Are you looking for some pre-election (or post-election) reading on religion and politics?

Election Day is a week away, but the subject of religion and politics is not going away anytime soon. Now is the time to contact Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books so you are prepared for the post-election reality. Here is a taste of Borger’s latest newsletter: I saw two yard signs yesterday, one … Continue reading Are you looking for some pre-election (or post-election) reading on religion and politics?

Tonight in the Rose Garden and at St. John’s Church, Trump Announced His 2020 Re-Election Strategy

It’s hard to know where to start writing about what we all just witnessed earlier this evening. Donald Trump was scheduled to speak in the Rose Garden at 6:30pm. Shortly before his speech, Attorney General Bill Barr came out to inspect the crowd. Then federal police used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets to … Continue reading Tonight in the Rose Garden and at St. John’s Church, Trump Announced His 2020 Re-Election Strategy

Stephen Hahn on Race and the Obama Re-Election

Stephen Hahn is a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian of race in the post-bellum South.  In Sunday’s New York Times, he reflects historically on race and Barack Obama’s re-election last week, particularly in the wake of the racial slurs cast on Obama by students at the University of Mississippi.  Here is a taste: Over the past three … Continue reading Stephen Hahn on Race and the Obama Re-Election

Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s evangelical family chide him for losing the support of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and, “most importantly,” Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh. (Also God, but not “most importantly”).

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump. In a piece titled “Adam Kinzinger’s Lonely Mission,” The New York Times tells his story. The subtitle reads: “Censured by his party and shunned by family members, Mr. Kinzinger, a six-term Illinois congressman, is pressing Republicans to leave Donald … Continue reading Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s evangelical family chide him for losing the support of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and, “most importantly,” Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh. (Also God, but not “most importantly”).

The seven GOP Senators who voted to convict Trump were unafraid of political retribution

Here is Catie Edmundson at The New York Times: …the senators were united by a common thread: Each of them, for their own reasons, was unafraid of political retribution from Mr. Trump or his supporters. “Two are retiring, and three are not up until 2026, and who knows what the world will look like five … Continue reading The seven GOP Senators who voted to convict Trump were unafraid of political retribution

What happened when GOP congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler wished her constituents a “Happy Valentine’s Day”?

Yesterday we did a post on Jamie Herrera Beutler, the Washington congresswoman who was prepared to testify that House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told her that Trump supported the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Herrera did not testify, but a statement by her was read into the trial record so the … Continue reading What happened when GOP congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler wished her constituents a “Happy Valentine’s Day”?

The last night of Trump court evangelicalism

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land once boasted that evangelicals had “unprecedented access” to the Donald Trump presidency. I hope he and the rest of the evangelicals enjoyed it. The court evangelicals got their Supreme Court justices and some executive orders on religious liberty that will be quickly overturned by Joe Biden. They taught their followers … Continue reading The last night of Trump court evangelicalism

Did American exceptionalism survive Trump?

Bloomsburg writer Mihir Sharma says that Americans shouldn’t get so uptight about apparent threats to their democracy. Maybe sometimes we need an international voice to help us keep things in perspective. Here is a taste of Sharma’s piece, “World shouldn’t laugh at U.S. too soon“: Remember: Donald Trump was impeached once and might be again. … Continue reading Did American exceptionalism survive Trump?

David Dark on the “alluring currency of access” to “powerful people”

Power is seductive. This, at least, is the case I tried to make in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump when writing about Donald Trump’s court evangelicals. Writer David Dark describes the allure much better than I ever could. Here is a taste of his piece at America: “Why are Republicans sticking with … Continue reading David Dark on the “alluring currency of access” to “powerful people”

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey thinks Trump should start cooperating with the Biden transition

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey was silent during the Trump impeachment trial, but now that he is not running for re-election he is starting to come around. Here is a taste of Bob Mayo’s piece at the website of WTAE Pittsburgh: “We’re on a path it looks likely Joe Biden is going to be the next … Continue reading Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey thinks Trump should start cooperating with the Biden transition

“There are 1,860 hours between Wednesday, Nov. 4, and noon on Jan. 20”

Garrett Graf offers a few suggestions about what might happen during those hours. Here is a taste of his Politico piece, “‘I’m Absolutely Expecting Him to Do Something Weird’: How Trump Could End His Presidency“: The Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act in theory guarantee the preservation of the official history of the White … Continue reading “There are 1,860 hours between Wednesday, Nov. 4, and noon on Jan. 20”

Michael Kazin is retiring as co-editor of *Dissent*

The Georgetown University history professor is retiring after eleven years at the helm of Dissent. Michael Walzer, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Clayborne Carson, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Matthew Sitman offer tributes. Here is Sitman: More than any professor I had in graduate school, Michael Kazin insisted on the importance of writing well. His syllabi included not just … Continue reading Michael Kazin is retiring as co-editor of *Dissent*

Desperation in Trumpland

Trump seems desperate after the wildly successful DNC convention. Granted, Biden and his team did not have to do any magic tricks to define themselves over and against Trump. The bar was pretty low. The Biden campaign claims to have raised $70 million during the convention. Trump’s convention begins this week. This morning on Twitter … Continue reading Desperation in Trumpland

Why Liberty University should close the Falkirk Center, and why it probably won’t happen

If you want to understand what a university values, consider the kinds of centers and institutes they have on campus. Most centers and institutes are extra-curricular in nature and are designed to bolster the ideas and values that define the mission of the school that sponsors them. I wrote a bit about this in an … Continue reading Why Liberty University should close the Falkirk Center, and why it probably won’t happen

The spiritual warfare rhetoric heats-up as court evangelicals go deeper into panic mode.

Donald Trump is trailing in the polls and the court evangelicals are praying for a miracle. Many of them see the 2020 election as a spiritual battle between the forces of God and the forces of Satan. And if you have been in a coma for the last five years, you may be surprised to … Continue reading The spiritual warfare rhetoric heats-up as court evangelicals go deeper into panic mode.