Smart people saying smart things (5.30)


Julian of Norwich says, “so verily God is our Mother.” Vixen Strangely on “Men Who Hate Women.” Plus the Episcopal bishops of Michigan, Ed Kilgore on religious liberty, and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

Seeking a world of ten thousand years


A few things, including: Dillsboro, N.C., is a Southern Baptist version of Calvin’s Geneva. Thylacine! #YesAllBiblicalWomen. The romance of intensive biblical Greek. A Louisiana congressman explains that he is, above all else, a member of the oil industry. The ghost of Woody Guthrie vs. “Christian” radio host Rick Wiles. [Read more...]

Remember, remember from where you came


• Here’s a reminder of why religious instruction has no place in public education. If you support prayer in school, this is the kind of thing you’re supporting. • Matt Young on “The Pledge of Allegiance: Two Reasons Why Christians Should Not Say It.” Good Anabaptist reasoning there, and a killer proof-text for those who ascribe [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)


The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma on colonial homophobia; Natalie Burris on white evangelical gatekeepers; Heath Bradley on celibacy and “the church that changes;” plus Kurt Vonnegut, TBogg and Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (5.21)


“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


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...]