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PEW RELIGION SURVEY IS SKEWED

By |2022-01-03T09:42:37-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The validity of a survey often turns on the precise wording of questions. Indeed, it is possible to construct two different sets of questions for the same respondents on the same subject and generate two different outcomes. For instance, if the goal is to show how tolerant liberals are of diversity in education, it makes sense [...]

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VP HARRIS CAMPAIGNS IN CHURCHES

By |2022-01-03T09:42:37-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Features|Tags: |

The IRS has guidelines that tax-exempt organizations must follow regarding electoral politics. While those who work in the non-profit sector may address the issues, they are forbidden from endorsing candidates for public office. No matter, Vice President Kamala Harris showed her contempt for these norms during the run-up to the November elections. She had videotaped a [...]

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CNN’S INANE STORY ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

By |2022-01-03T09:42:38-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Halloween is a time when children dress up as monsters and witches. It's also a time when some adults get dressed up, but, unlike the children, they actually think they've adopted a new identity. To wit: CNN did a story about German Catholic women who dress up as priests and sincerely believe they've become members of [...]

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THE REAL ORIGINS OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT

By |2022-01-03T09:42:38-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: Catalyst, Front Page|Tags: |

Randall Balmer is a Dartmouth professor who maintains that the origins of the conservative evangelical-Catholic alliance, or what he prefers to call "the religious right," are rooted in racism. A liberal evangelical himself, he has written about this story many times, and recounts it again in his new book, Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of [...]

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