Inside this chest beats a plastic heart

The Subway police blotter. Fox grifter Todd Starnes winks at the camera. Why we need a Dignitatis Humanae for American evangelicals. Pennsylvania white supremacist celebrates two years as officer of Republican county committee. Can we trust NBC with “Hellblazer”? [Read more…]

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Tribal gatekeepers officially enshrine Phelpsian bigotry as ‘evangelical’ and ‘Too Christian’

Bryan Fischer is a member in good standing of the white evangelical tribe. The tribal gatekeepers have rarely seen fit to criticize Fischer, let alone to pronounce his banishment. He can bear false witness day after day, saying the most horrible slurs about gay people, women, immigrants, black people, Latinos, feminists, scientists and college graduates, and yet he will never be “Farewell”-ed the way people like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren or even for goodness’ sake Rachel Held Evans have been. [Read more…]

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For George Washington, #BringBackOurGirls meant something very different

“Card-playing and wine-drinking were the business at his parties, and he had more of such company Sundays than on any other day. I do not mention this as showing, in my estimation, his anti-Christian character, so much as the bare fact of being a slaveholder, and not a hundredth part so much as trying to kidnap this woman; but, in the minds of the community, it will weigh infinitely more.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Rachel Held Evans on the strange exemption of Jesus’ teaching from “literal” interpretation. Dahlia Lithwick and William Lindsey on the Supreme Court’s decision that religious majorities should enjoy the majority of religious rights. Jane Mayer on “Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi.” And Kathryn Joyce on the pattern of sexual abuse in authoritarian, unaccountable Protestantism. [Read more…]

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My expectancies become my fantasies

I checked — Tim Challies’ “False Teachers” series is not actually a parody mocking the self-importance of self-appointed tribal gatekeepers. … Lots of new places to be legally shot at in Georgia. … Coprolites! … Charisma magazine is not big on understanding irony. … “No spacemen up above, and we’re still far from love …” [Read more…]

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The establishment gets religion: It’s the National Day of Prayer

In 1952, Congress passed a law establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual religious observance. Quick: give me another sentence that uses the words “Congress,” “law,” “establish” and “religion.” [Read more…]

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

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…]

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Pope Francis says maybe to civil unions

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…]

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