And may all your Jesuses be white

The Latter Day Saints officially renounce racial discrimination and “the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse … or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else.” Meanwhile, on Fox News, Megyn Kelly officially announces that Jesus was white, white, white. “That’s a verifiable fact,” she said, even though it’s verifiably nonsense. [Read more…]

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Mark Driscoll cannot escape the shame of his willingness to associate with Janet Mefferd

Let’s stop treating Janet Mefferd like she’s some kind of good, honest journalist for calling out Mark Driscoll’s plagiarism. She makes a living telling vicious, venomous lies about LGBT people and about Muslims. She hates those people and thinks that hate justifies her lies about them. That doesn’t make her a journalist, or honest, or good. [Read more…]

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Loaves and cakes: Jesus tramples on the religious liberty of his disciples

“Hold on a minute, there, Jesus,” the twelve said. “Some of these people might be sinners and people we disapprove of. Feeding them all would be like opening a store and having to sell your wares to everyone who came in, without discriminating between the worthy and unworthy customers. That violates our religious liberty.” [Read more…]

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Paprocki’s ‘exorcism’ failed. What does the outcome of this spiritual experiment tell us?

Paprocki’s experiment was not a test of the relative power of Christ and the church vs. Satan. His experiment, rather, was a test of the relative spiritual and moral authority of Archbishop Thomas Paprocki as opposed to the spiritual and moral authority of the Catholic laypeople of Illinois. [Read more…]

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Marriage equality in Illinois, 15 … 16 … 17 …

The surprising speed of this vote has sunk my marriage equality office pool — I’d picked Hawaii for No. 15, New Mexico at 16, and then Illinois. Since I’m clearly no good at guessing the order of these things, I won’t speculate about which will come first, but Hawaii and New Mexico are poised to join Illinois before the end of this year, or perhaps before the end of this month. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars

A barbershop sermon for the ages; the religious right is not in retreat; a Dozen Moms vs. Dracula; “the world is leaving them behind” and they’re scared; pious parents serve their piety by lying about vulnerable children; right-wing lawyer finally suspended; why God is not “the exclusive possession of the victors and owners of the world.” [Read more…]

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New Jersey people they will surprise you

I’ve been cautiously monitoring the court battle over marriage equality in New Jersey, the place of my birth. As John Gorka says, “I’m from New Jersey, I don’t expect too much,” and so I’ve been skeptical of the positive signs and reluctant to celebrate until it seemed clear that such celebration wasn’t just some cruel illusion. That’s the Jersey way of looking at things. But I think maybe we can celebrate now. [Read more…]

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A gay (Gol)goth(a) scene

It’s not possible to stand with only some people against the bullies, or — to use that theological language again — to share in God’s preferential option for only some of the oppressed. Any attempt to do that means accepting the bully’s bargain, so vividly portrayed in this video: Either join them in casting stones, or become a target of those stones yourself. [Read more…]

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