March 24, 2008
Re " 'Old Hickory's' slaves," Opinion, March 21 Can we say that President Andrew Jackson was wrong to intentionally enslave people? Can we say that Osama bin Laden is wrong to intentionally kill people? Yes, they are both wrong. Ethical thinking is evolving toward moral truths, and much of humanity has outgrown the barbarisms of slavery and murder. Carl Byker is correct to say that we need to "figure out who we want to be in the future," but that does not absolve Jackson of his moral failings.
March 17, 2008 |
Strategists for the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton exchanged calculated barbs Sunday over accountability and ethics and who was engaging in personal attacks.
May 10, 2011 |
Outrage alert: Some conservatives have a beef with Michelle Obama’s invitation to a rapper who once called for the “burn”-ing of George W. Bush to perform this week at White House event. Hip-hop artist Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., a Chicago native who goes by the name Common, will be part of a poetry program Wednesday night. President Obama is expected to attend. The Daily Caller, a conservative news site launched by Tucker Carlson, has helped spearhead the controversy over the rapper.
July 15, 2011 |
Taking a page from President Obama's political playbook, Michele Bachmann has formally left a church in Minnesota accused of holding anti-Catholic views. According to CNN , the church that Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus had attended for more than a decade, Salem Lutheran in Stillwater, Minn., granted the couple's request to be released from their membership last month, a week after Bachmann told a national audience that she would run for the Republican presidential nomination.
July 31, 2012 |
President Obama has taken plenty of heat in conservative Christian circles for a remark he made in 2006 in which he said that that United States was no longer “just” a Christian nation, but was religiously diverse. Now, it turns out, he has allies for that view: evangelical Christian leaders. In a statement issued Tuesday , the National Assn. of Evangelicals said that when it surveyed selected evangelical leaders about whether the United States was a Christian nation, 68% said no. “Much of the world refers to America as a Christian nation, but most of our Christian leaders don't think so,” said Leith Anderson, the association's president.
May 8, 2008 |
Of the Democratic presidential candidates, would Republican John McCain rather take on Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? "You know, Ron Paul is still in the race," McCain joked Wednesday during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." McCain deadpanned about the marathon race between the Democrats: "I hate to watch it. It's terrible. My heart goes out to them." During the taping, McCain pretended to walk off the set when Stewart pressed him on whether President Bush is more of a liability for him than the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. is for Obama.
June 7, 2012
Re "Religion shifts to the back burner," June 4 It's probably not altruism that prompts Mitt Romney to rein in conservatives' criticism of President Obama for his past association with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Perhaps Romney wants to forestall focus on his own Mormon faith. Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its president and members of the Quorum of the Twelve are all white males because of the church's historical discrimination. Romney asserts but does not define values that Mormonism purportedly has in common with other faiths.
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April 2, 2013 |
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama “to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.” The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
October 18, 2012 |
There's been a lot of talk about where faith-based groups stand on the issues and the candidates in the presidential campaign, but not so much about the faithless. Now the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group for atheists, has issued a report card on the candidates that knocks both major party candidates for injecting religion into politics, but expresses a clear preference for President Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Romney gets a grade of F overall for stated positions that advocate a lowering of the wall between church and state and that suggest his Mormon faith plays a strong role in his political decision-making.