Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a contributing writer at TIME magazine, and author of the book The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap (Scribner, 2008). A Michigan native, she holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard Divinity School. She writes about religion and politics for TIME, but no longer answers to the name "Bible Girl."

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Republicans Elect Steele

The Maryland Republican is the new chair of the RNC after six rounds of balloting. His initial reaction: “This is awesome.”

UPDATE: Change the GOP can believe in? From Steele’s acceptance speech, going on now: “For those of you who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.”

The Family Planning Fracas

There’s been a lot of huffing and puffing this week about a provision to expand access to Medicaid-covered family planning services. First it was Republicans, who grew faint at the idea of voting for a stimulus package that contained such a provision (not that they rushed to vote for it without the provision). Then it was Democrats, who …

Obama Surprises the Culture Warriors

Today is January 22–also known as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade or the March for Life Day, depending on your ideological tilt. Which must mean it’s the day the incoming president signs an executive order dealing with the Mexico City policy, a ban on federal money to NGOs that provide abortions abroad, and does away with any goodwill …

Prayers for the New President

The president and vice-president, along with their wives and the Clintons, attended a national prayer service at the Washington Cathedral this morning. I know what you’re thinking–good Lord, enough with the religion already! Can’t we manage a strictly secular transfer of power in this country? Which is why I urge you to watch the

Abstinence Education?

I see from the Code Pink stickers slapped on countless jackets outside that the old Sixties slogan has been re-tooled for these more sexually responsible times: Make Out, Not War.


The city of Washington has mostly done a fantastic job accomodating at least a million visitors for the Inauguration, but what on earth were they thinking making people pay to ride the Metro today? Unlike many subway systems, riders have to insert tickets upon entering and exiting the system–a trial for visitors to figure out on a good …

The Zen of Obama, Part 2

One more thought that came from watching Obama at the Lincoln Memorial concert yesterday: A year ago, I was at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to see Obama speak. He was about to take the pulpit at Martin Luther King Jr’s old church, on the day before King’s birthday, and the whole experience seemed just a little too much for him. I …

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