Local News 2: Look at me! I’m a hero! I’m Corrie Ten Boom times William Lloyd Garrison!

This doesn’t quite amount to Holocaust denialism, but it is a kind of Holocaust diminishing — a way of disparaging the meaning and importance of that event and to reduce it to nothing more than a tool in service of some other end. That end is not primarily a political goal — ending legal abortion — but an emotional goal. It’s about the need to pretend that you are Good and Brave and Courageous when you already know that you are none of those things. [Read more…]

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‘Hope for an answer some day’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Talking Heads (RIP Jonathan Demme). The burning keeps me alive. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 133: ‘Mystery Dance’

Rayford’s newfound resolve to evangelize his daughter seems to have less to do with her eternal fate than it does with his own determination to exculpate himself, to fulfill his obligation to “force her” to choose and be done with it. As ever, it’s all about him. This is what the pressure to evangelize is often about. [Read more…]

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No, they’re not going to see *this* coming

Town hall meetings, public forums, letters, phone calls, etc., are only a starting point. Just as this legislation audaciously exceeds almost anything we’ve ever seen in terms of its harm and its malice, so too must our response exceed almost anything we’ve ever seen or done before. It’s time to read up on ACT UP. [Read more…]

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Spell C-A-L-H-O-U-N across the steel grey sky

Donald Trump’s comments on the Civil War are surprisingly ignorant, even when accounting for the fact that this is Donald Trump and his boundless ignorance should no longer be surprising. Historians have responded to the president’s confused statement, but I’m left longing for an alternate-history novel that reimagines the Jackson Era without Jackson. That could be fun. [Read more…]

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Local News 1: A pastor in prison

This is an existential problem. It gnaws at our identity, our sense of who we are. And it gets harder and harder to deal with every time our communities or our subculture is wracked with the kind of scandal that put that local pastor behind bars. [Read more…]

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‘You don’t count the dead when God’s on your side’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Nobel Literature laureate Bob Dylan. This song should be read alongside Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. Same idea — right down to the parallel meditations on Judas Iscariot. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the Civil Rights Movement of Martin come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” [Read more…]

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Mulder, it’s me

Please note that monkey-wrenching a despicably white nationalist Trump initiative with phone calls is not the paramount duty of patriots and neighbors at this time. We shouldn’t be making calls like that until after we’ve called our senators and representatives and flooded those phone-lines with sincere, passionately civil statements to hold those members of Congress accountable for holding Trump accountable. But this particular monkey wrench is available, and the machine needs to be stopped. [Read more…]

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