In defense of the true ‘true Scotsmen’

The “No True Scotsman” fallacy is a common way of exempting a group from any culpability for the bad actions of members of that group. More generally, the useful Wikipedia article linked to there describes it as: An ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim, [Read More…]

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Satan? Or merely Hitler?

TEAM SATAN Susan Tyrell, Bound4Life: The kingdom of Satan is united, which is why, for this season, it’s successful. Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue: Obama supports infanticide in America, and forced abortion China. He is patently evil in his efforts to kill the innocent. Troy Newman, Operation Rescue: It’s an abortion facility and often [Read More…]

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Michele Bachmann calls for guaranteed employment for all

Rights come with responsibilities, my conservative friends are always saying. And they’re right about that. And because they’re right about that, then they must also agree with me that responsibilities come with rights. If, for example, I am responsible for keeping the sidewalk in front of my house clear of snow in the winter, then [Read More…]

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‘That’s still funny, sweetie’

Instead of voting on President Obama’s jobs bill last week — or on anything to address America’s ongoing jobs crisis — the House of Representatives voted to reaffirm that America’s official motto remains its official motto. Steve Benen notes that the president chided Congress for wasting time with a nonbinding symbolic vote to reaffirm a [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Tommy Craggs: “The Stupid Moral Panic Over Mocking Tim Tebow; Or, What Would Jesus Do About Tebowing?“ Whenever Tim Tebow takes a knee on the field and thanks God, he is engaging in a very conscious act of moral grandstanding. I write that with no judgment whatsoever. Tebow is saying, “Look at me,” just as [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 Timothy 6:3-10 Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among [Read More…]

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This week in monsters

W. Scott Poole on “Praying to the Zombie Jesus: The Spirituality of Horror” You might assume that all of this zombie Jesus talk exists on the level of simplistic parody, barbs hurled at Christianity by its less-than-cultured despisers. You would be wrong. Zombie Jesus has provoked some serious spiritual and existential reflection. Laura Larson’s “The [Read More…]

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Worshippers of Bully-God seek religious freedom to be bullies

The state of Michigan has passed a new law saying that some forms of bullying are wrong. But for those in Michigan who believe that the God they worship is an Almighty Bully in the sky, and that this Bully-God requires them to bully others, Michigan says it’s perfectly legal and peachy-keen to keep tormenting [Read More…]

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