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

THE HUCKABEE CLASS WAR.

In this fascinating Michael Brendan Dougherty piece on Mike Huckabee in the American Conservative , Daugherty maintains that Huckabee could emerge as a new evangelical leader less beholden to that establishment than Pat Robertson , James Dobson , and the now-deceased Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy . They allowed themselves to be played by the establishment, whereas Huckabee, the piece suggests, is not afraid to stand up to it. Dougherty documents that, for example, conservatives sneer at Huckabee's populism, such as when Dick Armey said he was more John Edwards-esque than John Edwards. (Hardly, but anyway.) Take note here: when liberals do what Dougherty does, conservatives accuse them of engaging in "class warfare." (Horrors! How dare anyone suggest there's a gross inequality of wealth and privilege in America!) But, Dougherty maintains, there's a class war going on between the GOP establishment and working class evangelicals, and Huckabee has harnessed the working class...

HUCKABEE COMPARES AMERICA TO NAZI GERMANY.

In a speech to the Florida Renewal Project Monday night, which in an unprecedented move was live streamed on the American Family Association's Web site, Mike Huckabee compared America to Nazi Germany. He first implored the audience to renew their "commitment to Christ" and "to our nation, to its heritage, as well as to its future," adding "do we expect the seculars [sic] to do it? Do we expect the unbelievers to lead us, and if so, how will they lead us and where?" He then engaged in an extended description of his visit to the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem with his 11- year-old daughter, who asked, "why didn't somebody do something?" Huckabee, who has called abortion a "holocaust," then issued a dire warning: ... I pray that no father ever stands over the shoulder of his own daughter and after her witnessing the decline and the fall of a great nation, writes, and sees her write these words, "why didn't somebody do something?" You see, I believe the reason we're here is because...

The FundamentaList (No. 18)

Who's behind the Renewal Projects?; Huckabee implies he'd like a Christian Constitution; and televangelists are threatened with "full exposure."

1. Renewal Project Fails to Deliver South Carolina to Huckabee Although the Iowa Renewal Project’s Pastors’ Policy Briefings, at which Mike Huckabee was a featured speaker, contributed to his victory in the Iowa caucuses, last week's South Carolina Pastors’ Policy Briefing, hosted by the South Carolina Renewal Project, failed to deliver the votes he needed to beat John McCain in the state's primary. This week, the Florida Renewal Project hosted a pastors' briefing, but so far Huckabee is polling behind McCain, Romney, and Giuliani there, and it's unclear whether Thompson's withdrawal from the race will benefit Huckabee. The "Renewal Project" events mirror those held by the Texas Restoration Project . As I reported on TAPPED, the watchdog Texas Freedom Network (TFN) recently filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service, charging that the non-profit that funded the Texas Restoration Project, the Niemoller Foundation, violated its tax-exempt status by sponsoring conferences that...

THOUGHTS ON MICHIGAN AND THE EVANGELICAL VOTE.

Last night's exit polls showed Mitt Romney barely edging out Mike Huckabee in cornering the evangelical vote, 34-29%. About 40% of the Republican electorate in Michigan self-identifies as born-again or evangelical, but as I've argued before, not all of them hate Mormons, not all of them are as staunchly conservative as Huckabee on church-state separation, abortion, and gay marriage, and some of them, in Michigan's open primary might have even been Democrats! (The exit polling doesn't ask Democrats if they are born-again or evangelical.) As they head into South Carolina, however, the Republican candidates face a very different evangelical voter than than in Michigan. The Palmetto State is heavily Southern Baptist (Huckabee's denomination) and support for him among those voters runs high. Yesterday I chatted with Fred Astin , who works for the Beaverdam Baptist Association, a coalition of 70 Southern Baptist churches located in Seneca, South Carolina. Astin, who attended the November...

The FundamentaList (No. 17)

Huckabee and the rise of religious populism, the gay marriage amendment in Florida, and Soulforce seeks dialogue between mega-churches and LGBT families.

1. Huckabee and Religious Populism There's been a lot of talk of late about how Mike Huckabee's candidacy demonstrates the fractures not only within the Republican Party , but within the religious right . He's been compared to Pat Robertson and William Jennings Bryan, and is thought by some to be channeling God. But none of that is really helpful in trying to understand whether he really is an economic populist, or as some have wondered, some sort of 21st-century "religious populist." His speech on Monday urging the amendment of the Constitution "so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view" was a clarion call to this religious base. Although Huckabee has denied that he is a dominionist, it is the religious right's quest to Christianize government (and the GOP ) that has driven the groundswell for his candidacy. The ground troops in Huckabee’s populist march have been cultivated in mega-churches, through televangelism...

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