Memphis in the meantime baby

meantime

Action News — and the Jay-walking embarrassments they find to contribute to their ignoramus-on-the-street interviews — only imagine this is news because of the unspoken, and false, assumption that governs this “report.” That assumption is that there is no such thing as a non-Christian, only an anti-Christian. And, therefore, anything that is not an enthusiastic endorsement must be a vicious attack. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.25)

Woods

Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more...]

Religion and justice: Two corruptions

Every religion worth anything addresses this dilemma in two ways. First by requiring that its adherents practice both charity and justice here in this life. And second by extending the hope that such unfairness will ultimately be rectified, if not in this world, then in the next. When religion goes awry or becomes corrupt, it often results from or results in an emphasis on one of those two aspects to the neglect of the other. [Read more...]

Slightly different construct, same function

Abdelkader

Both of those scripts — the “Muslim-on-Muslim violence” narrative that mirrors our American “black-on-black violence” narrative, and the fearful “Clash of civilizations” narrative that projects inherent menace a la “Birth of a Nation” — require us to view Muslims as Other, and as essentially inferior. [Read more...]

Feel our souls wear out and our laces break

KateAndSon

Some Monday morning links, including: Joseph and the Appalling Totalitarian Despot revisited; our credit overlords tweak their formula; maternal mules; tearing the corporate veil; and grinning in the presence of mine enemies. [Read more...]

Evangelicals becoming better neighbors (ratchet, ratchet …)

Jiminy

Culture-war Christians are convinced that staying true to their beliefs requires them to “be a jerk about it,” lest they begin to waver in their commitment. And they are convinced that staying true to their beliefs requires them “to make our secular government impose” those beliefs on everyone else. As long as they are convinced of those two things, they can never be good neighbors. [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron’s Citizen Cane

CAMCAM

The movie’s unoriginal tag line — “Put Christ Back in Christmas” — follows that same Fox agenda of asserting sectarian hegemony. But Cameron also seems intent on also defending all the rest of the cultural accretions associated with the holiday — Christmas trees, boughs of holly, stockings, candy canes, partridges in pear trees, silver bells, Black Friday … maybe even Frosty and Rudolph — as being specific, sectarian expressions of Christian faith. [Read more...]

WeAreN’t helping when we take sides in sectarian violence

nun

Picking sides or defending one side in a sectarian conflict doesn’t alter the overall dynamic and cannot resolve the perpetual cycle of violence. The only thing that can do that is to ensure that religious freedom and other fundamental human rights are not contingent — that they are enshrined in the rule of law, equally, for the majority and the minority alike. [Read more...]


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