Postcards from the culture wars (7.20)

Colbert

Those who believe God wants them to be “a bad guy.” What the Ultra-Neo-Reformed and the paleo-Catholic have in common (spoiler: it has to do with penises). Helping the poor a distraction from hating the gay. Reading the Lord’s Prayer in public — but not the verses that precede it. “Of course it’s a war on birth control, abortion, everything.” [Read more...]

Four things that happened

Eric Lembembe

Here are four things that happened, one after the other, over the course of the past three weeks. The sequence is undeniable. Whether that sequence means anything in terms of causality or of culpability I will leave for the reader to decide. [Read more...]

Bebbington, schmebbington: Evangelicals’ politicized animosity to gays and women is not a media invention

HidelyHo

Theological definitions don’t matter. You will never be branded as “controversial” or banished from the evangelical tribe for insufficient biblicism. Or because your enthusiasm for crucicentrism, conversionism or missional activism is regarded as suspect. But if you’re feminist or pro-gay, you’re out. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. [Read more...]

7 things @ 11 o’clock (7.11)

High times with Lawrence Welk. Justices packing heat. Dianna Anderson channels Nina Turner. Old Man Potter : Locusts :: George Bailey : Bees. A hedge fund manager tries and fails to convince his smarter son that homelessness is caused by homeless shelters. The self-satisfied obliviousness of an anti-gay “intellectual.” If you’re going to take bribes, just get cash, not an inscribed Rolex, a de la Renta gown and a Ferrari. [Read more...]

‘I sit on a man’s back, choking him …’

"Understand we're not you."

Leo Tolstoy, David Shelton, Sarah Moon and Nelson Mandela offer insights on the fear and the failure of imagination that keep the powerful from listening to the powerless, and thus from accepting that the first and foremost thing they need to do is stop punching people in the face, stop stomping on their feet, and get off their backs. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

PWFA

Jesus Christ, pugilist; Big Mountain Jesus; the Cardinal has long paid for contraception; reaching out to white voters; not standing by for street harassment; a woman is not a laptop; meat-eating vegetarian extremists; and more. [Read more...]

Neil Steinberg & Dave Gushee on the damaging idea that ‘hating gays is a bedrock of Christian faith’

ReligiousPersecution

From Neil Steinberg: “Ask the next rabbi you see if he feels oppressed because the United States government doesn’t enforce Jewish dietary laws. He’ll take a step back — distancing himself from the crazy person — and say, ‘No, and believe me, we know what real oppression is.’” [Read more...]

DOMA unconstitutional; Prop 8 goes away

DOMA

For more than a dozen years, supporters of DOMA, the federal law banning the recognition of same-sex marriages, have advocated a constitutional amendment saying the same thing as that law. Because they knew, and we knew, and everybody knew that DOMA was unconstitutional. After all, there’s really no point in even bothering with things like laws and rights and constitutions if at any point the majority can just start passing laws denying legal rights to minorities they don’t like. And now that’s official [Read more...]


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