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Rev. Paul B. Raushenbush is the moderator of the Progressive Revival blog and the Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University. .An ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Raushenbush speaks and preaches at colleges, churches and institutes around the country including the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., The Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York, and the New America Foundation. Rev. Raushenbush has served at Seattle First Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Chaplaincy at Columbia University and as College and Young Adult Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight and is a repeated guest on CNN. He has been quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post and is a contributing editor for Beliefnet.com. His first book, Teen Spirit: One World, Many Faiths (HCI) was released in the Fall of 2004. He is the editor of the 100th Anniversary edition of Walter Rauschenbusch’s book Christianity and the Social Crisis – In the 21st Century (HarperOne). His work at Princeton includes strengthening the interfaith community on campus. He is the Co-Director of the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at The Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination at Princeton University. Rev. Raushenbush studied religion at Macalester College before attending Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he graduated with distinction.

Sarah Palin – Flawed, Human

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a post called Sarah Palin’s rogue Christianity, Sally Quinn asks some hard questions of Sarah Palin intended to point out the inconsistencies of her faith commitments. I haven’t read the book but reading these questions makes me think of the hard test that […]

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Thanksgiving Day Prayer 2009

posted by Paul Raushenbush

These Thanksgiving Day Prayers are three of my favorites: For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) […]

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Obama’s Council on Faith Based Partnerships – Missing in Action When We Need It Most

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama’s Council on Faith Based Partnerships has fallen off the map – and we need them back.   Nothing exemplifies the sad lack of contribution of this much hailed diverse group of religious leaders than the current impasse on Health Care […]

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John Allen Muhammad: Murderer and Murdered

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As the nation observed the killing of John Muhammad last night (Live with Larry King!) I gathered with a small group of students, seminarians, and a Roman Catholic Priest to meet Rev. Caroll Pickett, who was the chaplain for prisoners […]

The Fort Hood Shootings and the White Privilege of Disassociation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Immediately after it became known that the shooter at Fort Hood was South Asian and had a Muslim sounding name the condemnations came in from every major Islamic organization in America. In my inbox I got emails from Daisy Khan […]

Abortion and Healthcare

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Aborttion has been part of the healthcare debate from the beginning.  The effort was supposed to be that the healthcare bill would be “abortion neutral” meaning it neither expanded the opportunities for abortion, nor restricted them.  Now it seems that […]

Election 2009 Mixed Blessings

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I was never enthusiastic about Gov. Corzine.  Living in New Jersey I should have been fired up and ready to go, but like many of my fellow Jersians I went to polls and voted, but didn’t volunteer, go to any […]

Burn In Hell Halloween

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Randall Terry is back with his after-life threats just in time for Halloween as reported by Associated Press: WASHINGTON — Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry is calling on people to burn effigies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader […]

Halloween 2009 vs All Saints Day (Eternally)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Hey Christians!  Stop putting a camel hair rope around Halloween on October 31st, and instead take advantage of what happens on Nov. 1st – All Saints Day. It seems like we used to hear more from Christians who decried Halloween […]

Bill Donohue is Angry at Radical Secularists…Again

posted by Paul Raushenbush

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those “radical secularists” lurking ominously behind ever corner. In […]

Close Guantanamo Bay – One Step Closer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

One of the President Obama’s first promises was that he would close Guantanamo Bay.  Closing Gitmo, which has been become a worldwide symbol of American abuse and intertwined with the horrors of Abu Ghraib, has been supported by military leaders and […]

Worldwide Abortion Down – Contraception Use Up

posted by Paul Raushenbush

When contraception use goes up, abortions go down. That is the not so surprising findings in the report Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress on the declining number of world wide abortions coming out of the Guttmacher Institute this week.  As the Christian […]

The Power of Words: President Obama Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Afghanistan, the Olympics, the Dalai Lama…in a week when the President was domestically burdened by several international quagmiers or miscues, the Nobel Committee awards Barack Obama the Peace Prize.  According to the New York Times: The Nobel Committee announced in Oslo that […]

Shame on President Obama for Not Meeting with HH the Dalai Lama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Last summer a handful of students and I had the chance to meet with HH Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.  We spent an hour and a half listening, laughing and learning his views on inter-faith relations, the meaning of non-violent […]

Michael Moore Asks the Question: What Would Jesus Do…About Capitalism?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Roman Catholic Priests are the surprising voices of clarity and conviction in Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story.   The Priests in this documentary, one of whom married Mr. Moore and his wife, aren’t ambivalent – they characterize capitalism […]

Stop Religious and Political Hate Speech Against the President

posted by Paul Raushenbush

***update*** Read Thomas Friedman’s piece in today’s New York Times about the parallels between this time in America with President Obama and the time before Rabin was assassinated in Israel in 1995.   As Progressive Revival readers know, I am worried about the level […]

Yes Sen. Inhofe, God is “up there” – and God is Pissed

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Senator Inhofe is known for his denial of climate change by relying on an ever dwindling number of scientists who believe that our present global warming is part of a cyclical warming and cooling, and insist that human produced pollution […]

Praying for Peace (is not as easy as it sounds)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Praying for peace is not as easy as it sounds.  Praying for peace requires two separate but related beliefs.  The first belief is that prayer ‘works’ and that our meditations and/or petitions to God can affect the material world and can change […]

Jimmy Carter Calls it Racism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I have been noticing a racial tinge to the health care reform protests.  But after seeing the sea of angry white faces holding signs with Obama as an African Witch Doctor, and other signs commenting about his Muslim heritage, I […]

Thanks Glenn Beck – This ‘Socialism’ Sounds Great!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It’s been 20 years since the Berlin wall fell and the Soviet Union officially collapsed. And it has been about that amount of time since socialism served as a buzz word in American political life. Now, thanks to Glenn Beck, […]

REM/Move On – We Can’t Wait Health Care Video

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In case you didn’t see this:

Obama’s ‘Real’ Talk to Students (warning, humor involved)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Andy Ostroy over at Huffingtonpost discovered the ‘real’ text of President Obama’s talk to students.  The White House on Monday released the text of President Barack Obama’s highly controversial speech to the nation’s school children Tuesday. As expected and feared […]

