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Political Progressives, Welcome Progressive Religious Voices

Newsweek’s September 15th cover read “Palin-tol-ogy,” the “advanced study of Sarah Palin and how she sees the world.” Since her … Continued

John McCain: Harlem Globetrotter

In the last few days we have come to learn a lot about the John McCain Playbook. It features chapters … Continued

Dobson, Whoopi and Waffles

Christian Right icon James Dobson went on the air Tuesday to scold Whoopi Goldberg and ABC’s “The View” for linking … Continued

The Christian Right and the IRS

On September 28th the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is going to goad, stoke and provoke a federal agency that … Continued

Faith to the Fore on Malaria

There’s a sharp new focus in international circles on an ancient plague: malaria. Despite huge advances made against the disease, … Continued

Palin Puts Baptist Men on the Spot

The nomination of Sarah Palin changed Southern Baptist fundamentalism quicker than Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple in the … Continued

Don’t Exclude Humanists, Atheists from the Melting Pot

This past Sunday the Democrats unveiled their 2008 convention with an “Interfaith Gathering of Clergy.” I am a Humanist: a … Continued

Unwanted Advice for Candidates On The Faithiness Trail

There is no point in my advising John McCain or Barack Obama about the role that religion should play in … Continued

Silence of the Lamb

This will be a short response: I’d advise both candidates the same way. Don’t mention religion a single time in … Continued

The Purpose-Driven Presidency

Is Rick Warren the answer to Barack Obama’s religion problem? Or to John McCain’s? We may find out Saturday, when … Continued

Yes, There Are Atheists (And Religious Minorities) In Foxholes

The whole controversy about the role of religion in the military is much more complicated than the spat over prayer … Continued

Right Guilty of “Grand Theft Jesus”

“Be sure to tell everyone that there is only one way to heaven, and Jesus is the Way,” some of … Continued

Dobson Hears Obama’s Footsteps

Pundits were left scratching their heads as to what exactly James Dobson was aiming for in his excoriation of Barack … Continued

A 12-Step Program for McCain (Part1)

Developing a Faith and Values campaign strategy for John McCain in the forthcoming general election is a daunting task. This … Continued

Gay Marriage: Some Day (But Not Now) We’ll Say, “Oh, Never Mind”

I must admit that my first reaction to the California Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage was a profound sense … Continued

Abortion, Gun Control and Other False Choices

The long season of Pennsylvania’s primary discontent is now coming to a blessed close. Marred by candidate stumbles, the six-week … Continued

McCain’s Hate Problem

The Question: John McCain’s spiritual guide, televangelist Rod Parsley, calls Islam a “false religion” that should be “destroyed.” Should McCain … Continued

More Faith-Based Tomfoolery: McCain And His Anti-Muslim Spiritual Guide

The Question: John McCain’s spiritual guide, televangelist Rod Parsley, calls Islam a “false religion” that should be “destroyed.” Should McCain … Continued

Memo to Candidates: Pick A Feel-Good Pastor

The Question: How should Barack Obama have responded to inflammatory remarks made by his former pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright? Are … Continued

The Huckabee Perplex

What does the failed presidential run of Mike Huckabee teach us about the standing of Evangelicals in politics today? A … Continued