Could Republicans Be Alienating Their Base With Refugee Ban Comments?

It wasn’t all that surprising when Republican Presidential candidates took advantage of the Paris attacks to try to shore up their national security credentials. In theory, it wasn’t a terrible plan, strategically speaking. After all, their base actually believed Trump when he said undocumented immigrants from Mexico included many rapists and drug dealers. Xenophobia is sort of their thing.

But it seems that even their conservative base has its limits. While Republicans bank on the fact that they’ll get the evangelical vote, some Christian leaders see that vote as uncertain now.

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Satanic Temple Chapter Offers to Help Muslims Who Fear Backlash

One day, parents will tell their children to bring home a nice Satanist.



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Roanoke Mayor’s Endorsement of Japanese Internment is the Canary in the Coal Mine

We already knew that many Republicans were unabashedly displaying their xenophobic, bigoted worldview in the wake of the Paris attacks and the face of a burgeoning refugee crisis. But perhaps the most unbelievable comment about the situation came not from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz or their brethren, but a Virginia Democrat.

Yesterday, Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, Virginia issued a public statement that set the Internet aflame. See if you can catch the passage that set everyone off:



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What Should Christians Offer ISIS — Hugs or Hand Grenades? A Tale of Two Christians

What to do about the so-called Islamic State? Post-Paris, blogger Bill Blankschaen says he knows. “ISIS needs the gospel — and a good bombing,” he writes at Faith Walkers.

[T]o those who shed man’s blood — or who plot to do so — justice demands we bomb them into oblivion.

We should pray that God destroy them, either through a miraculous encounter with the gospel (our first hope) or through a rendezvous with airborne ordnance — whatever it takes to preserve life.

Love sometimes requires both a hug and a hand grenade.

That’s abhorrent to peacemaker Benjamin Corey (disclosure: he’s a good friend of mine) at Formerly Fundie, who has a post up today titled “To Start Thinking Like Christians, We Need To Stop Thinking Like Americans.”

The Kingdom of God is not concerned with building walls, but tearing them down.

The Kingdom of God is not concerned with having more, but giving more.

The Kingdom of God says, “Refugees? That’s why we exist — we’d love to help.”



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California Supreme Court Says Judges Can Once Again Join Boy Scouts, Despite Ban on Atheists

Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court formally took a stand against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay adult leaders by saying that state court judges could not participate in the organization. Anyone who did faced removal from the bench.

Now that the BSA has reversed its stance, the Court’s Ethics Advisory Committee has reversed its position.

But there’s still a problem.

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