Tulsi Gabbard, the First Hindu in the U.S. Congress?

The Religion News Service has posted  an excellent profile of Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat running for Congress in Hawaii's 2nd district. Gabbard is leading in the polls by a whopping 52 points and should win in a landslide. Of course, her opponent, Kawika Crowley, lives and campaigns out of bumper-stickered white van. If Gabbard wins, … Continue reading Tulsi Gabbard, the First Hindu in the U.S. Congress?

The Education Investment, Citizenship, and the Perfection of Society and Government; Or, What Noah Webster Would Say to Romney and Obama

Lately I've been working a side project, a lengthy encyclopedia article on religion and education in America. I'm taking a historical approach in the article and laying out a basic narrative: building a Protestant educational establishment, challenges to that establishment, and, finally, Protestant educational disestablishment. With that article in the back of my head, it … Continue reading The Education Investment, Citizenship, and the Perfection of Society and Government; Or, What Noah Webster Would Say to Romney and Obama

Lydia Maria Child Is Oddly Prescient in an Election Year: Red and Blue Spectacles

Reading the last chapter of Lydia Maria Child's The Progress of Religious Ideas I came across this passage that seemed timely during our election season: Little or no progress toward truth is usually made, because passages of ancient books are taken up hundreds of years after they were written, and are used in a sense … Continue reading Lydia Maria Child Is Oddly Prescient in an Election Year: Red and Blue Spectacles

Sharia Myths

Adam Serwer summarizes a new report that debunks the myths underlying conservative panics over sharia. In short, sharia is not like Biblical law or the Ten Commandments and it is not a threat to the United States. But the sharia panic that is driving state legislatures to try and criminalize Islam, and making GOP presidential candidates … Continue reading Sharia Myths

But Could You Vote For THIS Mormon?

Politico reports that the NAE is trying to make nice with Mormons and that this is good news for Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman: The National Association of Evangelicals is holding its semiannual board meeting in Salt Lake City on Thursday — the first time the group has met in Utah. The association chose to … Continue reading But Could You Vote For THIS Mormon?

Tim Pawlenty, Bad Fundamentalist

After producing a truly epic book advertisement, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty sat down for an interview with Christianity Today. Two of his answers early in the interview jumped out at me:   Your book encourages Christians to be involved in public issues. At what point might Christians rely too much on political solutions to current problems? I … Continue reading Tim Pawlenty, Bad Fundamentalist

GOP Hopeful Herman Cain: Jesus was “The Perfect Conservative”

There's now officially a hat in the ring—or is it a pizza? Herman Cain, the man who saved Godfather's Pizza and argued against Bill Clinton's attempt at health care reform, has started a presidential exploratory committee. In a profile on Cain at Slate, David Weigel describes Cain's popularity among the Tea Party folk: When Cain speaks at conservative … Continue reading GOP Hopeful Herman Cain: Jesus was “The Perfect Conservative”