Why James Dobson is unable to speak of the actual murder of actual children

The incoherence of James Dobson’s statement comes from Dobson’s undeniable recognition that the Newtown massacre was far, far worse than any number of abortions. He knows that. He feels that. But Dobson has painted himself into an ethical and rhetorical corner and so he cannot allow himself to admit that. [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: David & Ahinoam. [Read more…]

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The Sting: ‘Mainstream’ evangelicals and the religious right

Their theory, then, is that mainstream evangelicals can enlist the support of the religious right as providers of expertise and analysis. They can be served by the religious right without having to be servants of the religious right. But there’s an old saying about hanging around with grifters. If you don’t know who the mark is in their con, then the mark is probably you. [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: David and Abigail. [Read more…]

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SSDD: If the evangelical mainstream wants me to view the religious right as marginal, then they should do more to marginalize the religious right

Mainstream evangelicals generally do not identify with the tone and emphasis of the religious right. When people like me criticize the religious right, these mainstream evangelicals often complain that such criticisms overemphasize the influence of a vocal, but marginal, minority that does not represent the views of most evangelicals. But the religious right is not at all marginal, and it is, in fact, representative of mainstream white evangelicalism. [Read more…]

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Climate change is both a hoax and a sign of the End Times

“Bible prophecy scholars” insist that the Rapture and the End of the World are prophesied to occur in our lifetime. That’s what makes us special. It means that the Bible was written mainly for and about us — for and about the special 21st-century white Americans in whose special lifetimes these prophecies were ordained by God to occur. [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: Blessedness. [Read more…]

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The perils and potential of N.A.L.T. (Not All Like That)

Dan Savage says Christians are constantly reassuring him that “We’re not all like that” — meaning that not all Christians are hateful or opposed to LGBT civil rights. But Savage says these NALT Christians should stop apologizing to him and start talking to those other Christians who are like that. For them, “We’re not all like that” might just be a revelation and an invitation to choose something better. [Read more…]

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