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

BIDEN'S CHRISTIAN REFERENCES AT AIPAC NOT AIMED AT CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

At his God and Country blog, Dan Gilgoff thinks he smells a whiff of Christian Zionism in Vice President Joe Biden's AIPAC speech.

I don't think so.

Gilgoff notes how the vast majority of American Jews are Democrats and wonders if Biden were trying to tap into Republican ties with evangelicals. "It sounded as if the vice president were trying to break the GOP lock on the evangelical-Israel alliance, sometimes speaking in 'Christianese'" with comments like "my commitment [to Israel] began at my father's dinner table. My father was what you'd refer to as a righteous Christian."

NEW DEMOCRAT SPECTER IS AN ABSTINENCE-ONLY EARMARKER.

As the White House and congressional Democrats begin the process of eliminating federal funding for scientifically debunked abstinence-only sex-education programs, it turns out that newly minted Democrat Arlen Specter seems to like them very much.

The FundamentaList (No. 79)

This week in religion and politics: More evidence emerges of aggressive proselytizing in the military, and the religious right wants to cause trouble for Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

1. "Christian Nation" Myth Is Gone. What Fills the Void?

President Barack Obama has made it perfectly clear: We're not a Christian nation. We're a nation made up of religious and not religious people with a secular government that respects all religions. But for a devotee of secular government, Obama appears to be giving a lot of weight to religious voices.

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE "RELIGIOUS LEFT."

Over at Politico, Ben Smith writes, "A person who follows religion and politics more closely than I tells me the decision of two major conservative Christian leaders, Joel Hunter and David Gushee, to sign on in support of legislation outlawing 'hate crimes' against gays and lesbians, is a pretty big deal." He's referring to Faith in Public Life's Wednesday press release, listing expressions of support for the hate crimes legislation that passed the House that day. (When a bill is a sure winner, why not go with it, eh?)

D.C. ANTI-GAY-MARRIAGE RALLY JUMPS THE SHARK.

I've lived in Washington for 20 years, and I have to admit there are two people whose joint appearance on a dais I never contemplated: the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, and current D.C. Council member (and former disgraced D.C. mayor) Marion "bitch set me up" Barry.

In a delicious coda, later in the day Perkins lauded the Supreme Court decision that upheld Federal Communications Commission "decency" rules, which permit the agency to fine broadcasters for even "fleeting expletives" on broadcast television.

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