Tag Archives: Religious Right

Questions linger as leaders disavow Trump

October 11, 2016

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It’s only Tuesday, yet this week already ranks among the creepiest in US political history. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did not hide in shame after the revelation of his vulgar comments in an Access Hollywood video. Instead, he stalked his Democratic opponent in a live television debate and threatened to send her to jail […]

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New Evangelicals free a hijacked movement

February 19, 2012

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A telling statistic: In 2009, 35 percent of evangelicals identified themselves as Democrats and 34 percent as Republicans. The rest were independents. In other words, most evangelicals aren’t even voting in this year’s GOP primaries. Another: 64 percent of all white evangelicals don’t believe church officials should endorse political candidates.

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Wisdom from Pat Robertson (try again)

October 5, 2011

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The one-time presidential candidate and host of the 700 Club has glimpsed the light that Martin Luther King and Billy Graham once saw: Endorsing political candidates inflates a Church leader’s ego but diminishes his or her influence. We rob ourselves of objectivity. We fall prey to manipulation. We no longer play a prophetic role and we treat the symptom instead of the disease. He told the Associated Press: “I’ve personally backed off from direct political involvement. I’ve been there, done that. The truth of the matter is politics is not going to change our world. It’s really not going to make that much of a difference.”

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Wisdom from Pat Robertson

October 5, 2011

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This has been re-written.  Go here.

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A shocking, real-life drama: calmness and tranquility may be round the next bend

July 18, 2011

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Run – do not walk, but run with blistering, heart-attack speed – to the mall’s Rock-em Sock-’em Religious Magazine Store and pick up the latest copy of Christianity Today. There’s hope. Gobs of it. Sanity is making a come-back even amid the shrill cry of the shrinking religious right (“I’m melting!”).

First is the cover story profiling the new Focus on the Family boss. Read the tag line: “Why Jim Daly doesn’t care whether you know who he is or whom he supports for president.” Say whuh? The organization is returning to its original purpose and calling: Nurturing godly families and helping children. No one says Focus employees will be wearing Che Guevara T-shirts (although the old formal dress code has dropped to “business casual”), but at least they won’t implicitly christen the GOP as “God’s Own Party.” Daly’s own compelling personal saga of alcoholic parents and foster-care abuse gives him empathy for the downtrodden.

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If only I had the guts to say what needs to be said …

March 30, 2011

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My problem: I’m all mush, an absolute coward. I’d stand my ground if I were really courageous. I’d emphasize how all sides push us over the intellectual cliff when they type-cast each other.

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Psst: Listen to this, Newt. We’ve got an idea …

March 26, 2011

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Dear Newt Gingrich: The boys and I tossed back a few the other night and came up with a totally outlandish concept, one of those this-is-so-strange-it-might-work types …

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Next you’ll tell me to do lunch with Attila the Hun

March 5, 2011

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Is it safe? Should I say it? Should I send my wife and child to that hidden cabin in the ravine while I brave the rotten cabbage and tomato barrage? But what is the price of silence? I’ll lay awake, deafened by the screams of a conscience on steroids. It’s my destiny. I must reveal the sordid truth and withstand the messenger’s doom.
Here goes: “Christians with traditional moralities and creeds can be nice people. They’re not narrow-minded hate mongers and they don’t resemble those radio curmudgeons hollering for money. The data shows it.”

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When Values Plop

October 1, 2010

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Our culture’s weary rivals are lining up in my inbox like scarred, fatigued warriors. One side sees everything through the prism of “traditional family values.” The other brays open-mindedness and brands its opponents as intellectual Neanderthals. Both are reading from a stump speech worn out several elections ago.

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Tap Dancing at the Cataclysm

June 21, 2010

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So there are two ants on an ant hill, see, and both ants feel the ground tremble and boom. They notice this gargantuan creature – this sky-high behemoth – walking toward them. One ant says to the other ant: “Human: better run.” The other ant replies: “No worries. Humans would never hurt us because I’ve constructed a psychological/sociological grid – a theoretical model, if you will – of a human being.

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