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  • Evangelicals leaning liberal?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 2, 2007 | 1:45 am

    Among American evangelicals, 42 percent say school boards should be able to fire gay teachers. Two in five might seem like a heavy ratio, but compare that to the percent of evangelicals who answered yes in 1987, the height of the Religious Right:

    73 percent

    Are conservative Christians losing their edge? Rediscovering themselves? Learning costly legal lessons? Certainly, each one of those possibilities could be convincingly argued or refuted with some discriminate Googling. The comment board awaits.

    (H/T: Dallas Morning News)

  • A Christian toast to Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 25, 2007 | 10:10 pm

    They poured into the Beverly Hilton like young politicos at a national convention, in awe at the feet of religious icons and ready to go forth from the Jerusalem Prayer Banquet to promote the gospel of God’s love for Israel.

    Talking last Thursday about God’s chosen people,...

  • Gingrich to Liberty grads: beware ‘radical secularism’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 20, 2007 | 3:34 pm


    Delivering the commencement at the conservative university founded by fundamentalist Christian Jerry Falwell only four days after the reverend’s death, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich encouraged the young graduates to confront “the growing culture of radical secularism” with...

  • Falwell for Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 17, 2007 | 12:19 pm

    That’s what Zev Chafets had to say about the late Rev. Jerry in an op-ed that read like an appreciation in yesterday’s LA Times:

    He believed that God had a plan for the United States and that its enemies were evil. He referred to Muslim radicals as “barbarians” and advocated taking...

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  • Evangelical vote up for grabs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 16, 2007 | 6:43 pm

    Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR’s resident religion reporter, had a wonderful piece on the air this afternoon that began with the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s death, transitioned into his ruminations that the green movement was “Satan’s attempt to redirect the church’s primary focus,” and then...

  • Talk about interfaith marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 15, 2007 | 6:15 pm

    The St. Petersburg Times has this story last week. Just read the lede, which paints a more powerful portrait than my words could:

    ST. PETERSBURG—On Sundays after church, Tom and Libit Jones head to the beach. Together, they scout for seashell treasures: cat’s paws and worms.

    Hand in...

  • More than abortion and gays

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 13, 2007 | 8:38 pm


    Evangelical phenom Rick Warren made a refreshing statement yesterday at a three-day summit in the heart of Religious Right activism, Colorado Springs, Colo. Via the LA Times:

    “We’ve got some people who only focus on moral purity and couldn’t care less about the poor, the sick, the...

  • The media’s Mormon problem

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 11, 2007 | 12:42 pm


    This is getting really old. Mitt Romney is a legitimate candidate for the Republican presidential ticket. A conservative governor of one of the most liberal states in the union, maybe he could rebuild some of those political bridges burnt and blown up during the past six years. But...

  • Democrats get religion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 7, 2007 | 11:22 pm

    This is why I tell my friends I don’t vote for political candidates based on their religious beliefs: Politicians are shapeshifters who say what you want to hear. So Sunday’s story in the Chicago Tribune—“Democrats find religion on the campaign trail”—came as no surprise. Three years...

  • Christians and Jews together on Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 3, 2007 | 3:02 pm

    The Forward has a biting piece tomorrow about the newfound friendship between “John Hagee, the firebrand evangelical Christian minister from San Antonio, Texas,” who stole the show at Aipac’s convention in March, and a growing number of Jewish federations:

    “If you search...

  • America’s next top rabbi

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 28, 2007 | 5:59 pm

                       

    Hier.jpgTwo years ago, Time magazine published this list of America’s top evangelicals. Newsweek, in its April 2 issue, online now, has decided to rank the nation’s top 50 rabbis.

    Not surprisingly, Angelenos and New Yorkers dominate the list. Top honors go...

  • The Rev. Al’s big gay comments

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 21, 2007 | 5:44 pm

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    Is homosexuality hereditary?

    Since the early ‘90s, some medical research has answered “Yes.” Conversely, conservative members of the Abrahamic religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity – have argued against a biological basis for sexuality: If man is created in...

  • Local minister, dressed as High Priest, stages Yom Kippur service for evangelicals

    By Sarah Price Brown

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday morning, while Jews are preparing for Kol Nidre, a group of Christians in Simi Valley will be participating in a Yom Kippur service of their own.
     
