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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More on that ‘controversial’ book that scares patriarchal Christians so much

Rachel Held Evans is a joy to read, quite apart from the role that has been thrust on her as one of the first prominent voices of post-subcultural evangelicalism. But that larger context — and the grace, wisdom and, yes, valor that she’s shown in that role — is pretty cool too. [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: Isaac & Abimelech. [Read more…]

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Evangelicals have a Bryan Fischer problem

Bryan Fischer manages to cling to semi-respectability as a representative of the religious right and a member of the white evangelical tribe because he checks all the right boxes on the litmus-test questions. Sure, he’s a racist. But like Dinesh D’Souza, he channels most of that racism into support for the political aims he shares with more “mainstream” evangelicals. [Read more…]

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Religious right still doesn’t know what ‘civil disobedience’ means

Civil disobedience can be a powerful tool of nonviolent change, but it is really only appropriate or effective in response to an unjust legal prohibition. It does not apply easily or work well as a protest against what one regards as an unjust lack of legal prohibition. It’s hard to disobey a law that grants permission. [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: Abram in Egypt. [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 Nephilim. [Read more…]

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