‘Fighting for our children’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Mavis Staples. If necessary, you can invent and add an infinite number of verses to this song, and sing it forever. I mention this because that may soon, again, be necessary. So this is a good one to learn, just in case. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 135: ‘A billion Samanthas’

LaHaye and Jenkins seem to think that this alien-abduction theory would be comforting to those who settled on it. As though the idea that some alien species had, without warning and without explanation, whisked away two billion people, and might do so again at any moment for all we know, would somehow settle things. As though it would simply make people say, “OK, then, that explains that” and go on with their daily lives. [Read more…]

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[in Just-] spring fundraising

It’s spring, when the world is mud-lucious and the goat-footed balloonman is whistling far and wee. And so it’s time for a spring fundraiser, during which I will be passing the plate for a free-will love offering (or, for those who do not speak evangelicalese, when I’ll be asking for money). [Read more…]

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Speaking truth of the dead

I’m suspicious of the notion that the recently deceased should be spoken of only in terms of “nothing but good” and sweetness and light. Let your yes be yes; call bitter bitter and call sweetness sweet. De mortuis nil nisi verum. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 134: ‘New Babylon’

The story has just moved beyond unrealistic, beyond implausible, into the realm of hopelessly impossible. And keep in mind that, for the authors and most of their millions of readers, this isn’t merely a story. This is a fictional account of what they think of as actual events that will soon occur. Their unreal and impossible fiction is a reflection of their unreal and impossible beliefs about the actual world. [Read more…]

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That’s my secret, Captain …

Anger, we’re told, will eat you alive and make you unhappy. And that can be true — depending on what it is that you are angry about, and why. But if, like Benjamin Ferencz, you get angry and stay angry at the right things — angry at injustice, and cruelty, and inhumanity, angry on behalf of others — then that anger will keep you churning. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 133: ‘Mystery Dance’

Rayford’s newfound resolve to evangelize his daughter seems to have less to do with her eternal fate than it does with his own determination to exculpate himself, to fulfill his obligation to “force her” to choose and be done with it. As ever, it’s all about him. This is what the pressure to evangelize is often about. [Read more…]

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