Postcards from the culture wars (5.21)

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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...]

You want much more than I’m giving

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Superlatives are the worst. Mike Warnke is making a comeback. It’s cruel to take teenagers to D.C. to make them lobby on behalf of “abstinence only” sex education. Bryan Fischer’s delusional persecution fantasy is kind of true in Daytona Beach, but those Christians were fined for helping poor people, so Fischer & Co. don’t care. [Read more...]

‘Granting an exemption … operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees’

If Hobby Lobby wins its case for a religious exemption, could Bob Jones be headed back to the Supreme Court?

Reading this older Ian Millhiser column at ThinkProgress, I’m struck by how pertinent the 1982 Supreme Court ruling in United States vs. Lee seems to be to the current Hobby Lobby hubbub. It seems to me that ruling in favor of the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby would require the justices to overturn Lee. Here’s [Read More...]

Inside this chest beats a plastic heart

Those were the days.

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...]

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

The gospel according to Flip Benham -- and officially endorsed as "evangelical" by Christianity Today.

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...]

For George Washington, #BringBackOurGirls meant something very different

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“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...]

Smart people saying smart things

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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...]

My expectancies become my fantasies

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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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