    For the fifth year in a row, Kevin Dieckilman, senior pastor of the evangelical Simi Hills Christian Church, will lead a High...
  • Local Christian Leaders Maintain Support for Israel

    By Marc Ballon

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the face of recent international criticism of Israel's war tactics, American Christians, especially Evangelicals, have remained steadfast in support of Jews and the Jewish state. Whereas vicious anti-Zionist attacks in much of Europe and the Arab world have lately bled into...
  • Evangelicals Slate Pro-Israel Lobbying

    By Tom Tugend

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some 2,000 extremely pro-Israel community and religious leaders will meet in Washington on July 19, fan out across Capitol Hill and, in effect, tell their legislators: If you want our political backing, you must support the Jewish state -- no ifs or buts.

    There won't be a single Jew...

  • ADL Stokes Fear as Ploy to Raise Funds

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Devoted to fighting anti-Jewish bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is America's most influential Jewish group. So what are we to make of the weird air of unreality in the ADL's public statements about Christians?

    Consider the recent address by Abraham Foxman, the ADL's...

  • Briefs

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Bielski Wins WZO Chairmanship

    Zeev Bielski, the mayor of Ra'anana, was unanimously elected chairman of the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Bielski was elected by the Zionist General Council last Friday after World Likud withdrew its candidate, former Israeli Minister for Diaspora...

  • AIPAC Will Focus on Policy at Gathering

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the massive Washington Convention Center, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be talking about the Gaza Strip withdrawal and the Iranian nuclear threat.

    However, in the hallways and the social gatherings of the American Israel...

  • My Evangelist

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A vocal and influential group is pushing for an evangelical Christian hegemony in American life, and I, for one, have absolutely no problem with that idea. That's right, bring on the evangelicals -- as long as they are all like Jim Wallis.

    If you don't know Jim Wallis, you'll have...

  • A Question of Morality

    By H. David Nahai

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We have been bombarded with the phrase "moral values" ever since it was announced that 22 percent of voters cited it as the single

    most important consideration in the 2004 election. Not Iraq, not terrorism, not the economy.

    Moral values. It is also reported that 23 percent of...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Causing Harm

    Rabbi David Rue, the head of an Orthodox beit din, admits that of the 1,500 people who contacted the beit din last year because they were interested in becoming Jewish, he or the beit din managed to discourage more than 95 percent. This is a shondah and should be...

  • Should Jews Oppose Evangelical Help?

    By James D. Besser

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Israel this week, televangelist Pat Robertson inveighed against giving territory to the Palestinians, claiming that the goal of Islam is to "destroy Israel and take the land from the Jews and give East Jerusalem to Yasser Arafat. I see that as Satan's plan to prevent the return of...

  • Should Jews Oppose Evangelical Help?

    By James D. Besser

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Israel this week, televangelist Pat Robertson inveighed against giving territory to the Palestinians, claiming that the goal of Islam is to "destroy Israel and take the land from the Jews and give East Jerusalem to Yasser Arafat. I see that as Satan's plan to prevent the return of...

  • A Quick Trip to Evangelical ‘Hell’

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Born-again Christian youth pastor Shari Putney is standing at the top of a stairway outside a theater in Hollywood presiding over a group of young adults, decked out in a sequined, pale-blue mother-of-the-bride dress and a huge diamond cross. Clearly subscribing to the theory that...

  • Evangelicals Back Israel at RNC

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Well, umm, it's interesting," Air America radio talk show star Al Franken opined on the future of the growing coalition between Jews and evangelical Christians who support Israel.

    We're at the Republican National Convention, walking across the overhead bridge linking Madison Square...

  • Educators Tackle Evangelical Passion

    By Adam Wills

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Neal didn't expect to get his nose broken when he tried to opt out of attending a production of "Godspell."

    Held at Bakersfield's Centennial High School in spring 2003, attendance for the musical -- based on the life of Jesus -- was mandatory, and David, a rabbi's son, was...

  • Evangelicals Are Not Our ‘Natural Allies’

    By Arlene Stein

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, a few moderate American Jewish leaders tried to allay Jewish fears that the Christian right was a threat.

    American Jews had it wrong, they said -- former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, the Rev. Pat Robertson and their ilk really were quite nice, even...

  • We Should Not Reject Evangelical Alliance

    By Abraham H. Foxman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The lesson to be learned from recent differences between many American Jews and conservative Christians -- on Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," and on equal rights for gays -- is not to walk away from relationships with evangelicals.

    It is not to reject evangelical...

  • Unorthodox Alliance

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The idea is supposed to make me tingle warmly: While I sit in my home here in Jerusalem enjoying

    the Friday evening calm, thousands of Christian Coalition supporters will be gathering at the Ellipse in Washington to proclaim solidarity with Israel. According to pre-rally PR, my prime...

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