Labor Day Prayers

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On this Labor Day try something different – pray for rights and justice for all who work and the dignity and the success of all who are seeking work.   Creating God,  You made the heavens and the earth and your work […]

Conservative Cafeteria Catholics

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I found this article over at Religion Dispatches about how conservatives Catholics are cafeteria Catholics in their own way:  “Cafeteria Catholics” is a term often used by conservatives to describe members of the church who are not in alignment with Church […]

The MBA Oath and Morally Mature Capitalism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In this time of questioning the moral compass of the business community it is nice to see that some students have signed a self imposed a moral code for students in MBA programs.  This summer I spoke at the Chautauqua […]

The Faith, Values and Politcs of Senator Edward Kennedy

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Senator Edward Kennedy has died. It is not unexpected but his death marks an end of the era of the Kennedy brothers and their profound contributions to America.  I titled this post The Faith, Value and Politics of Senator Edward Kennedy after […]

Love Thy Roommate: Advice for College From the Princeton Chapel

posted by Paul Raushenbush

You are off to college! As you pack your coolest clothes, decide on posters for your wall, and assemble your electronics – I hope you can find room for a piece of timeless advice (some even call it a commandment) […]

Threats and Acts of Violence from the Right Fringe – What is a Repubican Senator to Do?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This op-ed by the New York Times Frank Rich called Guns of August articulates what I have been thinking for the last months.  Two months ago I wrote a piece on the shooting at the holocaust museum and before that […]

Christianizing the Health Care Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It is time to Christianize the health care debate.  Ok, before the radical atheists come at me with their blazing keyboards let me explain the reference.  A hundred years ago  my great grandfather Walter Rauschenbusch wrote a book called Christianizing […]

Woman Yells ‘Heil Hitler’ at Israeli Man talking about Health Care

posted by Paul Raushenbush

If you want to see how sad America’s health care ‘debate’ has become watch this woman taunt an Israeli man for talking about Israel’s national health care system that cares for the soldiers.  After she yells Heil Hitler he tells […]

The Health Care Call with Faith Leaders and President Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I tried to get on the health care call for faith leaders last night but it was full up! They expected 30,000 or so, but got over 140,000.  Frustrating for me but good news for the country. I listened today and […]

Barney Frank at a Health Care Forum

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Health Care forums have gotten kinda crazy so it is nice to hear someone just tell it like it is: Rep Barney Franks gives the people what they may or may not want at his health care forum: 

Terri Schiavo, End of Life, and the Health Care Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The last and only public policy debate we had about health care and end of life issues was the Terri Schiavo case. No wonder the conversation has turned hysterical.  End of life medical ethics are not abstract.  All of us will […]

Lying and Truth-telling in the Health Care Debate

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Jim Wallis wrote a great piece in Huffingtonpost on the latest lying by the religous and non- religious right in regards to health care reform: I have said that one important moral principle for the health care debate is truth-telling. […]

Rising Racism of the Right

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The racism of the right is getting louder and meaner as the Presidency of Barack Obama rounds the half way mark of the first year.  Defying his racist detractors, President Obama is about to invite a white cop and a […]

Support a Public Option for Health Care

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The time to fight for a public option healthcare program is now.  As reported on the Huffington Post, the Senate finance committee has offered a bi-partisan proposal that would drop the public option for health care: These officials said participants […]

Health Care and the Republican’s Waterloo

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Republicans called heath care reform Obama’s Waterloo but it is their own downfall they should be wary of. On a conference call with the same conservative group that brought us the lame tea bagging on tax day, South Carolina Senator Jim […]

Remembering Walter Cronkite

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Walter Cronkite’s death reminds us how full one person’s life can be if he puts his mind to it.  For most of us, Cronkite was a news man and the most important anchor person (and most trusted man) in America in the second half […]

Gay Bishops and the New Orthodoxy of the Episcopal Church

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It looks like the Episcopal Church is going to lift its ban on gay bishops.This is great news for those of us who support equal rights of gays and lesbians to serve at the highest office in any political or […]

Wise Latina Power! Judge Sotomayor and the Senate Confirmation Hearings

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I’m sick of the constant harping on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s ‘Wise Latina’ comment.  Jeff Sessions, the Senator from the great state of Alabama (‘everybody knows about Alabama’ -Nina Simone) made reference to it again in his opening/opposing statement at Sotomayor’s confirmation […]

Gay People Should Celebrate and Support the NAACP at 100!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gay people and their allies should take the occasion of the NAACP’s centennial to celebrate the NAACP’s century of accomplishments and recommit to supporting the organization and its objectives of ending racism in America.   Why? I’ll give you three reasons. 1) The NAACP […]

The Pope’s New Encyclical: No Communion for Economic Sinners?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Were any of the Wall Street scam artists and greed mongers who led our country and world into economic meltdown Roman Catholics?  If so, will they receive communion?   The New York Times reports on the Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate…On […]

The Separation of Mosque and State

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The clerics of Iran are not of one mind on the recent Iranian election and voter fraud.  In fact they are deeply divided. The New York Times reported that in the religiously important town of Qum there is a group of […]

A Non-Violent Reflection on Independence Day

posted by Paul Raushenbush

On July Fourth many of us attend parades that, in addition to the local chamber of commerce float, include men, boys and sometimes girls dressed in soldier costumes reminiscent of the war that brought the colonies independence from the British.  […]

President Obama vs. Illegal West Bank Settlements (I support the President)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It is time to get serious about stopping ALL Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.  All moderate Americans and Israelis should rally behind President Obama in applying pressure on Netanyahu to stop these illegal settlements that are devastating both for Israeli security […]

President Obama holds White House Gay Pride Reception

posted by Paul Raushenbush

If you haven’t seen this it will hopefully give you confidence that no matter what people say, our President is on the side of the LGBT communities.  The President’s great line was about Stonewall in 1969 saying “That night, nobody […]

