Consent is a necessary prerequisite for any sexual ethic

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To put this all another way, for social conservatives, marriage is necessary and sufficient for ethical sexual activity. When they hear folks like Libby Anne (or me) emphasizing the essential importance of consent, they therefore assume that we are, in turn, arguing that consent is necessary and sufficient for ethical sexual activity. But that’s not what we’re saying. We’re saying consent is necessary. Period. [Read more...]

Walmart.moose

WalmartMoose

In praise of “tough nuts.” Plus: the Pledge of Allegiance is idolatrous (and really creepy); “blood moon” lunacy isn’t just a fringe thing; a data point in support of Randall Balmer; and a new reason for (some) politicians and TV preachers to be anxious. [Read more...]

Culture warriors vs. the common good

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“I would hate for people to vote no for bad reasons, for sort of bigoted reasons, for nasty reasons, for bullying reasons,” Donal McKeown, the bishop of Derry, said before the Irish referendum. A culture-warrior could never say that. For a culture-warrior, a vote for your side is simply a vote for your side — no matter what the motive. If the bigots and nasty bullies can help your side win, then you need their votes. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“Then Samson said, ‘Let me die with the Philistines.’ He strained with all his might; and the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So those he killed at his death were more than those he had killed during his life.” [Read more...]

Nationals’ reliever shows us how to organize GOP presidential debates

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So here’s my plan: Invite all two dozen of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates to Nationals Park for a post-anthem stand-off. The last four still standing — still on the field, caps held over their hearts — qualify for the televised debates on Fox and CNN. It would be silly and stupid, but it might still be an improvement over the current process — which is, itself, a goofy parody of macho posturing and performative patriotism. [Read more...]

Ireland: ‘We are a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people who say yes’

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“Ireland has voted by a huge majority to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the world to do so by popular vote in a move hailed as a social revolution and welcomed around the world. Some 62 percent of the Irish Republic’s electorate voted in favour of gay marriage. The result means that a republic once dominated by the Catholic church ignored the instructions of its cardinals and bishops.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 34: ‘Dr. Dives is bored’

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The authors, like all of their characters, seem to have forgotten entirely about the scene of tragedy and suffering they have just left behind them. It’s out of sight and out of mind. For LaHaye and Jenkins — as for Rayford, Buck and the doctor — those other people and their suffering and need simply do not exist. Lazarus is invisible. Lazarus does not exist. [Read more...]

Walmart.sheep

WalmartSheep

I don’t think Walmart’s lawyers can argue that Walmart.sheep is anti-Walmart. But I think we can argue that Walmart’s business practices are anti-sheep. Also: “Religious liberty” cheerleaders not lining up behind Christian minister who was fined and arrested over a sacrament; End Times predictions (and death-bets) from Little Hagee and Franklin’s sister; and a Kiwi Sikh lives out a Gospel story. [Read more...]


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