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Is Islamofascism the New Abortion?

posted by swaldman

Why is Giuliani still popular with rank and file evangelicals? Whether by design or a happy byproduct, part of the reason is that Giuliani has compensated for his liberalism on abortion and gay rights through attacks on Islamofascism. They may […]

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President Hillary Clinton? Not so fast!

posted by Michele McGinty

Evidently, Clinton didn’t do as well as The Corner (and David) thought she did: We now know something that we did not know before: When Hillary Clinton has a bad night, she really has a bad night. In a debate […]

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End of a Cat Fight (Drat)

posted by swaldman

David, why’d you apologize so quickly???? I was hoping you and Richard would tear each other’s eyes out for a few days before you made up. Ok, I admit that would have given me mixed emotions. Since Richard has been […]

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Rendering to Caesar but not too much

posted by Michele McGinty

I have to take exception with Huckabee’s comment: “I think they are going to have a hard time going out into the pews and saying tax policy is what Jesus is about, that he said, ‘Come unto me all you […]

Richard Land Responds to David Kuo re: Mullah

posted by dgilgoff

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Libery Council, offers this reply to David Kuo’s recent posts Huckabee and the evangelical mullahs and the Mullah’s problem: Such unchristian, harsh and hostile language from David Kuo! In […]

Huckabee not GOP enough for Christian Right?

posted by dgilgoff

This morning’s Washington Times reports that an assortment of tax and immigration conservatives are ratcheting up their opposition to Mike Huckabee based on his tenure as Arkansas Governor. This quote pretty much sums up the story: “We called him a […]

“When you mix politics and religion, you get politics”

posted by Michele McGinty

These are the words of someone who fought the battle over abortion for years but has seen very little fruit from his efforts: “I thought in my enthusiasm,” he told me with a smile, “that somehow we could band together […]

The Pro-Life Crisis, cont’d

posted by swaldman

The other thing that struck me about the WSJ piece David referenced was how Huckabee’s solid pro-life record really didn’t count for much. The Huckabee flaws, according to the piece, included: “He’s hostile to free trade, hiked sales and grocery […]

It’s not just about the judges!

posted by Michele McGinty

Steve, I couldn’t agree with you more! I can’t believe that Giuliani is doing so well among conservative Christians and shame on Brownback for even hinting that Giuliani has his support. As much as Giuliani would like to minimize the […]

Giuliani & the Pro-Life Crisis

posted by swaldman

This morning we have the stunning news that Sam Brownback, the leading pro-life advocate in the Senate, has nuzzled up to the most pro-choice candidate in the Republican race, Rudy Giuliani. After meeting with the New York City mayor, who […]

Their Indecision Shows the GOP Field’s Shortcomings

posted by dgilgoff

Michele asks: How are the Republicans not capitalizing on the “muscle” of the “Christian Right old guard?” How can they get their support when no one is willing to offer it yet? The very fact that the Christian Right old […]

Their indecision has blunted their influence

posted by Michele McGinty

How are the Republicans not capitalizing on the “muscle” of the “Christian Right old guard?” How can they get their support when no one is willing to offer it yet? Isn’t it part of the problem that the Christian leaders […]

What comes next

posted by Rod Dreher

I expect the next president to be a Democrat. As a conservative, I expect to be unhappy with that result. But I also expect to be unhappy if the next president is a Republican. That’s how disconsolate I am about […]

“The man”

posted by David Kuo

Michele – I’m with you. Great points on the endorsements. Only thing to add is that once people start saying Huckabee is like Alan Keyes I’ve got to think they are a little bit nervous because Huckabee is the anti-Keyes. […]

Are Dobson & Co. Really Washed Up?

posted by dgilgoff

“Dobson and Bauer and Land are shadows of their once-powerful selves. They have little power anymore to mobilize for any particular candidate”– David Kuo I’ll stick to Dobson, since I think he’s more powerful than any Christian Right leader to […]

The proof is in the endorsements?

posted by Michele McGinty

David, thanks for the welcome! I think you and I are probably in agreement that it’s a good thing that the influence of the religious right is on the wane. I don’t think a group of self-appointed Christian leaders can […]

