Posts tagged "CHURCH V. STATE"

Shallow Wisdom

The New York Times seems have divided up religion on its op-ed page Crossfire-style. From the left, Nicholas Kristof. From the right, David Brooks. And just like on Crossfire, the left is middle and muddled and the right slot is filled by guy who’s genius at sounding smart while saying dumb things. If only Brooks could quit carrying water for...

Public Confessions

Should politicos confess their faith in public? Buried in The Washington Post‘s metro section are a series of colorfully-phrased answers from the paper’s readers. Edmund C. Flynnthinks too many candidates “act as drug dealers to the faithful,” while Sheila S. Martin fears that by keeping religion out of the debate, “we scrape God off our hearts.” Yea, nay, or...

Faith-Based Bribery

President Bush is reminding his base – and liberal religious activists who could provide swing votes — of FBI, his faith-based initiative program, which has been inching up in funds and scope throughout his presidency. A small local politics piece from The Village Voice, meanwhile, reminds us that FBI not only brings faith into governance, it brings the petty...

Jesus Lab

Q. What guides Bush‘s science policies, politics or science? A. Jesus. That is, if we take Bush’s testimonies of faith seriously. And why shouldn’t the president turn to his best understanding of divine guidance when it comes to issues like stem-cell research? If you can answer that one — and then turn it into a polite question...

Iraqi Hearts & Minds

For some reason, the “language pack installation” box pops up when we open this sop for the faithful by James G. Lakely in today’s Washington Times. A reminder of the paper’s owner, the Rev. Moon, and his native tongue, but also no doubt a clue that the article you’re about to read is written in a kind of election year code....

Unvarnished Love

Virginia Postrel has cut through much of the noise of the gay marriage debate by publishing on Dynamist a letter, with pictures, from her newlywed sister, Pam Postrel. Pam’s sister Virginia is not even an advocate of the San Francisco revolution, but she understands the power of ritual. An unvarnished account from someone who is neither an activist nor...

Keep It To Yourself

Gregg Easterbrook writes: “I’ll tell you what shakes my belief. Not natural selection; not the evil and injustice of the world; not the televangelist hucksters with their flashing 800 numbers; not the constant use of religion to create prejudice and hatred rather than brotherhood. No, what really shakes my faith is the National Prayer Breakfast.” Writing...

Neocons Unveiled

“Perhaps,” writes The Weekly Standard‘s Christopher Caldwell, “we assume too much in asserting that the open democratic republics of the West are compatible with ‘religion.'” Surprising words coming from a senior editor of the neocon magazine, but nothing compared to what follows: “What lessons,” he asks, has America drawn from the French fracas of the question of...

British Patriotism

Much debate around the legislation known as the Patriot Acts has focussed on whether they will lead to civil liberties violations. But a story about the Patriot Act’s British counterpart, the Terrorism Act, and its enforcement lead to another question: Will such anti-terrorism laws breach the wall between church and state, in practice if not in word? Yesterday The...

Constitutional Christ

Now that a European constitution has been scuttled by more worldly concerns, the question of which gods (if any) should find a place in its preamble seems largely moot. But that’s no reason not to read this provocative interview with Professor Joseph Weiler of New York University. Weiler, an Orthodox Jew, speaks with Nextbook‘s Sara Ivry about his forthcoming book, A Christian...

27 Pairs of Shoes Drying on the Front Porch

That — and a medicine-cabinet-raiding house breaker — is what it took to tip off the residents of a Washington, D.C. suburb that a group home for “four men” was actually a religous retreat for many more, or so reports Annie Gowen in The Washington Post. Gowen’s account of the neighbors’ angry reaction is the latest in a...

Another Schism, Another Story

“Compared to the upcoming [Supreme Court] case on the Pledge of Allegiance and the use of the words ‘under God,'” David G. Savage writes in The Los Angeles Times, Locke v. Davey– a church/state case for which the court heard opening arguments yesterday — “is unlikely to receive much attention, but many legal experts say it will have a...