Ayn Rand or Jesus Christ? Conservatives Can’t Have It Both Ways
Ayn Rand or Jesus Christ? Conservatives Can't Have It Both Ways

'This is the ultimate irony in American political life right now, the conservatives who swear on a stack of Bibles that they worship Jesus Christ when they really bow down to the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the golden idol of the free market to be placed at the center of all other things'

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Ayn Rand or Jesus Christ? Conservatives Can’t Have It Both Ways
Ayn Rand or Jesus Christ? Conservatives Can't Have It Both Ways

'This is the ultimate irony in American political life right now, the conservatives who swear on a stack of Bibles that they worship Jesus Christ when they really bow down to the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the golden idol of the free market to be placed at the center of all other things'

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Christian Supremacists: When Religion Dominates Politics
Christian Supremacists: When Religion Dominates Politics

'Religion in politics is a touchy topic in the United States, but Americans have a legitimate right to know how a candidate’s religious views may affect public policy – on issues like population growth, anti-gay discrimination and Christian supremacy'

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Apolitical Apologetics: Christianity in Crisis
Apolitical Apologetics: Christianity in Crisis

'When we think of Jefferson as the great architect of the separation of church and state, this, perhaps, was what he meant by “church”: the purest, simplest, apolitical Christianity, purged of the agendas of those who had sought to use Jesus to advance their own power decades and centuries after Jesus’ death. If Jefferson’s greatest political legacy was the Declaration of Independence, this pure, precious moral teaching was his religious legacy. “I am a real Christian,” Jefferson insisted against the fundamentalists and clerics of his time. “That is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.”'

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The Religious and Political Overtones of Hunger Games
The Religious and Political Overtones of Hunger Games

'Christians often see religious and political agendas behind every Hollywood production—and often with good cause. Hunger Games is no exception. Suzanne Collins’ successful series of three novels with the first in a full length spring-break blockbuster movie has gone to great lengths to omit religion and/or the supernatural from her fantasy story.'

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Christian Politics: Would Jesus Support Health Care Reform?
Christian Politics: Would Jesus Support Health Care Reform?

'He was a healer, a provider of universal health care, a man of compassion who treated those with preexisting medical conditions. We don’t know what Jesus thought about the individual mandate or buying broccoli. But we do know how the New Testament describes him. The Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus physically healing the most vulnerable and despised people in his society.'

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Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: Marriage & Biblical Literalism
Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: Marriage & Biblical Literalism

'Traditionally, Republicans tend to run on a platform of God, guns and gays. This time, it’s God, gyne-policy and gays – a set of urgent priorities straight from the mouths of conservative bishops and evangelists who call themselves Bible believers. There’s no way to understand politics anywhere without understanding religion, but to an outsider American Christianity — and so American politics — can seem almost incomprehensible.'

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Santorum’s Goyim Gaffe: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish -We’re All Christians!
Santorum's Goyim Gaffe: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish -We’re All Christians!

'There was a time when it seemed like progress for Catholics and Jews to be folded into Protestant America and frequently referred to as a single entity. For most, that time has passed.'

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Interfaith Inquisiton: The War On Religion Does Not Exist
Interfaith Inquisiton: The War On Religion Does Not Exist

'Apparently, attempts are underway to open a new front in the supposed “war on religion” in my home state of Louisiana as it takes center stage in the presidential primary season. Truth be told, from what I have seen lately, those claiming there is a war on religion are the ones most guilty of waging that assault.'

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Theocratic Conspiracy? Religion and Faith-Full Politics
Theocratic Conspiracy? Religion and Faith-Full Politics

'With each passing day, religious topics are becoming increasingly significant in the presidential campaign discourse. The GOP presidential candidates are all too happy to discuss their faith, extolling their open and proud devotion to versions of Christianity. Such devotion, they suggest, makes them particularly qualified to become president. By the same token, this narrative suggests indirectly that President Obama has a different more “exotic” faith, which leads millions of people to believe — quite erroneously — that he is foreign or even a Muslim who is a pawn of a theocratic Islamic conspiracy.'

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