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


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...]

Postcards from the culture wars


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...]

The other side of the ‘evangelical left’ (part 1)


David Swartz’s book “Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism” is a history of my own little world — a little world shaped by many of the same people who shaped me. The “evangelical left” is Mark William Olson’s little world too, and as Olson says, there’s another side to this history. [Read more...]

Texas women stand up to bullying

With acoustics like this, you've gotta sing. (Dallas Morning News photo by Louis DeLuca from linked gallery.)

Sen. Wendy Davis planned to filibuster the bill, but its supporters weren’t worried. Texas’ rules for filibusters are quirky, draconian, and nearly impossible to follow. For Davis’ filibuster to succeed, she would have to speak for 13 straight hours without pausing, sitting, leaning, eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, or addressing anything other than the specific topic of the specific bill in question. [Read more...]

Paprocki vs. the Pope, on ‘emotional … anecdotal stories’

Francis: “I do not like it when people speak about tough situations in an academic and not a human manner, sometimes with statistics … and that’s it. In the Church there are many people in this situation.” [Read more...]

Tabitha, Lydia and the menace of female breadwinners threatening our ‘complementary relationships’

Erick, son of Erick. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr via AtlanticWire)

Erick Erickson: “Liberals who defend [women working] and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology — when you look at the natural world — the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role.” [Read more...]

How patriarchy ‘calls into question the validity’ of a sacrament


Catholic Answers: “The reason why the question ‘Who gives this woman to this man?’ never appears in a Catholic marriage liturgy is because the freedom of both parties to marry each other is so important that any suggestion that there is a lack of freedom by the bride to enter into the marriage — that she has, instead, been ‘given’ into marriage by her father alone or by her parents together or by anyone else — could call into question the validity of the marriage.” [Read more...]