Smart people saying smart things (2.14.17)

It’s never a bad time to re-read George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew congregation at Newport, but now seems like an especially good time. Plus: HIAS on religious liberty; David Blight on Frederick Douglass; and Austin Channing Brown on “identity politics.” [Read more…]

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Baptist identity means religious freedom for all (it’s not about dunking)

The defining distinctive for Baptists isn’t about how we baptize, but about why and when. Baptists get baptized when they choose to do so. Baptists get baptized because they choose to do so. And nobody else has any say in that choice. You’re free to choose — or not to choose — for yourself. This is why — as a matter of core identity and definition — you cannot be a Baptist without defending religious liberty for everyone. [Read more…]

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The culture wars are class war, and vice versa (2.12.17)

“Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious …” [Read more…]

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So far away from home, so far away from home

Some Friday-night gleanings from the week’s news, including: The ‘queen hunter’ chasing down terrorists; Alabama Republican corruption manages to get even worse; Michael Flynn is a liar and/or a mole; FBI priorities; and a simple if … then test for champions of “the unborn.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 121: ‘Buck’s new friends’

Faced with such astounding duplicity and hypocrisy, with Buck’s fervent condemnation of the very thing he himself is flagrantly guilty of, the Antichrist has an epiphany: Buck would make a great press secretary. Buck, alas, declines the job offer. He’s a busy man, after all. He’s got people to see, stories to bury, international conspiracies to cover up. Frankly, he’s swamped. [Read more…]

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We would have taken part with them

When we first learn about the hanging of witches in Salem or wherever else, we hear and absorb this story the same way we do the story of Cain and Abel. We’re Abel. If that had been us, we’d have been Abel. Or, if we stretch a bit more, we can just barely imagine that we might be Cain, except that if we had been Cain, then we would not have killed Abel. And we do the same thing with every other story of injustice and the slaughtering of the prophets, every story about fascism or slavery or Jim Crow. [Read more…]

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But you can’t expect to be bright and bon vivant

The most important (and interesting) thing about outrageous fake news and ridiculous lies from politicians isn’t why the speakers say such things. It’s why their audiences want and choose and wish those things were true. Also: Economic anxiety in the heartland; a fake Baptist doesn’t understand religious freedom; and making things uncomfortable for complacent senators. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (2.8.17)

Coretta Scott King on why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has proved himself an enemy of voting rights and is unfit to serve as a federal judge. Rebecca Traister on what mass killers have in common. The United States Holocaust Museum refuses to be All-Lives-Mattered. Hitler scholar Ron Rosenbaum recognizes the playbook. And a pep talk of sorts from John Scalzi. [Read more…]

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I’m just weary to my bones

Wherein I amend my earlier discussion of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the timid poetry editor who was also a beast in the streets for abolitionism. Also: Historical models for full-on Harriet-Tubman/Robin-Hood style resistance; Mark 9:38-41 in practice; Melania’s money-making scheme; and a look back at “A Thief in the Night.” [Read more…]

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The culture wars and the class war have merged

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more…]

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