If This Is What “Cool” Christianity Looks Like, Count Me Out

In the latest issue of GQ, reporter Taffy Brodesser-Akner interviews Carl Lentz, the Christian pastor with a reputation for being cool because, you know, he wears a leather jacket and skinny hipster jeans and hangs out with celebrities.

The premise of the piece seems to be: Religion is fading away, especially among younger people, but if there’s any hope for the church to connect with that generation, Lentz could be the guy to do it. So is it working?

But when Lentz speaks, you realize he’s just as awful as the older evangelical Christians who lost the culture wars:

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Colorado Middle School Conducts Bible Giveaway During Class

See if you can spot all the legal violations that occurred yesterday at Delta Middle School in Colorado.

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New Paper Shows How Creationist Legislation, Ironically, Evolves Over Time

In a paper that’s both clever and depressing, Nicholas Matzke writes in the journal Science about how minor legislation in one Louisiana town morphed into anti-evolution legislation in a couple of big states.

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Law-Breaking Mississippi School District’s New Board Member Says Church/State Separation is a Myth

I’ve said before that I’ve written more articles about the Rankin County School District in Mississippi than anywhere other school district in the country — never for good reasons. There were mandatory assemblies with Christian speakers. There was a pastor telling children to pray at an awards ceremony. There was the Christian hymn performed during a marching band’s halftime show.

This is a District where church/state separation isn’t even considered a suggestion, much less thought of as a law. And they’ve been fined multiple times because of that. In fact, for every violation from here on out, they owe the plaintiff $10,000.

So when you’re electing a new school board member, you want someone with a strong understanding of the situation.

You want someone who won’t make the same mistakes as the District leaders of the past.

You want someone who respects the law.

What you don’t want is the guy you just got: David Dyess:

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CNN’s Lisa Ling Explores The Satanic Temple

Earlier this week, CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling aired an episode all about The Satanic Temple. While the episode isn’t on CNN’s website yet, a copy of it emerged on YouTube. So check it out before it disappears:

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