Violence By Trump Supporters and Fake Conservative Outrage

Conservatives are wringing their hands about the “ominous” increase in violence from the left. But they have been very silent or dismissive of the violence incited by Trump and carried out by his supporters over the last couple years. [Read more…]

Confronting The Destroyers Of The Earth

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty… for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” Revelation 11:17-18 (ESV) Conservative Christians, for a number of reasons, do not accept the consensus of scientists who say the planet is imperiled by global climate change. But among the reasons, along with economic and politically based ones, are the theological [Read More…]

American Christian Persecution Myth Harms the Gospel

A big part of current conservative Christian mythology is that they are under constant persecution. The reality is that they are not, they are often the ones doing the persecution, and they are doing harm to their message by pretending to be persecuted. Let’s explore this. [Read more…]

Mike Pence Would Be Far Worse Than Donald Trump

Would President Pence be “better” or worse than Donald Trump? That’s a fair question. A quick Google search will give you a number of people who think he would be better. And a number who think otherwise. Let’s talk about this. Better is a relative term and, given the low bar set by Trump, it is [Read More…]

Hating The Sinner

Seven years ago I received an email. A day later I wrote: People he loved and respected told him he was making an evil choice. He didn’t see it as a choice. He had wished for years it was a choice but he was being honest and being who he was. At 17 he told [Read More…]

Conservative Christians Are OK With Paying For Abortions (In Israel)

Led by people like Franklin Graham, who has compared Planned Parenthood to Nazi death camps, conservative Christians insist that abortion is a political “make or break” issue. Graham has even “quit” the Republican Party over the issue. Abortion is a frequently cited reason for Evangelical support of Trump during the last presidential campaign. But the reality [Read More…]

Are Christians Just Kidding About Abortion?

Big Talk, No (Real) Action. How often has it happened? You are in a conversation with a conservative Christian about war, poverty, hungry children, the economy, or baseball and suddenly the topic-changing trump-card of abortion is played. It is a way, used masterfully over the years, to distract from any uncomfortable subject. I cannot tell [Read More…]

Christianity at the White House Under Trump

With the celebration of Easter just past it might be a good time to assess how Donald Trump is working with and for Christians considering their overwhelming support for him. Trump is approaching three months in office and so it is not unreasonable to see where he has succeeded and failed. During the election we were told [Read More…]

Trump’s Love Of Alex Jones Should Horrify Conservatives

For years I have said that people like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, and many others are simply “performance artists” who do not really believe what they say but know they can make money duping people. Outrage and sordid tales of secret conspiracies get listeners, viewers, clicks, and most importantly – money. Well now we [Read More…]

Deportation Force. Untrained. Unvetted. Un-American!

A couple months ago Pence and Ryan were telling us there would be no “deportation force.” Time after time they insisted that, in the words of Paul Ryan (R-Galt’s Gulch): “Everybody thinks there’s some deportation force that’s being assembled. That’s not happening.” He also added: “I’m here to tell you, in Congress, it’s not happening.” [Read More…]