Postcards from the culture wars (10.17)

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“Half of America seems to be entirely enviable, movies, books, TV, arts, liberal democratic institutions, great centers of learning and research, gay marriage, social freedoms, etc. etc. The other half does seem to be, well, nuts.”

“If you want to know what the early marks of religious totalitarianism look like, these are your indicators.”

“In chambers, the ACLU alleges that Judge Rimes told Singh that he wouldn’t be allowed to reenter the courtroom unless he removed ‘that rag,’ referring to his Dastar, from his head.”

“Imagine for a moment this kind of wholesale abuse at an Islamic-run program. Do you think the press would forget to mention the religious connection?

“We have imagined and hoped for such a different future for the church, one in which racial harmony would not be an illusion, but a tangible reality.”

“Am I going to alter the course by the latest utterance of some institutional pimp who appears to spend most of his time blow drying his hair and in his free time dismisses some of his finest teachers and scholars, seeking to make robots and handmaidens of a once-gifted faculty?”

“Evangelicals and Tea Party Republicans share and are consumed by skepticism about climate science — to the point where they mistrust scientists before they begin to speak.”

“Let me be clear: The racial slur ‘redskins’ is not okay with me. It’s never going to be okay with me. It’s inappropriate, damaging and racist.”

“That’s probably a concept that’s too much for you to handle right now, when all you wanted to do was dress up as a PocaHottie for Halloween, but it’s true.”

“But to our knowledge and based on our investigation, none of those things have actually happened.”

“They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn. They throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin’s rule.”

“It’s a good case of the church hierarchy undone by their highest ideals.”

“It’s not just that these culturally threatened folk embrace their politics like it’s a religion. The actual religious outlook many of them espouse — whether they are conservative fundamentalist Protestants or neo-ultramontane Catholics — has imported secular political perspectives into their faith.”

“On [Oct. 14] in 1979 the first gay rights march on Washington took place, with about 100,000 demonstrators. I was one of them.”

“It may be decent advice, and it may help to a point, but it does not deal with the heart or the source of the problem: the boys who rape.”

“Which is to say, there is no such thing as ‘sexual availability.’ There is consent, sure, but without it, a person is not available, full stop.”

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