- And then there were four. This week, both Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry withdrew from the Republican primary. This leaves us in the very interesting position of, barring a miracle victory by Ron Paul, ending up with either a Catholic or a Mormon as the Republican presidential candidate for 2012.
- In case you missed it last week, the Pew Forum has a good breakdown of how the vote broke down by religion in New Hampshire, and compares this year’s results with the 2008 stats.
- Mitt Romney’s religion actually matters less now than it did in 2008, according to Serge F. Kovaleski of the New York Times.
- Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches criticizes Newt Gingrich’s “hyper-religiosity” as empty and hollow, noting his failure to invoke religion when speaking about race and justice to a black church on the day before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
- According to Mitt[ens] himself, a person of any faith can be the president of Americans of all faiths. Hear, hear!
- This article isn’t directly related to the primary per se, but speaks to a major theme in the political rhetoric of the religious right: “majority victimhood.” Candace Chellew-Hodge of Religion Dispatches eloquently discusses the phenomenon of those who claim to be victims of religious discrimination when called out on their discrimination against queer folks.
- The Pope recently issued the latest repetitive and hypocritical warning about how “radical secularism” is undermining religious freedom in the United States by preventing religious people and institutions from…um…undermining religious freedom. I’m shaking in my pluralistic boots.
- A couple of weeks ago, we saw the formation of the first-ever National Atheist Party! I’ll bring the Christian baby blood if you bring the communion wafers for desecrating! Because that’s what atheists do at parties, right?