Keep it loose, keep it tight

I have this Amos Lee song stuck in my head, so now I’m trying to get it stuck in yours. Plus: The specific wrongness of John Hagee; Scott Walker’s Cheese Shop Sketch; Intelligent Falling; and the fear that unites KJV-only fundies with their “inerrantist” cousins. [Read more…]

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How Bruce and Patti prove that Huckabee and Scalia are lying (and that they know full well they’re lying)

Antonin Scalia is also fully aware of the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching and practice on divorce and remarriage. He is fully, completely aware that any Catholic with a valid civil divorce has every legal, civil and constitutional right to remarry. And he is fully, completely aware that this has never in any way, shape or form ever meant that a Catholic priest could be legally compelled to consecrate such a wedding. Justice Scalia knows this. Everyone knows this. [Read more…]

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Now and then another bud unfolds

Please, please someone get an account for “Christian dating” app Collide and list Ruth 3:4 as your favorite verse. Also: NYC strikes a blow against the “credit score” scam; another post-sincerity religious exemption; everything you need to know about journalism in one headline; and a reminder that God is not a lethally incompetent railway worker. [Read more…]

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Taking too much too lightly

“I am quite confident that the Bible’s distinguished place in history will not be diminished in the absence of a state’s endorsement,” says Tennessee’s AG. And I agree (although I do like their choice for an official state song). Plus: Litigious man claims to have invented stale tropes; the Boongurunguru; more fun with the synoptic problem; and echoes of Galatians from the Friendly Atheist. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (4.9)

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (4.8)

Fred Kaplan on the outline of the deal with Iran. Mary Hunt on the Vatican Council on Women. Helaine Olen on the amnesia of the poor scolds. Marika Rose on the meaning of “Christianity.” And Ed Kilgore reminds us that “We’ve Used ‘Religious Liberty’ for Discrimination Before.” [Read more…]

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The Dyer consequences of ‘weaponized’ religious liberty for religious minorities and for the majority

The execution of Mary Dyer obviously had rather extreme consequences for her as an individual from a religious minority, but the consequences of that execution for the religion of the Puritan majority was even more extreme. It required that majority religion to take the shape of a political weapon. And it meant that this function as a coercive, weaponized tool of political power trumped any other consideration of creed or dogma or doctrine. [Read more…]

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Between Scalia and Charybdis (another non-scholarly look at why an awful Supreme Court ruling was awful and made RFRA necessary)

This is a false choice and a Bad Thing: “It may fairly be said that leaving accommodation to the political process will place at a relative disadvantage those religious practices that are not widely engaged in; but that unavoidable consequence of democratic government must be preferred to a system in which each conscience is a law unto itself or in which judges weigh the social importance of all laws against the centrality of all religious beliefs.” [Read more…]

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