Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns

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This post is part of a larger conversation on the subject of Christians and guns at Patheos around the new documentary, The Armor of Light.  For more responses to the film, click here. Is there any contradiction between a culture that celebrates the sanctity of human life and a culture that celebrates the instruments of death? [Read More...]

Hating on Bristol Palin, Back in Style

Hank Stuever writes in The Washington Post a review of Bristol Palin’s reality show, which debuted last night on Lifetime, called “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.”  The review does not get off to a good start.  Stuever notes that “the young Palin claims [her memoir] was a bestseller,” and in context the implication is clear [Read More...]

Obama, the Arab World, Obese Children, Another Christian Kerfuffle, and Bristol's Memoir: The Morning Report

In the News 1.  I’ve been relatively pessimistic about Republican chances in 2012, but a GOP victory is increasingly plausible.  Pickups in Congress could be substantial.  From Rasmussen: A generic Republican candidate earns the highest level of support yet against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey [Read More...]

These French Never Surrender

I came to know David French through the extraordinary circle of friends who produce and  When I first asked David — a high-powered, Harvard-trained litigator, who was then with the Alliance Defense Fund — whether he might be interested in writing a column for the Evangelical Portal, I fully expected he’d say he [Read More...]

The Sexual Assault of Bristol Palin?

Remind me to send Jesse Ellison a thank-you card.  Without the benefit of her insight, I would never have realized that I’m not a conservative. Conservative circles, she says, “regularly deny that date rape exists.”  And Ellison writes for The Daily Beast, which means she basically knows everything there is to know about conservatism.  Therefore, [Read More...]