One Step Up and Two Steps Back

One step up … Mary Beth Quirk: “California Goes Gangbusters Against Abusive Lending, Passes Sweeping Foreclosure-Protection Law” Hey, rest of the country that isn’t California! This is how you do it: California legislators went ahead and approved a sweeping bill on Monday that is basically a homeowner bill of rights, including ending abusive practices by [Read More…]

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‘The Cult of the Individual and the Idolatry of Greed’

Michael Bird is a very conservative evangelical theology professor. He’s theologically conservative in the tradition of evangelical orthodoxy and, like many evangelicals, he’s very politically conservative on social issues, opposing, he says, “same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and abortion, etc.” But Michael Bird is not an American. He teaches in Australia and formerly lived in the UK. [Read More…]

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To save money, don’t exclude the poor, exclude the sick

The Republican privilege-principle of Tyler Cowen, Bryan Fischer and Rick Perry isn’t just morally monstrous, it’s also bad economics. “We need to accept the principle that sometimes poor people will die just because they are poor,” says Cowen. “There is simply no way to control the cost of health care if hospitals are obligated to [Read More…]

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‘Poor people will die just because they are poor’

That’s a feature, not a bug. It’s a boast, not an accusation. It is, the speaker says, a “principle” that must be “accepted,” not an injustice that must be corrected. It sounds like an accusation — “You people think we should just accept that poor people will die just because they are poor.” That sounds [Read More…]

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The evangelical mind must obey the moneyed enforcers of the tribe

Peter Enns offers a powerful one-two punch on the subject of what Mark Noll called The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. First up was a post by Enns himself, titled, “‘If They Only Knew What I Thought’: The Sad Cycle of Evangelical Biblical Scholarship.” He discusses both the frustration of students at evangelical institutions, who [Read More…]

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What doth it profit religious demagogues to gain direct mail millions and lose their souls?

Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile of culture warrior Bryan Fischer — the American Family Association’s professional hate-dispenser — is worth reading in full for it’s portrait of this frighteningly influential bigot. But I want to highlight this brief tangent, in which Mayer cites religious right strategist Paul Weyrich’s explanation of why the anti-gay agenda has [Read More…]

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Banks Behaving Badly

Banks are large and powerful. And many politicians want banks to be subject to less regulation, oversight and democratic accountability. Megan O’Matz & John Maines: “Neighborhoods crumble as thousands of homes sit in legal limbo” Banks that made reckless home loans have been tiptoeing away from foreclosures in a tactic designed to cut their losses. [Read More…]

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Resenting the poor (cont'd.)

Ed Kilgore notes that a vicious resentment of the working poor is fast becoming the central organizing principle for America’s right wing: The transformation is widely observable across the conservative landscape, with Republican fiscal proposals in the states and in Washington going after a host of other key support systems for the working poor with [Read More…]

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