In ‘Mark of the Beast’ case, EEOC defends the religious liberty to belief it thereby proves to be factually untrue

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Religious liberty, if it is ever to mean anything at all, must include the freedom to be wrong. It cannot matter, legally, whether or not a religious belief is orthodox, or coherent, or part of a longstanding established tradition. Protecting religious liberty means protecting the right to believe in the implausible, the idiosyncratic, the offensive, the stupid, the factually insupportable, the demonstrably false. The EEOC just proved that Beverly Butcher’s “Bible prophecy” beliefs are wrong — and that he has the right to be wrong. [Read more...]

Al Mohler’s ‘erotic liberty’ rhetoric is a sinful, unbiblical, indecent, nasty lie

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Lies don’t get much uglier than Al Mohler’s “erotic liberty vs. religious liberty” slur. This rhetoric is designed to deny the humanity of other human beings, refusing to acknowledge them as anything more than walking sex acts. Humans are capable of religion, Mohler is saying. Those sub-humans over there — those bestial walking sex acts — are incapable of religion, only of “eroticism.” [Read more...]

Does this patriarchal construct of modesty make me look fat?

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An earnest, anguished post by a Christian blogger says that God has been laying a heavy conviction on her heart about … leggings. She’s not coming at this from an anti-legging fashion perspective, a la GoFugYourself. She is, rather, convicted about leggings because of “modesty” — which is the white evangelical euphemism for the idea that women are primarily responsible for male lust. It’s the ideology that would rather put every woman in a burka than put any man in a blindfold — the ideology that blames women for everything from men’s lustful fantasies to men’s infidelity to men’s propensity for rape and violence. [Read more...]

Christian-brand publisher admits blatant scam book was a blatant scam

NoHeDidNot

So, yeah, the book’s descriptions of Heaven and angels and the afterlife were all just made up. No kidding. Death remains “The undiscovered country, from whose bourn / No traveller returns,” and it puzzles the will that anyone believed — or was willing to publish — a tall-tale claiming otherwise. [Read more...]

The Magic School Bus and the Satanic Panic that ate Christianity

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The hallmark of white evangelical discipleship is feigned outrage. Evangelicalism in America takes its cue from the Catholic rite of baptism: “Do you renounce Satan and all his works?” We do. We just have no idea what all Satan’s works might look like. So we make stuff up and then renounce that. [Read more...]

‘Interpretive pluralism’ doesn’t require tolerance as long as you’re willing to accuse everyone else of wicked intent

One page of People Who Are Right, plus 431 pages of People Who Are Wrong.

But when it comes to the moral implications of interpretive pluralism, Richard Beck and Chaplain Mike are in the minority within evangelicalism. The more common, dominant “moral implication” derived from the fact of interpretive pluralism is this: Some people must be right and everyone else must be wrong. Therefore, don’t be wrong. [Read more...]

Learning how not to read

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I’m still grateful to this very bad English teacher for that assignment and for the lesson it taught me. She helped me learn how not to read. And not just how not to read poetry, but how not to read parables and prophecies and sermons and stories. As the very worst of my many fundamentalist teachers, in other words, she helped me to unlearn one of the worst things I had been taught by many other less-awful fundie teachers. She helped me to learn how not to read the Bible. [Read more...]

‘Generational curses’ is not a Christian teaching. It is an ancient grift that predates the Bible.

MissCleo

If anyone ever tells you that you may have inherited a generational curse, you can be sure that this information will be followed shortly thereafter by a request for money. Don’t give it to them. This isn’t a Christian doctrine, it’s a trick — an ancient con-game that dates back to prehistory. [Read more...]


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