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, http://sarahposner.com.

 

Recent Articles

GIRLS GET DIRTY.

The world according to Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Jean Schmidt (panelists for "The 'Right' Women of the House"): Good: abstinence education. Bad: Gardisil. Good: Cord blood. Bad: Embryonic stem cell research. Good: Family Research Council. Bad: Emily's List. Good: Us. Bad: Nancy Pelosi. Really. There's not much more to it than that. -- Sarah Posner

BROWNBACK'S RALLYING CRY

Expected to drop out of the race later today in his native Kansas, Sam Brownback came to the Values Voters Summit this morning to give not a stump speech but a call to action. Without a mention of his expected withdrawal -- or the presidential race at all -- Brownback was a striking counterpoint to John McCain, who preceded him with a lackluster, passionless speech. McCain, who got a stony reception for his inclusion of war on terror detainees in his call to treat all life as sacred, seemed uninspired and even bored with his own overtold stories of being tortured as a POW. Brownback, who has been criticized by movement insiders for his own lack of passion on the campaign trail, was full of emotion on the stock anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage rhetoric and the comparison -- standard fare by now -- of "Islamo-fascism" to "atheistic communism." But it was his closing call to action that was intended to get his followers to vote -- even if not for him. “Thi s is our time. This is our...

The FundamentaList (No. 5)

"Values Voters" flirt with Romney, Third Way debunks the myth of the "evangelical monolith," and Ann Coulter's remarks create some strange bedfellows.

1. Signs Point to an Evangelical Revival for Romney; Prince of Darkness Thinks Christians Heart Giuliani With the Family Research Council/Focus on the Family "Values Voter" Summit just days away, FRC President Tony Perkins hinted to reporters that Mitt Romney's Mormonism isn't such a big deal after all. Perkins' cult-shmult conference call came on the heels of evangelical public relations guru Mark DeMoss sending a five-page letter of support for Romney to evangelical leaders. (DeMoss, who has worked with many major evangelical figures, including the late Jerry Falwell, has volunteered for Romney's campaign since last year.) In the letter, DeMoss invoked Falwell, suggesting that his old mentor never would have sat out an election (i.e., voted for a third-party candidate) when two, and possibly four Supreme Court appointments were on the line. "I believe we can make a difference -- the difference in this election," wrote DeMoss, "and if Mitt Romney should become the 44th president of...

The FundamentaList (No. 4)

Dobson courts Pentecostals, scandal rocks Oral Roberts University, a Christian men's organization tries to regroup, and does shalom mean peace to Christian Zionists?

1. Third Parties and the Fourth Estate Would James Dobson or Tony Perkins have had as many Google News hits this week had the press not fallen for the story that the dynamic duo was ready to dump the GOP in favor of certain failure and irrelevancy? Out of the circus that ensued after the Salt Lake City meeting last week, they got a massive, free get-out-the-vote drive. If Perkins and Dobson can't get their message out through their e-mail lists, radio shows, newsletters, and church networks, they surely can shout their significance from the rooftops of CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN. Their intended audience was their own constituents and the Republican Party as a whole: Take us seriously, or the White House will once again be occupied by a Clinton. There's no better way to motivate this crowd than by threatening them with insignificance. But before that narrative veered out of their control and became conventional wisdom, Perkins quickly reined it in with an appearance on Face the Nation...

The FundamentaList (No. 3)

Will the Christian right name its own third-party candidate? Reaching out to Jews who missed Jesus, and a Christian stance on global warming.

1. A Third Party Christian Right Candidate? Not a Chance. Over the weekend, well-placed leaks to The New York Times , Salon , ABC News , and WorldNetDaily spread a story that the clandestine Council for National Policy (CNP) would rather get behind a third-party candidate than back current front-runner Rudy Giuliani. A seat of power for ideological purists, media moguls, and the Christian right’s fundraising aristocracy, the CNP can pull all the necessary strings -- for the right candidate. Back in 1999, George W. Bush sealed the deal with the Christian right with a speech which, eight years later, is still subject to the organization’s double-super-secrecy rules. The idea that the Christian right would endorse a third-party candidate is ludicrous, given its pathological need to defeat Hillary Clinton and ultimately maintain sway over the White House. Focus on the Family's James Dobson has a history of threatening defection from the GOP to endorse a third-party candidate. He has never...

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