Court evangelical Franklin Graham is worried about socialism. Here is The Christian Post: Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham warned of “all-out socialism” if Americans do not vote for leaders who “love this country, defend the Constitution, & support law & order.” In a Twitter thread Monday, Graham warned about the consequences of complacency from evangelical conservatives and … Continue reading “All-out socialism”
Stanford historian Richard White argues that Sanders best represents the Gilded Age socialists of the late 19th-century. Here is a taste of his piece at The New York Times: The socialists Mr. Sanders most resembles were Gilded Age intellectuals, reformers, union members and ordinary citizens who self-labeled as socialist. There were immigrants among them, but the … Continue reading Thinking Historically About Bernie’s Socialism
It was the Ad Council. Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy of Miami University explains at The Conversation:
This Fox News segment got some traction yesterday: Comments: 1. Robert Jeffress claims that Democrats are on the wrong side of every major faith issue, especially abortion. He always pivots to abortion because he believes it is the most important faith issue on the table. Fair enough. But he also pivots to abortion because he … Continue reading Why Robert Jeffress Needs Socialism
Falwell Jr. has teamed with conservative pundit Charlie Kirk to form “The Falkirk Center” at Liberty University. (The name comes from a combination of their names). Here is Liberty’s rationale for the new think tank: “The need for the Falkirk Center has grown as powerful voices and institutions are increasingly seeking to eliminate Judeo-Christian principles … Continue reading Liberty University Opens a Think Tank to Stop the Media from Converting Americans to Socialism
And the crowd goes wild: A few comments: 12 men have already walked on the face of the moon. Perhaps its time we put a woman on the face of the moon. 🙂 Perhaps someone can explain to me the relationship between “defeating socialism” and “putting a man on the face of the moon.” Notice … Continue reading Donald Trump is Going to “Defeat Socialism and Put a Man on the Face of the Moon”
National Public Radio’s “Here and Now” explores this question with historians Ed Ayers and Nathan Connolly. Here are some highlights: On the definition of socialism Connolly: “I think many people would assume that socialism is very un-American. But there also are very different stripes of it. In the European strain, there was a great … Continue reading What is Socialism?
Mike Pence recently railed against socialism. Here is a taste of a Newsweek article about what he said at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference: Vice President Mike Pence continued the Republican attacks on what they claim is socialism infiltrating the Democratic Party, making the dubious claim Friday that it was “freedom, not socialism, that ended … Continue reading Thank God for Big Government (Socialism?)
Jill Lepore, in a piece at The New Yorker, argues that Eugene Debs‘s socialism was deeply rooted in values that were both American and Christian. God and country! Here is a taste: But Debs’s socialism, which was so starry-eyed that his critics called it “impossibilism,” was decidedly American, and had less to do with Karl Marx … Continue reading Debs: Socialism is “merely Christianity in action”
As Duke Univeristy law professor Jedidiah Purdy reminds us, socialism is as American as baseball, apple-pie, and Chevrolet. “Much of today’s socialism,” he argues, “was once the bread and butter of the Democratic Party.” Here is a taste of his piece at Politico: Recent elections are bringing the largest crop of self-described socialist candidates in nearly a century, … Continue reading Patriotic Socialism?
Jeremiah Purdy of The New Yorker shows how Bernie Sanders’s definition of “Democratic Socialism” looks a lot like the policies of F.D.R. and Ike. A taste:We finally know what Bernie Sanders means by “democratic socialism.” Speaking on his political philosophy at Georgetown yesterday, the Vermont senator and Democratic Presidential candidate opened with a long invocation of Franklin Roosevelt and the social protections … Continue reading "Bernie Sanders’s socialism is Eisenhower’s and F.D.R.’s world if Reagan had never happened"
Esteemed Columbia University historian Eric Foner recently gave Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders some advice about how to talk about democratic socialism. The advice came in a letter published in The Nation. In a nutshell, Foner wants Sanders to connect his political ideas to the radical tradition in the United States rather than to … Continue reading Eric Foner Gives Bernie Sanders Some Advice About Democratic Socialism
It’s November 17, 2020. Election Day was two weeks ago. Let’s see how the court evangelicals are coping today with the Trump loss. Eric Metaxas is still pushing the conspiracy theory about Dominion voting machines and is complaining about losing friends over it. He essentially thinks the Biden camp is trying to cancel him and … Continue reading In today’s court evangelical roundup we learn “the Left has always hated Thanksgiving”
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia just released its 2020 survey of American political culture. It is titled Democracy in Dark Times. James Davison Hunter and Carl Desportes Bowman are the primary investigators/authors. It is a very thorough study. Read it here. A few things the study tells us … Continue reading Study: White Evangelicals are “cultural others” and the culture wars are getting worse
Swedish church historian Joel Halldorf explains why white evangelicals in America lean right and white evangelicals in Sweden lean left. Here is a taste of his piece at the new website Breaking Ground: The struggle for democracy and economic solidarity shaped Swedish evangelicalism into a liberal, left-leaning political movement. This identity was strong and enduring. … Continue reading Why evangelicals in Sweden are politically progressive
We covered the prominent evangelical pastor‘s piece here. For the sake of this post, I offer a few of Piper’s best lines: Actually, this is a long-overdue article attempting to explain why I remain baffled that so many Christians consider the sins of unrepentant sexual immorality (porneia), unrepentant boastfulness (alazoneia), unrepentant vulgarity (aischrologia), unrepentant factiousness … Continue reading If you want to get a sense of the current state of evangelical Trumpism read the reactions to John Piper’s recent anti-Trump post
Yonat Shimron has it covered at Religion News Service. Here is a taste: Like his late father, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham is not a marcher. The Graham family formula has always focused on stadium-sized evangelistic revivals. But ahead of the presidential election, the evangelical preacher is borrowing a tactic used by civil rights leaders and … Continue reading Franklin Graham will lead a prayer march through Washington D.C. today
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Alan Jacobs on reading books from the past. And a review. Democracy vs. Epistocracy Empathy for Teddy Selling soap Re-enchantment The pandemic spiral Learning humility from Ben Franklin White churches and white supremacy Socialism and the American trail system American democracy and the U.S. postal … Continue reading Sunday night odds and ends
Monday, August 31, 2022, in Trumpland began with news that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican and Trump supporter, doctored a video to make it appear that Biden wants to defund the police. I am expecting Scalise’s GOP colleagues, including the court evangelicals, to mount a full-fledged assault on him for misleading the … Continue reading Another Monday in Trumpland
Last night I thought Franklin Graham offered a good opening prayer to kick-off the last night of the GOP convention. Today he sat for an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. At times Graham tried to be bipartisan, but in the end this was pure court evangelicalism. This idea that the socialists … Continue reading The court evangelicals respond to Donald Trump’s RNC convention speech and the aftermath