‘Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows’

“On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while the New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find. It ought to be an eye-opening moment.” [Read more…]

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A very slightly less ‘fake’ argument from Mark Galli in Christianity Today

At Christianity Today, Mark Galli’s voice isn’t always this high-pitched. That’s just the Doppler effect on account of his back-tracking so fast from his earlier post attacking Jonathan Dudley for supposedly “fake history.” It’s only a half-baked correction, but at least Galli acknowledges that his earlier post was misleading twaddle. Galli’s latest is also misleading, but in a different way. [Read more…]

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Why the white evangelical religious right can no longer presume to claim moral superiority

The religious right lost the argument and the moral high ground because the other side met them toe-to-toe: You want to argue about abortion on moral grounds? Great, let’s do that. We say your opposition to legal abortion is immoral, and here’s why. You want to argue about the morality of same-sex marriage? Fine. We say your opposition to marriage equality is immoral, and here’s why. [Read more…]

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Why I’m worried about ‘Election Day Communion’

And here, I think, we’re back in the ugly arena of compulsory forgiveness. We’re back in the realm of saying, “You really need to forgive your brother in Christ for standing on your neck” as though the Christian under the boot, and not the one wearing it, was the problem. [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: Every family in Egypt. [Read more…]

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‘Baby-killers.’ It’s always ‘baby-killers.’

The inclination to accuse one’s opponents of being “baby-killers” does not arise from America’s abortion politics. America’s abortion politics arises from the inclination to accuse one’s opponents of being baby-killers. [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: The families of Ai. [Read more…]

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‘Biblical Womanhood’: Christian patriarchs trying to blow out a bonfire

The Powers That Be of Christian patriarchy know that their authority requires them to maintain a monopoly on information and permission. But now the Internet seems to be filled with uppity women thinking, talking, writing and asking questions without official permission from their husbands and pastors and bishops. So TPTB decided to make an example of one such woman — put her back in her proper place and maybe all the others will learn their lesson. This plan isn’t working out quite the way they hoped … [Read more…]

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