Those who sell hatred also sell death

Yesterday, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin: At least seven people, including a gunman, have died in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in the US. The attacker “ambushed” a policeman at the scene, shooting him multiple times, before a second officer returned fire, killing the gunman, said authorities. The shot officer was among three [Read More...]

Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’


Please stop pretending that the orgy of hate last week at Chick-fil-A had anything to do with free speech. It obviously did not. I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. Fred Phelps. That’s why if you say you went to Chick-fil-A “Appreciation Day” because of “freedom of speech,” everyone knows you’re just play-acting. [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Hebrews 13:11-14 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by his own blood. Let us then go to him outside the [Read More...]

Untrustworthy spirits: Pat Robertson and Eliphaz

A couple of stray notes formed a chord for me. First was a remark by Ben Myers: So the Spirit has spoken to you, quietly, cogently, confirming you in a conviction? Eliphaz thought so too (Job 4). Eliphaz was one of Job’s friends in that profoundly strange and strangely profound story. Here’s all you need [Read More...]

Some cool news at Patheos

I knew of Jana Riess through her Religion News Service blog, Flunking Sainthood, and through John Fea’s enthusiastic praise of her as the editor of his award-winning book Was American Founded as a Christian Nation? So this bit of in-house news here at Patheos makes me happy: “Jana Riess will be joining Patheos as the [Read More...]

David Brody says tea party isn’t ‘far-right,’ just ‘constitutional’

David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network is upset that his beloved “teavangelicals” were recently described as “far-right.” That’s liberal speak for saying that these folks are crazy and off the reservation. The Tea Party calls these “far-right” folks “constitutional conservatives.” That’s the difference. The-latte sipping crowd in the NY-DC media corridor sees it one [Read More...]

NRA: Catering the apocalypse

Rayford Steele and Buck Williams greet the "ten international ambassadors who represented huge land masses and populations and reported directly to Carpathia."

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist, pp. 33-37 Jerry Jenkins’ crimes against continuity frustrate the reader’s every attempt to make sense of them. He’ll establish that the post-Rapture world is an anarchic, crime-ridden jungle of violent sinners-gone-wild, and then send Buck and Chloe off for a late-night stroll down quiet streets. Or he’ll drop a perhaps-nuclear [Read More...]

Up to Us


May the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten “Up,” Ticklepenny Corner “Up Above My Head,” Maria Muldaur & Tracy Nelson “Up Against the Glass,” The Botticellis “Up All Night,” Green “Up Around the Bend,” Creedence Clearwater Revival “Up in This,” Don McCloskey “Up the Hill Backwards,” David Bowie “Up the Spout,” Mateo Messina [Read More...]

Chick-fil-A Flustercluck: The Day After

Gracequeer Felicia Jenay Follum

“Had there been a Fox News back in 1960, I’m sure there would have been a Woolworth’s Lunch-counter Appreciation Day, too.” “The people who organized boycotts of these bigots and the places they represented back then were similarly accused of ‘intolerance’ at the time.” “If Mike Huckabee had declared yesterday ‘Homeless Appreciation Day,’ would the [Read More...]

Help of the helpless

NBC apparently opted not to include the hymn above in their coverage of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, so here’s a lovely rendition by Alison Krauss. I also like the version in the movie 28 Days Later, which will do until such time as Sinead O’Connor performs this song. And this Gospel arrangement [Read More...]