Smart people saying smart things (12.13.14)

Randi Harper on online abuse; Chris Rock on the whiteness of Hollywood; Damaris Zehner on the “perspicuity of scripture;” Mark Fallon confirms that “Dick Cheney was lying about torture;” and David Brin on “Abortion and the ‘Jesus Effect.’” [Read more...]

Pardon the way that I stare

TheCage

The Cage, but no Kirk, plus some Thursday links and musings, including: Anti-abortion groups get on board defending pregnant workers’ rights; a judgmental condemnation of judgmental stereotypes of Christians; congrats to Ian Ebright; and more egotistical index-skimming — here and on distant planets. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.25)

Woods

Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more...]

The Satanic Panic arose from abortion politics

Same shtick, different day.

Rather suddenly — in about a decade — white evangelical politics, identity, piety and dogma were rewritten and recentered around the assertion that a wicked Other was murdering babies. Toward the end of that decade, a con-man comedian became one of the top-selling white evangelical recording artists by concocting grisly horror stories about wicked Others who murdered babies. Toward the end of that decade, a moral panic swept the country, driven by a fear of a shadowy conspiracy of, yes, wicked Others who murdered babies. [Read more...]

‘They’re evil humans. They are butchering children for a living’

Plastic

Janet Mefferd perfectly illustrates what C.S. Lewis described as “a determination to cling” to a deliberate lie “for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible.” [Read more...]

Ice-buckets, IVF and mass-murderers

One of these things is not like the other.

If you accept the anti-abortion premise and the anti-abortion logic of the Catholic hierarchy’s opposition to the ice-bucket challenge, then you must also believe that IVF fertility clinics are slaughterhouses far worse than any abortion clinic. You must also believe that couples who have used IVF treatments to have children are also morally repugnant killers complicit in mass murder. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)

Murded

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

‘I think religious preoccupation with abortion is largely about controlling the sexuality of women’

AintThatAmerica

John H. Richardson’s remarkable Esquire profile of Dr. Willie Parker is going to make a lot of people very upset. I hope that at least a few of them read the whole thing without reflexively railing against Parker in the stale terms that he anticipates, and rebuts, throughout the article. Dr. Parker says many true things and no false ones. We should not be afraid to listen to this man. [Read more...]


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