Being Honest About the Gut Wrenching Realities of Rape and Abortion

Rep. Akin did not show moral courage. Instead, he chose the wide and easy path of avoiding moral complexity by delegitimizing (literally) the experience of women who become pregnant as a result of rape. Rather than have the hard, honest (potentially politically costly) discussion about his moral convictions, Rep. Akin made up medical facts to dismiss the gut-wrenching decisions thousands of women face each year. [Read more...]

Part 8-Countering the Right’s Pharisaical Approach to Piety

The tendency of many leaders of the religious right and Republicans to focus on purity and on following the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit is not a problem unique to American politics…the idea–repeated by the prophets, Christ, and then throughout the epistles–that more is required of us than simple belief or a statement of faith is made especially clear in James. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and they shudder!” (James 2:18-19).
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Keep Calm and Remain Faithful

In light of moving onward and upward through my last year of college at The University of Virginia, I thought that the best topic for today’s post might be the lessons I’ve learned this summer. Isn’t that what they say, write about what you know? Go to where you want to be and be the salt of the earth. Believe and support the next generation of amazing clergy. Seek out community near and far. And above all, remain faithful… Because folks, this election doesn’t look like it’s about to get any nicer. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 7–Wealth, Materialism, and the Bible’s View of an “Ownership Society”

The Ryan-Romney budget and Republican campaign talking points are based on an appeal to wealth and using wealth as a proxy for a person’s worth and value. Plenty of secular and economic arguments can be made for those appeals, but one cannot make a Biblical argument for those values. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 6: The Blessedness of the Poor and Our Responsibility to Them

The Bible is quite clear and unambiguous about our responsibility to the poor. The question Republicans need to ask themselves is if they think the teachings of Jesus and the prophets are still relevant today…or do they need to be taken with a grain of salt and not at face value?
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RNC: “We Built This Convention on . . . Public Funds . . .”

Tim Beach-Verhey has already done an excellent job of covering the manufactured controversy around the President’s remarks about how we built this country by working together, and of exploring the theological underpinnings of the two competing views of America that are being put forward . . . As for the irony of the Republican’s choice for their convention site, I’ll let that speak for itself. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 5: The Sin of Helping the Rich at the Expense of the Poor

Indeed, the Republican rhetoric to support tax cuts completely undermines any idea that the money will be freed up to help the poor—for Republicans, the tax cuts boost the economy by being reinvested (usually as capital), not by being bestowed upon the poor as private charity. Simply put, starving the social services is starving the poor. Cutting social services is the policy option railed against by all the prophets, and it is thoroughly unbiblical. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 4: On Corruption and the Exploitation of Workers

Time and again the Bible makes clear that what God demands and takes pleasure in is not acts of piety and the scrupulous following of purity codes. Instead, God asks His followers to witness love through our actions and the policies we enact in government, business, and all other institutions. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 3: The Policy Implications of Praying, “Thy Kingdom Come…”

Isaiah’s statement of hope makes very clear what all those who pray “thy kingdom come” should demand of their elected officials. The policy implications of this vision are obvious, and the contrast between the depiction of God’s Holy Mountain and the “kingdom” that our own institutions perpetuate is damning. [Read more...]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Faithful Dems Joins Largest Religion Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Rachel Johnson, rachel@faithfuldemocrats.com Tweet this:  http://bit.ly/PCqmTK http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithfuldemocrats/ Faithful Democrats Joins Patheos The Leading Democrats Faith & Politics Blog Will Anchor News & Politics Channel WASHINGTON, DC – FaithfulDemocrats.com announced today that it will be joining Patheos.com, the largest independent religion site on the web.  As part of this partnership, Faithful Democrats [Read More...]


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