WWJD About Campaign Fundraising

posted by swaldman

Seems like Dan’s Demoss interview confirms Michelle’s theory that religious conservative leaders are placing a huge emphasis on pragmatism. Though he backs off that at the end, Demoss first says he’s not supporting Huckabee because he hasn’t raised enough money […]

on politics, on faith

posted by David Kuo

Just a note on how I view my politics and my faith and the intersection between the two. It matters much because the latter is far more important to me than the former. Here’s what I wrote a few weeks […]

The Mullah’s problem

posted by David Kuo

Michele – Greetings from this corner as well. Great to meet you and great blog and greater heart behind the blog. I agree with you that the religious right isn’t dead. That isn’t what I meant to communicate. What I […]

An Evangelical for Mitt Chimes in on Huckabee

posted by dgilgoff

PR big shot Mark DeMoss, one of Mitt Romney’s most powerful and active evangelical backers, is well suited to join today’s debate on whether Christian Right leaders are forsaking the evangelical grassroots by declining to support Mike Huckabee. After all, […]

The news of their demise is greatly exaggerated?

posted by Michele McGinty

Steve, thanks for the welcome! I look forward to arguing politics during this campaign season. And yeah, it would make sense for them to support Huckabee if they were only concerned about the social issues but the group also includes […]

It’s All So Predictable

posted by dcaldwell

First of all, welcome, everyone, to our new mix-it-up, thrash-it-out politics blog. Like most of you, I’m fascinated by what is going on among conservative Christians and politics these days. I am not, however, surprised by the rift between members […]

Jindalicious, yes; a bellwether, no

posted by Rod Dreher

David, as thrilled as I was to see Bobby Jindal win as governor in my home state last weekend, I strongly caution against reading the victory as any kind of bellwether for how the 2008 vote may go for the […]

Huckabee and the evangelical mullahs

posted by David Kuo

“The Huckabee issue” may prove to be the final undoing of the increasingly old, tottering, out-of-touch, self-appointed evangelical mullahs. It begins with the mullahs. Keep in mind that it is this group of men – Dobson, Land, Perkins, Bauer, etc. […]

“Huck!” the herald angels sing

posted by Rod Dreher

(Sorry about that. What was I thinking? Back to rehab for me.) Dan, speaking as a Christian rightist, I find the travails of the Christian Right made manifest by this political year to be perhaps the biggest political story going. […]

Inept Pragmatism?

posted by swaldman

Michele, welcome to Beliefnet! It’s great having you as part of Casting Stones; we’re big fan of your Reformed Chicks blog. As for the notion that religious leaders won’t rally around Huckabee because he doesn’t have a chance, Huckabee had […]

Pragmatism vs. Principle

posted by Michele McGinty

The values voters straw poll results probably reflect what’s going on in the conservative Evangelical community in general. There are some who believe that the abortion issue is so important that it trumps all other issues to such an extent […]

Disconnect on the Right?

posted by dgilgoff

Even after Mike Huckabee won the Values Voter Summit’s on-site straw poll last weekend in a landslide–Mitt Romney beat him by a hair in the corresponding online poll–the Christian Right’s top leaders have refused to galvanize behind him. Has a […]

Go Huck go!

posted by Rod Dreher

Readers of my Crunchy Con blog know that I have little use for the GOP field this year, but I gotta say the more I see Mike Huckabee, the more I like and admire him. An Obama-Huckabee race in 2008 […]

Another Christian Rightist Meets Dr. Dean

posted by dgilgoff

Walking the halls at the Washington Values Voter Summit, I ran into Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a Washington-based Christian Right activist, who revealed that he had sat down with DNC chair Howard Dean last week. Mahoney, a longtime DC fixture whose […]

You Are My Traction

posted by swaldman

One of the biggest faith-and-politics mysteries has been why religious conservatives haven’t rallied around Huckabee. He was told they were waiting for him to get “traction” and he said, hey you guys ARE my traction. And it’s true: if they […]

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