Mark Sanford v. Elliot Spitzer- the Hypocrisy (and faith) Factor

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Alec Baldwin wants me to move on and not pay attention to the Mark Sanford fandango.  I basically agree.  But over the last couple of days I have been wondering why the Mark Sanford affair rankles me more than, say, […]

Obama to Iran: The Whole World Is Watching the Moral Arc Bending Towards Justice

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“The whole world is watching” is a chant that many of us shouted as we marched and protested in vain to stop the Iraq war before it began.   The phrase indicated both a belief that it was important for the […]

America’s Racial and Religious Equality of Fear

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Chris Rock had a great riff in one of his early stand up comedy routines which basically said how he was scared to death of white teenage boys.  This was the time around the Columbine shootings and the joke was […]

The Obama Effect In Lebanon and Iran

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As the Vienna Philharmonic finished its annual outdoor program at the Schonbrunn Castle, the guest conductor Daniel Barenboim exclaimed to the 50,000 gathered that he had a new hope because of the speech by the American President Obama on that day.  […]

The Rhetoric of Death from the Pro-Life Movement

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Obama is a murderer!!!” shouted the all male anti-abortion activists as they disrupted both the worship service and the faith panels at the DNC in Denver.  “Obama kills babies!” they yelled as they were escorted from the room, one after […]

Judge Sotomayer: Racist or Representative?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh are calling Judge Sotomayer and President Obama racists – and Democrats must be loving it. Newt and Rush pulled out a quote from a speech given by Judge Sotomayer at a symposium called: Raising the Bar: […]

A Memorial Day Salute to my Partner’s Father

posted by Paul Raushenbush

John Glenn Gooch’s military stone had only recently been placed in the cemetery when we arrived to plant flowers to honor him this Memorial Day weekend.  Glenn died this winter and is now buried near the town where he arrived […]

Bible Bill vs America

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Word has it that Rep Paul Broun (GA) has introduced new legislation called National Year of the Bible Resolution a.k.a. the Bible Bill making the year 2010 the Year of the Bible.   The Bible Bill panders to Rep. Broun’s bible base, but it isn’t really an […]

The Plot Against the Riverdale Synagogue and Why Obama is Right

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The plot to bomb a Riverdale Synagogue in the Bronx makes all of us sick and angry about the use of religious violence and terror against ordinary citizens.  The four accused men claim that their actions are in reaction to the […]

Obama’s (and America’s) Notre Dame Victory

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama’s graduation address at Notre Dame was a victory for the President and for the United States.  From the moment he walked onto the platform, to when he was conferred the honorary doctorate, to during and after his speech, […]

Stop the ACLU Torture Photos Campaign

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama is right and the ACLU is wrong.  The ACLU’s legal battle to release torture photos of interrogation performed by order of the last administration is correct in its underlying convictions but wrong in its conclusions.    The underlying […]

Lesbian Justice on the Supreme Court

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Soon after Justice Souter announced his retirement from the Supreme Court the nomination speculation game began.  Two of the names that quickly surfaced were Kathleen Sullivan and Pam Karlan and either one of them would represent the first lesbian on the […]

Mother’s Day, Feminism and Marylu

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I am a feminist because of my mother.   Marylu DeWatteville Raushenbush showed me that a woman is capable of doing anything, and that she should have every right to do what she wants, in every society, everywhere – period.     My […]

Hate Crimes Legislation and the Pulpit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Hate Crimes Bill passed the house yesterday 249-175 and so we have taken another step towards decency in our country and respect for all of our citizens.  This has been seen as a threat by conservative religious and legal […]

Abortion Rights: Safe, Legal, and Early

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I remember reading something by that famously spiritual sage Dan Savage about abortion.  He was reporting an argument he had with another guy about abortion, with Savage taking the position that if a woman hadn’t gotten around to having an […]

The First 100 Days: Barack Obama’s Report Card

posted by Paul Raushenbush

President Obama has been in office 100 days and apparently that means that we get to evaluate him.  I don’t know when this time frame was established but 100 days doesn’t even equal a semester so it seems pretty early […]

The Torture Memos – Dick Cheney vs. Jesus

posted by Paul Raushenbush

When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then […]

The Gathering Storm – Colbert Strikes Back

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Colbert Coalition’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ad colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest There were a lot of good spoofs of the National Organization for Marriage’s video The […]

An Uncharitable Perspective on Vice President Biden

posted by Paul Raushenbush

$1,885.00 out of $269.256.00 equals less that 1% of giving to charity – and that is what Vice President Biden and his wife decided was a good amount in 2008.    This is a pathetic attempt at charity.  It isn’t really an […]

A Close Reading of the Text – The Progressive Approach to the Bible

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Common wisdom holds that the people who take the Bible most seriously in America are those from the conservative traditions who claim a literalist interpretation of the “The Bible says it and I believe it” variety. But try telling these same people that there are two […]

Easter Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Living and Reigning God We give you thanks on this Easter morning for the Resurrection of your son Jesus Christ! Lord, help us to make Jesus’ victory our own and to viscerally experience this liberating Good News.  From whatever graves […]

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Today Christians observe what is known as Good Friday.  I grew up in a Protestant church that didn’t put much stock in dwelling on the crucifixion, preferring to stake our faith flag in the fertile ground of the resurrection.  It […]

Gay Marriage and the New Improved Rick Warren

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rick Warren is now pro-gay marriage. Or, he never was against gay marriage. (video 1) Except that of course, he was against gay marriage.  (video 2) Rick Warren doesn’t equate gay marriage with incest or pedophilia.  (video 1) Except, or […]

What Values will Bind the President’s Council on Faith Based Initiatives?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The President’s Council on Faith Based and Community Partnerships has been filled out. It puts together an extraordinary group of people from different backgrounds and ideologies reinforcing President Obama’s comments yesterday in Turkey : “One of the great strengths of the […]

Iowa Blesses Gay Marriage

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Iowa Supreme Court did the just thing last Thursday when it found laws prohibiting marriage between people of the same gender unconstitutional.   The court gave a UNANIMOUS opinion displaying a moral clarity on the subject which other states and ultimately the […]

