberal blog Daily Kos reports on “What Domestic Partnership Gets You.” Much of the press has lately been following the centrist line that queer activists pushed too hard in seeking marriage equality; implicit in this narrative is the notion that “domestic partnership” is the kind of compromise “the middle” can get...

Bidding Once, Bidding Twice…

The New York Times reports on the G.O.P's "faltering" efforts towoo black voters (and wow easily impressed white "moderates") but so thoroughly disregards the role of religion in that strategy that former congressman J.C. Watts, a deeply conservative black Republican buried deep in the story, can sound like the voice of reason...

The Next Taliban?

The good news, we guess, is that the old “domino theory” of the Cold War is really dead. The bad news is that as a result, the press is mostly ignoring the transformation of Somalia into a Taliban state. The press paid attention when Islamic forces routed the warlords of Mogadishu, who’d been backed by...

Good Enough


Mitt Romney's evangelical appeal

By Nicole Greenfield

Last year Amy Sullivan predicted in the Washington Monthly that Mitt Romney, the nationally-popular Republican governor of Massachusetts, will face an

Supporters of Hizbollah

Twice now, on CNN and, we think, NBC, we’ve heard all critics of Israel’s actions in Lebanon lumped together as “supporters of Hizbollah.” Media shorthand, sure; obscuring the real story, definitely.

The Jewish Friend

Elizabeth Rich: "Today's program reads, as it does every Sunday, 'We are a growing family, focused on loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus Christ.' I'm here with my friend, Sharon, who brings me, 'her Jewish friend,' to this Oklahoma Baptist church as often as I allow. We watch the church-goers float down...

Conservatives Against Standards

The Weekly Standard says that the MPAA has given a PG rating to a movie based on its evangelism. Writer Anne Morse, of the evangelical Wilberforce Forum, is outraged… that parents are being informed about what their kids are watching. But would Christian conservatives be so open-minded about kiddie flicks promoting, say, Islam?