The past is gone but something might be found to take its place

For a change of pace, here’s a post about something other than Donald Trump. Let’s talk about Sketch Erickson. Longtime readers here may remember some of my stories about Sketch. He was a regular on the white-evangelical/fundamentalist speaking circuit back in the 1970s and ’80s, who spoke to parents and to “young people” about the [Read More…]

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Consent is necessary. This is not complicated.

Consent is necessary. This is the first, unavoidable aspect of any sexual ethics or ethical sex. It starts with consent. But every time we repeat that simple, modest claim, we get denounced by so-called “conservatives” who go off on mighty rants condemning us as though we had said something very different. Those rants all rail against the idea that consent is sufficient — that it is the whole, and only, aspect of any sexual ethics or ethical sex. [Read more…]

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The Salt Lake Remonstrance: Mormons are out-Baptist-ing Baptists (in a good way)

Mormons identify as a people who value missions, religious liberty, and sexual morality. And they are condemning Donald Trump and distancing themselves from him because they value missions, religious liberty, and sexual morality. Southern Baptists identify as a people who value all those things, but we’re not seeing any evidence of that. [Read more…]

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Does George Barna really believe international Jewish bankers are funding Black Lives Matter to start a race war?

This Protocol of the Elders of Soros reflects the moment just after the culture-warriors have accepted that their flaccid, factless, faithless arguments are utterly unconvincing, even to themselves, so they might as well just go full Trump and embrace the post-fact, post-faith world of naked bigotry and gonzo racist conspiracies. [Read more…]

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Lead me on

The odd thing about this is that Amy has been the target of exactly this sort of misrepresentation for decades (ever since Lead Me On, at least), but that was mainly false witness borne against her by white evangelical Christians. So I guess these click-bait ads show us that we Christians can teach the world to follow our example. We’re not always good at being salt and light, but we’re teaching the wider world all about flinging arsenic and mud. [Read more…]

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The danger of ‘radically different’

Read the comments on any article reporting on such horrors and you’ll find a weirdly contentious unanimity. Everyone is upset. Everyone is appalled. But everyone also seems strangely convinced that their being upset and appalled sets them apart — and that these imagined others who are not upset and appalled also need to be admonished and corrected and punished. The comments quickly go from everyone saying “That’s wrong!” to everyone saying “I can’t believe that anyone would say that’s not wrong!” Even though literally no one is saying that. [Read more…]

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‘A person who stands against everything that Christianity believes’

Evangelical author Philip Yancey: “I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs, that they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind. … To choose a person who stands against everything that Christianity believes as the hero, the representative, one that we get behind enthusiastically is not something I understand at all.” [Read more…]

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Baptizing Breitbart: Eric Metaxas, George Barna among evangelicals promoting conspiracy theories about international Jewish financiers

This is what we talk about when we talk about George Soros: The idea of a vast, secretive Jewish conspiracy of secretive Jews conspiring secretly to control the whole world through their cunning international finance. If you think his name is self-evidently scary and that any alleged connection to him is somehow damning, it’s because you believe in that anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. [Read more…]

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