‘Why is it men who commit mass shootings?’

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We all can see this. We all know this. The pattern is so overwhelming and obvious that it goes without saying, and so we rarely mention it. But it’s something we should discuss and explore. Mass shootings are a lethally violent form of male behavior. This is a thing that men do. Why? [Read more...]

Try not to be the Bad Guy in the story: What it means to be ‘on the wrong side of history’

This man lost. His side lost. But he was not on "the wrong side of history" because he is the good guy in this story.

“The wrong side of history” is not a claim about the future, but a claim about the present. And it’s not a claim about winners or losers or about the inevitable progress of the dialectic. It’s about good guys and bad guys. Every rhetorical invocation of TWSOH is an invitation to ask Mitchell and Webb’s question: “Are we the baddies?” [Read more...]

Who is [always, constantly] burning black churches?

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We don’t have readily available data on the historic or current rates of arson attacks targeting black churches. We thus don’t know if the current wave of reports of such attacks represents an increase in the number of incidents or an increase in the amount of attention paid to them in the media. Whether or not the number or rate of such attacks is currently on the rise, the more important fact is that such attacks on black churches in America have never stopped. [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas says ‘Amen’ to Ann Coulter’s anti-immigrant racism

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Ann Coulter’s anti-immigrant campaign is based on an argument that is indistinguishable from the racist manifesto of alleged killer Dylann Roof. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” And supposedly respectable “mainstream” white evangelicals like Eric Metaxas are enthusiastically saying “Amen!” [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war (6.29)

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“I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.” [Read more...]

‘I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living’

Bree Newsome preaches a sermon on the 27th Psalm in Columbia, South Carolina. (Reuters Media Express/Adam Anderson Photos pic snurched from Vox.)

“We come against … hatred, oppression, and violence. I come against you in the name of God,” Bree Newsome said, high in the air above the statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday. Newsome was arrested — charged with defacing monuments on state capitol grounds — but only after she had climbed all the [Read More...]

The intersection of purity culture and white ‘Christian’ racism

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Lisa Wade explores the “benevolent sexism” interwoven with a white terrorist’s racism. This grotesque, evil cartoon from “The Christian Beacon” in 1964 illustrates and confirms exactly what she’s talking about. [Read more...]

The historical roots of white evangelical anti-environmentalism

The theological and historical basis for white evangelical anti-environmentalism, in two pictures.

Mainly, though, the historical roots of white evangelical antipathy to environmentalism and of white evangelical climate denialism comes down to two things: Shirley MacLaine and Al Gore. That’s it. [Read more...]


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