Archive: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008
I’m a Pagan. We have many Gods, with widely varying sets of standards. Are we going to amend the Constitution in favor of Hera, Goddess of marriage, or Aphrodite, Goddess of unbridled love?
By Starhawk | January 25, 2008; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (321)
Huckabee's raising of the question, and the way in which these things are now debated in the U.S. and UK, is an indication that the Enlightenment 'settlement' whereby secular governments run the country and religion is a private affair, is rapidly being seen as threadbare.
By Nicholas T. Wright | January 25, 2008; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (79)
As a person of faith, I want to “save God” from the religiously self-righteous such as Mike Huckabee who claim to know “God’s standards” and who have no trouble using the name of God to advance their political and social agendas with the divine name.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | January 25, 2008; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (31)
God’s standards were quite explicit as well as implicit in all of the founding documents. What is needed today is not to amend the Constitution but to interpret it according to its original intent. Doing so would eliminate 90 percent of the so-called church-state issues which so bitterly divide us.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | January 25, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (138)
Huckabee’s call to somehow reconcile the U.S. Constitution with God’s standards presents a provocative proposition that very well may redefine the church and state relationship while depicting the Christian majority in an unprecedented role as theocrats. Before we begin to...
By Samuel Rodriguez | January 25, 2008; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (1)
Reincarnation, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is "rebirth in new bodies or forms of life; especially: a rebirth of a soul in a new human body." This ancient belief, a core belief of more than 800 million Hindus, has been...
By David Waters | January 24, 2008; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (0)
Eboo Patel | If you insult race or ethnicity in this day and age, you are treated like a pariah. If you insult religion, you are nominated for a National Book Award (as Christopher Hitchens was).
By Eboo Patel | January 24, 2008; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (251)
An amendment seeking to ensconce God’s law guts protections for religious freedom and establishes a theocracy or something close to it. This would fundamentally alter America as we know it.
By J. Brent Walker | January 24, 2008; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (31)
No way is this Baptist preacher (Elliott) going to agree with that Baptist preacher (Huckabee) on “God’s standards.”
By Willis E. Elliott | January 24, 2008; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (11)
Even a great many of Huckabee's fellow fundamentalists, as suggested by the victory of John McCain in South Carolina, know that when you start talking about a godly amendment to the Constitution, you've ruled yourself out as a viable maintream presidential candidate.
By Susan Jacoby | January 24, 2008; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (533)
Huckabee is influenced by "Reconstructionism," which is quite articulate about its aims: formally to replace anything in constitutional law which does not match their view of God's Constitution, and to unfold an amended and revised "God's Constitution."
By Martin Marty | January 23, 2008; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (28)
Most Americans, I believe, are deeply practical and work too hard to be messing around with one of the sacred documents of our diverse democracy.
By Andy Bachman | January 23, 2008; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (16)
What I heard him saying was not that we had to conform the Constitution to the Bible, but rather conform the courts to the Constitution. There's a big difference.
By Cal Thomas | January 23, 2008; 5:05 AM ET | Comments (22)
Susan Thistlethwaite | As FDR said, having faith in these times means living out the truth that human beings are not just the sum total of their net worth.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | January 21, 2008; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (41)
Ethnocentric pride's most deadly incarnation is seen in the ethnic-cleansing that has been a tragic part of much of global history. Pride can be seen in tribal warfare, genocides, and the Shoah.
By Gabriel Salguero | January 21, 2008; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (13)
The exaltation of greed constitutes the structural acceptance of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. It goes against the teachings of my religion, if not also most religions, to reward the rich and punish the poor.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | January 21, 2008; 7:26 AM ET | Comments (11)
We Jesus-people have heard that we cannot serve the god of material things like money, but we don't pay too much attention to that accent of Jesus, and devote energies to satisfying our greedy impulses which, by definition, cannot be satisfied.
By Martin Marty | January 21, 2008; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (13)
In Hinduism, shunning of sinner is advised as sin is thought to be transmittable by physical contact, by thought, and by speech.
By Rajan Zed | January 21, 2008; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (19)
Greed has corrupted our practice of Christian faith with the heresy that God exists to satisfy our lusts and gluttony.
By Gardner Calvin Taylor | January 20, 2008; 9:58 PM ET | Comments (14)