Posts tagged "Religion and Politics"

Newdow Files Again

Michael Newdow files again, this time taking aim at the “In God We Trust” motto on U.S. currency. Newdow announced on Sunday his plans to file a federal lawsuit asking for the removal of the motto on the grounds that constitutional rights take precedence over historical references to the religious roots of the country.

Partisan Peace

Last fall, when church-state watchdog groups warned politically-active churches that overt campaigning for one candidate or another might cost them their tax-exempt status, conservative talking heads such as Jay Sekulow cried persecution at the hands of “left-wing thugs” selectively targeting conservative churches. A year later, the issue has resurfaced, but not as Sekulow so flamboyantly...

Everything But the Girl

“I wish I could vote so bad.” By Marissa Kantor On November 8th, in one of the fiercest faith-based rivalries sparked in California in decades, voters over the age of 18 will decide whether or not girls under the age of 18 have to tell their parents before they can get an abortion. In a...

Mao’s Latest Bow

Between politics and religious ecstasy: Maoist believers in Nepal. Brad Tytel As China’s quasi-communist leadership continues to shed any remnants of its ideological progenitor, Maoism still lives just south of the Himalayas. Nepal continues to be wracked by an insurgency bearing the standard of violent, rural Marxism. I have been tracking press coverage of the...

Cast the First Vote

A Christian think tank in Bangor, Maine is mobilizing to oppose a November ballot question that could reverse the state’s new gay non-discrimination law, which protects gays’ rights to equal opportunity in employment, housing, education and public accommodations, with the release of a position paper urging Christian voters to “Just Say No” to the reversal...

Rice Hosts Assorted Epithets

A somewhat baffling news story, about Condeleeza Rice’s recent hosting of Muslim community leaders for a fast-breaking Iftaar dinner at the State Department building, appears on the website of the Kuwait News Agency — an entity which might be expected to subscribe wholesale to Washington rhetoric, in describing Rice’s P.R.-Gala as “part of Washington’s efforts...

Wrath, Etc.

Generally speaking, U.S. politicians’ and religio-rock stars’ explanations for God’s periodic, environmental fits of wrath are predictable: gay sex, casual sex, unwed sex, unusual sex, and oh, occasionally a political misstep. Turns out such divining is just as tedious in the Muslim world, with Pakistani National Assemblyman Riaz Hussain Prizasa, announcing to the rest of...

Steele Hates Westboro

Republican Indiana State Senator Brent Steele said he intends to propose legislation in response to the antics of the Westboro Baptist “God Hates Fags” traveling prayer protesters, making disorderly conduct at the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers a felony offense. Steele’s announcement comes after a group of Westboro members protested the funeral of an Army...

Atheist Lobbyist

Atheists get a lobbyist too, in the form of Lori Lipman Brown, former Nevada state senator and the new congressional lobbyist and spokeswoman for The Secular Coalition for America who will be in charge of educating the public on misconceptions about atheists and trying to prevent religion from monopolizing issue debates.

Conservatism, Born Again

Can conservatism — or at least Bush’s variety of it — be born again? Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist and former Bush, Sr. speech writer, counsels the president to model his “mid-presidency crisis” after his earlier mid-life dilemna, and fix it in the same way. Tempering her criticism with plenty of kind words and...

Miers Saved from Idol-Worshipping Cult

Harriet Miers either “found Christ” in 1989, or else she lost her faith in that same year, and she is either definitely going to hell, or she isn’t, depending on where you’re coming from. Maybe not the sort of thing Karl Rove would usually speculate on, but speculate on it he has, much to the...

The H-Word

Interfaith offense was given this week in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, after Republican nominee, Jerry W. Kilgore, launched a new ad-campaign attacking Democrat candidate Timothy M. Kaine’s opposition to the death penalty as a position that would let “even Hitler” off the hook. Which holy toes were stepped on? At least two: first, in the Kilgore...