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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This newsflash popped into my inbox from one Rabbi Yehuda Levin (on the Christian Newswire no less!), claiming to speak on behalf of the Orthodox Rabbinical Alliance of America: Chanukah was historically and remains a celebration of the victory over Hellenistic Jewish social liberals and the homosexual agenda. There are a lot of theories about the meaning of the holiday, but this one really takes the cake latkes. --Sarah Posner


I'd like to second Ezra's sentiments about Romney's speech. It was, at its core, as anti-Enlightenment as Rod Parsley's most recent book, Culturally Incorrect , which pointed to the Enlightenment as the root of all of our current problems. Romney posited that Americans believe that "liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government" and belittled the grand but empty cathedrals of Europe, suggesting, with as much robotic sarcasm as he could muster, that Europeans are perhaps "too enlightened" to venture inside. While Romney was asking Americans to have an enlightened response to the variety of religions in our country (or, or more specifically, asking biblical literalists to forgive his religion's deviation from their brand of literalism), he was simultaneously mocking the very basis for the constitutional republic: a government by and for the people. Not by God, and not for God, either. That said, the fact that Romney felt compelled to defend his religion tells us a lot about...


Following up on Scott's post , Mike Huckabee's ignorance about the NIE actually isn't that surprising. His shoestring campaign, to my knowledge, doesn't have any foreign policy advisers, and Huckabee is more interested in reaching out to apocalyptic end-timers like Kenneth Copeland and Tim LaHaye , for whom the only sound Middle East policy is found in the Book of Revelation, or encrypted in various parts of the Old Testament, which many end-timers believe foretell Christ's birth, death, resurrection, and return. You won't catch Huckabee talking about this stuff in mixed company, of course, and I suspect that he'll have something to say in response to the belittlement he's getting in reaction to his national security ignorance -- perhaps that Jesus was too smart to worry about intelligence agencies? In any case, for some Huckabee supporters, it probably doesn't matter. As one supporter, holding an American and an Israeli flag, told me at the Values Voters Summit in October, of all the...

The FundamentaList (No. 12)

Barnstorming Iowa for Huckabee, Romney's JFK Speech, scare tactics on the Fairness Doctrine and school anti-bullying legislation, and an explanation of the $23,000 commode.

1. Evangelicals Campaign for Huckabee in Iowa Former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee might be the king of the folksy one-liner, but charm alone doesn't explain the recent explosion of conservative Christian support for him in Iowa. According to the Washington Post , Huckabee has gotten more than a little boost from another king, the master of a coveted e-mail list of 71 million Christian voters. Randy Brinson, formerly of the Alabama Christian Coalition and now head of Redeem the Vote, has, according to the Post , provided 414,000 contacts for Huckabee in Iowa alone, a full quarter of all expected caucus-goers. Redeem the Vote is a Christian organization devoted to registering young people to vote; it has been hailed as the second coming of the Christian right -- this time in a less divisive package. Huckabee's alliance with Brinson goes back to 2004, when he agreed to serve as the chair of the organization's advisory committee. Brinson has been lauded as a new voice for politically...

Why the GOP Won't Get Behind Huckabee

Why hasn't this charmer with a perfect record on the right's core social litmus tests not already wrapped up the Republican nomination? Look no further than the uber-conservatives who are spitting mad that he's too nice to poor people and foreigners.

During a media conference call in October, when he was riding high from his strong showing at the Values Voter Summit, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was asked how his populist economic message would sell to financially strapped Michigan voters. After arguing that a thriving stock market doesn't exactly resonate with working-class voters, Huckabee chastised his fellow Republicans for "read[ing] right off the Republican National Committee talking points" on the economy during this fall's GOP debate in Dearborn. It was a stunning statement, with Huckabee sounding like he was reading from the opposing party's talking points as he accused Republicans of being too "busy going to upscale, nice parties with folks who haven't been impacted by a downturn in the economy." But Huckabee will say those sorts of things and then just amble on as if he hadn't frontally insulted the very people whose support he seeks, like when he accused Christian conservatives of being "more intoxicated with...