Posts tagged "Religion and Politics"

13 July 2005 Daily Links

Don’t run, Hillary, don’t run: Amy Sullivan: “Jill Lawrence, one of USA Today‘s campaign correspondents in 2004, has observed that very few political reporters wrote about the way Kerry used religious language—even though, she noted, it occurred every week on the campaign trail—because they assumed that Democratic candidates weren’t deeply religious. ‘The stereotype of the...

18 May 2005 Daily Links

Everything but the longing: Peter Bebergal: “I have begun collecting psychedelic music again, almost twenty years after I traded my entire original collection for bag of pot, mostly seeds and stems. I have been scouring Web sites and magazines, trolling greater Boston’s underground record stores and talking to people about this resurgence of psychedelic music...

It’s Not What It Looks Like..

Speaking at an American Studies conference about “Politics and Religion in USA” at an Islamabad university, Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy Patricia A. Butenis felt compelled to explain that, despite all appearances, the U.S. really is still a secular state and proud of it. As evidence, Butenis offered the wording of the Constitution...

Blame Game

The conservative Washington Times can’t be faulted for lack of transparency in its coverage of Tom “The Hammer” DeLay. We admire them for publishing the full transcript of an interview the paper’s editors and reporters conducted with the congressman, including the questions. Most revealing for religion writers is this DeLaybon mot on church & state: “I blame Congress...

The Original Plan Was To Go With A “Sea of Love” Theme, But Another School Had Already Claimed It

“GOP leaders in both houses describe [the Terry Schiavo] case as having to do with the ‘culture of life’ theme expected to be central in the 2006 congressional races.” — Gail Russell Chaddock in The Christian Science Monitor. What’s interesting about the Schiavo case is the attempt by some anti-euthanasia activists to turn the life or...

WCC Judge’s Relatives Killed

Joan Humphrey Lefkow, the U.S. District Judge once allegedly targeted for murder by Matthew Hale after she ruled that he could no longer call his white supremacist group the World Church of the Creator because another group had copyrighted the name, found two bodies in her basement that are believed to be her husband and her mother....

Attorney General Demands Women’s Medical Records

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, a staunch abortion opponent and former state representative, has demanded the complete medical records of almost 90 women who either had an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy (illegal in Kansas except when a woman’s health is at stake, per legislation co-written by Kline), or an abortion at any stage of pregnancy...

The Education of Senator Thune

Sharlet: Daschle defeater John Thune cites spiritual influence of a man who cites spiritual model of Osama Bin Laden. In this Q&A Christianity Today conducted with Senator Thune (R, SD), he says that the “C Street ministry” of Doug Coe helped keep him on the Christian path when he was a Representative. As it happens, I’ve witnessed that...

Cheap Grace & Dumb Journalism

Washington Post‘s Dan Balz says incoming DNC chair Howard Dean “offers a secular vision of the world at a time when Democrats worry that they have ceded the values of faith and spirituality to Republicans.” Huh? What? Since when did the “values of faith and spirituality” get reduced to anti-homosexuality, anti-abortion, preemptive war, and laissez-faire economics? Even...

It’s Good to Be Rich

“For years [British] churches criticised Conservative governments and Baroness Thatcher. Now their views more closely reflect her famous comment that ‘no one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.'” The British Times reports that an umbrella organization of mainstream British churches has embraced “free market economics.” The news...

W.: What About God?

The Revealer‘s normal modus operandi is to say: Didja see that? Religion! In the secular news! We’re always on the lookout for the god in the machine, and no more so than in the sermons of our preacher-in-chief. Dude’s brilliant. Or, at least, Michael Gerson is. In this judgement we usually have company — even...

What’s the Matter with Iraqi Women?

Voting against one’s own interests may be an international phenomenon, according toHannah Allam of Knight Ridder Newspapers. Though women make up 55 percent of Iraq’s population and are guaranteed 25 percent of the seats in the national assembly (grossly disproportionate to their numbers, but still a move towards equality), they’re a divided voting block and so they...