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Religion Destroyed the Republican Party

Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party.

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Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

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GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Compares Free Birth Control to 9/11

Caution: Rep. Mike Kelly has made a statement so ridiculous it might make your head spin. To see the Pennsylvania Republican’s remark, click below.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Evangelical Has an Explanation for Colorado Tragedy

Jerry Newcombe, spokesman for the evangelical religious group Truth in Action Ministries, says Americans have lost their fear of hell and that’s why the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater happened.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Clinton’s Clumsy Visit

The top U.S. diplomat wooed Egypt’s new government but wowed very few among a proud people determined to find their own way as a democracy.

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Romney’s Retroactive Retirement, Weiner Mulls Political Comeback, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s super PAC trend and Pat Robertson giving some pretty bad dating advice.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Outrage Over Whites-Only Christian Conference in Alabama

The Rev. William C. Collier cordially invites you to his three-day Christian conference in Alabama—but only if you’re white. Fliers advertising the event titled “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited,” were reportedly put up during the middle of the night in the western Alabama town of Winfield on Monday.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



The Righteous Road to Ruin

Jonathan Haidt, who believes we are hard-wired to be selfish, mistakes conformity and obedience to authority for the moral life in his new book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Teen Radio Host Blasts Homosexuality, Blames Obama for Turning Kids Gay

A 14-year-old West Virginia radio show host is in the news after he denounced homosexuality as perverted and unnatural on his program, and blasted the likes of President Obama and Lady Gaga for “making kids gay.”

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Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

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The Savior

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The War on Gays

In most of America, life for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people is getting worse—much worse.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE


God Is Watching

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Greece’s Balkan Inheritance Is Heavy

To understand what is happening in the eurozone, it is necessary to understand something of the past.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Hope and Hesitation in Obama’s Sudden Conversion

Once again President Barack Obama has come tantalizingly close to being terrific.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The People’s Bishop

Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard was arrested for the second time as part of the Occupy protests. His moral and intellectual courage stands in stark contrast with the timidity of nearly all clergy and congregants in all of our major religious institutions.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


Contradiction Where Religion and American Politics Meet

Here’s a newspaper headline that might induce a disbelieving double take: “Christians ‘More Likely to Be Leftwing’ And Have Liberal Views on Immigration and Equality.”

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First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

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Crucifried

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The Prayer

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A Holy Week Entreaty

It’s hard not to notice that Christianity hasn’t been presented in its own best light during this election year because Christians have not exactly been putting forward their best selves.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Alain de Botton: What Atheists Should Take From Religion

The “Religion for Atheists” author tells Chris Hedges there’s a lot secular society can learn from religious institutions and traditions and he argues for a “neo-religious vision of using culture as scripture.”

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Million Hoodie March

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the Super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


Million Hoodie March

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Religious Head Count

The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Gay, Jewish, Pro-Pot Republican Candidate Has Something to Say

Fred Karger is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination—one of five remaining, if you count him.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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A Letter From Uganda on #Kony2012

There is an evil man somewhere in Africa waging a brutal war for absolutely no reason. The biggest problem is that no one knows about him. But if “we” spread the word and pressure the U.S. for military assistance, then by the end of this year “we” can capture Kony and end this horror. Where do I even begin?

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Money and Revolution

As American NGO employees await trial, propagandists beat the drums of public suspicion and the military maneuvers to preserve U.S. aid.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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On the President as Alien

They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Santorum’s Satan Complex

Putting aside any of the possible reasons why Rick Santorum invoked the mighty evil that is Satan while spiritually assessing America during a speech at Ave Maria University in 2008, as that would constitute unhelpful speculation at this time, we think Forbes’ Josh Barro has some good points about the telling blind spots in Santorum’s diagnosis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Acts of Love

Love, the defining and most glorious element in human life, reminds us of why we have been created for our brief sojourns on the planet.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE


Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Contraception Crusade

Being a Catholic himself, Stephen Colbert is able to break down for the layperson (read: godless liberal) the Vatican’s stance on contraception, which recently became a hot-button (read: wedge) issue for Campaign 2012. 

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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A Religious War Out of Thin Air

At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no “war on religion,” no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


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America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Boehner Goes on the Attack Against Contraception Policy

John Boehner’s keen instincts have compelled him to zero in on the highly charged—and politically advantageous—dispute about religious organizations and contraception coverage that’s currently reaching the boiling point on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the House speaker made a special speech devoted to the topic on the floor of Congress.

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Obama Gets Ready to Defend Birth Control Policy

It’s an election year, so it’s time to play wedge issue roulette. Which culture war favorite is it going to be this time? Gay marriage? The Obama administration’s recent and contested decision to require Catholic organizations to provide birth control coverage to employees? Updated

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Catholic Churches Bring Birth Control Debate Into Sunday Services

Health care, religion and contraception commingled in last weekend’s Sunday services at Catholic churches around the country after new health insurance rules from the Obama administration struck some church leaders as anathema to their beliefs and a threat to their religious freedom. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



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California and the Rapture-Ready Candidacy of Newt Gingrich

California may be a blue state in terms of voting patterns, but it’s very involved in red state politics, if you consider the role of evangelical voters.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE


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