A ‘siege’ and a manhunt and the ongoing American ‘death cult’

The Daily Telegraph's special edition featured three factual errors in its front page headline.

This is not an unusual story. This precise form of deadly violence happens all the time in America. Every day, several times a day. American men kill American women. Every damn day. [Read more...]

Cleveland police say they’re opposed to justice, find it offensive. These boys are in the wrong line of work. Fire them all.

Browns

What the Cleveland police are saying, then, is that they are opposed to “Justice.” That’s a clear sign they’re in the wrong line of work. Specifically, the Cleveland police are going out of their way to make us all aware that they are opposed to “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.” I would hesitate to accuse them of such an ugly, defiantly unjust position, but this isn’t my opinion of them or anyone else’s evaluation or characterization of then: This is them, choosing voluntarily to inform us all, unambiguously, that they stand opposed to and are offended by “Justice.” [Read more...]

Top 10 Other No-longer-existing Groups House GOP Should Vote to Deny Federal Funding

The community organization ACORN closed its doors in 2010. But the white right can’t quit ACORN, and every year since then, House Republicans have voted to ensure that the no-longer-existent group does not receive federal funding. But why stop there? Here’s a list of other now defunct or no-longer-existent things Republicans in the House might just as productively vote to deny federal funding. [Read more...]

Ignorant Christians need to STFU about ‘the poor you will always have with you’ until they can be bothered to understand what Jesus actually said

I took this picture in Bethany in 1990, not far from Martha and Mary's house. (Or, at least, not far from where Constantine's mom thought Martha and Mary lived.)

“Do not show ill will toward the needy and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin.” Rick Perry didn’t mean to quote that passage from the Jubilee laws in Deuteronomy, but like far too many ignorant Christians, that’s just what he did. [Read more...]

A really big wheel of cheese, Southern Baptists, the Bible, and slavery

Cheshire

In 1802, John Leland created the 1,234-pound Cheshire Mammoth Cheese and personally transported it 500 miles, by sleigh. But a few years earlier, in 1789, Leland attempted something even more audacious — he prompted the Baptists of Virginia to consider Jubilee, immediate emancipation, and a declaration that slavery was “contrary to the word of God.” [Read more...]

White evangelicals, Southern Baptists, and #BlackLivesMatter

Dozens of heavily armed police in Oakland line up to contain the threat posed by a citizen bearing a dangerous message. (Reuters photo by Elijah Nouvelage)

Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore’s response to the killing of Eric Garner is a remarkable change from the odious statements his predecessor, Richard Land, made in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Land was worried about not being perceived as racist. Moore, on the other hand, sounds like a man who has decided he doesn’t want to be a racist. It will be interesting to see if he’s allowed to continue talking like this. [Read more...]

‘It’s the Apocalypse, Stupid’: Matthew Sutton on how ‘Bible prophecy’ and Rapture mania deform American politics

Snatch

“My argument in a nutshell is that the apocalyptic theology that developed in the 1880s and 1890s led radical evangelicals to the conclusion that all nations are going to concede their power in the End Times to a totalitarian political leader who is going to be the Antichrist. If you believe you’re living in the last days and you believe you’re moving towards that event, you’re going to be very suspicious and skeptical of anything … that is going to give more power to the state.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.3)

I’m speechless today, so let me turn the microphone over to Jay Smooth, Pamela Merritt, Ed Kilgore, Richard Beck and Jamelle Bouie. There’s a theme here, I think, and even the one that seems like it’s not a part of that theme actually really is. [Read more...]


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