Happy Dolly-Buffy Day

God made me for a reason and nothing is in vain Redemption comes in many shapes with many kinds of pain Oh sweet Jesus if you’re listening, keep me ever close to you As I’m stumblin’, tumblin’, wonderin’, as I’m travelin’ thru – Dolly Parton, “Travelin’ Thru“ Today is Dolly Parton’s birthday. It’s also the [Read More...]

Still celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.


At Pandagon, Jesse Taylor takes a cynical look the ritualized dismissal-by-praise that has come to accompany this week’s national holiday: Martin Luther King Day is problematic. It’s problematic because it’s the leading edge of a bifurcation of King’s legacy into what can charitably be called the Disney King and the Real King. The Disney King [Read More...]

‘Your fully intelligent adversaries’ have made a deliberate choice

White Georgia politician Jimmy Carter says that white Georgia politician Newt Gingrich knows exactly what he’s doing in his race-baiting and racist campaign talk: “He knows the subtle words to use to appeal to a racist group,” Carter [said]. “When you emphasize, over and over, welfare, food stamps, and ‘why don’t the black people get [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Richard Beck: “The Fence of Matthew Shepard“ In James Cone’s recent book The Cross and the Lynching Tree he makes the argument that the cross and the lynching tree need to form a dialectic. If the two are separated the cross becomes innocuous and meaningless. As Cone writes: Unfortunately, during the course of 2,000 years [Read More...]

Every day is a good day to call Congress about SOPA, PIPA

If you’ve visited Google or Wikipedia or Reddit today, then you’ve already encountered the widespread Web blackout in protest of two awful pieces of legislation which could, as Wikipedia says, “fatally damage the free and open Internet.” The goal of these bills is to combat online piracy and protect copyrighted material. Following are some links [Read More...]

Who decides who is a ‘minister’?

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School vs. EEOC involved the “ministerial exception” to many laws governing employers and the workplace. That exception reflects both an effort to avoid state entanglement in religious disputes and, more broadly, a bit of common sense. For example, say you’re the owner of a pizza place and you’re looking to [Read More...]

More thread for those who wish to discuss Ron Paul

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. — Martin Luther King Jr. Since we’re now approaching 300 comments on the previous Ron Paul-related post, it may be good to get some fresh, front-page thread for those who would like to continue [Read More...]

‘An Act for establishing religious Freedom’

This statute, written by Thomas Jefferson, was passed 226 years ago today by the Virginia General Assembly. Jefferson was rightly proud of that. The evangelical Christian voting bloc, influenced by lying con artists like David Barton, may cite the first line here as evidence that Jefferson believed in an Almighty God and creator. And influenced [Read More...]