Rusty Houser hated women. He learned that at church.

Houser

I’m talking about the more fundamental teaching of John Russell Houser’s Southern Baptist church — the paramount religious and ethical teaching of that denomination, which says that women cannot and must not be trusted. Rusty Houser was shaped by a faith tradition that does not abide any question or challenge to its official required stance of legal and political opposition to abortion. His church taught him that women are immoral and untrustworthy, and — like Paul Hill and Scott Roeder — he took that teaching to heart. [Read more...]

Organ and tissue donation saves lives

BlueGirl

“The pathologist and the technologist have been known to clasp hands over the body, even cross themselves or say a silent prayer before the first incision is made, especially if both have children. I have stood at that table and searched for the elusive cause of death to give a family grieving the greatest loss imaginable an answer to the question they must have an answer to. ‘Why me? Why my baby? Why???’” [Read more...]

Tribal gatekeepers are not in the best interest of baseball

peteroseTime

Smith’s payoff secured a change in his behavior. Jones’ payoff ensured that his behavior will not change. We might argue that Jones has more integrity because he never strays from his original ideology, but this is faint praise — like arguing that Pete Rose had more integrity than the Chicago Black Sox because he was betting on his team to win instead of deliberately throwing the game. [Read more...]

Revisiting the immorality of the religious right’s ‘moral high ground’

TheFourandIreland

The religious right’s assertion that it represented the moral high ground was widely accepted for many years. But once they were challenged to defend that assertion, it proved to be indefensible. That’s why anti-gay ballot initiatives in the United States lost in 2012, and it’s why Irish voters overwhelmingly endorsed marriage equality in 2015. [Read more...]

James Dobson cannot really believe what he says about legal abortion and the Holocaust

If you're living under the Third Reich, your first moral obligation might not be to make a fortune peddling books about how to spank your children.

James Dobson isn’t alone in making this claim. The legal-abortion-is-worse-than-the-Holocaust line is so frequently repeated by anti-abortion white evangelicals that Dobson’s remark is really just a bit of “pro-life” boilerplate. But repetition hasn’t made this claim any less outrageous or any more credible as something anyone could possibly say in good faith. If you try — really try — to imagine the implications of someone saying such a thing whole-heartedly and in good faith, you’ll be forced to conclude that can’t be what Dobson is doing. [Read more...]

This day is not imagination’s child

IDontKnowEither

Texas Republican slaps down right-wing nonsense: “I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do. I’m not sure which is worse.” Plus: Privatized red-lining, Wanksy to the rescue, Bill Lindsey, Mallory Ortberg, and the 10,000th (10 millionth?) example of so-called pro-lifers demonstrating that they’re more concerned with controlling women that whatever else it is they claim to be concerned about. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (4.9)

TexasWhitePeople

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” [Read more...]

Painful nonsense

Icsi

He is telling us that “most of the people who have ever been born” have never been born. The word “born” cannot bear that. It will not allow itself to be used and misused in this way. We cannot make people who have never been born a subset of people who have ever been born. Neither language nor logic will allow it. [Read more...]


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