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Nice words for President Bush

posted by David Kuo

Nice words on President Bush from Bono as he received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center: I want to say that the current President Bush was not only gracious, he was passionate — passionate about doing more for […]

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the religious left and Jesus, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Following up on yesterday’s post on the “religious left,” I found a brilliant and thought-provoking post on Greg Boyd’s blog. He begins this way: Someone e-mailed me with a question worth wrestling with. He said he heard a well known […]

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A “winger” on Dobson and Giuliani

posted by David Kuo

I got this from a dear friend… this is a must read if you want to understand why Dobson and co. are so terrified. My friend is, as you will read, a self-described “winger” – very conservative. As a winger, […]

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Dobson v. Giuliani, Rd. 1

posted by David Kuo

Ok, it isn’t really round one but for my purposes it is. After news broke this weekend about the – all to predictable – call from James Dobson and friends about a third party for Christian conservatives, I started emailing […]

the “religious left” and fasting

posted by David Kuo

A year ago, when Tempting Faith was published, one of the things that received a lot of attention was my call for evangelicals to “fast” from politics. Here is a snippet: I’m not talking about a permanent retreat from politics. […]

The faith-based voter

posted by David Kuo

Thank you Holly for finding this one. It sort of speaks for itself.

John McCain over the edge

posted by David Kuo

It appears that Sen. McCain has gone over the religious edge. In a new, exclusive inteview with Beliefnet, McCain reveals to my new colleague Dan Gilgoff – welcome Dan! – a remarkably sectarian view of America. When John McCain ran […]

What the $$ means for R’s…

posted by David Kuo

Inside all the numbers analysis surrounding the latest round of presidential campaign money raising is this amazing statistic: According to an August analysis by the Campaign Finance Institute done in partnership with Politico… among Republican givers, 89 percent of donors […]

Bush says Hillary will win…and?

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps it is all the Welch’s grape soda but I am not sure why it is a big deal that President Bush has reportedly said Sen. Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. It is all over the news and blogosphere. […]

Gore, Nobel Peace Prize?

posted by David Kuo

Christopher Hitchens predicts that Al Gore will win the Nobel Peace Prize this year: On Oct. 12, we shall hear again from Oslo, and I will be very surprised indeed if the peace prize is not awarded to Albert Gore […]

Thompson/Dobson

posted by David Kuo

Well, it wasn’t the most powerful response – more like, “Uh, huh, yuh” but Fred Thompson pretty much blew off James Dobson’s critiques. Maybe what it shows more than anything else is Dobson’s declining influence and current Republican disregard for […]

A little satire

posted by David Kuo

From the people at Slate… very funny.

Meet Burns Strider, Sen. Clinton’s Faith Adviser

posted by David Kuo

I did not expect Burns Strider when I met Burns Strider. I knew he was Senior Adviser and Director of Faith Based Outreach to Sen. Clinton and her campaign for President. I knew he had worked on faith and values […]

The Dobson speaks

posted by David Kuo

James Dobson has spoken – written, actually – about Fred Thompson. Note – he doesn’t like him: “Isn’t Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage […]

My last Slate post

posted by David Kuo

I’ve posted my last email to Hanna Rosin over at Slate. It has been a wonderful exchange and I look forward to her final response later today. Here is part of what I had to say. To read it all, […]

Bush losing more conservatives

posted by David Kuo

What is the old saying? Hell hath no fury…? Well, conservatives are increasingly feeling like that scorned lover. The latest is over Bush’s nominee for Attorney General. Powerline blog covers it best: I wasn’t going to write anything more about […]

The GOP muddle

posted by David Kuo

The latest AP poll puts into sharp relief what everyone already knows – the GOP is a grandly opposed party: White men, conservatives, evangelicals and other pivotal blocs are divided among the Republican Party’s leading contenders for president, leaving the […]

Converted by Clinton

posted by David Kuo

Bill Clinton’s new book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World is out to much fanfare. I haven’t read it yet and frankly wasn’t planning on reading it. But then a friend send me a note saying, “So […]

Two portraits of grief and forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

I opened the Washington Post yesterday morning to find a big story on Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, the man murdered alongside Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994. He got the rights from OJ Simpson’s never-published book, If I Did […]

Hypocrisy, con’t

posted by David Kuo

Great points in comments and via email (before my email went poof) about my hypocrisy exhaustion. I’m going to focus on two for now: Zirk wonders: …don’t you think we should make a distinction between someone who is honestly striving […]

