Monthly archive January, 2008

Rich Cohen is Not an Anti-Semite

It's important to state right off that nothing in Rich Cohen's WaPo column on Obama and Louis Farrakhan suggests Cohen harbors racist views. And if that seems to imply just the opposite of what it says, then you already get what's grotesque about Cohen's column, in which he writes "It's important to state right...

Huck's Melody

Mike Huckabee, says NYT’s David Kirkpatrick, is like the melody and the harmony of evangelicalism. The Revealer often disagrees with Kirkpatrick, but he’s been doing good reporting on Huckabee and Fresh Air’s Terry Gross asked the right questions on yesterday’s show.

If Mitt Romney was a Trappist Monk

Sharlet: I opened the latest New York Review of Books looking forward to the great Garry Wills on "Romney & Religion," then got distracted Colin Thubron's wonderfuly untimely essay on the travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor's short book on his monastic sojourns...

Faith-Based Candidates

Will the uneasy merger of church and state known as faith-based initiatives survive into the next administration? A Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life examination of the candidates says yes. Every major candidate is in favor of some version of the program. The only candidate wholly opposed isn't exactly a candidate. And he's crazy....

The Democratic Black Church

Chicago Dyke, of the group blog Corrente, warns that the Democratic courtship of religious voters — and, in South Carolina, black religious voters — is more complicated than it appears in a press that loves the “authenticity” it attributes to almost all black churches: “While it may have been the case that 30 years ago, there were...

Count 'Em

After Obama's win in Iowa, we waited eagerly for the poll numbers revealing the depth of his white evangelical support (non-white evangelicals already tend to vote Democratic). Huck surely dominated that demographic, but Obama must have taken a bite. We'll never know; the same pollsters who counted evangelical votes for the GOP didn't bother...

Huck's Army

Last week we criticized the NYT’s reliance on evangelical VIPs for its “insight” into Huckabee, so it’s only fair that we note this week’s piece by David Kirkpatrick on “Huck’s Army,” young evangelicals turning out for the Southern Baptist preacher precisely because they believe he represents a break with the past — despite the fact...

"How I Helped Found the Religious Right and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back"

Frank Schaeffer, son of the late Christian Right icon Francis Schaeffer, speaks out about how modern fundamentalists have abused his father's legacy.

Huckabee Makes the NYT Nervous

The NYT’s explanation for why Huck won Iowa is a perfect example of what many evangelicals are talking about when they say that the NYT just doesn’t get them. Noting that Huck drew a third more evangelicals to the polls — 60% of the Republican turnout — than in years past, Michael Luo and David...

Jon Stewart's Brave New World

In which The Daily Show host discusses Aldous Huxley, Eugene V. Debs, Ralph Nader, and his faith in the future with Jeff Sharlet.

Holy Iowa!

If the Iowa results prove anything, it's that religion isn't leaving the public square when W. rides home to Texas. Huckabee's huge victory over robot Republican Mitt Romney is the most obvious sign that Holy Ghost power still matters in power politics, but Obama's victory should be read as almost as big an indicator that...

Fear of a Huck Planet

The NYT’s Timothy Egan gives a succinct summation of the Republican fear of a Huck planet: “It’s okay to have faux rubes, a la Bush senior and his pork rinds, or George W. and his Midland malapropisms. But when something that looks like the real thing comes along, the Republican royalists get apoplectic. They were appalled...