Limbaugh Joins Fight Against Poverty

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I just saw this in my inbox from Sojourners!  Hint – it came yesterday, April 1.  Rush Limbaugh to Speak at Sojourners’ Mobilization to End Poverty Get a free issue ofSojourners In an inspiring display of bipartisan bridge-building, talk radio […]

The Moral Superiority of Vegetarianism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A vegetarian diet is morally superior to one that includes industrially produced meat.   Now, as someone who really likes meat this is hard to take.  I am vegetarian during Lent but not all the time, I want to be, but I admit […]

Message to Obama: Don’t Lead!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Much has been made about how the G20 is not going to follow President Obama’s lead in the meeting taking place today in Great Britain.  And I say – good.  Obama shouldn’t be forcing others to follow America’s lead, he should step […]

How Many Times Will Anti-Abortion Activists Interupt Obama’s ND Speech?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pesident Obama will give the commencement address at Notre Dame.  The Bishop of South Bend, John D’Arcy has decided to not attend (boycott is the more provacative term).  But my guess is that the real excitment will come from the anti-abortion […]

Townhall.com – a Christian Backed Home for Racists

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Chris Kelly reports at Huffingtonpost.com on the sad racist pathology at the Christian backed website Townhall.com. You can tell that this fellow Burt Prelutsky doesn’t even really know he is being horribly racist and offensive by any common standard of decency in […]

Dalai Lama Denied Visa to Peace Conference

posted by Paul Raushenbush

UPDATE: They cancelled the conference.  And now from the “what the heck were they thinking” department, the South African government has denied the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a peace conference to showcase – get this – South Africa’s […]

The Religious Control of the Israeli Army

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This seriously upsetting article in the New York Times Sunday paper chronicles the increasing influence of the religious right in Israeli’s armed forces and its affect on the execution of the war on Gaza.  Especially chilling is the quote from […]

Julian Bond: Black Rights and Gay Rights – A Common Struggle

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is a wonderful video for anyone who cars about the civil rights of all people.  It puts to rest the false idea that African Americans are more homophobic than other Americans.   Homophobia has no race and bigotry towards gay people […]

Six Years of Iraq War: Was it Worth It?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I remember coming out from my New York City apartment the day after 9/11.  In those days immediately after the attack, New Yorkers talked to random people in the street and a passerby turned to me and said – I’m […]

The Pope, Condoms and (even more) AIDS in Africa

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pope Benedict once again put ideology and dogma over human life in his first day in Africa where 25 million people have died from AIDS by pronouncing: It (AIDS) cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, they increase […]

AIG Bonuses: A Spiritual Solution

posted by Paul Raushenbush

AIG has a public relations problem. The company got a lot of money from the American taxpayer to bail out their bad work in managing risk and they still need more.  But now it comes to light that they are paying out […]

President Obama and his Pastors – Listen to Religious Women for a Change

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New York Time reports that President Obama has his circle of five pastors who offer him moral and spiritual guidance.  Given his history of being burned by Rev. Wright it is not surprising that the President is hesitant to […]

A Cancer Survivor’s Argument for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rabbi David Wolpe writes in Washington Post’s On Faith from the point of view of a cancer survivor and as a religious leader. From both vantage points he supports the president’s lifting of the ban on embryonic stem cell research.  His concise […]

Q: Ever Wonder What Anti-Gay Rhetoric Leads To? A: “Corrective” Rape

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Corrective” rape is on the rise in South Africa.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term (like me until today) “corrective” rape is when men gang rape lesbians in order for them to become straight.   […]

Black Liberation Theology vs Victoria Jackson

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I know I shouldn’t keep picking on the lowest common denominator but they just keep on appearing on cable news talking about politics and religion.  We first had Chuck Norris talking about violently leaving the country and taking Texas with him and now […]

Memo to Chuck Norris: America, Love it or Leave It.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A couple days ago I needed a haircut and a shave.  Passing by an unfamiliar barber shop I noticed a sticker in the window that I hadn’t seen for a few decades that read: “America: Love it or Leave it.”   […]

So, Greed is Bad Again?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Greed ranks third on the seven deadly sins, But only some of the time.  Nancy Folbre opens her revealing column called Sin Cycle with this reminder; In Oliver Stone’s classic film “Wall Street,” a charismatic capitalist named Gordon Gekko proclaims, “Greed is […]

Gov. Sebelius’ Catholic Supporters Sideline Donohue

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s nomination for HHS has largely focused on her abortion record thanks to a concerted effort by ultra conservatives such as the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue who said:  “Sebelius’ support for abortion is so far off-the-charts that she […]

Rush Limbaugh and His Cowering Republicanettes

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Republicans are a funny lot right now – not funny ha ha, but funny sad.   Rush Limbaugh has become their de facto king and any time any person says that the king has no clothes, they get reprimanded and […]

Obama’s Budget: Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I have always have been struck by the YMCA’s foundational idea – healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit.  These three foci were meant to be integrated to provide the underpinning of a potent and moral life.  Mind, body and spirit […]

Ending US Torture: A Time for Hope and Healthy Skepticism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

George Hunsinger is the McCord Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Among his recent books is Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims and People of Conscience Speak Out (Eerdmans, […]

Charity with A Catch: No Religion, No Food.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

There is a church in Indiana which requires people taking advantage of the food kitchen and homeless shelter to also participate in the life of the church.  In short hand – no religion, no food. Just to be clear, the church […]

The President’s Economic Message to America: Yes, We Can!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The build up to President Obama’s speech was more moving than I expected.  To see the energy in the house chamber as the new cabinet, and the first lady entered provided the reminder I needed that we have a new administration caring […]

Stephen Colbert gets Religion in Hard Times

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Religous leaders seen on TV during this ecoomic downturn generally make me shudder,with their undercurrent of opportunism, and the selling of crazy snake oil magical Jesus to make things better.   But Father Jim Martin is impressive with Colbert.    The Colbert ReportMon […]

The Poverty Forum: Pragmatism or Selling Out?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Jim Wallis reported on these three things that Christians from across ideological and political divides agreed upon at the Poverty Forum We all found three substantial things on which we could agree.  First, the moral test of any society is its treatment […]

