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,


Recent Articles

Glenn Beck's Mentor Exposed.

I highly recommend Alexander Zaitchik's feature in Salon today, "Meet the Man Who Changed Glenn Beck's Life." In it, he profiles not just Beck and his band of aggrieved, paranoid disciples, but the man who inspired him, W. Cleon Skousen, whom Zaitchik describes as "too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era."

Signs of the Times: Scenes from the 912 March.

From yesterday's Tea Party rally on the National Mall, sponsored by Dick Armey's FreedomWorks and other right-wing groups, and inspired by Glenn Beck, participants' posters -- both handmade and professional -- capture the prevailing theme: that America is being destroyed by a foreign leader and his cadre of socialists, communists, fascists, and Nazis.

I'll have more thoughts later in the day about the rally, but for now here are some of the snapshots I took.

The Marginalization of the Non-Evangelicals.

In one of yesterday's posts, I wrote about how conventional wisdom develops around what "people of faith" want, and how "people of faith" usually means "evangelicals." Today there's more evidence of the Obama administration's overemphasis of evangelicals, as USA Today's Cathy Grossman reports from the Religion Newswriters Association's annual conference about a panel on Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.