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

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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

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“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...]

Postcards from the culture wars (12.3)

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“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

‘Amnesty’ and amnesia on immigration from Sooners and Southern Baptists

The Republican Party has a branch office in Louisville, Ky.

Sen. Tom Coburn is not allowed to lecture anyone about “illegal” immigration. And Sooners are, by definition, pompous hypocrites whenever they decide to bloviate about “the rule of law.” It’s simply ridiculous and merits only ridicule in response. Sen. Coburn is either woefully ignorant about “where he comes from” or else his talk of “the rule of law” is something he believes only applies to other people. Either way, he is a silly, silly man, even by congressional standards. [Read more...]

Radio Raheem is still dead: A Ferguson reader

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Responses and reflections from Syreeta McFadden, Leonard Pitts, Ezra Klein, Chauncey DeVega, Zandar, Jamelle Bouie and more, plus links to all the grand jury evidence released so far. [Read more...]


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