For all of the rhetoric about Christianity being under attack in this country, oftentimes it feels no one does a better job of hurting Christianity than the people who call themselves Christians. Especially after a national tragedy.
Americans are in a war that pits the politically correct against Christmas carolers, some say. They say it's a battle that plays out in the halls of Congress, retail stores and public schools across the country, and it's one that's been raging for years.
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour has broadcast from some of the world's most challenging locations. Here, we bring together links to her documentaries and exclusive web-only footage.
In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the "moral values voters" in America, and of being the party of secularists who were hostile to faith and religion.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell is dead at 73. Ron Godwin, executive vice president of Falwell's Liberty University, said Falwell had "a history of heart challenges" and was found unresponsive Tuesday at the university.
You want irony? This week's CBS News poll reported Congress' approval rating at a dismal 29 percent, the lowest recorded number since 1996, right after that Republican Congress, in a showdown with Democratic president Bill Clinton, followed the unwise leadership of Speaker Newt Gingrich and shut down the government.
There is a long-standing Hollywood fantasy about how to succeed in American politics. From Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Bulworth, the story is the same: the hero is liberated when he breaks free from political convention and starts speaking from the heart. In the old days, Mr. Smith fought political bosses. Nowadays the bosses are political consultants. Senator Bulworth?in Warren Beatty's 1998 film?is liberated after deciding to commit suicide while watching his re-election ads.
In early 1993, Washington Post reporter Michael Weisskopf wrote a front-page story that characterized the followers of conservative church leaders Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as being " largely poor, uneducated and easy to command." Both Weisskopf and the Post were rightly criticized for publishing that unfair, offensive smear, especially by conservatives who introduced the Post quote as Exhibit A to prove that the liberal, secular press was full of elitists who mocked church-goers.
Last Friday morning, it was The Tick Tock Diner, a 24-hour restaurant serving pancakes and corned beef hash at the corner of 34th Street and 8th Avenue, a block from Madison Square Garden, site of the Republican National Convention.
Calling language in the Republican Party's platform "vicious and mean-spirited," a group of gay and lesbian Republicans launched a television ad Monday aimed at challenging national convention delegates to change the party's direction.