Beliefnet
Steven Waldman
March 2008 Archives

With battles already raging in Florida and Texas over whether to teach intelligent design in school, the topic will soon gain even more attention thanks to the April release of a new film by conservative actor Ben Stein. The traditional …Read More

I laughed when I heard the line in this new Obama ad about how he “organized with Christian churches” to help unemployed workers. Normally, just saying “churches” pretty much implies “Christian.” But with a chunk of Americans still thinking he’s …Read More

As we mull Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn America” theory, it’s worth remembering that in an earlier era, politicians routinely talked in these terms. During the revolutionary era, there was an assumption that God was paying attention and, thanks to the …Read More

Yesterday I wrote that it was the best instance of a black politician articulating the anxieties and racial resentments of whites. It’s worth reflecting for a moment on the (obvious) fact that we still refer to Obama as a black …Read More

I feel winded listening to that speech. I’m sitting in my chair but feeling like I have to catch my breath. It was remarkable and will take some time to process. But here is my quick, gut reaction. His distancing …Read More

“Either believes this , has some affinity for what his pastor is saying or he just joined the largest church for political reasons, for opportunistic reasons.” –Bill Kristol, Fox News Sunday I’m not defending Obama on this but it does …Read More

I’ve long loved the public radio show, Speaking of Faith, with Krista Tippett. It was such an honor to have her apply her special talents to Founding Faith. What an amazing job she did. And don’t I sound a good …Read More

“Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related …Read More

Should a candidate be held responsible for the views of his or her pastor? If we were all held accountable for the views of our clergymen/women, then no one would ever go to church/synagogue etc. Obama shouldn’t be held responsible …Read More

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation October 3, 1789 We may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions… Several things strike …Read More