Postcards from the culture wars

Kirili

“We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the Senate,” said a senator doing his best to be one of them — while also proving Patterson Hood’s thesis that “Southerners love electing dumbasses.” Michigan says the state’s job is “to regulate sexual relationships.” And more … [Read more...]

Pillars of the community: Racism, rape culture and the superintendent

Former Coatesville Area AD Jim Donato, left, and ex-Superintendent Richard Como walk the sidelines during a Coatesville football game last season. (Daily Local file photo by Tom Kelly IV)

The local firestorm over this has focused on the giggling racism exchanged by Como and Donato, and that’s understandable. But the misogyny and rape language is just as disturbing, and it’s woven throughout their “conversations.” Their standard term for female students and teachers is “piece” and they’re seething with resentment that, as white men, they’re denied the free use and abuse of women’s bodies in the way that both seem to think is their entitlement. [Read more...]

Three strikes against white evangelical theology

Norris

This may seem like an intramural theological dispute between factions of white Protestants and, therefore, the very definition of a parochial matter. But here in America, white Protestant disputes over the Bible, what it means and how to read it, are never confined to pulpits and seminaries. These disputes tend to spill over into the broader culture, reshaping all of American politics. That was true, as Noll shows, in the 19th Century. That was true, as Dupont shows, during the civil rights movement. And it is true today, as our politics is now shaped by reaction against the advances of the civil rights movement and by a pervasive anti-feminism. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (9.3)

OhNo

“They fear freedom. They don’t trust themselves or others to do the right thing without strict rules to follow.” Especially if those others are women. Or LGBT people. Or poor people. Or black, or Latino, or Asian, or Muslim, or atheist, or … [Read more...]

Complementarians see women and ‘gag’

George

For these folks, men’s authority over women and women’s submission to that authority is a central, essential keystone to their whole understanding of Christianity. Take it away and everything falls apart. [Read more...]

The theology of assholes: More on ‘the insolent and sicklily squeamish mind’ of The Gospel Coalition

EverybodyHasOne

Everybody has one. I have one. So do you. So’s your mother. Jesus had one. Adam and Eve both had them, even before the Fall. God made them. And “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” So if you’re skeeved out by the existence of assholes — if you wish you didn’t have one, or if you wish that other people didn’t have them — then you’ve wandered into the realm of Bad Theology. [Read more...]

50 Shades of The ‘Gospel Coalition’

The Rev. Anyabwile makes his "O Face." You don't want to know what was cropped out of this photo.

The “Gospel Coalition’s” Thabiti Anyabwile imagines — in great detail — what other couples may do together in private, and then suggests that their private acts are somehow more shameful than his public fascination with other people’s private acts. The man is a peeping tom — and also, apparently, the World’s Most Awkward Sexter.
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Smart people saying smart things (8.14)

Richard Rohr explains his hermeneutic, which is about Jesus, not literalism; Kiese Laymon on “The Worst of White Folks;” Helaine Olen on the victim-blaming “tyranny of personal finance;” Erik Loomis on outsourcing slave-wages and poison; and Cheryl Overs on how dehumanizing sex workers dehumanizes us all. [Read more...]


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