I Care about a Candidate’s Values, Not Faith


Does a candidate's faith matter? This is a question I have been pondering ever since the question "would you vote for a conservative atheist or a liberal Christian?" went around the atheist blogosphere a few weeks ago. My thoughts? I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don't care whether a candidate is a Mormon or a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or an Atheist or a pagan but I do care whether a candidate values secularism, … [Read more...]

Stoning Rebellious Children? A Look At Dominionism


There's a story going around the internet about a candidate for state office in Arkansas who wrote a book that argues, among other things, that parents should be able to have rebellious children executed. Here's more: Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who called forexpelling Muslims from the United States in his book, also wrote in support for instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children.” In “God’s Law,” Fuqua’s 2012 … [Read more...]

Fixing the Relationship between Faith and Politics


What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today? This is a big and complex question, and this post is simply an attempt to offer some thoughts. In it I will address two things that I see wrong with the role of faith in American politics today and two critical areas I believe may help improve the relationship between faith and politics. Feel free to share yours as well or to seek to extend what I've written here. Problem #1: The necessity of paying lip … [Read more...]

Today I Saw the Life Chain

Life chain 2

I was driving home from running some errands when I saw it. A person holding a sign standing beside the road. Then another, and another. It only took a moment to realize what it was. I honestly don’t think it took any cognition. I just knew. Life Chain. Sign after sign held high for those in passing cars to see. For me to see. Abortion Kills Children. Pray to End Abortion. Abortion Stops a Beating Heart. Person after person after person lined up beside the road, one after … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Rebecca recounts her childhood in Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue

A guest post by Rebecca  I was dramatically opposed to abortion from the time of my very earliest memories. My evangelical family was pro-life and had taught me to view abortion as the number-one evil facing our country. I remember being a kindergarten-aged girl and sobbing in the kitchen, overwhelmed with the horror that somewhere out there, babies were being murdered. My parents were very extreme in their pro-life viewpoint. They were a part of Operation Rescue and other radical … [Read more...]

“This is the most important election of all time!” (again)

Republican Fear Tactics

You've probably heard by now that if Obama wins a second term we will become a socialist nation, gun ownership will be made illegal, our country will be unrecognizable by the end of his term, and on and on. If you listen to leaders on the Right it sounds like this election is the most important election of all time and that all of America's freedoms are staked Romney defeating Obama. There's just one problem. I remember 2008. In 2008 prominent Christian Right group Focus on the Family put out … [Read more...]

Quiverfull families and the federal income tax


I found Romney's obtuse comment that the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes are all dependents on the government and will vote for Obama no matter what extremely ironic. You know why? Because most families in the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement don't pay federal income taxes, and there is no way any one of them would consider voting for Obama in their wildest dreams (rather, they generally see him as pure evil) or consider themselves dependent on the government, for … [Read more...]