Denny Hastert, Speaker of the House, 1999-2007


A sex scandal is not the same thing as “public corruption or a corruption scandal.” But when a sex scandal leads to extortion, that distinction goes away. A politician who is willing to pay someone millions of dollars to keep quiet may also be a politician who is willing to vote or deregulate or administer their duties in a way that favors those leveraging their secrets against them. And that is the very definition of public corruption. [Read more...]

Two gnus, Voodoo woo woo, the Hoodoo Gurus, and other news


Gay lions on an anachronistic ark, curses on people who don’t believe in superstition, an honest assessment of George Weigel and/or Robert George, the great Michigan waffle war, and nothing in veterinary medicine makes sense. [Read more...]

The Council of Women for Home Missions this ain’t

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There’s a lot to criticize in the early-20th-century “Americanization” efforts of the various Protestant home mission societies, but there’s also a lot to admire. A hundred years later, a new council of prominent spokespeople for America’s Christian Values wants to revive all of the worst aspects of those efforts, while rejecting all that was good about them. [Read more...]



I’ve found something that’s sort of a piece of good news from the evangelical subculture. Plus: The holes in Swiss cheese; the loneliness of the small-town librarian; and Charlie the pencil-pushing Mexican demon is now also, apparently, gay. [Read more...]

God is not like Ramsey Snow


For those unfamiliar with the TV show “Game of Thrones,” this is a picture of Ramsey Snow, and he’s a monster. He’s smiling in that picture, and that can’t be good, because the only thing that makes Ramsey Snow smile is hurting people. His proudest achievement is the horrible torture he has wreaked on the wicked traitor Theon Greyjoy — a kind of Hell. [Read more...]

It’s Heresy Sunday — don’t fall for the trap


The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery. Or, more specifically, it’s an attempt at articulating mystery. You’re expected to affirm it, but anything you try to say beyond that can and will be used against you to convict you of heresy. It’s a trap, an efficient machine for the manufacture of “heresies” — with “heresy” there being defined as a failure to define the infinite in the way that orthodoxy supposes it has somehow managed to do. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.” [Read more...]



Some 50 million years ago, the ancestors of the rhinoceros ruled the world. But they’ve tapired off since then. Also: Greenland looks good on the map; the incomprehensible claim of Christianity; and how the market for donations from credulous and fearful white Christians is like the market for fizzy sugar water. [Read more...]