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Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest, is Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Visiting Professor at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of a dozen books, including "Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America" and, most recently, "God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush."

Rush, Race and the Religious Right

posted by Randall Balmer

With Rush Limbaugh having asserted his claim to be the true and rightful leader of the Republican Party, it’s tempting to argue that he is, in fact, the perfect embodiment for Republicans at this historical moment: loud, boorish, corpulent and […]

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The Right Name for the Religious Right

posted by Randall Balmer

According to a recent article on the Christianity Today Web site, leaders of the Religious Right are taking exception to the nomenclature that others use to describe them. “There is an ongoing battle for the vocabulary of our debate,” Gary Bauer, a leader of […]

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Rick Warren & Proposition 8

posted by Randall Balmer

I have a great deal of respect for Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  I would even go so far as to count him as a friend, and I suspect that he might say the same […]

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“Barry” & the Downstream Media

posted by Randall Balmer

In desperation, apparently, Messrs. Hannity, Limbaugh and other principals of the Downstream Media are trying to make hay out of the fact that Barack Obama was known as “Barry” while a child but then opted to use his given name, […]

“Barry” & the Downstream Media

posted by Randall Balmer

In desperation, apparently, Messrs. Hannity, Limbaugh and other principals of the Downstream Media are trying to make hay out of the fact that Barack Obama was known as “Barry” while a child but then opted to use his given name, […]

Praying for Pipeline

posted by Randall Balmer

Some years ago, Melissa Fay Greene wrote a book about the rural South entitled Praying for Sheetrock. If Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, ever published an autobiography, she might consider calling it Praying for Pipeline. It appears that God […]

Pavlovian Premillennialism

posted by Randall Balmer

I suppose you’ve got to give the Republicans of the Rove era credit for their inventiveness, if not their chutzpah. In 2004 their nominee, who had essentially been a draft dodger, was pitted against a genuine Vietnam War hero (a […]

Reclaiming the “L-word”

posted by Randall Balmer

I suppose we can blame Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity and the other hit-and-run talk-show hosts on the far right – hey, why not? – for the denigration of the term “liberal.” You can hear the sneer in their […]

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When Generosity, Love, and Kindness are Public Policy, the Violence We Saw in Arizona will Dramatically Diminish
The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords and the murder of so many others in Arizona has elicited a number of policy suggestions, from gun control to private protection for elected officials, to banning incitement to violence on ...

posted 2:44:04pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »

The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas -- and Their Downsides
Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was itself ...

posted 12:59:53pm Dec. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What's Bothering Their Political Base
Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like ...

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