The Audacity of Jon Huntsman’s Pluralism

There are a lot of reasons, and a lot of commentary, for why Jon Huntsman isn't a front-runner in the Republican presidential nominee race; he's seen as too liberal, or he's too nice, he's a Mormon not named Romney, or maybe it was that bizarre first campaign ad. What hasn't been alleged, until now, is that he isn't sufficiently Christian, and might be a Chinese "Manchurian candidate." However, thanks to a racist attack ad that's so extreme it almost plays as a parody, those allegations are now removed from conspiratorial toxic message boards and white supremacist conventions and given their fifteen minutes in the 2012 presidential race. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZeVqj-t1U0The ad … [Read more...]

Rick Perry Endorser: “Stop Voting for Pagans”

I don't know how Right Wing Watch digs this stuff up, but gods bless 'em for it. Below is a video of controversial pastor John Hagee, an endorser of  upcoming prayer event The Response, and a man potential presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry has "worked to cultivate" a relationship with. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldBF3wVKGCQ Here's the entire uncut sermon.As scrutiny of The Response grows, organizers seem to be getting a little nervous. Is that why the link to the endorsers page has disappeared from the website? Back in 2008 John Hagee was too extreme for John McCain, but Dallas Morning News religion reporter Wayne Slater says that you shouldn't "expect Rick Perry to do t … [Read more...]

Interview: Kevin Michael Schultz on “Tri-Faith America”

Despite the fact that the history of the United States is incredibly well-documented, many of us labor under various misapprehensions regarding our nation's past. This seems especially true of America's religious history. Lately it seems as if there's been an inundation of pundits, amateur historians, and demagogues trying to frame us into a reductive (Protestant) Christian mold, painting a picture of harmony and piety that endured until the post-60s culture wars started raging. This sort of narrative leaves little room for religious minorities and outsiders to understand their own experiences, or draw accurate lessons from history. While recent books by Leigh Schmidt, Chas Clifton, Courtney … [Read more...]

Will Gay Marriage Mean More Religious Pluralism?

It is far too easy to quote the (largely Christian) opponents to New York's decision adopting same-sex marriage and use it to make some larger point. You've got the Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn advising his flock to shun lawmakers who voted for same-sex marriage, you've got the Family Research Council making some disturbing allusions about the Empire State Building, and you have presidential candidate Rep. Michelle Bachmann trying to be simultaneously for states rights and a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage (even Fox News said she was "threading a thin needle"). I could go on, and on, and on, and on. All the convenient haters saying all the convenient things. It's rare to hea … [Read more...]