Marco Rubio and the Hebrew Congregation of Newport


To Sen. Marco Rubio, President Obama’s visit yesterday to a Baltimore mosque was “divisive.” Obama’s acknowledgement of the equal rights of religious minorities, to Rubio, amounts to “pitting people against each other.” So let’s revisit President George Washington’s 1790 “Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport.” It’s really good, but Marco Rubio isn’t gonna like it. [Read more...]

A Ted Cruz win could further Bartonize ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism

Publisher Thomas Nelson withdrew David Barton's "The Jefferson Lies" due to its many inaccuracies. If Barton's patron, Ted Cruz, gets the GOP nomination, it could become required reading for white evangelicals.

If the Republican Party winds up rallying behind Ted Cruz, then the gatekeepers of white evangelicalism will fall in line. They’ll do so partly out of reflexive partisan loyalty, but partly out of financial necessity, because many of the same big donors who have contributed more than $38 million to David Barton’s pro-Cruz super-PAC are the same rich white guys who write big checks supporting mainstream white evangelical institutions. And that will be bad news for the evangelical critics of Barton and Bartonism. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (11.3)


Digby on David Barton’s growing influence in the Republican Party. Rick Pearlstein and Brad DeLong have more to say about the current state of the GOP. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry states it plain. And Samantha Field on turning away from lies she’d been taught. [Read more...]

This is Monday and we’re making pies


Monday miscellany, including: the scapegoat of the House; horrible grown-ups; waiting for the iSponge; MLK and his namesake; fundamentalist culture; a new home for Oklahoma’s Nehushtan; and how imaginary Planned Parenthood is like the First Citiwide Change Bank. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.21)

GOP analyst Steve Schmidt analyzes the GOP. Amy Davidson on the right’s backwards Dred Scott analogies. Reggie L. Williams on the whiteness of American theology. Benjamin Park on Kim Davis’ Christian nationalism. And the New England Journal of Medicine on Planned Parenthood. [Read more...]

As one by one the lights go out


The “Jade Helm” military training exercise ends without anything like any of the right-wing conspiracy theories about it coming true, thereby confirming those theories for the right wing and ensuring that the name Jade Helm will live on, like Whitewater and Benghazi, in the endlessly invoked litany of non-existent proofs of liberal nefariousness. Also: Ranking holiness; glib and woolly moralizing; the arrest of a gamergater; and the Worst Movie Break-In of All Time. [Read more...]

Baptism is always a political act


Believer’s Baptism requires the separation of church and state. More than that: Believer’s Baptism defiantly asserts the separation of church and state. It declares and demands and demonstrates the separation of church and state. [Read more...]

Everyone says love is a labor


Former Southern Baptist “ethics” spokesman Richard Land is still talking. Land is still utterly baffled by the concept of consent, and he can’t understand Kids These Days, with their unbiblical notions that sexual ethics should have anything to do with honesty and fidelity. Plus: A Republican governor attacks the police; another fun biblical-studies detective story; and a reminder of Sarah Palin’s old Secret Service nickname (it was not “McKinley”). [Read more...]