‘Mainstream’ evangelicals criticize critics of the religious right (part 2)

“Pastor Provides Pastoral Care” is not news. Nor is “Shock-jock Says Something Shocking” newsworthy. But if the “Morning Zoo Crew” dispenses with its usual crude antics in the wake of a tragedy, rallying community support for the victims, that would be news — a reversal of the usual roles, something surprising and unexpected. By the same token, when religious leaders respond to tragedy by making the sort of shocking statements one usually expects to hear from Zoo-Crew shock-jocks, that’s news too. [Read more…]

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The push-back against the push-back begins: ‘Mainstream’ evangelicals criticize critics of the religious right

Mainstream evangelical leaders, magazines, bloggers and spokespeople were mostly reluctant to criticize the appalling post-Newtown statements by their social conservative peers Mike Huckabee, James Dobson, Bryan Fischer and Frankling Graham, That’s understandable. Their constituency, after all, is the same white evangelical populace that watches Huckabee on Fox News, listens to Dobson and Fischer on the radio, and that inexplicably regards Franklin Graham as the legitimate heir to his father’s legacy. [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: Athaliah. [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: Job and his first set of kids.
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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: Zimri and Cozbi. [Read more…]

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Hobby Lobby takes human biology to court, loses

It doesn’t matter if the evangelical gazillionaire owners of Hobby Lobby believe that emergency contraception causes abortions. It does not do that. Nor does it matter if this belief is passionately sincere and sincerely passionate. Sincerity and passion won’t make it any less incorrect. [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: Pastor’s kids. [Read more…]

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Regarding Jephthah’s daughter

In Sunday school and Bible class, I never heard the story of Jephthah’s daughter. I was taught, instead, the story of “Jephthah’s Rash Vow” — a monstrous little fable that turns the story in the Bible upside-down, teaching us to side with the villain against his victim. [Read more…]

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