Steven Waldman
April 2008 Archives

Deal, you raise an interesting point about Catholics and the war. It could indeed be a wild card. But here’s the thing: in 2004, Catholics supported the Iraq war (along with the rest of the public) despite opposition from the …Read More

Deal, Thank you for your thoughtful unpacking of the Catholic question. The most persuasive explanation of why Hillary would be doing better than Obama among Catholics is that she “inherits much of the Catholic goodwill bestowed upon her husband.” What …Read More

REVEREND WRIGHT: Over the next few days, prominent scholars of the African-American religious tradition from several different disciplines — theologians, church historians, ethicists, professors of the Hebrew bible, homiletics, hermeneutics, and historians of religions — those scholars will join in …Read More

Deal, thank you for participating in Casting Stones this week. I wanted to respond to your post about the Catholic vote. Clearly, Hillary is doing much better among Catholics than Obama is, but I’m afraid that I don’t buy the …Read More

Reprinted from Christianity Today Online Much attention has been paid to the idea that evangelical Christians are, politically, in motion. Only 29 percent of “born-again” Christians now say they support Republicans, compared to 62 percent in 2004, according to Barna …Read More

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal Online: Debates will rage for days about whether Hillary Clinton won by enough in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary to truly threaten Barack Obama’s candidacy, but one thing is clear already: Sen. Obama continues to struggle …Read More

I’ve written in the past about how some of America’s founders not only discriminated against Catholics but actively stoked anti-Catholic sentiment to advance the American cause. Yet somehow, Catholics ended up being gradually included in the American religious compact. As …Read More

Since Pope Benedict XI has long decried the grave threat of secularism, I always wondered whether he understood the subtle way that the Founders hoped secularism and religion would interplay. In his speech to the Bishops Wednesday, he showed that …Read More

Out of context, this line can be seen as an invitation for constant judgment on the faith of others. Compare this to the words of George Washington who wrote in 1795, “In politics, as in religion, my tenets are few …Read More

In America, the debate over the breakdown of “the family” has become a codeword for gay rights issues. I’m struck, then, then, that the Pope spoke at length about the problems of the family without once mentioning homosexuality (despite the …Read More