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The Supreme Court Devalues Children Yet Again: the Child Rape Decision

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Supreme Court continued its disturbing trend of devaluing children with its Patrick Kennedy v. Louisiana decision. By a 5 to 4 majority (how familiar is that phrase becoming?) the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional for […]


Iraq: When Will Progress Be Acknowledged As Significant?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last month 21 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq, 17 from hostile fire. In May 2007, there were 127 causalities in Iraq. The “surge” is working and bringing with it a measure of military and political success that must be […]


Fathers: Optional Accessories in Families?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

With the observance of Father’s Day and the heartbreaking, sudden death of Tim Russert, author of the best selling Big Russ & Me, the nation’s attention has been focused on fathers. Russert’s Big Russ & Me about Tim’s working class, […]


Obama’s Muslim Mistake

posted by dali

It’s what I feared: Barack Obama and his campaign are so afraid of a “sensitive political climate” that they will eagerly disassociate themselves from anything Muslim, even if it goes against all the highbrow Obama talk about running a clean, […]

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The changing opinion landscape

posted by Dr. Richard Land

LifeWay Research, the research and survey branch of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has partnered with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to survey Americans on a host of moral and social issues facing American […]

Same-Sex Marriage: It’s on the front burner again

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The debate over same-sex marriage is certain to heat up again over the summer and into the fall election season. Why? First, following the California Supreme Court’s mandate that same-sex marriages commence on June 17, thousands of homosexual couples will […]

Barack Obama’s Hindu Lucky Charm

posted by dali

A Time magazine photograph of Barack Obama’s hands, displaying his favorite charms, sported this caption: “Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck is a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a […]

From Beliefnet

posted by admin

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

Senator Obama, Trinity Church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Plfeger—What’s the Problem?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Senator Obama and his wife Michelle have now resigned their membership from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Given the outrageous and incendiary statements made from the pulpit by Rev. Wright and repeated with evident relish from the podium […]

Family Politics

posted by Jeff Sharlet

Since this is my last day as a guest blogger on “Casting Stones,” I’m going to plug the book which prompted Beliefnet to invite me in the first place: The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, […]

Broken Windows

posted by Jeff Sharlet

Tony Campolo is one of the true heroes of contemporary Christian leadership, a guy a non-Christian like myself can count on to offer not only provocative and compelling analysis of the world but also honest and even pointed challenges to […]

Barack Obama—a historic American moment

posted by Dr. Richard Land

For all intents and purposes, the primary season (an unprecedentedly long and arduous endurance contest it was, particularly on the Democratic side) is now over, and the general election campaign has commenced. Before the nation plunges into the partisan atmosphere […]

Obama Served Up a Zionist Version of Mom and Apple Pie at AIPAC Conference

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Not, as Jerry Seinfeld would say, that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, in reading the transcript of his address, I loved everything he had to say. But it did strike me as funny that Obama hit every base […]

Family Arguments

posted by Jeff Sharlet

I’m be talking with Natasha Chart and the folks at OpenLeft for a book salon about The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, my new history of the “avant-garde” of American fundamentalism. It’s a story that […]

Bomb Throwers and Hall Monitors

posted by Jeff Sharlet

Mark Silk, an eminent scholar of religion, politics, and journalism, takes issue with my Casting Stones post on the how the press is re-arranging its account of Obama’s ascent now that his victory is assured: Jeff Sharlet is guest-blogging on […]

Obama’s AIPAC Speech: The Transcript

posted by dgilgoff

Remarks at AIPAC Policy Conference Senator Barack Obama June 4, 2008 As Prepared for Delivery It’s great to see so many friends from across the country. I want to congratulate Howard Friedman, David Victor and Howard Kohr on a successful […]

Judging Obama

posted by Jeff Sharlet

With the nomination clinched by Obama, it’s time to move on to the next stage of “journalism”: speculation! What lies ahead? What can we expect from a President Obama? Well, it’s hard to say, right? “Change.” “Hope.” That’s good. But […]

Obama’s Exorcism

posted by Jeff Sharlet

It looks like it’s the end of the line for Clinton and the beginning of a new battle for Obama, and that means it’s time for the press to do what it does best — tidy up the tale, craft […]

We’re All Gay Episcopalians Now

posted by Jeff Sharlet

I’ve been invited to guestblog here at Casting Stones this week because I have a new book about faith and politics out, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. More about that later. I’ve decided to […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Are the People Sovereign, or is it to be the Courts?
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Social conservatives and defenders of traditional marriage won tremendous strategic victories in ballot initiatives on Nov. 4. First and foremost, the defenders of traditional marriage overturned the California Supreme Court's legalization last ...

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America: Fulfilling her promises
All Americans should take great pride and satisfaction in the election of an African-American as president of the United States. Given our nation's tragic racial history, it says something noble and fine about America that Barack Obama, both a ...

posted 2:03:21pm Nov. 06, 2008 | read full post »

The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting - Part 3
Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision ...

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