Sarah Posner

Sarah Posner is a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches and an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Nation and many other publications.


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On CNN yesterday, Mike Huckabee said he had apologized to Mitt Romney for his "innocent" question about whether Mormons believe Jesus and Satan were brothers: Speaking with CNN Wednesday, Huckabee expressed disbelief that the comment has caused an uproar. "We were having a conversation over several hours, the conversation was about religion and he was trying to press me on my thoughts of Mitt Romney's religion, and I said 'I don't want to go there.'" Huckabee said. "I really didn't know. Well, he was telling me things about the Mormon faith, because he frankly is well-schooled on comparative religions. As a part of that conversation, I asked the question, because I had heard that, and I asked it, not to create something -- I never thought it would make the story." At the National Review , whose editors have endorsed Romney, Jim Geraghty called Huckabee on his feigned ignorance:"The apology is the right move, but I'm going to call horsepuckey on Huckabee's claim that a New York Times...


The Romney campaign is angry about Mike Huckabee 's musing in the Chavets piece, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?" Many evangelicals, as I alluded to in this week's FundamentaList , believe that such a heretical filial relationship is a bedrock of the Mormon faith. Romney hasn't addressed that theological question, but the Mormon church denies it. The Huckabee campaign says "the full context of the exchange makes it clear that Governor Huckabee was illustrating his unwillingness to answer questions about Mormonism and to avoid addressing theological questions during this campaign." So the question remains why, if he admittedly doesn't know much about Mormonism, why he would let that little nugget of apostasy -- so sensational for Mormonism's evangelical critics -- drop at all. --Sarah Posner


Like Addie , I found a number of fascinating tidbits in the forthcoming Zev Chavets profile of Mike Huckabee , among them that his thinking on foreign policy (to the extent he has done much thinking, it seems) has been influenced by Thomas Friedman and Frank Gaffney . When asked about his lack of foreign policy experience, Huckabee pointed to our current president's same lack of experience in 1999 (not a good answer, Mike!), and, in another Bush deja-vu, pledged to "surround" himself "with the best possible advice." Who might provide that advice? Duncan Hunter , who Huckabee said is "extraordinarily well-qualified" to be defense secretary. As for Regent University professor Charles Dunn's theory that envy is keeping some in the evangelical leadership from endorsing Huckabee, I can't get inside their heads, of course, but based on the people I've talked to, I really do get the sense that at least part of their reluctance is that they are very threatened by what they perceive as his...

The FundamentaList (No. 13)

This week in the religious right: Christians parse Romney's speech, Huckabee's okay with sinners but not with gay people, and televangelists respond to Grassley's probe.

1. Fallout from the Romney Speech Focus on the Family's James Dobson, who has indicated that he's not going to endorse any candidate in the primaries, reportedly called Mitt Romney to congratulate him on his anti-secularism speech in Texas last week, much to the jubilation of the Romney supporters at the Evangelicals for Mitt blog. Pat Robertson, despite his support for the mayor of iniquity, sent along a note as well, and to the relief of Romney's staff, it wasn't to prophesy God's wrath on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It just goes to show you that Romney's speech had its intended effect: to assure conservative evangelicals that "even though you think I believe that Satan was Jesus' brother , at least I'm not an atheist." The speech wasn't enough, though, for Gary Cass, formerly of D. James Kennedy's Reclaiming America for Christ and now of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission , an organization formed to protect Christians from "defamation, discrimination, and bigotry." (Numerous...


Yesterday's e-mail from Tony Perkins ' Family Research Council laid the blame for the weekend's tragic shootings at a Colorado mission and church at the feet of the dreaded secular media. "It's not hard to draw a line," Perkins wrote, "between the hostility that is being fomented in our culture from some in the secular media toward Christians and evangelicals in particular and the acts of violence that took place in Colorado yesterday." But then this morning came the news that the shooter, who was raised in a " deeply religious Christian household ," may have been motivated by revenge after being kicked out of the Youth With A Mission school several years ago. Imagine Perkins' reaction if the "secular media" suggests that it was religion, not secularism, that drove this very disturbed person's horrific violence. Such an argument is just as flimsy as Perkins placing the blame on secularism, and rest assured if anyone makes it, Perkins will pounce on it as evidence of anti-Christian...