Contraception: The Practical Pro-Life Approach

posted by Paul Raushenbush

William Saletan writes a great article in the New York Times which will either inspire or provoke everyone involved in the current culture wars.  His argument is for basic practicality to prevail in approaches to both gay marriage and abortion.  […]

Can a Prayer be Gay?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Oklahoma lawmakers voted on whether to include a prayer in the official record, largely because the minister praying was gay.  As David Waters at the Washington Post reported: Oklahoma legislators demonstrated the divisive power of state-sponsored prayer last week when […]

Sharia Law in Pakistan: The Despair of Religious Totalitarianism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pakistan has instituted Sharia law in the Swat Valley.  As this BBC article explains, the move has serious implications for the religious and personal freedom:   “The head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Afrasiab Khattak, says the move […]

Bristol Palin: “Abstinence is Not Realistic”

posted by Paul Raushenbush

 “The best option is abstinence, the teen said, but added that she didn’t think that was “realistic.”  Bristol Palin dropped this bombshell in an interview with Fox News about teenage pregnancy.  I agree with her. Sexual abstinence as a teenage […]

Faith Based Office by the Numbers

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Our friends over at Faith in Public Life compiled this detailed list of 15 of the members of President Obama’s Faith Based Advisory Council.   The representation break down goes like this:  3 represent secular organizations 1 religious lobbyist  4 women 1 out […]

In Praise of Big (and Smart) Government

posted by Paul Raushenbush

President Obama got his stimulus package passed, Now the real work begins. The next months and years will be a new opportunity to prove the effectiveness of government to create jobs, keep people in their homes and make life better […]

Milk: Best Spiritual Film of the Year

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  Belierfnet has nominated five fine films for best spiritual film of the year.  But the list leaves out the winner:  Milk. The movie tells the story of Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco superintendent who died a martyr for the cause […]

14 Kids and No Income – Mother Accepts Visa and Mastercard

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The mother of octuplets through fertalization treatments recieved when she already had six children is now accepting donations online.  In a recent interview the mother said: “I’m providing myself to my children,” Nadya Suleman told NBC in her first interview. “I’m loving […]

House Stimulus (good) vs. Senate Stimulus (bad)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I got this impassioned plea in my in-box from Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center to support the house stimulus package instead of the senate. From the standpoint of all our religious and ethical traditions and communities, what the […]

A Pagan View on the Bible and Abortion

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Abortion is not condemned in the Bible is the conclusion that Pagan blogger Gus diZerega reaches to his own surprise: Scripture mentions human life being in the womb at some point, but it NEVER mentions that conception is where Biblically […]

God in the White House – Randall Balmer talks to Jon Stewart

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Progressive Revival blogger Randall Balmer talks to Jon Stewart about Obama, faith and the White House.  The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Randall Balmer Daily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things With Demetri Martin Funny Political NewsJoke […]

Faith Based Discrimination?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

David Waters in his Under God blog asks these good questions about President Obama’s decision to defer a final decision on the non-discrimination hiring policy for groups getting federal money though the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood […]

Millard Fuller: Service, Justice and the kingdom of God

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A couple of years ago a group of Princeton students went on a Habitat trip to Mexico. They learned about Mexican culture, relished being away from the pressure of the Princeton bubble and, of course, built houses.  One of the […]

Brandeis, Banks, and Other People’s Money

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Brandeis scholar Melvin I. Urofsky compares the financial crisis of a century ago to the one today in an op-ed in the New York Times.  Prof. Urofsky’s reflection on Louis D. Brandeis’ seminal book “Other People’s Money” reminds us to be […]

Andrew Card and Other Silly, Dangerous People

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“I’m disappointed to see the casual, laissez faire, short sleeves, no shirt and tie, no jacket, kind of locker-room experience that seems to be taking place in this White House and the Oval Office,” Card told talk show host Michael […]

Judging Religion

posted by Paul Raushenbush

(The Golden Rule)  is an ancient rule; a simple rule; but also one of the most challenging. For it asks each of us to take some measure of responsibility for the well-being of people we may not know or worship […]

Support President Obama (and support the Stimulus Plan)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Just over three months ago the American people elected Barack Obama as our president because we believed he was uniquely equipped with the vision to lead in this time of economic and global crisis.  America –  let Obama lead.  Our government can and […]

Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast

posted by Paul Raushenbush

These are President Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast: Good morning. I want to thank the Co-Chairs of this breakfast, Representatives Heath Shuler and Vernon Ehlers. I’d also like to thank Tony Blair for coming today, as well […]

Faith Based Office 2.0

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Washington Post writes about President Obama’s new Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  It looks like a diverse group of advisors will be assembled from different religious traditions and politics perspectives.  And  a closer look will be given […]

Justice on Wall Street – Capping Executive Pay

posted by Paul Raushenbush

My post God Damn Wall Street stirred up quite a response.  One reader named T wrote: “It’s those on Wall Street who are saying “God damn to everyone else, I’m making sure I’m taken care of because it’s going to […]

The Fight for SCHIP is Won

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama signed legislation expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program today that will provide health care coverage for the 9 million uninsured American children.  A faith based community organization coalition called PICO National Network gets much of the credit for moving beyond partisanship and getting […]

Ted Haggard, The Trials of a Gay Evangelical

posted by Paul Raushenbush

HBO will be airing a new documentary about Ted Haggard, the evangelical pastor and former President of the National Association of Evangelicals who fell from prominance when it was discovered that he was having extra-marital gay sex with a male […]

Secular is Better in Iraq

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New York Times reports that secularist parties gained in recent regional elections in Iraq.  The relative success of the secular parties may be a sign that a significant number of Iraqis are disillusioned with the religious parties that have […]

God Damn Wall Street!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Ok, I had to get a little Jeremiah Wright off my chest because the disgusting behavior of Wall Street while our economy crumbles has made it tough to maintain equanimity.     The rip off disgrace of Bernie Madeoff, the spa adventures of […]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Bob Herbert wrote his column today in the New York Times about the political power of prayer to make peace in Liberia as documented in Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  The next time someone says to you that religion is […]

