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,


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The FundamentaList (No. 6)

"Values voter" edition! The attendees co-opt the language of the civil rights movement, award Giuliani a few points for trying, and wonder if hot-shot endorsements really matter.

1.Spinning Straw Polls into Gold and Hoping for a Miracle

Of course the big news from the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit last weekend was that Mitt Romney Mike Huckabee won the straw poll. Whether the landslide of support delivered by the summit attendees will translate into a Huckabee ascendancy, however, remains to be seen. It will be tough for him to overcome his gaping fundraising disadvantage in time for the early primaries. That's of no concern to Huckabee's supporters, though; as one of them put it to me, "we've seen bigger miracles happen."


That from the lips of Randy Thomas of Exodus International, the group that purports to "convert" people from being gay, at the press conference today in opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), pending in Congress, that would add GLBT people as a protected class to federal employment discrimination laws. Other speakers included Bishop Harry Jackson, FRC president Tony Perkins, and Rick Scarborough, author of Liberalism Kills Kids.


You have to give it to Ron Paul. He didn't try to dance around his position on the war, and stuck with his call to bring the troops home (to "protect our borders.") That wasn't selling with the FRC crowd, which has responded enthusiastically to other speakers' calls for a victorious end to the war. It's one of those -- er, sanctity of life issues.

--Sarah Posner


Duncan Hunter just roused the crowd with a pledge not to make Israel "give one inch" of land, just after endorsing a preemptive strike by the U.S. against Iran. People in the audience started waving Israeli flags. Perhaps they had followed Hunter here from the last Christians United for Israel Night to Honor Israel that Hunter attended.

--Sarah Posner


James Dobson is right about one thing: Fred Thompson can't speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail. This was Thompson's grand opportunity to show this audience more than his Senate record, more than his affection for John Roberts or Tom Coburn, more than his dedication to the institution of marriage (twice), and more than his moment of awe when he saw his daughter's sonogram. That's baseline stuff for this crowd; they're looking for catchy phrases drawn on scripture and rhetorical venom for perceived enemies.