Sarah Posner invites guests from across the ideological spectrum to discuss breaking news and three-alarm issues at the intersection of politics and religion.
On the Posner Show, Sarah and Sarah Pulliam Bailey discuss the Kony 2012 video and what it means for philanthropy and social media. How do evangelical women view Rush Limbaugh and the contraception coverage debate? Will they see it as a war on religion or a war on women? Pulliam Bailey predicts issues surrounding abortion and contraception will play a big role in the elections this fall—could this benefit the Democrats? Plus: Would Romney solve his problems with evangelicals by being more human?
On The Posner Show, Sarah and Sarah discuss the ad placed in the New York Times by the Emergency Committee for Israel claiming that prominent liberal think tanks are “anti-Israel.” There has been an effort on the right to discredit these liberal organizations and by extension Obama and the Democratic Party. But what else does the conflict say about the state of discussion among American Jews about Israel—and the controversial term “Israel firster”? Is rational debate about these issues on Twitter impossible? Plus: Wildman’s recent piece about the web magazine 972, and whether it is changing the face of the Israeli left.
On The Posner Show, Sarah speaks with Sean Faircloth, author of the new book Attack of the Theocrats. They discuss why the separation of church and state makes Rick Santorum want to throw up, whether the Democrats are blowing it by saying the contraception “controversy” is about women’s health without addressing religious freedom head on, and how so many religious exemptions get written into laws. Plus: Should Mitt Romney be asked about his underwear?
On The Posner Show, Sarah asks political reporter Emily Belz: what was Darrell Issa thinking? While many political observers look at the GOP’s anti-contraception crusade as an electoral loser, Christian conservatives see their “religious liberty” framing as a long game, mapped out in the Manhattan Declaration, that will play out well beyond 2012. In the GOP primary, though, it seems to be helping Rick Santorum. Is his surge explained by evangelicals who buy Mike Huckabee’s “we are all Catholics now?” Plus: what Santorum means when he talks about spiritual warfare.
On the first episode of The Posner Show, Sarah Posner and Sarah Wildman discuss how framing Iran’s nuclear ambitions as an existential threat assists fundamentalists, both Jewish and Christian. They also worry that the Republican presidential hopefuls rely more on myth than fact when discussing Middle East policy. How has casino magnate Sheldon Adelson so effectively shaped public opinion both in the US and Israel? And Newt Gingrich trivia: he narrowly averted an intifada, and took evangelizing lessons from a Messianic Jew.