There is no spoon. There are no facts. There is no truth. Here’s what it looks like when you trade reality for power.

Chen

The Liar Tony Perkins provides yet another illustration of what David Roberts calls “postmodern conservatism,” the ideology that denies “the very notion of a nonpartisan arbiter of information” and therefore says that “every dispute, even over matters of fact, becomes a contest of power — loudest, best-funded, most persistent voices win.” [Read more...]

What was the deal with Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett?

One-term Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. (AP photo by Gene J. Puskar)

Pennsylvania’s electorate contradicted itself yesterday. If it was right to reject Tom Corbett, then it was wrong to reinforce the Corbett agenda by increasing the Corbett majority in the state legislature. If it was right to strengthen the Republican hold on the state legislature, then it was wrong to vilify Tom Corbett. [Read more...]

Data collection is creepy, even when its mainly data hoarding

NotMe

In theory, Comcast could have an incredibly detailed demographic dossier on our household. But when it comes to mining that data for any apparent purpose, they don’t even seem to have a grasp on the basic geography they could learn from our billing address. We get ads for political candidates in other states and for restaurant chains that don’t have any franchises in our region. We get ads for diapers and baby care products and motorcycle insurance. [Read more...]

Actually, it’s about …

TrioActually

Laughing at bullies, oppressors, and the pompous defenders of injustice is almost never sufficient. It may not even be necessary. But I think it helps. And anyway, it’s funny. [Read more...]

Evangelicals notice predatory lending, agree it’s Bad

Payday

The first Good Thing about the NAE’s resolution against predatory lending is that it gives members of the white evangelical tribe permission to be against predatory lending. It tells them that this is an issue on which they are allowed to view government action and legal regulation favorably, and that this is an issue on which they are permitted to agree with liberals without risking demerits on their permanent record. [Read more...]

‘Are we capable of welcoming these people?’

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Tone is always irrelevant when you’re telling someone that you are not capable of welcoming people like them. It’s never possible to exclude people nicely. It’s the act that wounds, not the words that dress it up. Jesus is telling this woman that he is not capable of welcoming her. He is telling her that he will not heal her sick daughter. No words can make that worse and no words can make it better. [Read more...]

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry displays some sleazy ethics in his lecture on Christian ethics

KingRustin

Writing for The Week, Gobry’s “Why so many Christians won’t back down on gay marriage” is a steaming pile of passive-aggressive insinuation. His preferred method of argument appears to be to avoid lying by direct assertion, opting instead to lie by passing reference to assumed “facts” that are actually unsupportable fabrications containing nasty accusations. To save time, I’ll only highlight three such lies from the article. [Read more...]

Mr. Chesterton, Tear down that fence! (more on ‘accommodating the prevailing culture’)

BerlinWall

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up,” G.K. Chesterton said. That’s good advice. But Chesterton’s maxim works backwards as well as forwards. If we come to know that there’s no good reason for the fence — or only bad reasons for it — then we’re obliged to take it down. [Read more...]


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