The Fall of the House of Graham (ongoing)

The transition from Billy Graham to his son Franklin Graham is a microcosm of the past 40 years of white evangelical Christianity in America. For Billy, the primary thing was always proclamation evangelism. That was the core of his identity. For Franklin, the primary thing is always the culture wars — anti-feminism, white supremacy, and the lucrative demonizing of the Other. That is the core of his identity. [Read more…]

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Whatever happened to ‘pro-life Democrats’? Go see ‘Spotlight’

The once mostly Catholic phenomenon of congressional “pro-life Democrats” ended due to the horror of the clergy abuse scandal. Thus nowadays, most “pro-life Democrats” are really blue dogs — “social conservatives” who have found other, more effective, ways of signaling that social conservatism and all that it entails. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.11)

Elias Chacour, Barack Obama, Liz Plank, Rebecca Solnit and 111 United Methodist clergy and candidates discuss friends and enemies, truth and fiction, hope and cynicism. There may be a theme here. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (5.6)

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” [Read more…]

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Seems like a thousand years to go

I’m not saying that everybody needs to heap praise on Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade,” but if you’re a married man and you’re freaking out condemning it, then we’re all going to have to assume you’re cheating on your wife. Also: A Pennsylvania primary roundup; Bad Jackie in the news; the ignoble history of guns in church; and more. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (4.26)

Rick Perlstein on the unpleasant political lineage of Trumpism. Adam Kotsko and Deborah Jian Lee on the whiteness of white evangelicalism. Andre E. Johnson on the old arguments resurfacing as “bathroom bills.” And John Oliver on abortion laws. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (4.12)

“Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love — so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” [Read more…]

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Hand me down my walkin shoes

Jay Sekulow and Pat Robertson are among the many prominent anti-abortion Christians in the “pro-life movement” who never got the memo about the Standard Answer. They agree with Donald Trump’s first answer — women should be punished. Also: Another manufactured-home community buys their land; the Bible has a trajectory; religious liberty for racist landlords; and What Would Fred Rogers Do? [Read more…]

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