Smart people saying smart things (2.12)

Kali Holloway on “How Delusional Nostalgia Is Killing the White Working Class” (i.e., why Trump is winning). Walter Brueggeman sides with the Gospel against the Bible. Margo Kaplan asks and answers a question about how we treat IVF clinics. And Daniel José Camacho on how multicultural churches can wind up reinforcing racism. [Read more...]

‘If X is not wrong, then nothing is wrong’


Throughout all those years of refusing to admit that we had been wrong, and were still wrong — and of compounding that wrongness by failing to explore how and why we could have been so thoroughly, utterly, and monstrously wrong — white evangelical Christians sometimes tried to distract ourselves and others by changing the subject. We did this by borrowing Lincoln’s formula: “If X is not wrong, then nothing is wrong.” If we could find some other value for X — anything other than the enduring disgrace of our wrongness about slavery — then we could hope to reclaim some measure of moral credibility. [Read more...]

LifeWay Research gets it backwards on abortion


“Women Distrust Church on Abortion” reads the headline from the Southern Baptist LifeWay Research, announcing the results of a recent survey. This is precisely backwards. The truth is that LifeWay’s church distrusts women. They distrust women when it comes to abortion, and when it comes to almost everything else. [Read more...]

The culture war has always been about race

Sen. Jesse Helms accepts the "Proudly Pro-Life" award from the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund in 1998.

Before the Reagan years, the culture wars were an anti-civil-rights struggle focused on race (“states’ rights,” busing, etc.), which drew support from white evangelical voters. After the Reagan years, the culture wars became an anti-feminist struggle focused on sex (abortion, LGBT rights, etc.), which solidified that white evangelical support into the GOP’s largest and most reliable voting bloc. That was a huge change. Or, maybe, it wasn’t. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.22)

From GeekAesthete, an analogy explaining why “All lives matter” is a dishonest response. Samantha Allen on the fragility of conservative gender ideology. David Roberts picks 10 false statements from Carly Fiorina’s cornucopia of climate lies. Margo Kaplan on the revealingly inconsistent regard for IVF. And Rebecca Traister on “The Big Secret of Abortion.” [Read more...]

Back to the ’80s: ‘I Performed Satanic Rituals Inside Abortion Clinics’ says ‘former Satanist’ at

Reparative therapy has helped Zack King to become an EX-Satanic-baby-killer.

Huge, if true: “Just after I turned 14, the coven members came to me and said that I was going to be involved in an abortion in about nine months. There was a sex party with all the male members between 12 and 15 and a female member over 18 and her purpose was to get pregnant, and then she was going to have an abortion in nine months.” [Read more...]

Would Mike Huckabee send the FBI to protect the personhood of this 40-year-old unborn twin?

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I wouldn’t guess that either Rubio or Huckabee — or most of their fellow anti-abortion, “personhood begins at conception” proponents — would want to extend this claim of full personhood and full citizenship to this unviable unborn twin. The problem, for them, is that they haven’t got any clear rationale for exempting that fetus in fetu from the categorical, absolute claim they are making about human personhood from the moment of fertilization. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.13)


“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” [Read more...]