We won’t come back from Dead Man’s Curve

President Richard Nixon on "Laugh In."

Imagine a world in which the stuff Pat Robertson says was actually true. Galifianakisgate. The religious liberty to beat infants with wooden spoons. Religious right groups claim that Thin Mints, Do-si-dos are abortifacients. Mike Huckabee briefly stops slut-shaming in order to praise himself for being chivalrous. [Read more...]

Pope Francis says maybe to civil unions

In the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, this couple is in a civil union. Bruce and Patty have been legally married for more than 22 years, but because Mr. Springsteen's previous marriage ended in divorce, the church does not recognize this marriage as legitimate. (Getty Images photo by Jon Raedle.)

Roman Catholic Church is not lobbying to make it illegal under secular law for anyone to obtain a civil divorce. Nor is it attempting to prevent divorced people from access to legal, civil remarriage. Divorce and remarriage are, in the eyes of the Catholic church, sins. But the church acknowledges that they are also a legal right that it would be unjust and immoral (i.e., sinful) to deny others. There’s no reason — no Catholic reason — that Pope Francis and his church could not take the same approach to same-sex marriage. [Read more...]

There’s buzzing, there’s static, someone’s on the line


A good source for tracking events in Ukraine. Sousveillance and small-town Texas police. Michael Walzer on the hatred of imaginary Jews. Flipping the script on “religious liberty” as religious privilege. “Do not be alarmed if your Bird Bible has a faint egg smell.” My favorite moment from the Academy Awards. [Read more...]

A wolf in wolf’s clothing: Reviving the ‘religious liberty’ to hang Quakers in Boston Common


The attempt to redefine “religious liberty” as a license to discriminate isn’t really a “wolf in sheep’s clothing that masks discrimination under a veneer of piety.” It’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing, with a veneer of piety that has never fooled anyone. It is the same impious impulse that led good Christian people to hang Mary Dyer on the Boston Common. [Read more...]

‘An excellent job at de-evangelization’


If you set out deliberately to destroy the church and pervert the gospel, you probably still couldn’t come up with anything as diabolically effective as the teavangelical nonsense of the angry white religious right. Here is some good commentary on Arizona from William Lindsey, E.J. Dionne and Rachel Held Evans. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (2.26)


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

Kansas Christianists seek monopoly on worldly honors and emoluments

Dimmitt, Texas, 1949.

This bill is the epitome of the recent effort to redefine “religious liberty” as a way of enshrining the privileges of the privileged. It is an attempt to, in Thomas Jefferson’s phrase, secure a “monopoly on worldly honors and emoluments.” The thing about monopolies, of course, is that unlike liberties, they can’t be enjoyed by everyone — only by the select chosen few. [Read more...]

This is what actual ‘religious liberty’ looks like


“Plaintiffs honor, and yearn for, the sacred values and dignity that other individuals celebrate when they enter into marital vows in Virginia, and they ask to no longer be deprived of the opportunity to share these fundamental rights.” [Read more...]