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'Palin-tology': Have Former Alaska Governor's Views On Creationism Evolved?

I regard Sarah Palin's new book like I do the movie "New Moon" – I'm not the intended audience and I don't really care about it.

But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin's book, it has become obvious that I'm going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though I'd rather not.

So let's just plunge right in, shall we?

It turns out there's actually a church-state angle because release of the book has reopened questions about what Palin does (or does not) believe about evolution. Read more

What I Saw (And Heard) At The Revolution: Lessons From The 'Values Voter Summit'

I'm back from the Religious Right Bizarro World that is the "Values Voter Summit." As always, it was quite an experience.

I'll have a full report on the event in the October Church & State, but I wanted to share some things I learned at the Summit with you today: Read more

Palin's Parlay: What Lies Ahead For The Former Alaska Governor – And Her Religious Right Base?

Yesterday's newspapers were reminiscent of those heady days of fall 2008 – a time when the media and public obsessed over a little-known Alaska politician named Sarah Palin.

Palin stepped down from her position as governor of Alaska on Sunday. As I read news accounts of her resignation speech, it seemed her reasons for leaving the position were vague – but what's even more unclear are her plans for the future. Read more

A Christmas Calamity: Religious Right Scrooges Scuttle Moderate Evangelical Lobbyist Rich Cizik

The relentlessly grim James Dobson has a spring in his step today and a song in his heart. The hopelessly dour Richard Land is sipping eggnog and humming the Hallelujah Chorus. Chuck Colson is doing a little end-zone victory dance.

No, it's not a sudden burst of the Christmas spirit infecting these hard-line Religious Right Scrooges. It's the news that Rich Cizik has been forced out as vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Read more

Of Pigs, Lipstick And Elections: Candidates Should Be Talking About Serious Constitutional Concerns

For the past few days, both presidential candidates have been up in arms about a "lipstick on the pig" comment made by Barack Obama.

People have been wondering: does Obama's comment mean he's sexist? Is he calling Palin a pig? Or is it just an expression that the McCain camp has blown out of proportion?

Here's my thought: No matter who the pig is and what color lipstick he or she may or may not be wearing, Americans have a big decision to make come November -- and wasting even one day worrying about pigs and lipstick isn't helping this country make that decision. Read more

Are You 'Right With God'?: Alaska Official's Religious Rhetoric Leaves Me Cold

Yesterday I received a call from an Associated Press reporter in Anchorage who wanted to talk about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's use of religious rhetoric.

A video surfaced recently of Palin, now the Republican vice presidential nominee, giving a speech to a group of ministry students at her former church, the Wasilla Assembly of God. During the talk, Palin said the war in Iraq reflects God's will – but she didn't stop there. Apparently, God's will also includes the building of a natural gas pipeline in the state. Read more

Pregnant Pause: The Real Issue Worth Talking About Behind The Palin Story

The announcement by Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant has drawn an interesting response from the Religious Right: It's no big deal.

James Dobson of Focus on the Family issued a statement lauding the Palins and asserting, "Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord." Read more

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