A Fractured Church, Part 1

Fellow blogger Darcy recently wrote a post in which she chided her friends and family for their concern at her spiritual state because she's been reevaluating many of the core doctrines of Christianity. She assured her readers that just the fact that she believes the world is older than 6,000 years old does not mean that she no longer has a relationship with Jesus. And so on. This made me think once again about how extremely petty Christians can be. The sad thing is, it seems like, in an ideal … [Read more...]


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Founding father worship and gay marriage

Today I read this Romney quote on Blag Hag: "At the time the Constitution was written marriage was between a man and a woman and I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.” Ah, the whole original intent argument. I grew up on that. Any constitutional question should be referred to the "original intent" of the founding fathers, who wrote it in the first place. I mean, that kind of makes sense, right? Well, not really, actually.Sure the founding fathers never intended for there to … [Read more...]


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Rick Perry’s Latest Ad

Commentary to follow, but first, the transcript:  I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.I'm Rick Perry … [Read more...]


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David Barton, Pseudohistorian

My parents were always big fans of David Barton and his organization, Wallbuilders. We actually had a lot of his materials, both videos and books. From the website:WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built – a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. In accord with what was so accurately stated by George … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum and Titanic Worship

Vision Forum just sent out it's 2012 catalog. (Sidenote: I find it incredibly insidious that Vision Forum is not simply a church or a theological organization, but rather ropes in adherents by selling them pretty toys and beautifully packaged books and CDs.) Here it is:So...cheery and uplifting!Makes me think of this image from the front page of the Vision Forum website:Because when I think of lions eating Christians, the first thing I think of is hope! Or … [Read more...]


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Michael Pearl in 1831

Michael and Debi Pearl's child rearing methods are not new, but are rather a return to ideas about children common in the earlier part of our nation's history, as this story from the American Baptist Magazine illustrates.  In it, Francis Wayland has the same goals and uses the same reasoning, arguments, and methods as those put forward by Michael Pearl. The scenario Wayland describes is eerily similar to some of my own experiences growing up on the Pearls' methods.WARNING: You may find this … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum: Fixing Problems by Turning Back the Clock

I've been doing some thinking about Vision Forum lately, and I've realized something. Vision Forum is very frequently responding to the exact same problems that feminists and others in society also recognize. No one denies that our society still fixes problems. It's just that while feminists and others like them seek to fix the problems by, well, fixing them, Vision Forum wants to fix the problems by turning back the clock to an idealized past that never existed. 1. Alcohol Abuse, Broken … [Read more...]


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