Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner's coverage of religion and politics has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Week, and many others.


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Via Joe Bob Briggs at the Wittenburg Door's blog , who calls himself the founder of Focus on the Dysfunctional Family, comes a preview of a book due out in May, Joel Derfner 's Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever : Swish . . . is a book that Dr. Dobson will probably want to read when it comes out on May 13, because among the many adventures Joel Derfner describes—his determination to sign up for needlepoint and flower arranging classes while still a child at summer camp, his claim to be the fiercest step aerobics instructor in the universe, his career in musical theater, his flirtation with go-go dancing, his commitment to fad diets and Internet dating—he carries out a spy mission at one of those Focus on the Family programs where they try to “cure” people of homosexuality. Apparently things get gnarly and he has to fight his way out with a feather boa or something—Broadway Books is not telling exactly what happens—but this title is shaping up to sell way more copies than...

The FundamentaList (No. 21)

Is the religious right cracking up? We answer your questions about the state of evangelical America.

1. Not Dead ... Again Lately I've been bombarded with The Question: Is the religious right dead? The answer is still no. No doubt, some evangelical leaders, weary of the hateful rhetoric used in the name of their savior, outraged by the hypocrisy of the movement's fallen moralizers-in-chief , and disappointed they were duped by Bush's "compassionate conservative" pabulum, are forcing a conversation about the future of evangelical involvement in politics. Rank-and-file evangelicals are listening and discussing, and once-compliant stenographers of the "values voters" myth are paying attention. But many of us who write regularly about the religious right have consistently resisted lumping all evangelicals together, and have long recognized that the religious right represents a vocal, well-funded, and well-organized minority of Americans who have had a disproportionate impact on our political discourse. Critics point to polling data showing evangelicals' growing interest in ending global...


Late last night James Dobson endorsed Mike Huckabee for president, saying that after Mitt Romney dropped out of the race there was only "pro-family" candidate left in the race that he could support: His unwavering positions on the social issues, notably the institution of marriage, the importance of faith and the sanctity of human life, resonate deeply with me and with many others. That is why I will support Gov. Huckabee through the remaining primaries, and will vote for him in the general election if he should get the nomination. Obviously, the governor faces an uphill struggle, given the delegates already committed to Sen. McCain. Nevertheless, I believe he is our best remaining choice for President of the United States. Too little too late, completely irrelevant, or will it create a wave of leadership support that causes an even deeper rift between the conservative movement and the Christian right? --Sarah Posner


I caught up with some dejected Romney supporters, college students drinking in the hotel lobby shortly after his "suspension" speech. They grudgingly admitted that they would support McCain (although one expressed the faint hope that Dick Cheney would jump in the race--no, I wouldn't believe me, either, but I heard it with my own ears), and they were roundly dismissive of Huckabee. "I don't think America is ready to have a pastor in the White House," said one. Amen, brother. Huckabee supporters are sparse here; this isn't really his crowd, and the McCain people made a huge enough showing to outshout the McCain naysayers. Allen is hugely popular with conservative Christians, and I suspect his endorsement could help with bringing that constituency around to McCain. (Counterintuitive, i know, but that's the nature of the beast.) And McCain had another grudging warm-up act: Dick Armey , who roundly lambasted Ann Coulter for pledging to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Judging from the crowd'...


I'm here at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, where I rubbed shoulders with Michelle Malkin (literally, she was going into the women's room as I was leaving), and where Mitt Romney just announced he is "suspending" his campaign. There was a rumor going around shortly before his 12:30 speech that this would happen (conveyed to me by the blogger MyManMitt ), but many of the Romney supporters in the packed-to-capacity ballroom seemed genuinely surprised and disappointed. After running through his litany of problems with liberals, from "moral degradation" to the ridiculous claim that government "bureaucrats" make more money than those in the private sector, Romney climaxed* with the accusation that Obama and Clinton (or rather "Barack and Hillary," as he disrespectfully referred to them) have made their intentions in Iraq and the "war on terror" clear: "retreat, declare defeat." And this, Romney proclaimed to great audience enthusiasm, would result in "devastating...