‘Make the phones ring off the hook — with REAL calls’

Ben Wikler of MoveOn wrote a helpful Twitter thread recently on why it’s a really bad idea to call multiple members of Congress pretending to be a constituent of theirs. That’s a very specific bit of advice about one very specific thing. But it is not only that. [Read more…]

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A Death Bet Is Morally Repugnant. So Is a ‘Rapture’ Bet.

Ask these Rapture-Christians about climate change and they’ll assure you there’s no need to worry about famine and flood in 2050, because they’re “certain” that Jesus is coming back before then. Ask them about their teenage child’s plans to major in art history or theater arts and they’ll give you a very different outlook. [Read more…]

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‘The WHY of this turn to the body’

This is key: “The why of this turn toward the body … remains an important question in evangelical history.” And thus it is an important question regarding the white evangelical present, and any white evangelical future. And, because of the vital role that politicized white evangelicalism has come to play in American politics, it remains an important question for the entire nation. [Read more…]

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There is a feeling that you should just go home

Every day of the “Trump Era” it’s something new — something completely new that you’ve never seen before and can’t quite process because you never expected such a thing and have no experience responding to it. And before you can manage to wrap your head around this strange and unbelievable thing, you’re forced to consider something else — some other horror or astonishment you’ve never seen before either. [Read more…]

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The ‘work ethic’ can be unethical (part 1)

You should always work hard and do your best. This is a moral obligation. That seems reasonable. Who doesn’t think that working harder is better than slacking off? And who could possibly quarrel with something as uncontroversially wholesome as “always do your best”? But it’s misleading —
and morally wrong — in at least two ways. [Read more…]

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Trump and Erdogan and ‘a certain kind of consent’

It’s overwhelming. And that’s the dangerous thing. We’re at risk of being overwhelmed. We freeze up, paralyzed, waiting for the next shoe to drop, even as it’s raining shoes. We can be so transfixed by the spectacle of Trump’s implosion that we become spectators — sitting and watching instead of acting, now, to stop him. [Read more…]

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Sanctions against sanctuary cities should not be sanctioned

It’s a bit odd to be writing about this right after President Trump’s audaciously Nixonian firing of the FBI director — the third time this president has fired an official currently in charge of an investigation into the possible criminal activities of this president. But there’s a common thread here: White nationalist hegemony is incompatible with constitutional democracy. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” [Read more…]

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