Weekly roundup: BU experts on Obama & gay marriage, Massachusetts Senate race

May 11th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the road to power:

Obama and gay marriage: The Golden Rule rules (USA Today): “Given today’s religiously diverse context, this way of thinking about religion and spirituality provides a handy bridge across religious differences.” Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology

My Take: On gay marriage, Obama, Billy Graham, and a tale of 2 Christianities (CNN.Com “Belief Blog”): “Not so long ago and not so far away, the culture wars stuck to a simple script. On questions such as abortion, the Republicans would denounce the Democrats for preaching a “secular agenda. The Democrats would denounce the GOP for injecting religion into politics. Then, because the overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God, the Republicans would usually win. Things today are more confusing, and more interesting.” Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

Will evolution on gay marriage help or hurt Obama? (PoliticoArena): “This announcement came way too late to be seen as an act of moral courage.” Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

Bad week may haunt Warren (Boston Globe): “Brown is having a field day, and she is not responding effectively. She is just flailing around.’’ Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Elizabeth Warren’s presidential push (Boston Herald): “Obama needs every Senate seat he can get, and if they can get Massachusetts back into the Democratic column, all the better. If he can make a difference, I think he’ll be there.” Tom Whalen

Week of blows and bruises (Lowell Sun): “The Warren campaign underestimated the power this could have as a story with average citizens in Massachusetts. The cockamamie story about she wanting to connect with other people like her at Harvard is ludicrous.” Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Warren-Brown pledge keeps attack ads at bay (NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday”): “The tap dance is certainly who is squeakier cleaner. They’re both showing they are sort of model citizens, and both campaigns are being very cautious, because no one wants to be seen as the bad guy in the race.” Tobe Berkovitz

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