Two reasons we know Frosty the Snowman was white


“He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop / And only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, ‘Stop!’” [Read more...]

Holding the hand that had fired a gun at his heart


Some links for your Friday evening, including: Nothing says Christmas like bullying the Jews; the fine line between Consumer Advocate and Entitled Prick; getting vetted by Kirk Cameron’s screeners; a religious test to ensure public office is only for white people; “There is no liquor in Hell.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 11: ‘Not creepy enough’


The apocalypse described in Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ is genuinely frightening. ‘Left Behind’ is not. This is partly because Stephen King is a better writer, but the main difference is not his skill, but his objective. When you read ‘The Stand,’ he wants you to imagine this story is happening to you. When you read about the apocalypse in ‘Left Behind,’ the authors want you to imagine this story is happening to someone else — someone who, unlike you, deserves it. [Read more...]

First they got you thinking you’re a prophet


Some Thursday linkery, including: The only difference between Young Life and Abercrombie & Fitch; Josef’s Bible; why you should always cut the big dance number; an Advent-y poem; and why I’m still bitter that SEPTA is only just now offering 24-hour weekend train service. [Read more...]

Sen. John McCain on the failure and disgrace of American torture


“But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us. It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s about how we represent ourselves to the world.” [Read more...]

Where do you go when you finish broken-hearted?


Monday Night Linkball, including: Atheist displays in Rayford Steele’s backyard; the prophets were not fortune-tellers; gas prices dropping; the “private sector” in Atlantic City isn’t very private; why you should say “No, thank you” to police searches; and the Astaire/Rogers/Taylor mash-up you didn’t realize you were waiting for. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“We wait for new heavens and a new earth, where justice is at home.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 10: ‘The Hypothetical Bus’


Don’t put off re-reading this 2003 post on how “Left Behind” substitutes old-fashioned hellfire & brimstone evangelism for a tribal triumphalism that’s even worse. Sure, you could set it aside to read later … but then you might just walk out that door and get hit by a bus. And then what good would your plans to read it later do you? [Read more...]