Regarding guns

“I like the American culture, such as it is,” Kurt Vonnegut said, “but let’s get rid of the f–king guns.” Ezra Klein, Joshua Holland, David Frum, and Adam Gopnik offer similar thoughts. [Read more…]

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Thoughts and prayers after Newtown

Excerpts from five responses you should read in their entirety, from Caitlin Michelle-Desjardins, Bruce Garrett, Ashley-Anne Masters, James McGrath and Andrew Hackman. [Read more…]

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Jesus. Not again.

“As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” [Read more…]

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NRA: The running man

Finally, Buck Williams wants something. That gives this chapter a momentum and a life that’s usually lacking in these books. It’s the one big thing that Jerry Jenkins gets right in this chapter that allows readers to hurdle past all the other things here, large and small, that he gets horribly wrong. [Read more…]

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SSDD: If the evangelical mainstream wants me to view the religious right as marginal, then they should do more to marginalize the religious right

Mainstream evangelicals generally do not identify with the tone and emphasis of the religious right. When people like me criticize the religious right, these mainstream evangelicals often complain that such criticisms overemphasize the influence of a vocal, but marginal, minority that does not represent the views of most evangelicals. But the religious right is not at all marginal, and it is, in fact, representative of mainstream white evangelicalism. [Read more…]

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Climate change is both a hoax and a sign of the End Times

“Bible prophecy scholars” insist that the Rapture and the End of the World are prophesied to occur in our lifetime. That’s what makes us special. It means that the Bible was written mainly for and about us — for and about the special 21st-century white Americans in whose special lifetimes these prophecies were ordained by God to occur. [Read more…]

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Christmas love songs

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. This week it’s a list of Christmas love songs. A bit of sentiment, liberal use of the word “home,” sprinkle in some snow and add some bells (jingle, church, or both) and you’ve got a holiday hit on your hands. [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: Blessedness. [Read more…]

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The perils and potential of N.A.L.T. (Not All Like That)

Dan Savage says Christians are constantly reassuring him that “We’re not all like that” — meaning that not all Christians are hateful or opposed to LGBT civil rights. But Savage says these NALT Christians should stop apologizing to him and start talking to those other Christians who are like that. For them, “We’re not all like that” might just be a revelation and an invitation to choose something better. [Read more…]

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The Internet and the end of the evangelical bubble (again)

He’s upset about something on the Internet, so he had the church secretary print it out. The print out was then placed in a file folder, which was carefully labeled and tucked away in the proper drawer. This is how he handles information, how he keeps control of it. And this has been how he handles people and keeps control of them. That used to work. It doesn’t any more. [Read more…]

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