religious right

  • 18 Apr 2014

    During Holy Week, the church remembers the final days of Jesus' life and ministry. But we often forget how he got the religious authorities so angry to begin with.

  • 28 Oct 2013

    In late September, retired senior US military officials were part of a delegation that went to Egypt on a visit organised by Virginia-based think tank the Westminster Institute (WI), returning to Washington DC to hail the Egyptian military's intervention and deny there had been a coup.

  • 15 Nov 2012

    The US Presidential election was a disaster for the religious right, which had again tied its faith to the partisan political agenda of the Republican Party, says Jim Wallis, CEO of the progressive evangelical Sojourners magazine and movement. Research into shifting populations and voting patterns shows why the religious right’s leaders will no longer be able to control or easily co-opt the meaning of the term “evangelical,” he argues. There is a new, diverse coalition for a new America emerging, and a changing evangelical demographic is a central part of that.

  • 6 Nov 2012

    A watchdog group has asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for political violations.

  • 6 Nov 2012

    As polls indicate that the tight US presidential race is heading Barack Obama's way, the Republican Party is being accused of using religious scare tactics.

  • 2 Nov 2012

    Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consistency in the faith community to hypocrisy, says Jim Wallis. One of the reasons the fastest growing demographic in religious affiliation surveys is now “none of the above” is that too many people see more religious hypocrisy than consistency. In this reflection, the CEO of of Sojourners in the USA argues that evangelicals, in particular, are apt to get their values in a muddle in the political arena, not least by ignoring or sidelining the huge biblical emphasis on concern for the poor and vulnerable as a criterion for looking at the impact of human endeavour.

  • 13 Oct 2012

    The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good in the USA is supporting a concerted response to manipulative New Right politics.

  • 22 Nov 2011

    Organisations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related advocacy in Washington DC have increased fivefold in the past four decades, says new research.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    What does the liquid insurgency of the Tea Party movement in the United States mean for political processes on both sides of the Atlantic? Simon Barrow compares and contrasts government, opposition and voter disaffiliation in the UK and the USA.

  • 24 Jun 2010

    Cheaply produced (if expensive to consume), Sarah Palin is a popular commodity whose religious saleability is evidenced by the merchandise generated around her, says Jeremy Biles. He compares and contrasts this phenomenon with that of the destroyed 'Touchdown Jesus' statue and asks what the iconography of faith says about actual belief.