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

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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’

CatholicBishops

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)

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“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

Monticello

“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...]

7 @ 9: Florence and the machine

FlorenceandtheMachine

Blasphemy laws are being used for extortion because that’s what blasphemy laws are for. The “doctrine” of Hell is the worst imaginable slander against God. A positive step in Israel likely to cause religious right heads to explode in U.S. Sasheer Zamata is funny. Southern states determined to keep leading nation in unintended pregnancy. [Read more...]

‘He’s had one goal in life: That’s to go to Heaven’

"The Bible carries a perfect unity from cover to cover regarding its message and content, which speaks of its divine origin as ultimately written by God and not man. "

The otherworldly religion of white Southern Christianity cannot tolerate the Lord’s Prayer. All it can offer is a single-minded focus on leaving this world behind — a life that consists of waiting until it’s over. Rechristening sloth as piety is not just sinfully disobedient, it’s depressing as Hell. [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby is fine with forced abortions and mandatory contraception in China, but balks at voluntary contraception for American women

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Mandatory birth control in China is of no moral concern for Hobby Lobby, but access to voluntary birth control for American women is something it will fight all the way to the Supreme Court. The company has no conscientious objection to forced abortion in China if such objection would interfere with its ability to get kitschy rooster ornaments for pennies for the dollar. But preventive health insurance for female employees violates it’s deepest purported religious convictions. [Read more...]


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