Posts tagged "christian conservatism"

“Giving Voice” to MLK

06 January 2006 Max Blumenthal has a smart take-down of the conservative revisionist history that’s enabled Christian activists such as Tony Perkins, Chuck Colson and Jerry Falwell to posture as the rightful heirs of the civil rights legacy — going so far as to stage this year’s “Justice Sunday III” at a black, inner-city church in Philadelphia...

Megachurch Turnover

02 January 2006 Robert Schuller, among the inventors of the modern megachurch, turns the Crystal Cathedral’s pulpit over to his son. The LA Times reports that “unlike televangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, the elder Schuller stayed out of politics.” Yes and no — Schuller never made his politics explicit, but his American evangelical optimism contributed...

Mirecki Resignation

08 December 2005 Disturbing news from Kansas: Paul Mirecki, the University of Kansas professor who became a topic of State Congress discussion and vehement media attacks after sending an email in which he described Intelligent Design as a myth and its proponents as “fundies,” has stepped down from his post as chair of religious studies...

Declaration of Christmas War

07 December 2005 Beyond Belief Media, under the leadership of “atheist Christian” blogger/director Brian Flemming, has announced that it will fill the much-publicized role of the anti-Christmas Grinch, dispatching guerilla “street teams” to public Christmas-themed events — from nativity scenes to pageants — to distribute copies of Beyond Belief’s skeptical documentary, “The God Who Wasn’t...

Return of the New York Jews

05 December 2005 Julia Duin of The Washington Times mounts the barricades in defense of the conservative Christian-conservative Jew alliance, using news of a private conference of Jewish leaders meeting in New York today to discuss the Christian right, as opportunity to highlight the activities of the “other kind” of Jew — the “Jews Against...

Christian Crusader Tony Perkins Bites Own Ass

13 October 2005 The Christian Coalition may unraveling at the seams (see below), but at least it was all for a bad cause (self-enrichment, bullyboy politics, career-launching, aka “Ralph Reed“). Tony Perkinsof the Family Research Council, one of the ascendant powers of Christian conservatism, seems to be the real deal, which is why it’s just a...

Not a Cheap Commodity

12 October 2005 Bush tries to save his Miers project from implosion by ‘fessing up that his advisors had promoted the nominee to conservative groups by discussing her religious beliefs and background, but it may be too little frankness, too late. Last Friday, five days before Bush made his admission, even conservative Christian groups made it clear...

New Virgins

12 October 2005 Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet responds to Jeremy Lott about the importance of chastity to the Christian conservative movement, on Beliefnet.

Key Dobson

10 October 2005 The Boston Globe launches a three-part series on “key evangelical leaders” with a solid reporton James Dobson of Focus on the Family. “Other key figures,” writes Brian MacQuarrie, “range from Richard Land, the politically connected Washington lobbyist of the Southern Baptist Convention, to Rick Warren, an evangelical pastor who has built an enormous following both at his Southern California...

Daily Links 16 August 2005

Forest for the Trees NYT, Aug 17: “It was Mr. [Ed] Meese, said C. Boyden Gray, White House counsel to the first President Bush and a leading judicial strategist, who pressed Republicans to force the recent Senate fight over use of the filibuster. In brokering consensus between Christian conservatives and business conservatives on judicial nominations, said Jay Sekulow,...

Daily Links 12 August 2005

Son of Justice Sunday This weekend (Aug. 13-14) on your NPR affiliate: The Revealer‘s Jeff Sharlet talks with Brooke Gladstone of “On the Media” about “Justice Sunday II.” Last April, Justice Sunday helped focus the faithful of the Christian conservative movement on “judicial activism”; it also afforded Senator Bill Frist an opportunity to declare Democrats the opponents of “people of...

Tammy Hall, Sudan

02 August 2005 By Jeff Sharlet How some Christian conservative activists are turning killers into cash cows — and why the press never notices. A few years ago a respected journalist for the mainstream press told a colleague of mine who was investigating the Sri Lankan conflict to disregard the evangelical press. Actually, what this...