The culture wars are class war, and vice versa (2.12.17)

“Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious …” [Read more…]

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So far away from home, so far away from home

Some Friday-night gleanings from the week’s news, including: The ‘queen hunter’ chasing down terrorists; Alabama Republican corruption manages to get even worse; Michael Flynn is a liar and/or a mole; FBI priorities; and a simple if … then test for champions of “the unborn.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (2.8.17)

Coretta Scott King on why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has proved himself an enemy of voting rights and is unfit to serve as a federal judge. Rebecca Traister on what mass killers have in common. The United States Holocaust Museum refuses to be All-Lives-Mattered. Hitler scholar Ron Rosenbaum recognizes the playbook. And a pep talk of sorts from John Scalzi. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (1.19.17)

David Dark on James Lawson, being awesome. Willie James Jennings on the “tormented deployment” of a deformed idea of “reconciliation.” Nikole Hannah-Jones on segregationism in 21st-century America. Kristin Du Mez on “Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture war (12.1.16)

“The commandments are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (11.22)

“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.17)

Celia Riley, Seth Stevenson, and Jonathan Martin respond to the election. Ruth Ben-Ghiat on looking squarely at the things we’d rather not see. Maria Konnikova on why it’s so hard to tell victims they’ve been conned. [Read more…]

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Consent is necessary. This is not complicated.

Consent is necessary. This is the first, unavoidable aspect of any sexual ethics or ethical sex. It starts with consent. But every time we repeat that simple, modest claim, we get denounced by so-called “conservatives” who go off on mighty rants condemning us as though we had said something very different. Those rants all rail against the idea that consent is sufficient — that it is the whole, and only, aspect of any sexual ethics or ethical sex. [Read more…]

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