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,


Recent Articles

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.

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.


Perhaps an endorsement from Lynchburg is not far behind?

Jerry Falwell, Jr. endorsed Huckabee this morning.

Also, for the first time, Huckabee is ahead in Iowa, according to a Rasmussen poll, three points up on Romney, 16 points up on Giuliani, and 17 points up on Thompson.


Mike Huckabee is appearing all this week on televangelist Kenneth Copeland's Believers' Voice of Victory program, and in the first two episodes, there was a lot of discussion about "character," "integrity," and "excellence." All that talk didn't move Copeland to mention either Sen. Chuck Grassley's probe of his ministry or the Oral Roberts University scandal, but he did display a keen understanding that he shouldn't be using his non-profit television ministry to bolster his friend Huckabee's candidacy. He began each program with the meaningless disclaimer that Huckabee was appearing as an ordained minister, but not a candidate. Oh, and by the way, he's running for president.

The FundamentaList (No. 11)

More on the Oral Roberts scandal, Christian Zionists protest Annapolis summit, and what would it take for the Christian right to support Giuliani?

1. Conflicting Signals on Christian Right Support for Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani, on the heels of his Pat Robertson endorsement, is getting signals from other Christian right leaders that his promises to appoint "strict constructionist" judges are not enough: To win over the base, he has to vow to nominate judges dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade. Will he do it? Let the flip-flop watch begin.