The culture war has always been about race

Sen. Jesse Helms accepts the "Proudly Pro-Life" award from the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund in 1998.

Before the Reagan years, the culture wars were an anti-civil-rights struggle focused on race (“states’ rights,” busing, etc.), which drew support from white evangelical voters. After the Reagan years, the culture wars became an anti-feminist struggle focused on sex (abortion, LGBT rights, etc.), which solidified that white evangelical support into the GOP’s largest and most reliable voting bloc. That was a huge change. Or, maybe, it wasn’t. [Read more...]

That time Jimmy Carter walked into a nuclear reactor


Granted, Jimmy Carter isn’t generally described as “badass.” That’s a shame because building thousands of houses for Habitat should be thought of that way. And negotiating a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt involved high levels of bad-assery. Also, too, eradicating the Guinea worm? That’s so badass that Samuel Jackson should play Carter in the movie version of the story. [Read more...]

White evangelical voters, Donald Trump, and the evolution of the religious right

"There's a bear in the woods," Ronald Reagan reminded voters in 1984. That bear was not abortion or gays. It was Russia (and black people).

This isn’t really about Donald Trump. It’s about white evangelical voters and their support (later revoked) for Jimmy Carter and their support (later regretted) for George W. Bush. And it’s about why it’s misleading and anachronistic to imagine that the religious right of 1980 was anything at all like the religious right of 1988 or of 2004 or of 2015. [Read more...]

It takes a while for someone to really disappear

I'm not sure that Ted Cruz's new campaign slogan is a winner.

The “Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear Store” turns out to be the Shoot Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear Store. Plus: John Piper as the face of pro-life feminism; Jennifer LeClaire: sex-demon hunter and TV critic; and liking Batman for the wrong reasons. [Read more...]

Where you gonna run to? Tim LaHaye and Billy Graham vs. Peter Tosh and Nina Simone

Same words. Different sermon.

Nina Simone learned the song “Sinner Man” from her mother, who was a revivalist Methodist preacher. White revivalist preachers sang that song too, but even though most of the words were the same, the meaning was very different. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?


“I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
If Cain is avenged sevenfold,
truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.22)

From GeekAesthete, an analogy explaining why “All lives matter” is a dishonest response. Samantha Allen on the fragility of conservative gender ideology. David Roberts picks 10 false statements from Carly Fiorina’s cornucopia of climate lies. Margo Kaplan on the revealingly inconsistent regard for IVF. And Rebecca Traister on “The Big Secret of Abortion.” [Read more...]

The Satan-selling con-men are boring. Their Satan-buying audience is fascinating.


I read Sarah Zagorski’s article on Zachary King at and I am, frankly, bored by Zack King. But I am fascinated by Zagorski, and by her bosses at, and by the huge audience of “pro-lifers” who create the demand-driven market for clichéd con-men like Zack King. King is only telling Zagorski and her audience what they want to hear. And what they want to hear — what they want, they desire, they wish for and hope for — is a horror story. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 47: ‘Accidental honesty’

Jesus love the little children. Which is why they will all be disintegrated at the Rapture.

In the year 2000, about 30 percent of the world’s population was under the age of 15. That’s about 1.8 billion people. But Buck Williams, investigative journalist, doesn’t notice that all the children vanished in the disappearances until Hattie points it out to him. Twice. [Read more...]

Back to the ’80s: ‘I Performed Satanic Rituals Inside Abortion Clinics’ says ‘former Satanist’ at

Reparative therapy has helped Zack King to become an EX-Satanic-baby-killer.

Huge, if true: “Just after I turned 14, the coven members came to me and said that I was going to be involved in an abortion in about nine months. There was a sex party with all the male members between 12 and 15 and a female member over 18 and her purpose was to get pregnant, and then she was going to have an abortion in nine months.” [Read more...]