understanding red state folks

BUT STEREOTYPES ARE SO FUN….Consumed with writing our next cover story (on a not-even-remotely-related-to-religion topic) these past few weeks, I decided that instead of weighing in on the whole “Are all liberals godless heathens and all conservatives intolerant Bible-thumpers” debate, I’d let it play out for a little while and then assemble my thoughts at some point. That point is not now. Fortunately, in the midst of a lot of nonsense about moral issues and values flying around right now, there are a few thoughtful pieces worth reading. Over at Beliefnet, Steve Waldman eschews the stereotyping that is so popular and presents instead the ten ideas about liberals and conservatives that are true. Elsewhere on the same site, David Domke argues that a new religious coalition contributed to Bush’s victory. I’m withholding judgment about whether David’s right until I’ve had a chance to crunch the numbers for myself, but his theory is worth a look.

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Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.