Faith in Davos?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Arianna Huffington reports that while most of the mood of the participants in Davos was grim, their was an uipsurge in religious talk: If bankers and politicians were stocks, the people here would be shorting them (although there is definitely still a “buy” […]

The New Faith Based Initiatives

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Joshua Dubois appears to have been named the director of  the Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. According to the New York Times, the President and Dubois are looking for new ways to make this organization work for the common good.  […]

Obama Reaches Out to Muslim World – On TV!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Part 2 Transcript This is the White House transcript of President Obama’s interview with Hisham Melhem of al Arabiya television Internal Transcript January 26, 2009 INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY HISHAM MELHEM, AL ARABIYA Map Room 5:46 P.M. EST Q […]

Obama, the Muslim World and a New Way Forward

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Katherine Marshal is the former director of the religion and development program at the World Bank.  She has been tracking international responses to the election of Barack Obama and wrote about reactions from the Muslim world to the inauguration which ends with […]

Obama New Religious Pluralism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Adelle M. Banks and Kevin Eckstrom give this analysis of President Obama’s inclusive religous inauguration and what it indicates for his approach to religion in the fture.  A couple of Progressive Revival bloogers weighed in: Randall Balmer: “If the inauguration is any […]

Are Non-Believers Americans Too?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It looks like Obama was a bit too inclusive last Tuesday when he included non-believers in his inaugural address:  “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, […]

Jim Walllis Supports Obama’s Abortion Approach

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners issued this statement today on  the manner that President Obama made his decision to reverse the policy that restricted federal money for any international NGO that provides or promotes abortion as part of family planning efforts.   […]

Obama Signs Executive Order of American Ideals

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New York Times reports:  “Saying that “our ideals give us the strength and moral high ground” to combat terrorism, President Obama signed executive orders Thursday ending the Central Intelligence Agency‘s secret overseas prisons, banning coercive interrogation methods and closing the Guantánamo Bay detention camp […]

Obama Anti-Abortion Video and Real Abortion Solutions

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Today is the annual March for Life in Washington. This compelling video was just released.  I wonder what President Obama’s life would have been like had his mother been forced to bring the pregnancy to term rather than choosing.  Another group has […]

Harmonies of Liberty by Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins gave a rousing sermon at the National Prayer Service today.  She was the first women to be given this honor and she hit it out of the park.  With Bishop Gene Robinson and Rev. Joe Lowery, […]

The Inauguration According to Westboro Baptist Church

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Just our own little bit of American Christian fundamentalism at the inauguration.  (I think they are secretly a radical pro-gay group doing street theater)

Inauguration Invocation vs. Inauguration Benediction

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Here are the texts of the Invocation given by Rev. Rick Warren and Benediction given by Rev. Joseph Lowery at the Inauguration of Barack Obama. Which prayer was more fitting for the occasion, or spoke to you and why?    Rev. Warren Let Us Pray:Almighty God, Our Father, everything […]

The Inauguration Of Barack Hussein Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

At the core of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States was the clear, real, and inspiring inaugural address given by President Barack Hussein Obama.    I was among the millions who were on the mall.  My […]

Text of President Obama Inaugural Address

posted by Paul Raushenbush

OBAMA: My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as […]

A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (by Marian Wright Edelman)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Marian Wright Edelman is the Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. The following is an excerpt from Ms. Edelman’s book: The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small.  This is a long post for Progressive Revival but on […]

Barack Obama, Race and the Power of Progress!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

There have been many, (many!) Barack Obama t-shirts that appeared over the long months of the presidential election, but my favorite was the multi-colored portrait of the candidate boldly underlined with the word “Progress.”  Progress was promised in the policies […]

So Help Obama God

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Another prayer controversy – and it doesn’t involve either Warren or Robinson.  Should Obama say the words “So help me God” as he is sworn in on Tuesday? Obama wants to, a group of atheists doesn’t.  The atheist group is […]

Mark Driscoll’s Bullying Pulpit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Mark Driscoll (aka the cussing preacher) was profiled in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday.  Here is an excerpt: “God called Driscoll to preach to men — particularly young men — to save them from an American Protestantism that […]

The Gaza Conflict and Concentration Camps

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Beliefnet Bloggers Rabbi Brad Hirschfield and David Gibson have had an interesting, heated and apparently productive debate that was initiated by a Catholic comparing Gaza to a concentration camp.   From the last post by Rabbi Hirschfield:  Thanks to Pontifications […]

Bishop Gene Robinson to Give Prayer at Pre-Inaugural Event

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New Hampshire gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before the inauguration.  This is really great news and seems to me to be an appropriate and brave gesture by the […]

Rick Warren Gives Sanctuary to Anti-Gay Episcopal Churches

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is just a bit more grist for the Rick Warren debate.   Just as he took the side of the anti-gay bishops in Africa, Rick Warren has welcomed the anti-gay churches in America who are choosing to leave the […]

The Gaza Conflict: From Status Quo to Solutions

posted by Paul Raushenbush

My friend Eboo Patel, the executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, wrote a great piece on the On Faith blog at the Washington Post.  He has three status quo approaches that continue the cycle of violence and then contrasts […]

Obama Rejects Torture

posted by Paul Raushenbush

President Elect Obama gave the American people an injection of much needed hope for the moral underpinnings of our country at this press conference. It is especially striking in contrast to Dick Cheney.    ‘Under my Administration the United States does not […]

Will Israel Split America’s Religious Left?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman asks the question whether the current crisis will split the religious left.  He predicts: “Most likely what will happen next is that an over-reaction from the Protestant left will prompt American Jews into an uncomfortable (but familiar) defensive […]

The Truth About Rick Warren In Africa

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Max Blumenthal on Daily Beast digs deeper into the work of Rick Warren in Africa.   “Team Obama likes to cite Warren’s work on AIDS in Africa to combat criticism about the controversial pastor. But how does burning condoms in […]

