Smart people saying smart things (10.22)

Greta Christina on “A Woman’s Room Online;” Isabel Wilkerson on “the haunting symmetry of a death every three or four days;” The Church for All Sinners and Saints on, well, the church for all sinners and saints; Yvette Cantu Schneider on the death of the “ex-gay” movement; and Alastair Roberts on (white) “evangelical folk religion.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.16)

Maureen Ryan on the cesspool of online misogyny; Atrios says the same thing he always says about the deficit; Jerry Seinfeld gets an award; Paul Waldman makes a sad, but likely, prediction; and Ta-Nehisi Coates is an outlaw. [Read more...]

‘Because of the angels’

"Because of the angels."

This verse seems, today, to be absurdly impenetrable — a biblical madlib in which any other noun could be substituted for “angels” with no loss or addition of meaning as far as we’re concerned. “A woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the otters.” Just as clear. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.5)

David Sheff, “If You Want to See Inequality in the US at its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot” When I reached the front of the line, I handed the clerk my credit card, on which she charged $472. I retrieved my car and drove home. I left behind the roomful of my fellow citizens, a [Read More...]

Mr. Chesterton, Tear down that fence! (more on ‘accommodating the prevailing culture’)

BerlinWall

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up,” G.K. Chesterton said. That’s good advice. But Chesterton’s maxim works backwards as well as forwards. If we come to know that there’s no good reason for the fence — or only bad reasons for it — then we’re obliged to take it down. [Read more...]

If you’re fighting to preserve the status quo, you cannot accuse those who seek to change it of ‘accommodating to the prevailing culture’

AKCP

Defending the status quo of the prevailing culture by accusing those trying to change it of “cultural accommodation” is self-refuting nonsense. It makes no sense — particularly when coupled with the narrative/assertion that says those seeking change are dangerous revolutionaries. Those two things cannot both be true. These people cannot both be radical revolutionaries threatening to overthrow the prevailing culture and also squishy conformists so desperate to be affirmed by that prevailing culture that they will redefine themselves to accommodate it. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.25)

Woods

Lt. Col. William J. Astore (USAF, ret.) on the American cult of bombing; James Woods (not that one) responds to an anti-abortion survey; Amy-Jill Levine on the parable of the son who refused to be taken in; Josh Marshall reminds us that the Reformation was a bloody mess; and Rachel Held Evans on the big sins crippling the white evangelical church. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.28)

Rebecca Mead profiles Mary Beard, “The Troll Slayer.” A rabbi and an imam on Gaza. Caroline Schleier Cutler on a story so important the Bible includes it three times. Stephen Eric Bronner on “The Bigot.” And Robin McKie on the slow, inevitable doom of Miami. [Read more...]


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