Sunday WTF?

“So they made their father drink wine that night also; and the younger rose, and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she rose. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father.” [Read more...]

Scholar clarifies, walks back his comments in Atlantic ISIS essay

Haykel’s comments were widely criticized because they were so familiar. It’s the same old language that religious fundamentalists always use to try to delegitimize the faith of non-fundies. It’s the same language that white evangelical Christians constantly use to try to discredit mainline Protestants. It’s the same language used in most of the hate-mail that I get as a non-fundie religious blogger. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 21: ‘The evil of banality’


This is what LaHaye and Jenkins believe it means to be a Christian. This is what LaHaye and Jenkins believe it means to be a human. Hannah Arendt gave a name to this perspective: “the banality of evil.” The subject of her book, like the heroes of Left Behind, was a man primarily focused on travel arrangements. [Read more...]

‘We pray,’ we prayed


“Pray” isn’t the only verb that works this way. “I thank you” is another example. The deed itself consists of reciting the same words we use to describe it. The giving of thanks involves the saying of “thanks.” I say, “I thank you,” and thereby I thank you. [Read more...]

Blind-sided every time


New York state is still shackling pregnant inmates. What’s to stop Vladimir Putin from going all Koch/Adelson? A Southern Baptist college takes swift action to purge itself of professors who are critical of racism. Plus Samuel Beckett, John Muir and a bad day for the weinermobile. [Read more...]

Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast


“Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process. And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.” [Read more...]

Fragrant as the bottom of a locker-room broom


Never pick a fight with a Teacher of the Year. Man who chose not to have children says the choice not to have children is selfish. Really wish people would stop saying “sacred” when they mean “sectarian.” Also really wish we didn’t pretend it was news when a politician trips over a word. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and seizing his genitals, you shall cut off her hand; show no pity.” [Read more...]