Jon Stewart Speaks on Gaza

posted by Paul Raushenbush

John Stewart speaks some difficult truths on this segment. The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Strip Maul Barack Obama InterviewJohn McCain Interview Sarah Palin VideoFunny Election Video

Tim Kaine and the DNC’s Faith Initiative

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama’s pick of Tim Kaine for the DNC Chair means a continuation or expansion of the DNC’s Faith Outreach.  Dan Gilgoff explains on his blog God and Country “Barack Obama’s decision to tap Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to be the next Democratic […]

And There Lie the Bodies (by Gideon Levy)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gideon Levy offers this powerful parable in Haaretz.  He laments that there are no voices speaking up within Israel now about the war in Gaza but he proves himself wrong though this impassioned essay: “The legend, lest it be a […]

Moderate Islam Makes Inroads Via Satellite

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Surf the TV or press seek on the radio –  if you find a religious station in America you can be sure it is preaching a very conservative message in sincere dulcet tones.  This story from the New York Times about moderate Islam […]

Barack Obama and the (progressive) Religious Revival

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama’s transition team is ringing in the New Year with a series of meetings with religious groups reports Dan Gilgoff at US News.  It is striking that the names that dominate the list are the very ones that some […]

Whither the Catholic Church in 2009?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Catholic Blogger David Gibson has created a fun pool to predict all things Roman Catholic in 2009.  He writes: Inspired by William Safire’s annual Office Pool of predictions for the coming year, I am herewith inaugurating a “Catholic Pool” for […]

The Ten Worst Religion Stories of 2008

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It was the best of religion, it was the worst of religion in 2008.  Let’s concentrate on the worst.  The following are the ten stories that made us want to roll our eyes, curl up into a ball or raise […]

Israeli Attacks on Gaza: Not by Might, and Not by Power

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center sent out this message about the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Today the starkest choice of values and visions of the future was laid before the Jewish people throughout the world. On the one […]

A Christmas Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Creator God,   On this Holy Night, still our frentic pace, and calm our worried minds so that we might experience the miracle and wonder of Christmas.  Send your Holy Spirit to pierce the shadows of these uncertain times, rekindle our hope for the […]

Rick Warren and the Inauguration: Why You Should be Concerned As Well

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Guest Post by Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing a multifaith organization with more than 4400 religious leaders in its network. First, you need to know who I am. I am a Jewish Unitarian […]

Best Religious Books of 2008

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I have two favorite religious books for 2008.  The first one is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire by Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker.  This is a great book for those of us […]

Inaugural Invocation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama has selected Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. The choice of Warren is in line with other Obama appointments meant to bring a broad spectrum of viewpoints to the same table.  The patchwork of oddly opposing […]

Letter of Appreciation for Richard Cizik

posted by Paul Raushenbush

December 16, 2008 Leith AndersonPresidentNational Association of Evangelicals Dear Leith, We know Richard Cizik’s departure from the National Association of Evangelicals has been difficult for you, him and the organization. Effective leadership is not easy, and we write to reach […]

Rick Warren and the Social Gospel

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Historically evangelicals and mainline protestants were all in one group. Along about the beginning of the 20th century there were some protestant theologians who started using the term social gospel. What they meant by that was you don’t really need […]

Sick of Rick

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Ok, I admit it. I have Rick Warren fatigue.    It’s not that there aren’t thing to admire about the mega pastor.  He is reported to have delivered my favorite slam of prosperity gospel (“the only people getting rich from prosperity preaching […]

Rich Cizik – A Pioneer for New Evangelicals

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Statement by Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in the “new evangelical” movement and a real hero, especially to the next generation of young believers. Rich has helped lead the way to putting “creation care” […]

George Bush’s (liberal) Faith

posted by Paul Raushenbush

George Bush revealed that his approach to the bible, evolution and to other religions has more in common with liberal protestants than with his fundamentalist political amen corner.  This was made clear in a surprising ABC Nightline interview on Monday. When asked […]

The Religious Case for Gay Marriage

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lisa Miller at Newsweek writes this provocative, excellent case for gay marriage Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, […]

Are you Praying for the Economy?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Are you praying for the economy? ( surveys)

The Auto Industry Bailout – A Hope and a Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

DETROIT, Dec 7 (Reuters) – With sport-utility vehicles at the altar and auto workers in the pews, one of Detroit’s largest churches on Sunday offered up prayers for Congress to bail out the struggling auto industry. “We have never seen […]

Prayer by Pablo Neruda

posted by Paul Raushenbush

PRAYERS FOR THE EARTH For once on the face of the earth let’s not speak in any languageLet’s stop for one second and not move our arms so much.It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines.We would all […]

November Unemployment Figures: The Suffering of the Most Vulnerable

posted by Paul Raushenbush

NPR’s Market Place host Kai Ryssdal interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist and Harvard professor Amartya Sen last night.  Prof Sen made this important point:   Uncertainties affect different people very differently. People who are already vulnerable are affected dramatically more than […]

Prop 8 – The Musical!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

With Jack Black as Jesus, this anti-prop 8 mini-musical is worth a watch. See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Obama’s White House – Appointing Hope

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Election of Barack Obama was one month ago on Thursday.  What a difference a month makes.   We remember when we saw the words flash across the screen – President Elect, Barack Obama  – and the ecstasy that followed.   Yet […]

AIDS Prayer – Based on Psalm 139

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I found this prayer on the website of the Metropolitan Community Church which is a Gay Christian denomination and found it incredibly moving.     O God, you have searched me and known me.You know when I have to lie […]

A Response to Terror – “Flooding the World with Goodness”

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an inspiring video of two Rabbis, one Chabad, one Reform, both talking about countering the evil in Mumbai with Good. Embedded video from CNN Video

The Young Face of Terror

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Look at this young kid’s face.  This is a photograph taken of one of the terrorists by Sebastian D’Souza.  He is so young and was so twisted.  It reminds me of my friend Eboo Patel and his book “Acts of […]

