Jimmy Carter & Liberal Protestantism

by (@markdtooley) January 25, 2014

Recently United Church of Christ theologian and former seminary president Susan Thistlethwaite, responding to John McCain’s comments about Jimmy Carter, hyperbolically tweeted: “Wrong, Senator. Carter one of best US presidents & best Ex President ever.” It’s rare to see Carter and “one of best US presidents” in same sentence. More common is to politely commend […]

Godfather II, New Years, the Shah, Emancipation & Redeeming Time

by (@markdtooley) January 1, 2014

One of the best New Year’s Eve parties ever is the Godfather II scene when Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista announces to a ballroom of celebrants that he’s resigning as Fidel Castro approaches Havana. Even before the announcement concludes the panicked revelers in their evening clothing and costumes are streaming out the presidential palace doors into […]

Jimmy Carter, “Progressive” Evangelicals, and the Religious Right

by (@ChelsenVicari) October 27, 2013

Pepperdine University’s Washington, DC program honored the late U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon) in a Senate conference room on October 22 with speaker Randall Balmer, historian of evangelicals, Episcopal priest and Chairman of Dartmouth College’s Religion Department. Balmer’s lecture examined the history of evangelicalism’s — both liberal and conservative — effect on former President Jimmy […]

Celebrating Hugo Chavez’s Death?

by (@markdtooley) March 7, 2013

Jonathan Merritt, the sometimes liberal Baptist columnist, has written with concern about celebrants of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez’s death. He cites a few lesser known Christians who tweeted quips about Chavez and his eternal destiny. Merritt’s points, from the standpoint of God’s holy standards, are not wholly illegitimate. Although in our current age of irony, […]

“Argo” Recalls Dark Days

by (@TheIRD) November 30, 2012

By Mark Tooley “Argo,” the movie, features Ben Affleck as the CIA “exfiltrator” who sneaks U.S. embassy personnel out of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran under the guise of a Canadian science fiction movie production crew. The six Americans had escaped the U.S. embassy compound in Tehran as it was overrun by radical protesters ultimately supported […]

President Carter’s Mixed Feelings on Religion and Health

by (@TheIRD) November 14, 2012

By Matthew Tuininga There is no denying that President Jimmy Carter has spent the years following his presidency admirably. A vocal advocate for human rights who is not afraid to criticize the foreign policy or military efforts of his heirs in the White House – whether Republican or Democrat – Carter has put his time […]

Jimmy Carter Convenes Liberal Baptists

by (@JeffreyHWalton) November 18, 2011

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter addresses a nearly empty room in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: IRD)   Declaring that “The powerful people who control government have to be reminded from the bottom that things need to change,” Former President Jimmy Carter recited a laundry list of liberal political concerns during an interview Friday before a […]

Carter’s Crusade: Turning Christians against Israel

by (@markdtooley) August 11, 2009

The following article originally appeared on the Weekly Standard website, and is reproduced with permission. In May, the Carter Center in Atlanta, with patron Jimmy Carter presiding, hosted liberal religious officials to talk about the Middle East, releasing a statement effectively calling for a more neutral U.S. stance towards Israel. In June, in between meeting with […]

Israel Compared to Apartheid South Africa

by (@JeffreyHWalton) November 5, 2007

Meeting October 26-27 at Old South Church in Boston, the Friends of Sabeel North America held their annual conference. Their theme, “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel: Issues of Justice and Equality,” reflected a strategy by pro-Palestinian activists to compare the democratic state of Israel to the white-ruled South Africa of the 1980s. (The strategy received […]