Watching Politics From the Pew: Ugly Debate Crowds

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.Each government class in my high school put forward a candidate for president.  Thanks to my political geekiness and willingness to argue anything, my class gave the top spot to me.There was a lot to do, but my big moment came during the debate.  I held forth on monetary policy, defense, immigration, abortion, and homosexual marriage.  During … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Is Bi-Partisanship More or Less Christian?

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.Two big things happened this week in the story of bi-partisanship.  Big bad things, if you like new legislation.  Big great things, if you like hard core battle lines in Washington DC.President Obama gave a speech that made it clear he is done looking for compromise.  The focus on taxing the rich and unwillingness to address entitlement pro … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Debates and Truth

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.One thing Christians ought to love is truth.  Truth is about knowing what is actually real rather than a twisted, disproportional version of events.  Truth is about cutting past lies people tell each other and themselves.  Truth is about saying what is and responding appropriately.I think one of the most discouraging things about watching pol … [Read more...]

Watching Politics From the Pew: Hypocrisy

Each week in Watching Politics From the Pew, Benjamin Bartlett offers a thoughtful Christian perspective on the latest political happenings in the news.Hypocrisy is a funny thing.  It has to be one of the easiest accusations known to man.  All you have to do is find something someone says, find an action that somehow contradicts it, and then accuse the person of being a, “hypocrite.”  This is especially true in politics, where any explanation of your actions that takes more than two sentences … [Read more...]

Watching Politics from the Pew: Some Thank-yous

This week, Ben Bartlett introduces his new column on politics: Watching Politics from the Pew.Politics are front and center these days for reasons both bad and... well, worse.  The economy, the presidential election, and a host of other issues are consuming large portions of the front page seemingly every day.  So, I'll be setting aside my "On the Other Hand," posts for a while to focus on politics.  We'll call this, "Watching Politics From the Pew," and I'm going to try to use the column to ta … [Read more...]


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