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Strange bedfellows

Liberal attorney David Boies and conservative attorney Ted Olson have joined forces to file a lawsuit opposing California’s ban on gay marriage.  This unlikely tag team — featuring a pair of strange bedfellows indeed — is intended to illustrate a point: that the marriage issue does not conform to the familiar poles of liberalism and [...]

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C Street: sinister or benign?

Is C Street a nefarious, shadowy group of power-hungry religious zealots?  Or just a Bible study and support group?
This is the question that emerged a couple of years ago thanks to the work of journalist Jeff Sharlet.  And it has now emerged again thanks to the dalliances and machinations of two high-profile C Street members: [...]

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The death of the culture wars?

The guy who correctly predicted the emergence of a solid Democratic majority by 2010 is now suggesting that the culture wars are drawing to a close.
Ruy Teixeira co-authored The Emerging Democratic Majority with John Judis in 2002, a time when many analysts were predicting Republican dominance for decades to come.  He has now penned a [...]

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“Jane Roe” arrested outside Sotomayor hearing

Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. “Jane Roe” of the original Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision legalizing abortion, was arrested yesterday, protesting the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Salon.com recaps Ms. McCorvey’s odd, fascinating journey from a symbol of the movement to legalize abortion to poster child for the Pro-Life movement.  [...]

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An attempted resurrection

He’s baaaaack.
Arch-anti-abortion activist Randall Terry made his name during the “Summer of Mercy” protests outside of George Tiller’s abortion clinic in Witchita, Kansas, in 1991.  Terry’s calling card was the use sickening images like posters of bloody fetuses.  He had an actual dead fetus delivered to Bill Clinton in 1992.
The goremeister faded from the public [...]

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The Wright religion

Over at AlterNet, Terrence McNally interviews Robert Wright about the latter’s new book, The Evolution of God.  The pertinent issue here is the interview explores the factors that make religion a force for good or for ill.  Wright was raised Southern Baptist but strayed from the faith and is now a spiritually-oriented agnostic.
The key to [...]

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Science-Based Bellyaching

Barack Obama’s recent appointment of Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health should be uncontroversial.  After all, Collins led the Human Genome Project, and he did it ahead of schedule and under budget.  His own landmark scientific research led to the discovery of genes for cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease, among others.  He [...]

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The Pope’s “Christian humanism”

For those who think Pope Benedict XVI is the Antichrist, the latest papal encyclical won’t come as a shock.  But for other conservatives who have come to rely on the Pope as a defender of right-wing orthodoxy, it just might.
Benedict’s encyclical, released on Tuesday, attacks global capitalism from the left.  He argues we need to [...]

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The religious pendulum swings again

American pastors are getting back into the political game — from the left.
The American Values Network, for instance, has launched ads on Christian and country music stations advocating strong government action on climate change.  One ad begins like this: “As our seas rise, crops wither and rivers run dry, God’s creation cries out for relief.”  [...]

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From Warren’s lips to Muslims’ ears

Rick Warren bolstered his non-extremist bonafides this past weekend by preaching interfaith action to a group of 8000 Muslims.  The problems that he proposed tackling together include what he called “the five global giants” — war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.
This list recalls the “common enemies of man” that JFK lamented in his 1961 inaugural [...]

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The more things change…

A new religious right organization is emerging from the tattered remains of groups like the Christian Coalition and Moral Majority.  This organization — calling itself the Freedom Federation — purports to have a kinder, gentler face than its predecessors, which all too often came across like the Blue Meanies.  But the group’s agenda is anything [...]

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