Kirk Cameron’s Citizen Cane


The movie’s unoriginal tag line — “Put Christ Back in Christmas” — follows that same Fox agenda of asserting sectarian hegemony. But Cameron also seems intent on also defending all the rest of the cultural accretions associated with the holiday — Christmas trees, boughs of holly, stockings, candy canes, partridges in pear trees, silver bells, Black Friday … maybe even Frosty and Rudolph — as being specific, sectarian expressions of Christian faith. [Read more...]

War: Because, hey, what’s the worst that could happen?

"What's the harm ...?"

As jaw-droppingly awful as it is to realize that Bill Kristol hasn’t learned anything from his complicity in the biggest, deadliest blunder of a generation, it’s just as awful to realize that many others haven’t learned anything from that mistake either. [Read more...]

Night falls, Mr. Moonlight


Do you know what day it is? Come on, say it … it’s link-day. Why Ken Ham is worse than Harold Camping. Monopolists who denounce competition as “socialism.” Plus @KilljoyProphets, 19th-century creationists, and how churches are like the Baltimore Police Department from “The Wire.” [Read more...]

Innocent? He was a violent thug — a vandal who threatened to tear down a House of God

Disgrace is a vital weapon for the Powers That Be. It’s their main tool — perhaps even more than physical violence — for ensuring that they remain the Powers That Be. That’s why they thuggify and dehumanize Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin just the same way that Rome thuggified and dehumanized Jesus Christ. [Read more...]

We went out in the dark and came back again


Conan and Groo, Mark Driscoll and Mel Gibson, movies and reality, ages and names, constitutions and conservatives, Wheaton students and Wheaton administrators. [Read more...]

Child refugees reader part 3: Christian voices

Faced with the moral and political test of tens of thousands of child refugees, some Americans are responding better than others. [Read more...]

So let the judgment fall on me


So, OK, I missed the Emmys — did Tatiana Maslany win for lead actress or supporting actress? Or both? (Plus some other links and stuff.) [Read more...]

‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ and the Magic Jesus Dream Boy


Romantic comedies are supposed to be about two people coming together — they both have to move toward each other. The set-up for “Christian Mingle: The Movie” suggests that one side of this couple doesn’t move — that he cannot and should not change because he’s already got all the answers. She pursues him because she’s lonely (and because, the trailer seems to suggest, no woman is complete without getting married). Why does he pursue her? [Read more...]