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The Complicity of #NeverTrump Evangelicals in a Demagogue’s Rise

…ced a strong and spirited opposition from other evangelicals in the #NeverTrump crowd. Trump securing the nomination has not lessened those voices. If anything, Trump’s evangelical critics have grown more resistant in the wake of his victory. In a bruising editorial in the Washington Post last week, George W. Bush’s former speechwriter Michael Gerson argued evangelicals “must not bear the mark of Trump.” Gerson outlined Trump’s spotty personal lif…

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A President “Anointed By God”: POTUS Shield and Religious Right’s Affair with Trump

…the other. Some of them were disappointed he hasn’t moved the embassy to Jerusalem yet, but he’s promised them that it’s just a question of when, and not if. They’re holding their fire. Some of them are slightly disappointed that his executive order on religious liberty didn’t give them the whole exemption from LGBT non-discrimination laws that they wanted, but again, he’s promised them there’s more to come. So far, he hasn’t given them a lot of r…

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How Trump’s Assertion of “Power to Pardon” Tramples the American Sacred

…from the White House … of an administration mobilizing for war against the rule of law.” The Russia investigation must be pursued without interference—as a search for facts, an attempt to settle the question of “whether an American president violated his oath to uphold the Constitution by committing criminal acts.” As Richard North Patterson writes in the Boston Globe: This is not the case of an unconstrained federal government targeting a private…

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Why Being “Faith Friendly” Isn’t Worth It For Democrats

…ians, but liberal Christians are more actually more likely to be active in politics. They hold voter registration drives and letter-writing campaigns. They also talk more about politics in the pulpit. (They don’t generally make partisan suggestions in worship, though.) What risk is there to the faith of Democratic voters by engaging religion in partisan battle? Is that risk worth it? Second: why, for the love of God or not, are we always talking a…

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The Potentially Explosive Russian Church Intrigue Revealed by Mueller Investigation

…ure of the story is not entirely relevant, because it points to a greater truth: That the Russian Church and the Russian state have resumed their marriage. This week the world learned that the Russian hackers implicated by the Mueller investigation didn’t just target Western governments and political parties, but also leading figures in the Orthodox Church. Top aides to Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (the “first-among-eq…

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‘Defund the Police’ Isn’t the Problem

…be, there’s little point to raising hell. And if there’s little point, then why bother? Better to believe that everything will work itself out in the end—or that everyone is corrupt and nothing really matters. True, local activists might make life less comfortable for national Democrats. But tough shit….

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Which Islamists?: Religion and the Syrian Civil War

…onal piety and practice; they don’t necessarily see a role for religion in politics and some even believe politics taints religion. Across the Middle East, people strongly identify with Islam and in many countries this identification has been suppressed in one way or another by authoritarian regimes. Having secured their freedom, it shouldn’t be surprising that the people, in places like Egypt and Tunisia, are strongly asserting their religious id…

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Saving Teens from Obama: When Bible Study Goes Wrong

…sical needs. It was at this point that Miranda decided to display her own trust in God by submitting the movie ticket receipt for reimbursement from the Salvation Army, taking a daring stand for truth, 501c3 be damned. She later told me the Salvation Army headquarters had supported her decision, but in the future, they’ll have permission forms for parents to sign, “So if anyone is afraid of a certain movie,” there won’t be a problem.  But the larg…

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New Research May Explain the Weakness of Centrism and the Religious Left

…vation and fed by diversity, or a monocultural, inward-looking exurban and rural nation based on farming, manufacturing and traditional social norms? Bitecofer’s model suggests that these questions about identity are what fuel our national politics, and until they’re settled, there will be precious little room for compromise, or even persuasion. Sometimes you just have to make up your damn mind, one way or another. Whatever form the religious left…

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Amid Horrors, Muslim ‘John Hancocks’ Forge Secular Sudan

…the more formidable military alliance (which now included JEM) made world news in November, it made no mention of the political visions of August. “The military guys want to minimize our differences,” Ismail said, “and get on with the military activities.” The coalition politics of a revolution can be tricky. Eric Reeves told RD: “Of the SRF, I would say, very briefly, that it brings together such diverse actors, including the Islamist elements w…

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