The United States Is Not a Special Snowflake

I recently came upon an article in The American Thinker, written Steve McCann and titled "The Left Has Won." The entire article is surreal. To those actually on the Left, it's almost laughable---to say that the Left "has won," in a country without universal healthcare or equal rights for LGBTQ people, is the ultimate absurdity. But I want to zero in on one specific bit of the article---a piece that points to some serious problems with the ways conservative view our country and its place in h … [Read more...]


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Do Progressives Hate American History?

Progressives are not patriotic. Conservatives are patriotic---they celebrate our nation's history and heritage---while progressives hate our country, our history, and what the United States as a nation stands for. Or at least, so goes the narrative. On days like today---the Fourth of July---my mind is brought back to this narrative, which often pivots on disagreements about what actually happened in our history and what our heritage actually is. In reality, progressives and conservatives simply h … [Read more...]


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Making Bigotry Sound Beneficial: A Longstanding Tradition

Have you noticed how much the rhetoric has shifted vis a vis gay people over the past several decades? Yes, there are some conservative evangelicals (and others) who still use language reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s, but for many more, opposition to gay marriage or other gay rights initiatives has been rephrased in different ways. It's all, "we love gay people, we just think children need a mother and a father." Or, "we have gay friends, we just don't think it's right to force a baker to … [Read more...]


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Why We Need the EPA

In an era when the only question at a Republican debate is how far the candidates will go in their talk of gutting the Environmental Protection Agency---Trump has proposed eliminating it altogether---it may be worth taking some time to look back at the state of our environment before the creation of said agency. I'm going to look at specific products---namely, DDT and lead---and then turn to the quality of our air and water. I suspect that many of us today are less informed than we should be a … [Read more...]


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Puncturing Declension Narratives

Last week Homeschoolers Anonymous posted this photo, "an actual graph Reb Bradley created for his mental health curriculum." You can see it here: So you know what's strange? A lot of Protestants argue that before the Protestant Reformation, most people were duped by the Catholic Church into believing they could work their way to heaven. These individuals weren't really saved and weren't really following the Bible, the argument goes, and the priests and monks---the ones who did read the Bi … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Christianity and Syrian Refugees

Several months ago, while reading articles about the refugee crisis, I came upon a video from Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid organization working in Greece to help Syrian refugees off of their rafts as they land. I was especially struck by some lines near the end of the video. Start at the 5:10 marker.The text of this section is as follows: We are the first faces that they see when they land. Probably a lot of them have never even met a Christian. When they land on this beach, we're … [Read more...]


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Can We Talk about Those Faux Victorians?

By now you've probably heard about Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman, who've decided to live as though they are in the Victorian era. They've fitted their house out with original 1890s appliances and dress in clothing from the era---Sarah even wears a corset. I've been avoiding writing about them because they originally seemed to be outside my usual topic material, but with their recent comments on feminism and women's rights they've suddenly become very relevant. The quotes below, which I will comment … [Read more...]


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