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RDBook: Whither the Religious Left?

…th blogger Bruce Wilson, founded Talk2Action, an interactive blog covering breaking news and analysis about the Religious Right and related movements and issues. Raised in New England, Clarkson attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he majored in English. While in prep school during the Vietnam War, he encountered “a yellow covered book with big black letters on the shelf in study hall.“ The book was Gandhi’s Autobiography. “My eyes were…

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RD News Round-Up—Oct.14, 2008

…d cause riots on the streets in big cities across America. According to OneNewsNow, the online news service of Donald Wildmons’ American Family Association, Corbin “contends there is potential for public riots the night of or after the election, if Obama’s lead in the polls does not translate into victory.” “I don’t think that’s something that we’ve looked at very closely, and I think that this could be a powder keg here as we get towards that day…

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Good News: Religious Outreach Works On Vaccine Hesitancy. Bad News: We Need It.

…simply as a political stand. The QAnon adepts can at least claim to be in search of some kind of truth to guide their path, as we all are. The Q people evidently respond well when a positive, affirming message is given to them, which is at least somewhat reassuring. Still, according to PRRI, more than 4 in 10 Americans are hesitant or opposed to getting vaccinated. That number could and should be much lower, but we seem to have lost our collectiv…

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Claiming That ‘We Birthed a Nation From Nothing’ CNN’s Rick Santorum Gives a Master Class in Christian Nationalism: An Open Letter to CNN

…d against the Pequots—one of the genocides of indigenous peoples that Santorum brushes aside. The Puritans waged a holy war on the Pequots, setting fire to a village on the Mystic River, killing 700 indigenous men, women, and children, and selling the survivors into slavery. As I’ve written elsewhere, the genocide was like something out of the Book of Joshua. The Puritans certainly saw it that way. John Mason, the Puritan militia commander and an…

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Glenn Beck’s Fox Show Gets Canned

…e of the most talented and creative executives in the business. Over the past four years I have consistently valued his input and advice and that will not stop as we work with him in his new role.” “Glenn Beck” is consistently the third highest rated program on cable news. For the 27 months that “Glenn Beck” has aired on Fox News, the program has averaged more than 2.2 million total viewers and 563,000 viewers 25-54 years old, numbers normally ass…

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No, Rush Limbaugh Did Not Hijack Your Parents’ Christianity

…ive view of the news,” along with a conservative wire service and chain of newspapers. Rush Limbaugh stepped up to meet this need. Limbaugh rose to prominence after the 1987 repeal of the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine, which had mandated honest and equitable on-air treatment of controversial issues. The repeal ushered in the era of conservative talk radio, and Limbaugh’s bombastic style set the tone. The election of Bill Clinton in 1992 heightened Limba…

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Fake Gay Panic News Fools Christians

…from a fake news site. Not like Jon Stewart fake news. Or even Onion fake news. Actual fake news. “By the way,” Stetzer added, “if you are a pastor you should already know that no one can make you officiate anything. In fact, you can refuse to officiate an interracial marriage. You’d be an idiot and a racist, but you wouldn’t be arrested.” The other “story” Stetzer highlighted claimed “a sodomite ex-con turned author, Bradley La Shawn Fowler” sue…

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Interfaith Alliance Criticizes Fox News Anti-Mormonism

News for its recent segment ridiculing Mormon beliefs. In a letter to Fox News Memphis reporter Ben Ferguson, news anchor Darrell Greene, and station manager John Koski, Gaddy expressed his concern over the way “religion” was being made an “electoral tool” in a segment that “seems simply to make a joke out of a major religion’s doctrine.” “To the benefit of absolutely no one, your segment simply perpetuated misperceptions and misunderstandings of…

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The 50 Shades of Evangelicalism

…ny mouth the platitude, few actually are opposed to ‘mingling religion and politics.’ They just oppose mingling certain kinds of religion with certain kinds of politics.” Again, because evangelicals are often portrayed as a unified front by the mainstream media, we assume that any mingling of the two necessarily manifests itself in the image of the most conservative evangelicals. Many who are themselves religious come to believe that they cannot a…

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Trump’s Evangelical Support in the Gut, not the Theology

…hat desire seems to have primed the public stage for a figure like Donald Trump. Trump’s speeches are a glittering kaleidoscope of little scraps of defiance. They draw on the fierce hatred of immigrants and racial others that has been carefully cultivated by the far right for decades. He remixes the recipe made famous by Sarah Palin, insisting that liberals are traitors for “apologizing for America.” Trump’s speeches also reflect a fierce, widespr…

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