At Religion Dispatches, Sarah Posner dismisses the possibility that, with Sarah Palin as its leader, the Christian right could become a women’s movement
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This month’s Commentary features a provocative piece (click on the link and scroll down) by Jennifer Rubin on Jewish reactions to Sarah Palin.
Franklin Graham and Frank Schaeffer are outspoken sons of famous evangelical leaders. President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the former is a supporter of Sarah Palin and generally regarded as more conservative than his dad. A convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the latter is one of Palin’s most vocal critics and dramatically more liberal than his late father, the Calvinist apologist Francis Schaeffer.
In the wake of the presidential election, who now speaks for American evangelicals?
Clifford Geertz said it first (riffing on Ryle): the difference between twitches and winks could only be accomplished by “sorting out the structures of signification” through “thick” descriptions. So there she is, winking at all of us, giving a “shout out” to third graders (no spousal dap that could be misconstrued as a “terrorist fist jab”). What, then, is the “speck of behavior” and “fleck of culture” that gives rise to Governor Palin’s winks? And what “webs of significance” have academics made from the lines spooled out in this nasty season, from the often moribund dyad “religion and politics”? [...]
Long before field dressing moose and shooting wolves from helicopters became part of American political parlance, a United States senator with White House ambitions sat down in his Washington D.C. office with the most powerful pentecostal woman in the country. The nation was facing an unprecedented economic crisis and tremendous social unrest. The senator probably hoped that the pentecostal maverick might strengthen his ticket by helping him win votes in the west and among women. The senator was not John McCain and the woman was not Sarah Palin.[...]
Does a candidate’s faith matter? That seems to be one of the more pressing questions being asked in opinion pieces and on blogs these last few weeks. Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s evangelicalism has raised eyebrows on the left and hopes on the right. [...]
Lost in the discussion of Sarah Palin’s religion is an appreciation for the diversity of American Pentecostalism, past and present.
Sarah Palin’s popularity and notoriety has many sources, but one source of her Red America popularity has not been sufficiently well understood in the last three weeks: Her pro-family ideals and the more complicated realities of her family life make it easy for many working-class whites—especially evangelical Protestants—to identify with her.