Category: Religion

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The Sarah Palin/Neocon Alliance

Sarah Palin speaking at CPAC on Feb. 11, 2012. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Exclusive: “Game Change,” the HBO movie on John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, faults his Republican campaign for its slipshod vetting of the little-known Alaska governor, but leaves out the back story of big-time neocons from D.C. helping position Palin for her…

McGovern Protests Brennan’s Speech

Deputy national security adviser John Brennan

After learning that U.S. national security official John Brennan would address Jesuit-run Fordham’s graduating class, ex-CIA analyst (and Fordham alum) Ray McGovern protested in a letter to the Fordham Ram. McGovern cited Jesuit principles of truth and justice — and Brennan’s role in the…

Kony’s Deleted Christian Fanaticism

Graphic for the group, Invisible Children

Joseph Kony, the brutal commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, has been introduced to millions through a video on YouTube. But that denunciation of his war crimes skirts his claim to be motivated by Christianity, an omission not applied to violent…

‘War on Women’ Breaches Global Norms

The 1992 elections, sometimes called "the year of the woman," expanded the number of Democratic senators to five, (from left) Sens. Patty  Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Mikulski, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Republican bills taking aim at women’s reproductive freedoms have raised alarms about a “war on women,” a development that is shaking up the American political scene. But some of the legislation also is putting the U.S. outside the bounds of international norms,…

Banks Are Called on to Repent

The floor of the New York Stock Exchange

America’s banks remain under fire, including a public resignation by a Goldman Sachs executive disgusted by the firm’s abuse of its clients. New protests also include calls by some Christian churches for the banks to repent for their roles in the…

Losing Faith in a Democratic Israel

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker

Since its founding in 1948 as a refuge for Holocaust survivors and other Jews, Israel has called itself a democracy but has restricted rights of Arabs inside Israel and under Israeli military occupation. This tension and the rise of Jewish fundamentalism are now…

Israel’s Tragedy of ‘Victories’

Bodies of Palestinian refugees at the Sabra camp in Lebanon, 1982. (Photo credit: U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees)

Exclusive: For decades, Israel and its Arab neighbors fought wars rather than make the difficult compromises that peace would require. However, over the past decade, Israel’s security perimeter has expanded, now reaching nearly 1,000 miles to Iran and entangling the…

On American ‘Exceptionalism’

Banner for Mitt Romney's foreign policy white paper, An American Century

American politicians forever talk about the nation’s “exceptionalism,” a special greatness that sets the U.S.A. apart from all others. But this jingoism requires whitewashing much of U.S. history and ignoring much of the present, too, says Lawrence Davidson.

Confusion Over the First Amendment

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri

Exclusive: The Blunt Amendment went down to a narrow defeat in the Senate on Thursday, but its contention that employers must be allowed to impose their religious beliefs on the medical insurance choices of their employees will remain a hot…

Where Romney/Paul Money Trails Cross

One of Ron Paul's official "coalitions" is with the Latter Day Saints, popularly known as the Mormons

The political press corps has puzzled over the strange “bromance” between Republican presidential rivals Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, with all sorts of speculation about why Paul has gone so soft on Romney. However, Mark Ames suggests that perhaps a…