It would be fine if the commandment said something like “Thou shalt not deliberately bear false witness against thy neighbor,” or if it said “Thou shalt not create/invent/fabricate false witness against thy neighbor.” But that’s not what it says. Read more

I imagine it went something like this: (inhales deeply) “No, dude, no. What if Trump’s actually, like, a genius. What if he’s actually good and smart and secretly working with Robert Mueller to save the world?” Read more

“Views that range from the bizarre to the bigoted” are no longer obviously disqualifying. Not that they really were in 1994, either. Read more

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” Read more

Numbers 5 might be a sneaky bit of Solomonic theater. Remember the story of wise King Solomon and the two women arguing over whose child was living? Solomon wasn’t really going to hack that baby in half with a sword. Read more

The laws of Moses did not permit abortion. The laws of Moses commanded it. Deliberately inducing miscarriages was something God required God’s priests to do. Complete with instructions, right there in our Bibles. Read more

Given this set-up, what really needs to happen is for Nicolae to put the gun in Buck’s hand and, mistakenly believing Buck to be in his thrall, order Buck to do the shooting. Read more

William J. Barber, Jemar Tisby, Ursula LeGuin, Rachael Denhollander, and Jamelle Bouie are talking. We should listen. Read more

“Instead of thinking about a choice as right or wrong,” Richard Beck writes, “Instead of moralizing our decisions — let’s ask if a decision is wise. Is this a wise thing to do?” This makes me think of stories, and of heroes, and of our daily suspense. Read more

“These are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.” Those words from a former deputy director of the FBI still seem relevant. Plus: Two great American Freds get their day and a letter to the editor gets republished. Read more

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