‘Christians have permission to laugh’ means ‘Christians NEED permission to laugh’

The Babylon Bee is a rare thing — an evangelical humor site that’s actually funny. Sadly, that’s not enough to recommend the site to an evangelical audience. They can’t just be told it’s funny, they also need to know if it’s “edifying” — that they have permission to laugh. [Read more…]

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The Bartonizing of ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism continues apace

Back in January, I worried that “A Ted Cruz win could further Bartonize ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism.” Specifically, I worried that folks like John Fea and Warren Throckmorton would be subjected to the marginalizing tactics long practiced by the right-wing gatekeepers of the white evangelical tribe. This is what I was talking about. Dr. Fea’s restrained, temperate [Read More…]

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South Carolina GOP threatens evangelical churches

South Carolina Republicans are pushing a bill that would hold churches criminally and financially liable if any refugees they resettle should ever — at any point in the future — be involved in or accused of negligence or violent crime. The S.C. GOP hopes this bill will intimidate churches into turning their backs on refugees. And they’re hoping that other states will adopt similar legislation. [Read more…]

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Educated men who are almost as ignorant about insurance as they are about human reproduction

Men who don’t understand how sex works or what contraception does are now suing the government, taking their case before a bunch of male Supreme Court justices who have no idea how health insurance works or what contraception does. And this group of ridiculously ignorant men would like to rewrite our laws regarding contraception and health insurance. What could go wrong? [Read more…]

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An ‘old Cherokee story’ and other lies from the pulpit

“Which wolf will win?” “The one I feed the most.” I heard this story dozens and dozens of times from pulpits and in small groups and around campfires. Sometimes it was attributed to an old Indian, sometimes to an old Eskimo, sometimes it was an old African speaking to missionaries on the Dark Continent [sic]. Nope. [Read more…]

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They have always been here. If you didn’t know that before, it’s because you couldn’t be trusted to know.

Rick Scarborough seems shocked that many white evangelical Christians have had abortions or know someone who has. He regards this as a sudden and very recent development. It’s not. These folks have always been there — in white evangelical churches and institutions. [Read more…]

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This is what abortion politics is for

Failing the clearest moral test of your time and culture is only a problem so long as that moral test is what people are talking about and thinking about. So talk about something else. If you’ve made yourself a moral pariah because you’ve spent the past three decades fighting a rear-guard battle in defense of systemic, violent, oppressive injustice, then you need to find some other subject on which you can cast yourself as the Good Guy — as the heroic champion of morality. [Read more…]

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Satanic baby-killers.

C.S. Lewis said that a determination to cling to the idea that our enemies are as bad as possible is “the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.” That process always leads, inexorably, to pretending, then wishing, then enslaving ourselves to, the lie that our enemies are the worst-possible thing we can imagine: Satanic baby-killers. [Read more…]

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