The Red Center: Not a Figment of the Imagination

In the most recent episode of Hulu's the Handmaid's Tale, we get perhaps the most disturbing glimpse yet of the Red Center. In it, one of the Marthas uses an electric shock prod on Offred as she berates the assembled women to humble themselves before God. As I watched, I wondered for the umpteenth time how anyone could believe engaging in such violence and humiliation could be right or good---or godly. And then it occurred to me. This already happens, right here in the U.S.I know these … [Read more...]


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Why Ken Ham’s Rhetoric on Race Is Counterproductive

Before we go on and dig further into this issue, I want to note that renowned creationist Ken Ham hit the blogosphere recently with this tweet:Text of tweet: I'm not a white person & there are no black people.Using terms like 'white' & 'black' promotes division, racism & prejudice--all are brown This feels like another version of the "I don't see color" statement. Proclaiming that color doesn't exist doesn't change the fact that people are treated differently based on their co … [Read more...]


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How an Article from an Obscure Theological Debate Resurfaced in Last Week’s Senate Hearings

Last week Sen. Bernie Sanders repeatedly questioned Russell Vought, Trump's nominee for deputy director of the Office of Budget and Management, about his evangelical religious beliefs. Even the Atlantic deemed Sanders' line of questioning a "religious test for Christians in public office." I'm not going to argue with that. Sanders did not make clear why his line of questioning was relevant to the duties Vought would be expected to perform.There are certainly times when a nominee's religious b … [Read more...]


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Kevin Swanson and Commander Fred

As reported on RightWingWatch: Radical anti-LGBTQ pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson warned last week that the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a propaganda effort designed to condition Americans to carry out a genocide against conservative Christians. Yes, really. “It’s a shocking story and meant for the persecution of Christians,” Swanson said on his radio program. “They create a gigantic caricature of a biblical Christian and then they turn them into rapists, so this kind of thing is p … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals Who Link Evolution and Racism Forget Christianity Was Used to Defend Slavery and Segregation

David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution believes he knows why Richard Collins III was murdered on the University of Maryland's campus in May: “Evolution is also the basis of racism, [and] many assert that racism played a role in the motivation for this murder,” Whitney said. “You see, evolution is essentially racist. So where did Sean Urbanski learn racism? He learned it in his classes on evolution at the local public high school that his parents sent him to and his parents funded tha … [Read more...]


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Why Do So Many Evangelicals Oppose Efforts to Combat Climate Change?

Conservative author Erik Erikson recently tweeted the following:Text: I worship Jesus, not Mother Earth. He calls us all to be good stewards of the planet, but doesn't mean I have to care about global warming.I have rarely seen someone come this close---and yet remain so far.Evangelicals overwhelmingly resist efforts to combat climate change---despite the fact that there are multiple Bible passages that seem to support such efforts, including the one referenced above by Erikson. A … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals: “Moral Relativism Is Dead”

"Moral Relativism Is Dead," declared Ted Olson in Christianity Today last March:Elvis. Tupac. The ivory-billed woodpecker. Sometimes it’s hard to let go and acknowledge when a celebrity or a species has left us. Christians find it particularly hard to come to terms with the passing of the “moral relativist.” Yes, there is the occasional reported sighting in the local university’s philosophy wing or at the late-night dorm room’s impromptu debate club. But compared to this creature’s former ran … [Read more...]


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