Toddlers on a treadmill: Why evangelicals can’t even take baby steps toward justice

That doesn’t mean they’ll be allowed to say “Do justice.” But — provided the anti-gay and anti-abortion stuff remains in good order — they may be allowed to suggest that doing justice is one possible optional extra that some Christians might optionally be permitted to consider as a hobby, just so long as they get their homework done first and it doesn’t otherwise interfere with their support for TAOTS or their opposition to gay baby-killing. [Read more…]

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InterVarsity takes a firehose to Pentecost in a rush to quench the spirit

A remarkable, prophetic moment took place at Urbana — the big student missions conference held by InterVarsity. And then, with dazzling speed, InterVarsity set to work quenching the spirit, backpedaling furiously and releasing an official statement intended to reassure white Christians who are terrified of black people. The pattern holds. [Read more…]

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‘Ed Dobson loved homosexuals’

Ed Dobson was a lieutenant in Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and helped to create the religious right. The Michigan pastor also worked with ACT UP to find ways that his fundamentalist mega-church could help people suffering from AIDS. [Read more…]

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Run, Franklin, run.

“In denouncing the Republican Party this week, Graham made a pitch for the prayer rallies he will hold in every state next year, starting in Iowa in January shortly before the crucial first presidential primary.” That almost sounds like Franklin Graham is organizing for an independent run for president. [Read more…]

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Do white evangelicals and Jews ‘worship the same God’?

However they got there, and whatever it is they think they mean, this is a Very Bad thing, Nothing good has ever come from Christians asserting that they and Jews worship different gods. This is an ideology that has fueled centuries of oppression, injustice and bloodshed — including the monstrous genocide of the 20th century. This notion also has far-reaching implications for Christians themselves, including the basic assertion that God is untrustworthy. [Read more…]

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More voices on Wheaton’s white gospel

Wil Gafney on Wheaton’s whitening of faith; Wheaton student Ellie Roth and alumnus Tobin Grant discuss the school’s shame; Susan Campbell and Ivy George examine this fear-driven “orthodoxy;” and John Schmalzbauer provides more historical context. [Read more…]

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Tribune report contradicts Wheaton’s sanctimonious official story

This stinks to high heaven. Wheaton loves to think of itself as the “Harvard of evangelicalism.” It’s acting like the Bob Jones of evangelicalism. And Wheaton’s current president, Philip Ryken, seems determined to turn it into the Corinthian College of evangelicalism. [Read more…]

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Please be impotently polite in responding to our uncivil abuse of power

Suspending a tenured professor based on an implausible twisting of her words is not polite. Abusing administrative power is not polite. Attempting to intimidate your entire faculty is not polite. And scapegoating a professor as retaliation against student leaders for their commendable behavior is not polite. [Read more…]

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