Tired of hypocrisy “exposes”

posted by David Kuo

When did hypocrisy become the greatest of all vices? I obviously overstate but to look at the news is to see joyous revelry at revelations of hypocrisy – Larry Craig, Al Gore’s flying around in private jets, John Edwards driving […]

Bush’s gaffes

posted by David Kuo

Who cares? Wires and blogs and commentators are atwitter at what the AP called President Bush’s, “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House. The problem? Verbal gaffes – saying OPEC instead of APEC and Austria […]

Bush’s lack of humility

posted by David Kuo

Christians and war make odd bed fellows. Theologians of every Christian stripe basically agree on a few things and one of them is that war is something to be undertaken as a last resort and is to be undertaken with […]

Christians for Huckabee, not for Fred

posted by David Kuo

I just got this note in my inbox from Stephen Strang, head of Strang Communications, one of the largest Christian magazine companies. Dear friend, Since I am a networker in the Christian community, I am contacting you on behalf of […]

Edwards on health care

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps you’ve seen the clip below. If not, it is worth watching for its honesty and passionIt is easy to see John Edwards as a slick, rich, glossy politician defined not by the substance of his campaign – economic justice, […]

Open Secrets in giving

posted by David Kuo

Here is an addicting site for the politically nosy – OpenSecrets.org. Type in a name and a city and you can find out who has been giving money. You can do it for yourself or for neighbors or for celebrities […]

Larry Craig must resign

posted by David Kuo

A United States Senator is held – or should be held – to a higher standard. Sen. Larry Craig’s behavior doesn’t pass a lower standard. He should resign. Some will say that there is a double standard, that Democrats get […]

Sacrificing SUVs?

posted by David Kuo

John Edwards said that he would ask Americans to sacrifice their SUVs in favor of more fuel-efficient cars. I’m sure people will be mocking him – probably already are – but it is an example of honest leadership. Consider this […]

The tectonic shift

posted by David Kuo

I am the son of a geophysicist. As such I know a wee bit (emphasis on “wee”) about plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the theory that best explains how the continents came to be through slow but inexorable movement. [Note: […]

Republican affairs

posted by David Kuo

I’m sure that history is replete with examples of political parties going through almost comedically bad times. News of Larry Craig’s arrest and guilty plea just make it harder to remember those times. There is more to be said, I’m […]

Social Gospel, part deux?

posted by David Kuo

Over at SoMA, Paul O’Donnell revisits Social Gospel creator Walter Rauschenbusch on the 100th anniversary of his famed book, Christianity and the Social Crisis. The book has been re-issued with new essays by Jim Wallis, Stephen Carter, and others. Rauschenbusch’s […]

Christians sending a political message

posted by David Kuo

Some of the most insightful people grace this blog, taking time out of their lives to read and comment and send emails. It is such a privilege to be part of it. Rjohnson posted something yesterday that I am particularly […]

Stunned by “God’s” politics

posted by David Kuo

Long article in yesterday’s NYT Sunday Magazine on how the West’s march towards rational secularism is stopped dead in its tracks by the political fundamentalism of radical Islam. A little more than two centuries ago we began to believe that […]

Huckabeeing

posted by David Kuo

David Broder’s column in yesterday’s Washington Post highlighted Mike Huckabee’s strategy for upending Mitt Romney in New Hampshire – surprise him just like Buchanan surprised George H.W. Bush in 1992 and like BIll Clinton surprised Paul Tsongas that same year. […]

Our Christian nation

posted by David Kuo

There is a Christian nation. It just isn’t America. It is the global nation of those who follow Jesus. It is hard for me to think that way but I think it is the right way to look at the […]

Karl Rove’s spiritual legacy

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove made religion sexy for every politician and political strategist. More than any other person in the past generation Karl Rove is responsible for the faith-based politics we see around us. His influence is greater than Robertson or Dobson […]

Elvis’ view on Congress

posted by David Kuo

Elvis provides a different take on Rove’s resurrection: If you look at the polls, the collapse in Congress’s approval rating is due to extremely low levels of support among Democrats, around 19 percent as of a few weeks back. By […]

Dreher on Rove

posted by David Kuo

Over at CrunchyCon Rod Dreher has a good overview on various thoughts about Rove plus good ones of his own including: And so, it turns out that the house the Architect built was constructed on sand. It cannot have been […]

Karl Rove’s impending resurrection

posted by David Kuo

The permanent Republican majority may be closer than we think. It is easy right now to think that Rove leaves as a failure. After all, the great initiatives have failed. Social Security failed, permanent tax cuts failed, immigration failed, Democrats […]

Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

A couple months ago I was talking to one a major political reporter who said their predicted Republican candidate – as crazy as it may sound – was still Mike Huckabee. This is a person with a very good track […]

For everything Ames

posted by David Kuo

For the best coverage of the straw poll in Ames visit Marc Ambinder – he has summaries of every speech and will report all of the results as they occur. He is really, really good.

