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Donald Trump’s Policies Present Us With A False Choice

It is human nature to want to find quick solutions to the problems that confront us, from poverty and unemployment to prejudice and terror. It follows that we would be tempted to believe those who assure us that simple remedies lie close by. Yet, the tragic reality is that it is precisely this instinct that leads to extremism.

February 10, 2017
Children, Protests, Women's March

What Do We Tell Our Children?

Trump has been behaving, in word and deed, in ways that most of us raise our children to understand are unacceptable. How do we explain this to our children? Well, we tell them what we’ve always told them. We do not lie. We do not bully. We do not hate. Because we are Americans, and this is our country to save.

February 2, 2017
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump’s ‘Alleged Christian Faith’

Why are 78 percent of white evangelicals reportedly sticking with a mobbed-up casino con man gone six-time bankrupt? How can they support a thrice-married libertine who brags about his genitalia?

September 16, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign event at Lakeside Plastics in Oshkosh, Wisconsin March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Christian Fundamentalism Is Weakening Force In Politics

Though you will still occasionally hear rhetoric from the campaign trail that purports to espouse Christian values, fundamentalist Christianity — at least as a potent voting bloc — is pretty much a spent force in GOP politics.

March 26, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a Bible given to him by an audience member at a campaign rally in Windham

Donald Trump’s Greatest Faith Has Always Been In Donald Trump

The apparent willingness of evangelical voters to give him a pass leaves you wondering if perhaps a candidate’s faith no longer matters so much to them.

February 24, 2016

Cartoon: Christianity in 2016

A battle for the love of God.

February 19, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Welcome Back To The Nuthouse

And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

January 8, 2016

White House Hopeful Carson Struggles To Connect With The Black Church

When David Bullock, a minister at Greater St. Matthew Church in Detroit, watches Ben Carson center stage at Republican presidential debates, he shakes his head. Carson “was a superstar” when Bullock was growing up, Bullock said, but now “he seems like a completely different Ben Carson.”

December 6, 2015

Jimmy Carter’s Image Of Faith Truest To What Faith Should Be

For all its loudness, all its exclusion, violence, and ubiquity, the faith that is modeled in the public square is often not particularly affecting. It is hard to imagine someone looking on it from outside and musing to herself, “I’d like to have some of that.” What Jimmy Carter showed the world, though, was different.

August 26, 2015

GOP Candidates Court Southern Evangelicals

Bush earned wild applause when he said the government should withdraw all funding for groups or clinics that offer abortions.

August 4, 2015

Pope Should Stick To Religion?

“Love one another” — what does that mean in political practice?

July 15, 2015
antigay, anti-same-sex marriage

What A Gay Day For Christians

I am embarrassed to hear narrow minds masquerading as God’s spokesmen. If you feel free to say to others that God doesn’t approve of who they were born to be, you are inflicting nothing but pain.

July 2, 2015
Jesus Wept

First Quote Jesus; Then Punish the Poor

How many people in this country pray for the poor on Sunday and spend the rest of the week complaining that the government is doing something about them?

May 21, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Satan Is In Your Marijuana

Weed is the Devil’s leaf! Sharia law has invaded Walmart! The federal plot against Texas thickens! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

May 15, 2015

A Senator’s Faith — And Humility

Church and state separation is essential to our secular government. But we must still find ways of respecting each other on matters of faith and politics.

May 4, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘The Religion Of Democracy: Seven Liberals And The American Moral Tradition’

Amy Kittelstrom’s new book, The Religion of Democracy, unpacks the knotty history of the liberalism’s relationship to American cultural, intellectual, and political life.

April 26, 2015
A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen in Rashad, Iraq, on September 11, 2014

Islamic State Video Purportedly Shows Killing Of Christians In Libya

In a gruesome replay of beheadings of captive Christians, an Islamic State video disseminated on social media Sunday purportedly shows the point-blank shootings and decapitations of two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

April 20, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Bring On The Second Civil War!

This week, “conservative” nut-jobs are trying to incite a second civil war — or warn us that we’re headed for one. Are they the same thing?

April 10, 2015

Billy Graham’s Civil Rights Work Picks Up In Ferguson

In a region still roiled by the death of African-American teenager Michael Brown, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is attempting to make a difference.

March 26, 2015

Obama’s Breakfast Prayer

Why the criticism of President Obama’s recent comments on religion ring so hollow.

February 9, 2015

Sudanese Christian Woman Spared Execution Arrives In United States

Washington (AFP) — A Sudanese Christian woman — sentenced to death for renouncing Islam but acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum — has arrived in the United States with her family. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag flew first into the east coast city of Philadelphia Thursday, where she was welcomed by the mayor as a “world […]

August 1, 2014

Forced Faith Is Not Faith

In a prison in Khartoum, a dusty city on the banks of the ancient Nile in the African nation of Sudan, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim waits.She is not alone in her confinement. Her son is with her. He is 20 months old. Her daughter is there, too. She was born in that prison one week ago.Together […]

June 2, 2014

Percentage Of Catholic Latinos In U.S. Down 12 Percent, Pew Study Finds

By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Buffeted by a rise in converts to other forms of Christianity as well as a falling away from religion entirely, the share of Latino Catholics in the United States continues to decline, a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center found. The study reconfirmed that […]

May 7, 2014

Massive Church In China Demolished; Officials Cite Permit Issue

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times WENZOU, China — One of the largest churches in the Chinese coastal city of Wenzhou, an 85,000-square-foot edifice with soaring cathedral ceilings, stained glass and spires dominating the landscape, was demolished Monday on orders of Communist Party authorities. Chinese officials said the demolition of the $5 million Sanjiang Church was […]

April 29, 2014

Paul Ryan And The Voluntarism Fantasy

When I wrote a long piece about the Voluntarism Fantasy at Democracy Journal, several people accused me of attacking a strawman. My argument was that there’s an influential, yet never clearly articulated, position on the conservative right that we jettison much of the federal government’s role in providing for economic security. In response, private charities, churches and […]

April 29, 2014