Fingers are crossed, just in case

Some Thursday morning links, including: Explaining Derek Jeter; literal and serious are not the same; happiness and meaning are not the same; freedom and hegemonic domination are not the same; the new colors of Frankenyear II; and more peevishness at Mr. Clarks. [Read more…]

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3 years ago: I think maybe part of the reason you’re so angry is you keep demanding that you get screwed and then, not surprisingly, you keep getting screwed

“You can stop it. You can stop it easily because the system that’s screwing you over can only keep screwing you over if you keep demanding that it do so.” [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Divorce. [Read more…]

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Outsourcing theocracy to Uganda: This is what bad fruit looks like

Uganda is 85-percent Christian. The U.S. is 70-percent Christian. This is not about missions or missionaries or the gospel, this is about outsourcing theocracy. And what these purported Christians are promoting in Uganda is evil. This is a tree bearing bad fruit. [Read more…]

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Roe v. Wade backlash myth clouds real history of state’s rights and segregated schools

White evangelicals in the 1970s were upset with the U.S. Supreme Court, but that anger wasn’t about Roe v. Wade or about abortion at all. That anger was about — to borrow Ronald Reagan’s preferred euphemism — “state’s rights.” It was about the belief that “that we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the constitution to that federal establishment.” [Read more…]

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You Gotta Believe! — rewriting 1973 to make ourselves happy

Watching Game 7 of that World Series on television back in New Jersey, I cheered and cheered. I didn’t cry at all because Wayne Garrett didn’t pop out to shortstop and I get to remember 1973 exactly the way I want to, the way I wish to, just like Al Mohler does. [Read more…]

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As sweet as any harmony …

She blinded me with linkage: Fewer Americans doubting their own experience of the climate; Rawlsian rats; green-screen creationism; giant squid; a solar-powered coal museum; 10 good reasons to look up; and a few other science-y things I thought were pretty neat. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Caleb’s clan. [Read more…]

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Virginia clerk does his best in a bad situation

“I commend each of you that is coming forward today for your courage. I think you do realize that by law, the Commonwealth of Virginia does not allow me to issue those marriage licenses to you,” Ferguson said. “I hope that if laws do change in the future, that you will choose to return one day to Arlington County to receive a marriage license.” [Read more…]

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‘Reportedly’ is your friend for unverified imaginary girlfriends

It doesn’t have to be that exact word, of course, but some such indicator has to be included so that readers know what they’re reading. They need to be told the truth about whether they’re being told This Is What Happened or they’re being told This Is What We’ve Heard Happened, which is not at all the same thing. [Read more…]

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