You’ll be amazed before you’re halfway there

It all seemed so real, like it made so much sense, but it wasn’t right.”

Some people — in this case 63 percent — never learn.”

“Before we can ‘do something’ for the poor, there are some things we need to stop doing to them.”

“Climate change isn’t just making maple syrup scarcer — it’s making it taste way worse.”

This kind of bullying can happen to any woman who speaks her mind.”

“Some women are worried that a President Mitt Romney and Republican Congress would — as they have promised — move against fair pay for equal work, toss between 14 and 27 million people off Medicaid (of whom about two-thirds are women), cut child care, health care, and food assistance for about 20 million children, defund Planned Parenthood, do away with Title X, and maybe seat a Supreme Court willing to reverse Roe v. Wade.”

“If the ACA had been in effect, these two young women who give so much to their community would never have been turned away at the hospital after suffering such grievous injuries.”

“When we see Muslim countries forcing non-Muslims (including Christians) to live according to strict Sharia law, we cringe. But we Christians are all-too-willing to force non-Christians to live according to our standards.”

“Plenty of churches, synagogues, etc., do allow same-sex weddings, and this bill would prohibit chaplains in those faiths from performing marriages that their tradition and the state recognizes as valid.”

“The Presbytery of the Redwoods opposes imposition of the rebuke … as inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“I leave it to you to judge which of those statements from 2005 stands up better seven years later as a guide to John Roberts’s temperament and jurisprudence.”

“The pain inflicted by the idiocy of using the phrase ‘boundary violation’ for child rape is impossible to quantify, and for the survivor, it is devastating.”

“And she’ll come home, throw her bloody clothes in her washing machine, down a beer or six, and sleep that night just as sound as she could be, secure in her conviction that she’s a perfectly good, perfectly God-fearing woman.”

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  • arcseconds

    I like the first article — I was hoping at the time something like this would show up, although since then this entire incident, of which there was much media coverage at the time, seems to have entirely slipped from my mind.

    However, I’m not sure I believe this:

    And it’s important to remember that mainstream Christians also believe
    that God’s son will play a return engagement, beam up his bona fide
    followers, and leave the wretched remainder to suffer unspeakable
    torment. They’re just not sure when.

    I’m of the opinion believing in the Rapture is not mainstream by anyone’s standards.   Wikipedia holds:

    Denominations such as Roman Catholics,[5] Orthodox Christians,[6] Lutheran Christians,[7] and Reformed Christians[8] believe in a rapture only in the sense of a general final resurrection, when Christ returns a single time.


    If Anglicans/Episcopalians also don’t (and I don’t believe they do), then that’s such a significant proportion of Christianity even in the US that it’s wrong to say it’s a mainstream belief without qualification.

    If he’s talking about Judgement Day in general, then (a) he shouldn’t make it sound so much like the Rapture, and (b) in my experience of Christianity (admittedly entirely namby-pamby liberal Christianity, but that’s also mainstream!) while people vaguely assent to some kind of final judgement, it’s never discussed and plays little or no part in people’s lives.  

    Is this just lazily equating bible belt Christianity with Christianity in general?

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Yes, it is and it’s bloody annoying. Belief in a rapture and tribulation is nowhere near a mainstream belief in world Christianity.

    The author just stated something untrue as fact, and even emphasised it a sadly common display of journalistic ignorance.

  • arcseconds

     It’s odd, given that the author is showing a reasonable degree of care and sensitivity to Harold Camping’s followers.

    i wonder whether the idea was to continue with the sympathy and stress that these guys aren’t that different to everyone else.

  • friendly reader

    (1) In regards to link 3, Jesus explicitly says to give to whoever begs from you asking nothing in return. Would banning the feeding of homeless people count as a violation of religious freedom?

    (2) In regards to link 1, many, many Christians interpret Revelation antemillennially, as in, it refers to events in the 1st century, not events to come. Even those who leave more space for prediction of future events will often consider at least some portions to be spiritually-inspired depictions of things that already happened (for example, the woman wearing the sun is Mary the Mother of Jesus, not some future woman). The Rapture is about 150 years old, max. It’s sort of bizarre that such a vital pieces of Christian doctrine remained secret for so long.

    (3) In regards to link 7, the fate of the ACA may very well determine my decision of how long I want to stay in Japan. The system here isn’t perfect, but I like having affordable health care, which I sure didn’t have in the states. I couldn’t get insurance independently and my part-time job didn’t offer it. And even if it did, it would take twice as much money out of my paycheck as the national system does here. God bless socialism.

  • Would banning the feeding of homeless people count as a violation of religious freedom?

    Yes. It’s also like laws that forbid the feeding of squirrels. We are now at the point in this country where we are treating poor people exactly like vermin. 

    If someone wants to organize a protest against this nouveau-Victorian era, getting together and feeding homeless people in those cities sounds like a great place to start. Get arrested for feeding the homeless. And get someone who’s really good at P.R. on your side, because most media will do its best not to pay any attention.

  • Mira

    I’m not sure about that petition. Would the mandate to provide free access to research fall on researchers or publishers? Because there aren’t free and accessible peer-reviewed journals in every field, and sometimes even when they are, they’re not very good or visible journals. So if it falls on researchers, it would essentially be saying, “Got NSF funding? Unless you get published in one of very, very few high profile public journals, this research is going nowhere.” I think that would probably affect the research process! 
    Harvard’s “asked” its researchers to try to publish in free journals because subscription costs are so high, which would kind of be great, but it’s really the established academic stars who can afford to do that – it’s telling young researchers to take one for the team by sacrificing their own recognition, which has actual effects on their career progress and ability to get future grants for future research. ( I’m sure if there were a mandate for open publication, or if prestige eventually moved to public journals (as Harvard recommended), that would change, but that’s not going to happen next year, you know? If it falls on publishers to make their journals available, well, good luck with that one. It would be amazing if it happened. 

  • Will Hennessy

    It concerned me, Fred, when I saw a link about the Presbytery of the Redwoods on your page here, as I used to work at a summer camp out in the NorCal coast that is very much a part of that organization. But after reading the article and seeing how the PotR is now acting all I can say is WOOOO! Stepping out of the Dark Ages!

  • re link 5: “This kind of bullying can happen to any woman who speaks her mind.”

    The “feature” that Beyerstein addresses is a regular part of Hustler.  To single out a particular one is missing the forest for the trees.   Even Bill Maher got this treatment.

    It’s interesting to see all the liberal blogs come to Cupp’s defense, when all the conservative blogs said that Fluke deserved what she got.

  • P J Evans

     It’s a lot worse when they’re doing it to women. Because a lot of guys think that’s a legitimate way to treat them.