Talking to people that I’ve never met


Besides all that lightning, stove, bifocal, swim-fin, Treaty of Paris, fire department stuff, Ben Franklin also invented Net Neutrality. Really. Plus: Oil trains blow up, Roman civil religion, a historical society wants to believe, and a reminder that mosquito bands, homeopathy, and Mickey Kaus are all bunk. [Read more...]

I wish that everybody had a friend like my second-best friend

"Hell is other people." -- Jean Paul Sartre

A Florida “church” takes that whole “become all things to all people” a bit too far. We’re spending billions for an inferior version of tap water — how is that not really dumb? Plus: evangelical primitivism, the edges of worship, and more on the zombie lie of the narrative of decline. [Read more...]

Dig this


Since I’m not yet sure that I can recommend the new USA Network show “Dig,” let me instead recommend three alternatives — a book, a TV series, and an album — that are all kinda sorta related. [Read more...]

And I’ll just let you guess the rest

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You haven’t really arrived until Christianity Today warns that you’re a menace to the morals of youth. A reminder that prosecutors cannot magically turn a 12-year-old into a 20-year-old, no matter what they’re accused of doing. Plus: The unbreakable Boze on the Unbreakable Kimmy; Jessica Valenti drinks a big mug of male tears; Franklin Graham is still awful and Cyndi Lauper still rocks. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

Trial by ordeal and mandatory abortion -- it's biblical!

“When he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her womb shall discharge, her uterus drop, and the woman shall become an execration among her people. But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, then she shall be immune and be able to conceive children.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 24: ‘Inhumanly pro-family’


“Here we see the “pro-family” ethic of Timothy LaHaye’s brand of religious conservatism at work. Rayford is, first and foremost, a husband and a father. The dead and the dying who surround him at the airport are strangers, untermenschen. They are not his family and therefore, according to LaHaye’s pro-family view, Steele is right to ignore them on his way back to Irene and the kids. (Even though, by now, Steele has a pretty good idea that Irene and the kids are long gone.)” [Read more...]

It’s Friday the 13th once again …


Legend has it that on Friday the 13th, just before midnight, one of the greatest Americans who ever lived returns from the grave to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And Mr. Douglass is all out of bubblegum. [Read more...]

Something like love should hold me up high


I don’t recall reading any interviews with Jon Stott about his leaving evangelicalism for the Anglican Church. It’s perfectly legal to execute an innocent person — William Rehnquist said so. The Eggman of Euclid is not the worst Ohio criminal on the loose. And two trailers that explain why I’ll probably be pretty unproductive next month. [Read more...]