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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The FundamentaList (No. 19)

Answering the big questions about evangelical Democrats, the "new evangelical agenda," and divisions in the religious right vote.

1. Are Evangelical Voters Still Conservative? Last week, Beliefnet released the results of its new online poll which showed that although evangelical voters remain largely conservative, issues at the top of their agenda are increasingly aligned with those at the top of the progressive agenda. Although the poll was not scientific, its results reflect what many see as the changing face of the evangelical movement. While a majority of self-described evangelicals said they remain committed to the Christian right leadership, they're recognizing the need to address issues like global warming, poverty, and torture. Most Christian right leaders have resisted this change, but they've yet to see a significant backlash from their constituents. The religious right leadership remains well-funded, well-organized, and committed to the same core issues from which they will not budge. And even evangelicals touted as "new" or "less conservative" remain committed to some of those core issues as well...


As I reported last week, according to former Bush adviser Doug Wead , a person attending televangelist and Grassley target Kenneth Copeland's invitation-only ministers' conference last week reported that Copeland "reconvened" the group as a "private meeting" and raised some emergency campaign funds for Mike Huckabee . IRS rules prevent tax-exempt organizations from using their resources to endorse or campaign for a candidate. Last week, Kenneth Copeland Ministries did not respond to TAP 's request for comment. This morning, the Trinity Foundation, a Dallas televangelist watchdog group, has posted video clips of Copeland at the conference, in which which he describes a conversation he had with Huckabee last year about the Grassley investigation. Copeland says that "at the Lord's instruction," he had invited Huckabee to appear on his television program, which was taped before the Grassley investigation broke. Copeland then asked the candidate ordained minister of the gospel whether he...


For anyone interested in learning a little more about what's inside the pages of my new book, God's Profits , about prosperity televangelists and the Republican Party, you can check it out via radio and on the web this weekend. I'll be a guest on the Air America program Ring of Fire , and, if you missed the interview I did on the Bob Edwards Show on XM Radio this week, it will be replayed on the public radio stations listed here this weekend. And on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. EST, I'll be discussing the book at the Firedoglake Book Salon . --Sarah Posner


Update to my post from yesterday :This morning I received an e-mail from Wead, who advised me that his source, "usually reliable, called back to say 'yikes.'" Turns out Copeland pulled in only (only!) $111,000 in cash for Huckabee, with about a million in pledged donations. Wead has also updated his own post . --Sarah Posner


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...