Monday, February 21, 2005

Religion & Politics

  • Not strictly a politics story, but one that certainly helps to frame the current scene: Americans place hunger--not abortion or homosexuality or Janet Jackson's nipple shield--at the top of their list of moral concerns. (Or so says Chuck Currie. If you look at the original poll, you'll see that "Child Abuse" beats everything else in the "Very Important" category, but then has a pretty steep dropoff in "Somewhat Important." Still...)


  • The Arkansas State Legislature has actually voted against the separation of church and state. It seems like a cheap gimmick by one lawmaker to shame some others, but still.


  • More weirdness from the South:

    Alabama State Representative Alvin Holmes is offering $5,000 to anyone who can show him in the Bible where it states that marriage is only between a man and a woman. The offer comes in response to the state legislature's consideration of a ban on homosexual marriage.


    Hunter S. Thompson, God rest his soul, would have enjoyed hanging around to see if/when either of these guys got stomped.


  • John Edwards speaks pretty well on Democrats and religion. We're particularly fond of this quote: "[Edwards] agreed caring for the poor is not a good political issue. 'But I know my passion for this is real, that it is inside me.'"


  • A different kind of Southerner here. We have to admit, we found him to be a bit more thoughtful than we expected.


  • Evangelicals meeting in Miami to Reclaim America for Christ. Bleagh.

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