‘The animals are coming,’ so drive up the price of Ron Paul’s investments in gold

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, presents himself as a libertarian who believes in smaller, limited government and a strict adherence to the Constitution. Hogwash. For decades, Ron Paul churned out vile newsletters peddling unfiltered racism, anti-gay hysteria, and anti-Semitic, John Birch Society “trilateral” insanity. If you’ve got the stomach for it, you can peruse dozens of [Read More…]

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Stocking stuffers

Defining dominionism down: Good’s Kristin Rawls reports on a nice, attractive young couple who are helping to give dominionism a nicer, more attractive face. They’d prefer we don’t say “dominionism,” though, because in their ideal of a Christian America governed by biblical laws privileging Christianity, no one would be forced to convert: The Mitchells practice [Read More…]

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Someone wants to hear your story

The headline of this post is true for all of us, actually, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Someone wants to hear your story. But the point of this post is a bit more specific with regard to the someone and the you here. The someone in this case is Margot Starbuck, who’s an [Read More…]

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Drawing warmth out of the cold

Blessed Solstice, everyone. [Read more…]

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A ‘caustic and vitriolic’ culture

“MLK parade bomber sentenced to 32 years in prison” reports Nikolas K. Geranios of the Associated Press: SPOKANE, Wash. — A federal judge was not swayed by the last-ditch attempt from an Army veteran with extensive ties to white supremacists to change his guilty plea in a plot to bomb a Martin Luther King Jr. [Read More…]

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Church and state and a problem with paperwork

J.R. Daniel Kirk reminds me of a story. It’s a story I’ve told here before, years ago, but let me tell it again, briefly. It’s about my first marriage, which ended unhappily but began happily enough. This is a story from that happy beginning. It was 1991 and my then-fiancée did not have a birth [Read More…]

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Links for a fuzzy Tuesday

There may be a pattern here, but if there is, I don’t see it. My first-hand experience with mega-churches is pretty slim, so I’ve never seen a Singing Tree Christmas Spectacular. Wow. I’m watching this video — — and as the singer in the angel costume is being lifted up above the choir on a [Read More…]

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You have heard it said

Just a small bit more here on that passage in Romans I’ve been referring to as Paul’s mini-Sermon on the Mount. I call it that because it closely follows many of the things that Jesus taught in that sermon in the Gospels. Paul wasn’t quoting the Gospels — he was writing years, maybe even decades [Read More…]

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