Maybe schools shouldn’t be lobbying to defend sexual predators

What we have here is a school — an elementary school — assuring every parent of every child there that school officials actively support shorter statutes of limitations for sexual crimes against children. “We want to make it harder for the state to prosecute those who prey on children sexually,” school officials are telling the parents of the children in their care. “And we’d like you to help us do it.” [Read more…]

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The transcript of a life (scandalously unscandalous)

An army of energized, motivated readers has pored over more than 30,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails — 55,000 pages of everything she sent or received as Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013. Those emails were scrutinized by journalists, opposition-research tricksters, Fox News interns, dark-money PACs, and squadrons of hostile lawyers. What they found will shock you. [Read more…]

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That one time Muhammad Ali met with Billy Graham demonstrates, yet again, the huge change in white evangelicalism as it shifted from Billy Graham mode into Franklin Graham mode. And it reminds us of how disastrously awful that change has been. Plus: Franklin loses a fight with Bella Abzug; Elihu as proto-Calvinist; and a literal re-enactment of Matthew 12:11. [Read more…]

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Primary day open thread

After today’s primary elections in several states, including big-delegate events in California and New Jersey, we should have a clearer picture of the national race. More importantly, we can begin recovering from the primaryitis that’s prompted so much intramural nastiness over the past year or so. (I recommend a couple of prairie oysters, bed rest, [Read More…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 84: ‘Tactical decency’

I doubt L&J would go so far as to agree with me about evangelism being a form of hospitality, but here at least they seem to agree that evangelism ought not to be blatantly inhospitable. They seem to recognize, at least briefly, that the Great Commission and the obligation to spread the gospel do not require us to offend and scare off those around us, and that treating others decently doesn’t mean you’re “ashamed of the gospel.” [Read more…]

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Peel me off this Velcro seat and get me moving

Wherein we discuss, in no particular order: the coming out of another CCM rock-star; the notable whiteness of progressive Christianity; Tom Paine’s revolutionary bridge-building; the need for cell-phone pockets; and the coyotes of Chester County. [Read more…]

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‘Game of Thrones’ and the Bible

Readers of “Ulysses” face the same danger that readers of “A Song of Ice and Fire” do — the danger of confusing the two kinds of inconsistency and thus dismissing meaningful discrepancies as meaningless errors or, in the other direction, reading too much into simple errors and fabricating meanings where none was intended. This is true of any long text written and read by us humans. And, yes, that includes the Bible. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 83: ‘Today’s Gospel reading’

Apparently Rayford plowed through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John without finding anything notable, striking or worthy of remark. No saying or healing or parable or paradox pulled him up short. Nothing in particular made him stop and scratch his head. Nothing in particular confused or puzzled or angered him. Nothing in particular made his heart leap with joy. He simply read them and fell asleep. [Read more…]

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