Posts tagged "Religion and Politics"

Design Schism

Jason Carter: Although the irony is difficult to miss, The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Getlin dutifully points out that the trial between Dover residents and the city’s school board looks oddly like a rerun of Scopes, only this time with evolutionists on the offensive. But while it may seem tiresome to read yet another “in...

Xian Ed 101: How to Eat Spotted Owl

“When asked how they heard about Summit [Christian defense workshops for college students], several students can’t remember. ‘Everyone knows about Summit,’ one of them says.” Everyone. But if that doesn’t include you — and if you care about religion and politics — read Thomas Bartlett’s account of the organization in The Chronicle of Higher Education...

Narrative Gerrymandering

Tony Perkins of the Christian conservative Family Research Council targets NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – usually of little concern to the Christian Right — for his opposition to John Roberts‘ confirmation. But Perkins has bigger game in his sites — Senator Arlen Specter. Or perhaps the hunt doesn’t stop there. This small item is another...

Onward, Penguin Soldiers

Sharlet: On the one hand, there’s something thuggish about attempts by some religious conservative media bigs to press penguins into service for the cause, as reported by Jonathan Miller in yesterday’s Times. There is, after all, nothing conservative about the instinctual behavior on display in March of the Penguins. The values attributed to this behavior...

His Dark Widow’s Peak

Moktada al-Sadr‘s “beard reaches up his cheeks and a dark widow’s peak points down from beneath his own black turban. He glowers, projecting mistrust, even when he briefly smiles.” That’s an interesting description, appropriately wicked and uncommonly revealing for an article about politics. It’s also one we’ll almost never see applied by The New York...

This Should Have Been News

A leader of the nation’s largest evangelical organization sharply chastises Bush for his failure to act in a crisis situation. The dreaded g-word — genocide — is deployed. And the press says… no big deal. This isn’t New Orleans, of course, but a tragedy even more awful: the violence in Sudan. In a brutal reminder...

Church Instead-Of-State

The Family Research Council — heir to the Christian Coalition as Washington’s most effective Christian Right political organization — doesn’t often stray far from the Republican line. But its sacrificing political loyalty in the aftermath of Katrina to score points for its church-instead-of-state vision. “The vast majority of displaced residents of New Orleans,” writes the...

Rock ‘n’ Roy (Moore, Moore, Moore!)

“Like a lot of celebrities, the Rock is smaller than you expect it to be…” No, not the awesome wrestling star of Walking Tall and this summer’s Will Rogers Institute pre-movie guilt trips. The Rock, dude, as in Judge Roy Moore‘s 5,000-plus pound hunka granite in the shape of the Ten Commandments. Joshua Green goes...

Mormons Drink Christian Baby Blood, Don’t They?

Amy Sullivan of Washington Monthly on why The Atlantic, the Weekly Standard, and the National Review are wrong about Mitt Romney, the conservative Massachusetts governor who wants to be America’s first Mormon president: “The first time I ever heard about Mormons was in fifth grade, sitting in a basement classroom of my Baptist church, watching...

Greening Christianity, Whitewashing the News

Buzzing its way through the British media is the recent announcement that three Christian faith-based organizations have joined together with 14 “traditional” environmentalist groups in order to guilt Downing Street into reducing its CO2 emissions. “Stop Climate Chaos” brings together the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Christian Aid and the evangelical organization Tearfund with groups...

The Religious-People-Are-Crazy Landmine and the Great Santorum

Jason Carter: “Strategizing a Christian Coup d’Etat” by The L.A. Times’ Jenny Jarvie sheds light on an ambitious movement undertaken by a group called Christian Exodus to gain enough seats in the South Carolina legislature to regain conservative ground on issues including abortion and prayer in schools. Jarvie gracefully side-steps the religious-people-are-crazy landmine by reporting...

Assassination Fascination

Christianity Today‘s Ted Olsen reports on the Robertson “scandal” the right way: by following the money (scroll down to “Robertson’s Real Power.”) Olsen adds to the drumbeat of evangelical leaders denouncing Robertson’s assassination fascination, with links to denunciations (read: distancing) from evangelical bigs such as Os Guiness, Al Mohler, and Marvin Olasky, coiner of “compassionate...