Peter Laarman: The real scandal here is the spectacle of Democrats still trying to make nice with white evangelical tribalists at the expense of their own stated values and principles.
Science and Religion
Science and Religion
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The Ten Commandments are being used to obfuscate the abuses of Donald Trump. It would seem appropriate, then if we seriously graded Trump based on what the commandments say and not what is being said.
Walter Moss: It’s ironic that evangelical Christian leaders, who have often warned of liberal anti-Christs, seem to lack the self-awareness to identify something so anti-Christian in Trump himself. Or worse yet, they certainly recognize it, but don’t care.
Peter Laarman: What some call the Trumpocalypse simply reveals more fully the cancer that was already there, that was always there, and that is always and ever metastasizing.
Ron Briley: The toleration of infidelities by Moore and Donald Trump suggests a more sophisticated pragmatism that promotes the evangelical agenda and ideology in regard to abortion, sexuality, women, and the patriarchy.
Charles Hayes: People who identify as religious fundamentalists are very often so fully invested in their beliefs that they perceive opposition of any kind as a mortal threat.
WJ Astore: I’ve always liked Christ’s teachings on praying to God in private, rather than standing on a street corner and shouting your beliefs to the masses.
Tom Hall: Heedless of any risk to his personal reputation, Osteen, god’s anointed messenger, held his own humble, personal worship space above the fray, and kept the dirty, mud-soaked rabble, wearing smelly, days-old clothing, from polluting the space.
Peter Laarman: Hay had what every successful fraudster needs, which is the capacity to lie boldly and never turn back.
Peter Laarman: In a realpolitik moment, Saperstein observed that what any religious freedom ambassador can expect to accomplish often depends on other moving parts within government.
Abba Solomon: It is tragic comedy that much of Palestinian agony can be said to originate in an American Jewish identity crisis. Major funding and skilled organizing of the Zionist project came from American Jews.
Larry Wines: Once there was a time when adventure and exploration did not consist of hunting virtual cartoon creatures on a three-inch screen.
Peter Laarman: Without any flag waving on my part (and I do expect many of this year’s July 4 celebrations to be jingoistically repellent beyond belief), I want to propose that there is still a way forward for this country: an alternative to the descent into raw tribalism.