What Michele Bachmann's strategy for evangelical outreach might look like

After Michele Bachmann took the Iowa Straw Poll on August 13, Bachmann’s press secretary Alice Stewart credited Peter Waldron with a job well done, saying, "Michele's faith is an important part of her life and Peter did a tremendous job with our faith outreach in Iowa. We are fortunate to have him on our team and look forward to having him expanding his efforts in several states."Waldron first came into the spotlight in relation to the Bachmann campaign when The Atlantic published a story on … [Read more...]

Bachmann staffer accused of mismanaging public funds in 1999

Peter Waldron, Michele Bachmann's evangelical organizer, was accused in 1999 of "mismanagement of public funds" in connection with a youth program he founded in St. Petersburg, FL. Waldron founded Rising Stars Education and Sports Foundation in the mid-1990s and claimed to serve thousands of inner-city youth in the St. Petersburg area. However, according to reports in the St. Petersburg Times, city officials said the charity served far fewer young people than Waldron claimed, only about … [Read more...]

NPR on the difference between dominionists and evangelicals

Check out this report from Fresh Air with guest Rachel Tabachnick.There is much of interest in the report but here is some money that caught my eye:A 'Different' EvangelicalismTabachnick, who has been researching and writing about the apostles for a decade, says her own religious background has helped her with her research. She grew up as a Southern Baptist and converted to Judaism as an adult."Having the Southern Baptist background and growing up in the Deep South has helped me … [Read more...]

AFA takes a stand on religious freedom

While this is not a perfect statement (see this post for a critique), the AFA decided to oppose Bryan Fischer's narrow view of the First Amendment. Earlier this week, the AFA issued the following statement.RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR ALL An American Family Association Policy Statement The American Family Association celebrates Religious Freedom for all people and for all beliefs as one of the foundational values that make the United States of America a great nation.  Historical Bac … [Read more...]

AACC is not larger than the APA

Yesterday, Right Wing Watch pointed to a broadcast  from Liberty Counsel and a tweet from the same group saying that the American Association of Christian Counselors is larger than the American Psychological Association. Here is the still-uncorrected tweet:As RWW pointed out, that is simply not true. The non-profit APA has "more than 154,000 members" and the for profit AACC has said they have "nearly 50,000 members" for several years.There is another aspect to the claims made by Liberty C … [Read more...]

American Psychiatric Association opposes Uganda's anti-gay legislation

Over the weekend I received this from psychiatrist David Scasta:8/14/11Dear Warren:I want to thank you for keeping me and the American Psychiatric Association apprised of the situation in Uganda regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill – which failed to make it on the agenda of the last Ugandan Parliamentary Plenary but apparently is being resurrected in a modified form for the current Plenary. As you know, the American Psychiatric Association was alarmed that there has been a credible a … [Read more...]

Wallbuilder's Rick Green defends comments about pediatrics associations

Early last week, I pointed out that David Barton and Rick Green identified the American College of Pediatricians as "the leading pediatric association in America." In fact, ACP is a group of around 200 members which, in 2003, split off from the real leading group, the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP commented briefly later in the week.I also mentioned that a reader, Bernie, wrote to Wallbuilders to ask why Barton and Green identified the ACP as the leading group. Rick Green responded … [Read more...]

Don't bet on Perry if he prays to win the GOP nomination

Back in April, Texas Governor Rick Perry officially proclaimed three days of prayer to bring rain. Texas was already in a bad way at I suppose he and his advisors thought a little prayer couldn't hurt.  According to the US drought monitor, here is what the nation looked like on April 19, just a couple of days before the season of prayer.It looked bad then. Now look at the map of the drought for August 9.As the key shows the darker colors indicate dryer conditions. Since the … [Read more...]


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