Archive: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011
Whether we like it or not, politicians will exploit all the "tools" available to them on the campaign trail to grab power, including religion. We, as voters, should be more mature to read between the lines.
By Rajan Zed | February 25, 2011; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (2)
Everyone knows that Hollywood has an unsavory side. Celebrities show that darkness, too. When enraged, people reach for the hatred that already has a nesting place in their souls.
By David Wolpe | February 25, 2011; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (21)
Once you understand that evangelical Christianity currently sets the tone of social and religious debate for important political contests, it doesn't seem hard to assume that the ongoing conspiratorial "discomfort" over Islam will dominate the rhetoric, particularly from the Republican Party.
By Jason Pitzl-Waters | February 24, 2011; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (5)
A child's sex education often comes through schools or churches. But a Christian parent should always be the first person to speak with their child about sex related issues.
By Mark Driscoll | February 24, 2011; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (33)
Americans harbor some real fears about religious extremism and its connection to violence. At the same time, Americans are guided by a fundamental sense of fairness, and they want to look broadly at the problem of religious extremism wherever it exists rather than preemptively singling out the Muslim community.
By Robert P. Jones | February 24, 2011; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (18)
Radical and political Islam will be debated on the 2012 campaign trail.
By Jordan Sekulow | February 24, 2011; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (10)
Before addressing the question of Islam, maybe the former governor would benefit from revisiting the Gospel of Christ and considering what kind of Jesus he believes in. Maybe then the GOP can have a much needed debate about the nature of Christianity.
By Mathew N. Schmalz | February 24, 2011; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (3)
Yes, let Islam, Christianity, and any other religion be debated on the campaign trail. After all, campaigns should be about what people care about, and lots of people care about religion.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | February 23, 2011; 8:19 PM ET | Comments (185)
To stereotype any faith by one scripture reference or fundamentalist sect is unfair and uninformed.
By Joel Hunter | February 23, 2011; 8:17 PM ET | Comments (4)
Candidates shouldn't engage in purely theological debates on the campaign trail, but they should debate public issues, and sometimes those issues touch on religion.
By Melissa Rogers | February 23, 2011; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (7)
There is a deep connection between work and human dignity that is at the core of a moral vision to guide and shape a new Social Gospel, and a new populism. We need a new American populism that will fight for the rights of workers in this country as they are threatened yet again.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | February 23, 2011; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (7)
That a nation supposedly broadminded in every sphere of life, should be so narrow-minded in religious matters is amazing and painful
By Arun Gandhi | February 23, 2011; 8:11 AM ET | Comments (13)
Mike Huckabee's recent broadside against Muslims is just the latest in a series of generalizations from the wannabe statesman, who believes that alienating an overwhelmingly peaceful, billion-strong religious community somehow strengthens national security.
By Rajdeep Singh | February 22, 2011; 5:06 PM ET | Comments (6)
Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, would be called 'out' on strikes if his recent comments about Islam were swings at a baseball game.
By Brad Hirschfield | February 22, 2011; 5:01 PM ET | Comments (5)
Through ten years of post 9/11 work at the grassroots, fear of Muslims is becoming a staple of conservative politics. This is dangerous for America, and profoundly wrong, but very, very tempting to politicians.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | February 22, 2011; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)
There is no religious test for office and no official testing of religion. And anyone who is a candidate for office that requires an oath to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" ought to know that.
By Jack Moline | February 22, 2011; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (3)
Mike Huckabee's recent comments are but one example of a politician who speaks with authority and discloses how little he knows about the diversity within Islam. A new popular definition of Muslims is emerging that counters the long-standing stereotype that demonizes all Muslims as extremists.
By Robert Parham | February 22, 2011; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (2)
What we surely don't need on any campaign trail is a discussion of whether Islam is, as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee claims, "the antithesis of the gospel of Christ."
By Barry Lynn | February 22, 2011; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (5)
Mike Huckabee's comments reminded me of a line in the last stanza of that song, "Hate your next-door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace."
By Herb Silverman | February 22, 2011; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (33)
Religion -- especially Islam these days -- is in danger of exploitation for political purposes.
By J. Brent Walker | February 22, 2011; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (2)
In the end, exploitation-leaning and fear-filled politicians will paint a picture that will scare the socks off way too many people, and for what? To make sure certain people hold onto power.
By Susan K. Smith | February 22, 2011; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (4)
\Why would any Christian politician want to condemn compassion on the campaign trail?
By Richard Mouw | February 22, 2011; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)
While politicians and media personalities fulminate against "the enemy," we might be better served by visiting a local mosque, a local Mormon congregation, a neighborhood synagogue.
By Max Carter | February 22, 2011; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (3)
Islam should not be debated on the campaign trail because our Constitution prohibits a "religious test" for office. But Islamism should be debated because Islamism is a "kingdom of this world" political as well as a religious system.
By Cal Thomas | February 22, 2011; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (9)