The Female Gaze: Conflict of Interest

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.As the designated "women's issues" writer here at CaPC, I get unofficial dibs on incidents impacting women--which seem to increase in number around election season. Today's news offered me this little gem: A Republican candidate for Senate asserted that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" are practically guaranteed not to get pregnant. The politician, Rep. … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Persons of Interest in Mississippi's Amendment

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.A controversial issue will be featured on ballots in Mississippi this November. Voters will weigh in on the “Personhood Amendment” that would extend the definition of “personhood” and its attendant legal protections to unborn babies. This legislation bears significant implications for the legality of abortion in Mississippi, and perhaps beyond, as other states consider … [Read more...]

Citizenship Confusion: Confessed Abortion? How Will We Respond?

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.For the past 20 (30?) years, the definitive political issue for Christians has been abortion. Protestants and Catholics have taken a strong stance against this practice, and rightfully so. Through legislation, picketing, bumper stickers, billboards, pamphlets, books, and clinics Christians have sought to speak out against a rhetoric and mind … [Read more...]

Friday Night Lights Tackles Abortion Head On

It's a common trope in recent popular culture that whenever a character finds themselves with an unwanted pregnancy, the only real choices are between keeping the baby and adoption. In Juno, abortion is considered momentarily but disregarded after being faced with the idea that her fetus may in fact have fingernails. In Knocked Up, the word itself is treated as some sort of unutterable expletive, a winking nod to the firestorm of controversy surrounding the practice. In Glee, abortion isn't even … [Read more...]

Supreme Dialogue: Sotomayor and the Place for National Discussion

The confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is historically momentous but practically uninteresting. The first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court meets a senate whose makeup all but assures her confirmation. Yet even anti-climactic nominations provide a rare opportunity within American politics. The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice allows us to contemplate and debate the nature of our regime in ways that escape the day-to-day grind of C-SPAN, MSNBC and Fox News.Normally, our focus … [Read more...]

Looking Forward: Politics in 2009

Many Christians remain on the defensive in response to the culture around them, pointing out dangers and condemning anything that makes us uncomfortable. We find warning and condemnation to be a valid position, but not a valid default position. In order to demonstrate an alternative, we thought we’d demonstrate what it’s like to give popular culture the benefit of the doubt.All this week, the writers at Christ and Pop Culture will be playing the role of evangelist for some of the things we’re mos … [Read more...]

Bare-Knuckled Pro-life Bishops

Ok, so we all know I'm viewed as the Great Ninny by Christians for voting Obama, because it was felt I simply ignored the abortion issue.  However, I heartily applaud America's Catholic Bishops threatening to close their hospitals if the Freedom of Choice Act is signed.  This is one of the most hard-core, grand-scale, bare-knuckle political moves I've seen in a long time and I can't help but love it. … [Read more...]

Pro-Life Strategy

One of my key arguments, as a Christian who voted for Obama, is that the pro-life crowd needs to focus on things other than winning elections... things like support for pregnant teen mothers, free ultrasounds in abortion clinics, etc. Well, it looks like those ideas may be coming to pass! I'm definitely curious about what Christians who think you "cannot vote for a pro-choice candidate" think of this development. … [Read more...]

Juno's Nagging Voice

In the first scene of Juno, a girl drinks Tang, walks through a hand-drawn cartoon credit sequence, and has a high-speed and ironic conversation with a convenience store clerk. Immediately, I'm thinking this movie is in trouble. Like a lot of people, I've grown tired of the ironic cynicism displayed in many of the most recent films and television shows. While I enjoy many of the more balanced films that started the fad, the onslaught of one-dimensional copycats has been unfortunate.Fortunately … [Read more...]

A New Paradigm for Christian Politics

Christmas is, “in the air,” for a longer period each year. This time around, I started hearing Christmas songs before Thanksgiving week! However, even Christmas cannot compare to the length of time we spend talking about politics, especially in a presidential election year.Government’s basic job is to create a lawful and orderly society. However, laws and societal structures are imperfect, so people and their government are continually trying to figure out ways to solve the problems and imper … [Read more...]