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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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...


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...