Heterosexual marriage still unthreatened in all 50 states

No-fault divorce laws did not mandate that Catholic priests had to start sanctifying remarriages. The repeal of Prohibition did not mean that Southern Baptists had to start drinking. Marriage equality does not ask or require anything of Catholics and Southern Baptists either. Their insistence on pretending that somehow it does is, at a very basic level, just weird. [Read more…]

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History matters: Juan Cole on religious conflict in Iraq

It was foolish to think that voting and elections could bring “democracy” or “freedom” to post-Saddam Iraq without first establishing a bill of rights guaranteeing secular government and legal protections for religious minorities. Attempting the former without the latter just puts religious freedom at stake in every election. That’s a guaranteed recipe for sectarian civil war. [Read more…]

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The sleep walk never ends

A few things, including: Sunday school malpractice; Alice’s hippie Jesus; an unfortunate billboard; Ararat and Olympus Mons; James Dobson’s “freedom to worship;” and poor Wayne, still in handcuffs after 30 years. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.30)

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…]

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Seeking a world of ten thousand years

A few things, including: Dillsboro, N.C., is a Southern Baptist version of Calvin’s Geneva. Thylacine! #YesAllBiblicalWomen. The romance of intensive biblical Greek. A Louisiana congressman explains that he is, above all else, a member of the oil industry. The ghost of Woody Guthrie vs. “Christian” radio host Rick Wiles. [Read more…]

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Remember, remember from where you came

• Here’s a reminder of why religious instruction has no place in public education. If you support prayer in school, this is the kind of thing you’re supporting. • Matt Young on “The Pledge of Allegiance: Two Reasons Why Christians Should Not Say It.” Good Anabaptist reasoning there, and a killer proof-text for those who ascribe [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.25)

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…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (5.21)

“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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