Police again foiled in their quest for a bloodbath, will try again tonight


Perhaps there’s some other explanation for the tactics and strategy employed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, but I can’t imagine what it is. The simplest explanation would seem to be that they are trying to do exactly what it appears they are trying to do: Incite a riot that would provide a pretext for a more violent response. [Read more...]

I see the skull beneath the skin

Oy. (Click for story.)

Pacifists still have to pay for bullets, but they’re allowed to discriminate against LGBT students. Profiles of two delusional nativists. Why some Christian colleges refuse to be trustworthy. Plus Johnny Cash proclaims woe unto the rich, Junia is a little less alone, dubious decor from Sears, and, oh, also too, the excerpt function on WordPress still isn’t working on my front page. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)


The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma on colonial homophobia; Natalie Burris on white evangelical gatekeepers; Heath Bradley on celibacy and “the church that changes;” plus Kurt Vonnegut, TBogg and Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

My expectancies become my fantasies


I checked — Tim Challies’ “False Teachers” series is not actually a parody mocking the self-importance of self-appointed tribal gatekeepers. … Lots of new places to be legally shot at in Georgia. … Coprolites! … Charisma magazine is not big on understanding irony. … “No spacemen up above, and we’re still far from love …” [Read more...]

Down at the stadium they’re waiting for the end of the age


Some links for a soggy Wednesday: Two stories about the two options the future holds for manufactured home-owners. Mabel Williams lived a remarkable American life. A terrific video on why Philly tawks the way it does. There’s no such thing as a humble young-Earth creationist. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (2.26)


“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

I wave to the people but the wind just blows ‘em down


A five-day work week? That’s a union thing — and unions are evil doncha know. “Jesus wants you heavily armed.” Houston church desperately fighting to get on the wrong side of the gospel. (You thought I was gonna say “wrong side of history”? That too.) After they finished writing the Constitution, the Founding Fathers had a drink or two. “This is a problem.” [Read more...]

Larry Pratt: Still dishonest and violent, and still an upstanding pillar of the white evangelical community


So obviously, that debate nearly 20 years ago was seen as controversial for Christian family radio. Because of Ron Sider. He’s a pacifist, urges rich people to give money to feed the hungry, and he once voted for McGovern. It was quite a bold move, then, for this radio station to ask a fine, upstanding pillar of the white evangelical community like Larry Pratt to agree to debate such a dangerous, fringe character. [Read more...]