More on Gerson

posted by David Kuo

Pete Wehner, once Mike Gerson’s deputy in the White House, and a friend of colleague of Mike’s (and mine) since the early 1990s writes a fact-based response to Matt Scully’s piece attacking Gerson at National Review Online. Wehner, someone singled […]

The Gerson Story

posted by David Kuo

Matt Scully’s thoroughly devastating piece documenting Michael Gerson’s great talent at self-promotion is breathtaking in its scope, even tone, and fact-based reality. During my nearly three years in the White House, I can attest that what Matt states as fact […]

20/20 on Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

I got a chance to screen the 20/20 piece on Billy Graham and the presidents and it really is a must-watch. More than any other article or TV program of late, it tells the story of faith and politics in […]

Billy Graham and the Presidents

posted by David Kuo

Tonight on 20/20, Charles Gibson devotes the hour to Billy Graham and his unique relationship with every American president since Harry Truman. Gibson had the opportunity to sit down with Graham and three of his friends – Jimmy Carter, George […]

Rudy resisting religious chatter

posted by David Kuo

Yesterday in Iowa Rudy Giuliani kept up with his practice of not talking about his religious practice: “My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not so good Catholic, I prefer to […]

Jesus people

posted by David Kuo

It is easy to look back of 21 centuries of Christendom and figure its rise was inevitable. The fashionable arguments of suppressed gospels, altered Gospels, corruption, conspiracy, and the like are well known to most moderns. But what is easy […]

Obama and Clinton friends no more

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were once the most collegial of colleagues today’s NYT reports. Now? They don’t talk save for trying to look friendly when the camera is trained on them. A big deal? Anything unusual? Of […]

The “new Ted Haggard” isn’t

posted by David Kuo

New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, is the mega-church founded by now-disgraced pastor Ted Haggard. It was the collateral damage of last fall’s revelation of Pastor Haggard’s relationship with a gay prostitute. Membership fell by more than 30%. Those remaining […]

The Sunday morning debate

posted by David Kuo

Is the complete mess of the Republican party any clearer than with the fact that all of these men who are trying to compete for votes and attention – and are really trying to mobilize the completely disinterested conservative Christian […]

Hucka-back – another perspective on Christians

posted by David Kuo

From Doug about my post on the idiocy of the Hucka-back controversy: I don’t think this reflects Christians, Christianity or Christ. It reflects what happens when the Church becomes a tribe with political aspirations. But I agree with this: political […]

Unaware citizens

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Jillian for the link to this article about 50% of Americans thinking we found WMDs in Iraq. The article is a year old but is still a jaw-dropper – a much more powerful example of how little we […]

Rude Christians in politics

posted by David Kuo

The juvenile exchange between the very evangelical Mike Huckabee and the very Catholic Sam Brownback continues. The New York Times political blog captures the whole ridiculous situation here. In hugely condensed form, it began with a pastor – not affiliated […]

Tom Wolfe: pornography and birth rates

posted by David Kuo

In an interview earlier this year with Rolling Stone, famed author Tom Wolfe opined on the tragedy of religion’s fall from societal graces. A snippet of the audio interview can be found here. At the end of that audio clip […]

Huckabee, Christians, and why Romney is hosed

posted by David Kuo

A follow-up from the friend who posted last week about Huckabee. He read the discussions here and elsewhere and wanted to respond. The second and third paragraphs are the most significant because my friend’s attitudes are those of lots of […]

Bush’s “compassion contradiction”

posted by David Kuo

In today’s Philly Inquirer, noted UPenn professor, sociologist, author, and former Bush faith-based head, John DiIulio writes a tenderly devastating piece about Bush’s “compassion contradiction” that still offers Bush a chance to do the right thing. DiIulio notes that it […]

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