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Steve Waldman just posted some new news – at least for me.  That Governer Palin was a Roman Catholic before she was an Evangelical.  He writes: Have we ever had an ex-Catholic on a major presidential ticket? I can’t think of […]

    “Of course,” Patricia told me, leaning in close, “of course English people don’t even like the Scottish.” Patricia, the funny, perceptive, activist wife of a progressive Church of England vicar, made a face. ” I have no idea if […]

This is why newspapers are withering and “The Daily Show” is flourishing. It’s not the fault of journalism–my chosen profession–but because in a world where John McCain picks Sarah Palin to be “a heartbeat away from the presidency,” sometimes only […]

I guess I’m what you would call an old fashioned, Irish Catholic politician from Boston.  I’ve seen American politics at its best and (unfortunately) at its worst.  But I never gave up on it.  On Friday, I was amazed at […]

Senator McCain‘s Vice Presidential selection of Alaskan Governer Sarah Palin really has the talking heads, pundits and bloggers going at it today. The focus has been on various issues such as her experience and ability to win over Clinton women. […]

John McCain has certainly revived his maverick label by picking–or plucking from obscurity–freshman Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. (WaPo coverage here, and NYT coverage here.) Like every candidate, there are pluses and minuses with her. On the plus side, […]

Earlier this month Stuart Shepard, correspondent for the Focus on the Family network (you know, that OTHER religious gathering in Colorado), had a segment in which he less than half-jokingly asked prayers for torrential rains to inundate Invesco Field during last night’s […]

Talk about an improbable historic coincidence:  that Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination for president comes 45 years to the day after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.   But thank goodness […]

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Democratic National Convention to share my concerns about the misuse of religion during this election – from both parties. The following is remarks I shared at a Faith Caucus meeting just […]

The Democratic National Convention in Denver has been soaring, stressful, emotional. The Clintons have rocked the house and taken great steps in uniting the Party. Joe Biden (and his mom) has reminded us that little boys in working class Catholic […]