I drive my car, it is a witness

Some weekend links: “And then the woman let out a cry. I cannot describe it.” … Franklin Graham redefines “biblical truths.” … Liars for Jesus (contraception, Planned Parenthood, etc. — the usual) … An energy audit by the Godfather of Soul. … The whitest company in America. [Read more…]

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A wise guy in the sky invites you to his guilty party

The perpetual catechizing by tribal gatekeepers; 2014 Pat Robertson denounces evil, socialist 2008 Pat Robertson; lots of free pizza in the pipeline for Fracksylvania; the twilight of the haters. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (8.14)

Richard Rohr explains his hermeneutic, which is about Jesus, not literalism; Kiese Laymon on “The Worst of White Folks;” Helaine Olen on the victim-blaming “tyranny of personal finance;” Erik Loomis on outsourcing slave-wages and poison; and Cheryl Overs on how dehumanizing sex workers dehumanizes us all. [Read more…]

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The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be denied

If ice and dirt are not capable of willfully acting in bad faith, then the House Republican’s claim that “global warming is a total fraud and it is being designed” cannot be true. Unless inanimate objects are capable of fraud and deliberate dishonesty, the bad faith in this dispute cannot lie on the side of those claiming the reality of climate change. If dirt is not purposeful and evil, then the bad faith must lie on the other side. [Read more…]

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Mayo Clinic study: Rhino-horn extract killed Michael Jackson

Rhino-horn extract causes liver damage. Rhino-horn extract causes impotence. And baldness. Gout, flatulence, fatigue and lower-back pain. And cancer. The shady dealers trading in rhinoceros horns all secretly work for big multinational pharmaceutical companies. They deny this because they don’t want to be legally liable for the damage that ingesting rhino-horn is doing to the gullible rich people buying it. The bankers are all in on it. And Wall Street. And, um, the CIA. [Read more…]

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Senators clarify the terms of the disagreement

We can all get along. We can all agree that one side of this issue involves a realistic assessment of the evidence and the other side involves a delusional fantasy based on some perverse need to assert the absolute worst about others. Maybe we can’t agree on which side is which, but at least we can agree that this is the shape of the disagreement. [Read more…]

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YouTube and the God of Job

Toward the end of the book of Job, the character of God starts off listing all the incredible things he’s created as a way of bolstering his authority and trustworthiness. But then it starts to get away from him a bit. God starts grinning goofily at the thought of all these amazing creatures and the argument morphs into more of a reverie about just how freakin’ cool all this stuff he created has turned out to be. It’s like part-way through this theological discourse, the character of God wanders off and just starts surfing the Web, laughing with delight at animal videos on YouTube. [Read more…]

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In the story of Noah, climate change is humans’ fault

It should be impossible to read the story of Noah’s ark without very clearly understanding that this story is saying that: 1) humans are uniquely capable of destroying all of creation; and 2) humans are uniquely responsible to care for all of creation. But you can avoid that lesson if you decide to treat it as some other kind of story. [Read more…]

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