John Courtney Murray is still dead

And buried.

Blood transfusions, you see, are religiously forbidden for Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is to say, in Alito’s apparent way of thinking, the religious scruples against blood transfusions do not involve a legitimate religion. Concern about abortion, however — even when that concern has no factual basis — is a legitimate religious scruple because, well, it’s Catholic. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)

Louisville

Dr. Jen Gunter responds to the odious George Will; Marika Rose on women in systematic theology; Richard Burridge on those evil, unbiblical abolitionists; Danny Cortez won’t lead a church that won’t accept his son; and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)

Julian

Julian of Norwich says, “so verily God is our Mother.” Vixen Strangely on “Men Who Hate Women.” Plus the Episcopal bishops of Michigan, Ed Kilgore on religious liberty, and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

Anti-abortion activist says Obama’s presidential library will be just like Heaven

12weeks

Erasing those women — eliminating them from our imagining — is probably the second-most horrifying thing about the ghost story that Michael Bresciani has assigned us to imagine. Perhaps even worse than that, though, is this terrifying realization: Bresciani’s surreal imaginary haunting of the Obama presidential library provides an image of what the majority of white evangelicals insist that Heaven is like. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)

Vonnegut

The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma on colonial homophobia; Natalie Burris on white evangelical gatekeepers; Heath Bradley on celibacy and “the church that changes;” plus Kurt Vonnegut, TBogg and Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

My expectancies become my fantasies

PoopDeck

I checked — Tim Challies’ “False Teachers” series is not actually a parody mocking the self-importance of self-appointed tribal gatekeepers. … Lots of new places to be legally shot at in Georgia. … Coprolites! … Charisma magazine is not big on understanding irony. … “No spacemen up above, and we’re still far from love …” [Read more...]

GOP Rep. Stacey Campfield, Obamacare, and the Israeli health system

IsraelHealth

If Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield thinks Obamacare is like the Holocaust, he should take a look at Israel’s Health Ministry. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

"Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]


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