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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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”