Captain Kirk, the Green Woman, and the Bible

She must have been one of Kirk’s romantic conquests, right? If you had asked me that, I’d have told you, yes, of course, everyone knows that. J.J. Abrams even included a funny reference to it in the 2009 movie reboot. But as Horáková points out, that’s wrong. James T. Kirk never even met that green woman. The text doesn’t always say what we are sure it says. [Read more…]

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Holy Saturday

Yesterday was this same Saturday, and so was the day before that, and the day before that, and the day before that. Why should we expect that tomorrow will be any different? Seriously, just look around. Does it look like the meek are inheriting the earth? Does it look like those who hunger and thirst for justice are being filled? Does it look like the merciful are being shown mercy? [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 130: ‘Dissipation’

Every attitude expressed by Buck here — his condescending exploitation, his bitter, spiteful frustration — is reinforced later in the book or the series by born-again characters intended to be perceived as wholly reliable narrators. Hattie refuses to be merely a sexless and submissive helpmeet, so she is condemned as a slut. These are, in the world of Left Behind, binary options for women. [Read more…]

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I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly

Michele Bachmann still treats “Left Behind” as a how-to manual for politics. White Christians in Alabama are fine with disenfranchising black voters, but not with extramarital affairs. “I’m going to rewrite the ‘Pina Colada Song’ as a Palm Sunday story,” somebody thought, and did. And Billy Sunday wasn’t much of a hitter, but he once stole 82 bases in a single season. [Read more…]

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Something has to be done

We can’t just sit around and do nothing, we say. And thus something becomes our only option. And if it is our only option, it must be the correct option — a duty and a moral imperative: We have to do something. And thus we’ve trained ourselves never to consider the possibility of everything or anything else. [Read more…]

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‘Just another death on the bottom of the page’

Today’s protest anthem and Saturday open thread comes courtesy of Daniel Amos/da. Keep on rockin’ in the free world.   [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 129: ‘Body and Soul’

Jerry B. Jenkins sat at a computer and typed these words: “Let me give you an idea how a woman thinks.” And then — inexplicably, unforgivably — he kept writing. If ever the seas were going to boil, the skies were going to fall and the moon was going to turn to blood, it should have happened then. [Read more…]

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Who is my neighbor?

The question, as always, is an attempt to find a loophole or an escape clause. Whenever we ask “Who is my neighbor?” what we really mean is “Who is not my neighbor?” or, less tactfully, “Can’t you please just tell us that there’s somebody we’re allowed not to love?” [Read more…]

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