‘Like my pain meant nothing’ — the alarming harshness of tactless anti-gay preaching


CNN’s Richard Allen Greene reports that “Harsh anti-gay preaching alarms gay rights supporters and Christian conservatives alike.” Christian conservatives, apparently, don’t want their anti-gay preaching to come across as “harsh.” Coming across as harsh can make their anti-gay lobbying more difficult: Many conservative Christians would agree with pastors such as Worley and Knapp that homosexual [Read More...]

Mutuality Week (and toothbrushing horror)

I would like to say that Rachel Held Evans’ remarkable Mutuality Week series is what made her the Slacktivixen’s new favorite blogger, but actually it was something more recent. Specifically, it was this passage from Evans’ recent post on “Exercising in public and other methods of sanctification“: Now, there are three things that I feel [Read More...]

Southern Baptists say the magic words

At the convention’s annual meeting, Southern Baptists reaffirmed the magic words. America’s largest evangelical denomination wound up endorsing the revivalist tradition of the “Sinner’s Prayer”: Jimmy Scroggins, chairman of the SBC Committee on Resolutions, told the convention that the committee brought the resolution to the floor because of recent challenges to the emphasis on the [Read More...]

The evangelical mind must obey the moneyed enforcers of the tribe

Peter Enns offers a powerful one-two punch on the subject of what Mark Noll called The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. First up was a post by Enns himself, titled, “‘If They Only Knew What I Thought’: The Sad Cycle of Evangelical Biblical Scholarship.” He discusses both the frustration of students at evangelical institutions, who [Read More...]

Evolution and the profit motive behind evangelical tribalism, in 8 panels


Sometimes people think I’m overstating the case when I describe American evangelicalism as primarily driven by culture-war tribalism in service of partisan politics. Or when I criticize that tribalism as a tool cynically employed by hucksters seeking to cash in on the tribal market niche. Or when I suggest that those hucksters are the lackeys [Read More...]

What doth it profit religious demagogues to gain direct mail millions and lose their souls?

Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile of culture warrior Bryan Fischer — the American Family Association’s professional hate-dispenser — is worth reading in full for it’s portrait of this frighteningly influential bigot. But I want to highlight this brief tangent, in which Mayer cites religious right strategist Paul Weyrich’s explanation of why the anti-gay agenda has [Read More...]

Pope Jim Garlow I joins the Münchhausen martyrdom brigade

Jim Garlow is a silly, silly man. We’ve written here before about the Münchhausen martyrs — privileged people who prefer the self-congratulatory fantasy of persecution. And, as Kyle Mantyla reports, Garlow is an extravagantly ridiculous example of this. Speaking at the Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall” conference (the name of which is, itself, [Read More...]

Evangelicals and health care for the poor

During the 1990s, I worked for a parachurch nonprofit called Evangelicals for Social Action. We tried to get American evangelicals to share with and to advocate for the poor and the powerless. As you may guess, that wasn’t easy. Our message was often met with suspicion or even with outright hostility. Some people and some [Read More...]