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Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 4 weeks ago
I still have another month on self-imposed blogging hiatus so that I can finish my book. But I couldn't let this pass without comment. Rod Dreher quotes Stuart Rothenberg, who shoots [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 4 weeks ago
I still have another month on self-imposed blogging hiatus so that I can finish my book. But I couldn't let this pass without comment. Rod Dreher quotes Stuart Rothenberg, who shoots [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 17 weeks ago
I do enough heavy reading professionally - when I read for pleasure, I'm looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, or plane reading: My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 17 weeks ago
I do enough heavy reading professionally - when I read for pleasure, I'm looking for a good novel, or very entertaining non-fiction. These five are guaranteed beach, holiday, or plane reading: My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 23 weeks ago
Lost amid some of the understandably bigger headlines were a few stories that would have been remarkable in a normal election season. Up first, the country's first Muslim congressman has been elected in Minnesota. Keith Ellison, a lawyer and Muslim convert, won the seat held by longtime Democratic Congressman Martin Sabo. If [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 24 weeks ago
It's somewhat surprising that it took so long for this story to get some attention today. True, the allegation that Ted Haggard, pastor of the New Life megachurch in Colorado Springs and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, had a homosexual affair is just that--an allegation. But the news that he has stepped down from his post as head minister and resigned from his position at [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 25 weeks ago
There's an election a week away, and consequently some of us are pretty busy with election reporting and commentary. But that shouldn't mean that the discussion here at God's Politics stalls. So here's an article I highly recommend by Slate's Jacob Weisberg on negative campaign ads. As Weisberg points out, a "negative" ad used to just mean something that wasn't a positive portrayal of your own candidate, [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 25 weeks ago
I promise to limit the number of times I link to my boyfriend (or myself) on this blog, but since he's a writer, a fellow journalist, and an astute political observer, it's going to happen from time to time. My apologies in advance. With that over with, I'd like to direct your attention to this observation by Noam Scheiber, of The New Republic. A paragraph at the end of a New York [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 26 weeks ago
I just wanted to let our readers know that I'm involved in a week-long debate over at The New Republic with Joe Loconte, formerly of the Heritage Foundation and now with the Ethics and Public Policy Center. (Scroll down to read's Joe entry first, since he gets the debate started and I respond. We'll continue the discussion on Thursday and Friday.) The debate [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 27 weeks ago
To say there are few surprises in David Kuo's new book, Tempting Faith, is not to suggest that it is uninteresting or to be skipped. On the contrary, the book provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how political priorities get made and carried out in the Bush White House. It's just that, as much [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 27 weeks ago
My longer, point-by-point response to attacks made by critics of the Kuo book can be read here, at FaithfulDemocrats.com. It should give you a good sense of the best bits of the book. But I'd also encourage you to read the book yourself. The scandalous political bits have been picked up all over the news by now, but this is not just a "tell-all" book. It's also a thoughtful, moving, and brutally [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 28 weeks ago
This four-part Boston Globe series on faith and foreign aid is required reading this week. And it's especially troubling for those of us who have tried to convince our friends on the progressive side not to freak [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 29 weeks ago
I was setting out to write a post about a little-noticed agreement reached by congressional Republican negotiators last week. The arrangement removed a harmful legislative provision that would [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 30 weeks ago
A few weeks ago, Jim Wallis pledged that we who write about the Religious Right--including those of us on this blog--would not treat them the way they have treated us. Which is to say, we will always keep in mind that, [...]
Posted by Amy Sullivan 7 years 30 weeks ago
I heard a thought-provoking commentary on "All Things Considered" last night by a woman named Caroline Langston. She talked about the fact that over the past decade or so her political views have changed, but not her religious views--and [...]