Gary Bauer’s Hypothetical Pagan Candidate

Influential conservative evangelical Christian, and former presidential candidate, Gary Bauer, engages in a thought experiment for his most recent USA Today column."A thought experiment: Imagine a presidential candidate. He has spent years in politics, rising to become a trusted leader in his party. He also has spent time in the business world, has an impeccable personal life, a deep understanding of the issues, and is eloquent in speech and moderate in temperament. Sounds like a dream candidate, right?" I see where this is going; this is obviously about Mitt Romney, right? I mean, Bauer is part of an upcoming semi-secret meeting of conservative Christian presidential kingmakers … [Read more...]

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:// ad … [Read more...]

Will Libertarians Move from Barr to Johnson?

In 2008 the Libertarian Party nominated former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr as their candidate for President of the United States. Many modern Pagans who consider themselves libertarians/Libertarians were displeased by this turn of events, as Barr had notoriously tried to ban Pagans from serving in the military, claiming that equal rights for Wiccans and Pagans set  "a dangerous precedent that could easily result in the practice of all sorts of bizarre practices being supported by the military under the rubric of 'religion.' " However, what was acceptable behavior in the Republican party of 1999 wasn't going to pass muster with Libertarian live-and-let-live notions of freedom, and so Barr ki … [Read more...]

Dear Candidate Gingrich, Are We Still “Surrounded By Paganism”?

It's been a crazy year so-far in the race to see who will become the Republican candidate for President of the United States in 2012. It seems like just about every candidate, with a few notable exceptions, is getting their 15 minutes of "frontrunner" status before the seeming inevitability of Mitt Romney reasserts itself again. I've covered some of these candidates (and potential candidates) here, particularly when I've felt their flirtations with certain pernicious elements of the Religious Right had become problematic, and now its former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich's turn.Gingrich is currently enjoying some time in the sun, after a period when many (from across … [Read more...]