I see the skull beneath the skin

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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.• The Friends have been seeking a religious exemption from war taxes since the days of colonial Governor William … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)


The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, "African Homophobes Are Politicians, Not Lunatics, Writer Says"To think that the Africans are doing something that has never been heard of — it’s not fair. Don’t just see these things as happening out there. People are saying crazy things about gay people in your own country. The difference between [Ugandan anti-LGBT pastor] Martin Ssempa and [Americans] like Lou Engle or even Focus on the Family, is that here, you can counter their messages. You’re able to say, “No, … [Read more...]

My expectancies become my fantasies


• The teen abortion rate in America was higher before Roe v. Wade than it is today.• The False Teachers: Tim Challies' series, by that name, reads like a poe or a parody written by someone like me in an attempt to mock the arrogance and epistemic closure of the self-appointed professional gatekeepers of white evangelicalism. Challies, of course, does not appear to everyone to be a self-aggrandizing, self-important buffoon. Other self-aggrandizing, self-important buffoons consider him a Very S … [Read more...]

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


• The residents of Meadowbrook Trailer Park in Richmond, Maine, are looking to buy the land beneath their homes. By forming a cooperative to purchase and manage the land, they would ensure their future stability, build equity in the homes they own, and take responsibility by taking charge of their own community.The 200+ residents of the Mission Trails Mobile Home Park in San Antonio, Texas, may not have that option. The owner of the land beneath their homes plans to sell that land, d … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (2.26)


"First off, we are not the world, we are not the children.""Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets of the northern city of Tripoli on Saturday to protest the torching of a decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest.""They should be able to put the statue up, and then they should be shot right next to it, and then we take it down.""What could possibly go wrong with training up an elite religious paramilitary opposed to minority religions that engage in magic?""This com … [Read more...]

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


• Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Now that they've neutralized unions, they're going after everything unions ever won -- including the five-day work week.• Scott Paeth, "Jesus Wants You Heavily Armed" I suppose, if we wished to take the passage strictly literally, we could interpret it in line with Jesus' follow-up statement. After his disciples pull out two swords, he declares, "That's enough!" Enough for what? Who knows! But I'd be perfectly happy with an interpretation that say … [Read more...]

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


Years ago, I sat with my then-boss Ron Sider during a Christian talk-radio debate on gun control with white evangelical activist Larry Pratt.Pratt is the founder of Gun Owners of America, which he bills as the conservative alternative to the NRA. As Miranda Blue documents, Pratt is also a rabid conspiracy theorist with ties to white supremacists and Holocaust deniers, and he urges white people to own guns for fear of a coming "race war."Some highlights/lowlights from Blue's report: Like … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


"In a democracy there is no more inappropriate place to being a gun than a political rally.""I don't want to see this happen to somebody else.""The WSJ, like most other newspapers, has a paint-by-numbers article that they pull out every few years announcing the demise of Evangelical political influence and the rise of a kinder, gentler, and less-partisan religious political engagement.""He's not a general. He can't order a retreat.""You are engaged in some sort of false r … [Read more...]