If we pretend that progressive evangelicals are not REALLY evangelical, then all evangelicals must be conservatives, and therefore progressive evangelicals cannot really be evangelicals

David French — a proponent of the failing religious right agenda — offers his own creative take on the crushing disappointment he suffered Election Day, when his passionate multi-year devotion to Mitt Romney ended in tears. “It’s hard to overstate the extent of the progressive failure here,” French says of Election Day. [Read more…]

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White evangelicals, Republicans and wanting to ‘take our country back’

White evangelicals are big fans of ethnic diversity — just so long as those diverse folks share all the exact same opinions, perspectives and priorities as those of the white evangelical establishment. White evangelicals love the optics of a diverse-looking crowd all pledging unquestioning allegiance to the pure white evangelical agenda in lockstep conformity. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Seducing a virgin. [Read more…]

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White evangelicals: Three critiques and a clueless open letter

Chris Hayes says “the sense of persecution and siege that many white Christians feel down to their toes” is driving conservative policy in America. And Michael L. Brown illustrates what Hayes describes with an “Open Letter to Black Evangelicals” that has to be seen to be believed. [Read more…]

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‘Jesus jokes’ are nothing new

My sense is that jokes about Jesus were probably already well-established by the time the Alexamenos graffito was scratched into a Roman wall. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Selling your daughter into slavery. [Read more…]

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How evangelical tribal gatekeepers operate: ‘I want you to go after Campolo’

“I was given an assignment: write a booklet defending what we thought was the traditional view of biblical sexuality against the alternative view being promoted by supporters of the gay Christian community. One day, as I was in the middle of this assignment, my boss met me in the hall and handed me a manila folder. The tab read, ‘Campolo, Tony.’ My boss looked at me and said, ‘This is for the booklet. I want you to go after Campolo.'” [Read more…]

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Religious right splits: Hucksters say double down; true believers want to try something new

The hucksters of the religious right are urging their followers, supporters and partisan patrons to double-down on all the same things they’ve been doing all along. They want the same stances, same agenda, same strategies, same tone — but a different result. That different result, they say, will come from doing all the very same things even harder. The true believers, on the other hand, seem to realize that more of the same approach won’t produce the results they had hoped for. [Read more…]

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