Terrorist Attack on Mumbai and the Effect on Indian Politics

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Terrorist attacks on Mumbai have provoked Meenakshi Ravi to write this on Huffingtonpost: Four years ago, the Hindu-dominated, right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was dismissed from government by an Indian electorate that saw through its glossy ‘India Shining’ campaign […]

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

O God, we thank you for this earth, our home; For the wide sky and the blessed sun,For the salt sea and the running water,For the everlasting hillsAnd the never-resting winds,For trees and the common grass underfoot.We thank you for […]

Obama’s White House and the Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As Barack Obama appoints his cabinet there is one area upon which the president-elect and his aids, as well as the media have been largely silent – the President’s Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.   In a speech on […]

The Christian View – As presented by The Onion

posted by Paul Raushenbush

America’s finest news source,The Onion,has an editorial from another Christian perspective.   Warning: She’s not one of those “Love Thy Neighbor Christians.” Everybody has this image of “crazy Christians” based on what they hear in the media, but it’s just not true. […]

Obama’s Church Choice

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The church Barack and Michelle Obama chose to join will send a signal about their beliefs and values.  Amy Sulivan at Time Magazine writes a fun piece that features various religious folks offering suggestions. Dear Mr. President-elect, No doubt you have […]

Barack Obama Is Not a Christian! Again.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama is not a Christian continues to be a rallying cry from the Christian right. For some, like Joe Carter and Rod Dreher, it is because Obama isn’t orthodox enough (read: he doesn’t believe and act exactly as they believe and act)   […]

Sky High Expectations

posted by Paul Raushenbush

My friend Kathering Marshal, wrote this on her Faith in Action blog on Washington Post On Faith.  It’s interesting that both domestically and internationally the flip side of hope is beginning to show – fear. After the euphoria that greeted […]

Update: Church says priest was wrong in Obama/Communion flap

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an update from the post a couple days ago that generated so much response. (RNS) by Daniel Burke: A South Carolina Catholic priest was wrong to warn parishioners who voted for President-elect Barack Obama to confess their sin […]

Christian Gate Keepers Declare Obama Not Christian

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Crunchy Con’s Rod Dreher has joined with Joe Carter to declare that Obama is not a Christian. What do you think?  Do you have to believe everything in the Nicene Creed to be a Christian?  Is the Nicene Creed open […]

Progressive Revival Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

What is the most pressing moral issue facing the Obama Administration? ( surveys)

Torture is a Moral Issue

posted by Paul Raushenbush

We know President Elect Obama is pragmatic and reaches across the aisle, but this seems like a no brainer.  The army, religious people and decent Americans agree – we must stop torturing people CHICAGO (Reuters) – A coalition of more […]

Religion Plays Role in Election – In Jerusalem

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lest we forget, religion and politics are happening all over the world.  Here is an article from the Economist about the recent mayoral election in Jerusalem.  It is interesting that like in the US voters have rejected the percieved religious candidate in […]

Refusing Communion for Obama Voters

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Here is a new twist on the abortion = no communion debate in the Catholic church.  A priest in South Carolina doesn’t want Obama voters to receive communion unless they have done penance.   “The priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church […]

The Saudis’ dubious interfaith agenda at the UN

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an interesting editorial in the Christian Science Monitor critiquing the Saudi sponsored United Nation General Assembly’s gatheing on Interfaith Dialogue.   Washington – World leaders gathering at the United Nations this week for a special session of the General Assembly to advance interfaith […]

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, Barack Obama shows his particular strain of social gospel and cosmopolitan Christianity. Beliefnet’s Steve Waldman received permission to reprint the entire interview:  The most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama’s faith came in a […]

The Pastor Problem ’08 Revisited

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I don’t remember hearing the exact term before – but it is clear that the Pastor Problem is here to stay. There were three categories of pastor problems in the 08 elections. The most closely watched and problematic were the […]

Social Justice Challenges in the Years to Come

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Our friends at Sojouners put together this great list of letters: “Obama’s Harmony of Intellect and Intuition,” by Bono, Lead singer of U2 and co-founder of The ONE Campaign. “A Prayer for a New President and a New America” by Shane Claiborne, A Red […]

Pastor in Chief

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Timothy Shriver over at OnFaith  When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, he’ll not only become Commander in Chief. He’ll also become the first ever Pastor in Chief. We’ve never had a Pastor in Chief, […]

I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A great column by Jim Sleeper on Talking Points Memo… Even as we lurch from symbolism to substance now that Barack Obama is President-elect, I hope that he appreciates the symbolic and substantive rewards of being sworn in on January 20 as […]

Prop 8 Sunday Protests

posted by Paul Raushenbush

AP has this report on the first Sunday after the Prop 8 vote: On the first Sunday after a gay marriage ban passed in California, activists rallied in defiance, including hundreds of protesters outside an Orange County megachurch whose pastor […]

The Future of Faith Based Initiatives

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Washington Post ran an interesting article about the future of the office of Community and Faith Based Initiatives Pointing to his spiritually-laced campaign rhetoric and outreach to religious groups, liberal faith-based organizations have high expectations that President-elect Barack Obama […]

Praise God?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Praise God! Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States! Praise God! Proposition 8 has passed! I’ve heard or read both of these sentiments repeatedly over the last 48 hours – sometimes from the same people – and […]

Religion and the 2008 Elections

posted by Paul Raushenbush

For all Progressive Revivalists who are in the DC area. Please feel invited to this great event with some of  PR’s bloggers.  Make sure you RSVP below as it s filling up.  If you can’t make it, we will be […]

God is Doing a New Thing (by Nicole Symmonds)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah […]

Take the Beliefnet Exit Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The longest presidential campaign in American history is finally over. Did you support John McCain or Barack Obama? What issues were more important? Did your faith help shape your vote? Take Beliefnet’s 2008 election exit poll

President Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama Wins!!!!!! Now the real work begins…    

Exit Polls by Religious Affiliation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman has been breaking down the voter numbers by religious affiliation:  Weekly Churchgoers vs. Occasionals One thing that puzzles me about these numbers: Obama’s progress among Catholics is with those who don’t attend mass weekly. But among Protestants, he […]

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