March 24, 2012 |
For much of a Saturday afternoon with perfect warm and breezy voting weather, the poll workers in the gym at T.H. Harris Middle School had the place to themselves. No more than several voters were in the booths at one time and for long stretches there were none in this suburb on Lake Pontchartrain west of New Orleans. Nine Republicans were listed on the presidential primary ballot, including Charles "Buddy" Roemer, a former Louisiana governor who has instead opted to run as a third-party candidate, but for voters interviewed on their way out, only the last two mattered: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
December 22, 2011 |
As the Christmas holiday approaches, Republican presidential candidates are putting a warm and fuzzy spin on their campaign ads, breaking out wives and children to attest to their faith and personal character. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul talks about his father's “commitment to faith, family and our constitution,” while Ann Romney implores voters to “look at how they've lived their life” - a not-so-veiled reference to rival Newt Gingrich, who is on his third marriage and has a history of infidelity.
December 1, 2006
Re "Religion rebounds at YMCA," Column One, Nov. 24 I was disappointed that The Times posed the problem as the YMCA needing to decide whether it is a Christian organization or a secular gym. My involvement with the Westside YMCA over the years has shown me that it is far more than a secular gym. It has been a community of shared values that has contributed much to my family. Had they not been secular values, my Jewish family would not have been able to participate. Now a group of evangelicals wants to substitute a narrow set of exclusive values, focused on a narrow interpretation of salvation that would exclude not only my family but many of those who identify themselves as Christians who do not share evangelical beliefs.
November 24, 2006
Re "The sermon that provoked the IRS," Nov. 18 Thank you for printing the sermon that got All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, ostensibly for endorsing a presidential candidate. In reading the Rev. George Regas' words, he seems to only marginally prefer John Kerry over George Bush; he in fact scolds both for not rising above the arguments about how to manage the Iraq war, to the urgent question of the immorality of war. What a relief to hear that war is wrong and especially to be reminded that it is not only Americans who are dying in this war. Bravo to All Saints for speaking out and upholding moral and truly Christian values.
September 24, 2006 |
Wading into the Jordan River, the pastor blessed his flock, tapping the believers on the head before sending them into the hallowed waters to be baptized. The faithful wet their faces and arms, shouting "amen" and "hallelujah" after each baptism -- unaware that just downstream, raw sewage was flowing into the water. That's the split personality of one of the world's most sacred rivers. Small sections of the Jordan's upper portion, near the Sea of Galilee, have been kept pristine for baptisms.
July 21, 2006
Re "Reed Loses GOP Bid in Georgia," July 19 Ralph Reed made a good living mobilizing the Christian right, ostensibly to bring "Christian values" into the political arena. His bread and butter were knee-jerk issues like stem cell research and abortion and hammering away at godless liberal Democrats. Apparently, however, he threw in with convicted fraud artist Jack Abramoff to grab $5.3 million from some Indian tribes in an effort to keep lucrative gambling spoils from other tribes. Lo and behold, what did Reed discover?