Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner is an investigative journalist, author, and an expert on the intersection of religion and politics. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The Nation, Salon, The Washington Post, and Religion Dispatches. Read more at her website, http://sarahposner.com.

 

Recent Articles

OBAMA'S NOTRE DAME SPEECH.

President Barack Obama was his characteristically adroit self at the Notre Dame commencement yesterday. He gracefully handled the smattering of "abortion is murder!" hecklers who were shouted down by graduates as Obama was delivering his speech. But even as Obama disarmed the nuttiest of culture warriors, a new battle is engaged beneath the surface.

THE MORALITY OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND CHOICE.

Following up on Dana's and Scott's posts debunking the increasingly circulated myth that American public opinion is trending away from favoring legal abortion, my inbox is full of press releases and other assorted trumpeting of said myth. Sample: "New Gallup Poll: Obama on Collision Course with Public Opinion on Abortion Policy." (That's from the Susan B. Anthony List -- the anti-abortion movement's answer to Emily's List -- which supported and continues to support the political rise of Sarah Palin.)

HARD RIGHT CATHOLIC HOMOPHOBIA AND RE-ELECTION SCARE TACTICS.

The Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody says Obama's alleged anti-Catholicism will be a serious 2012 campaign issue. Brody posts a letter from hard-right Catholic leaders to President Obama, demanding that he remove the Human Rights Campaign's Harry Knox from his faith-based advisory council. Knox is the director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the only LGBT rights activist on the council.

The FundamentaList (No. 80)

This week in religion and politics: Religious leaders react to evangelicals' permissive attitudes toward torture, and the Notre Dame commencement controversy stokes the abortion-reduction debate.

U.S. Army soldiers bow their heads in prayer at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

1. Evangelicalism and Torture: Is Repentance the Answer?

Last month's Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll showed that the more religiously observant one is, the more likely one is to justify torture. In response to the finding, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) hosted a conference call for reporters, where representatives offered a mix of dismay and repentance, plus a pledge to better educate their flocks.

PENTAGON DENIES EVANGELISM AT BAGRAM.

A quick update to the piece of this week's FundamentaList on the Al Jazeera story which showed a top military chaplain, Lt. Colonel Gary Hensley, urging military personnel at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan to "hunt people for Jesus." The Pentagon is denying that proselytizing or anything improper took place. It further claims that the Bibles written in Dari and Pashto for distribution to Afghans were not distributed but rather were destroyed.

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