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.

 

Recent Articles

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. In a speech to the conservative legal group the Federalist Society a couple of weeks ago, Giuliani pledged allegiance to rounding out a conservative majority anchored by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito. But he managed to talk about strict construction without once mentioning Roe , much to the chagrin of some members of his target audience. And that was in all likelihood deliberate, since Giuliani apparently believes that part of what makes a strict constructionist is an adherence to precedent -- even what a judge considers to be bad precedent -- and therefore a...

TOM DELAY: "THE LEFT HAS SURPASSED US."

That's the rallying cry behind Hot Tub Tom 's new venture, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), a political advocacy group designed to unite all those fractured conservatives around the cause of out-mobilizing Democrats. "For six years now," reads CCM's opening salvo, "former leaders of the Clinton administration have studied and surpassed the conservative grassroots network, creating a liberal coalition unprecedented in its size, scope, and funding." And who better to lead conservatives out of the wilderness than Ken Blackwell , the former Ohio Secretary of State who presided over the controversial election of 2004, was routed in his bid to become Ohio's governor last year, and who now works at the Family Research Council . Wasn't it the conventional wisdom just a short time ago that conservatives were a mighty bunch united around making America an unregulated Christian nation with no taxes? Surveying the landscape from a minority position, DeLay now believes it's the...

The FundamentaList (No. 10)

Tom DeLay's new PAC, Mike Huckabee Facts, and Happy Thanksgiving from Gary Bauer.

1. Tom DeLay: The Left "Has Surpassed Us" That's the rallying cry behind Hot Tub Tom's new venture, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM), a political advocacy group designed to unite all those fractured conservatives around the cause of out-mobilizing Democrats. "For six years now," reads CCM's opening salvo, "former leaders of the Clinton administration have studied and surpassed the conservative grassroots network, creating a liberal coalition unprecedented in its size, scope, and funding." And who better to lead conservatives out of the wilderness than Ken Blackwell , the former Ohio Secretary of State who presided over the controversial election of 2004, was routed in his bid to become Ohio's governor last year, and who now works at the Family Research Council . Wasn't it the conventional wisdom just a short time ago that conservatives were a mighty bunch united around making America an unregulated Christian nation with no taxes? Surveying the landscape from a minority...

The FundamentaList (No. 9)

The curse of Pat Robertson, Huckabee's quiet meetings with influential local pastors, and Thompson's baffling NRLC endorsement.

1. The Curse of Pat Robertson Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani was hot news last week -- hotter, even, than widespread rumors that James Dobson was going to endorse Mike Huckabee (see item 2, below). But if Giuliani expected something good to come out of cozying up to Robertson, he was sorely mistaken. Robertson's influence with the rank-and-file is not what it once was, despite what the excited press coverage of the endorsement might have suggested. Giuliani's very public embrace of the controversial televangelist demonstrated a complete ignorance of how the Republican courting of the evangelical vote really works. (The key to locking in "values voters" is lots of meetings with lesser-known figures who can collectively generate a lot of votes, and no public appearances with controversial figures like Robertson.) It won't help Giuliani with evangelicals, and it certainly won't help Giuliani with anyone else. Condemnation of the Robertson endorsement was swift and fierce...

The FundamentaList (No. 8)

Republicans open investigation of televangelists, Huckabee gets anointed, evangelicals against a two-state solution, and the politics of prosperity preaching

1. Republican Minority Opens Investigation of Prosperity Televangelists Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, has opened an investigation into the finances of six of the leading prosperity televangelists, Paula White , Kenneth Copeland , Joyce Meyer , Eddie Long , Creflo Dollar , Benny Hinn . Grassley is looking into whether these celebrity preachers abused their tax-exempt status by using proceeds to enrich themselves with luxury items like mansions, private jets, and fancy cars. Three of the targeted evangelists (Dollar, Copeland, and Hinn) sit on the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents, which is supposed to be investigating similar charges of financial mismanagement and other abuses there. (John Hagee, whose own use of church funds has been documented in the Prospect , also serves on the ORU Board of Regents.) No word yet on whether the Democrats will join him, and so far no subpoenas have been issued, just requests for financial...

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