Steven Waldman
November 2008 Archives

About two months ago I sagely predicted that mainline Protestants would flood to Obama and white evangelicals (thanks to Obama’s positions on abortion, Sarah Palin and other factors) wouldn’t go anywhere near him. It looks like I got it pretty […]

Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello offer a new Christmas Carol, hailing “a redeemer, and a savior, an obese giving toys for good behavior” and arguing that there are “much worse things to believe in.”“…Believe in the judgment, believe in jihad, […]

To invoke a much-overused cliche that seems to keep popping into my head today, we are all Chabadniks now. The Brooklyn-based Hasidic group comes in for its share of criticism, but today all Jews–all people–can do little but mourn those […]

365,000 died because Thabo Mbeki didn’t believe HIV caused AIDS. These people, a new study concluded, would have accounted for 3.8 million years of life. Apparently, Mbeki didn’t believed that AIDS science grew out of a racist conspiracy to oppress […]

I’d like to proof-text a portion of James Dobson’s essay responding to Kathleen Parker’s criticism of religious conservatives, whom she referred to as the ooogedy-boogedies. “Good thing, then, we don’t need an embossed note from Ms. Parker — or anyone […]

I missed this Onion piece during the campaign. Hysterical: “People of South Carolina, people of the world, this is our time, this is our moment,” Obama said before 72,000 supporters at the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium. “That is, […]

William Gibson went to Iraq as a Marine. Got his leg blown off. Went back to Iraq for another tour of duty, making him the first full-limb amputee to return to active duty. Watch and be inspired. And vote for […]

At the request of Congress, George Washington issued two Thanksgiving proclamations. Those concerned about public officials invoking God in official settings may find Washington’s proclamation to be a bit jarring. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison did. They believed that proclamations […]

In a Thanksgiving proclamation, issued March 23, 1798, President John Adams asked for “His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us by His Holy Spirit to that sincere repentance […]

I know I shouldn’t choose amongst the many great features on Beliefnet but whenever I’m personally feeling down, this is the spot on Beliefnet I visit: the Gratitude Circle started by member DariaMcB in September 2000 — and is still […]