Flying blind and looking for any sign of light

mrrobot

No spoilers, you guys, because I’ve just started watching — but is Christian Slater’s character on “Mr. Robot” a hallucination? Also: Mike Huckabee adds to his list of things that are like Hitler; DeGarmo & Key warn of the dangers of the New Age; and Rick Perry has apparently invested all his money in Netflix. [Read more...]

Rusty Houser hated women. He learned that at church.

Houser

I’m talking about the more fundamental teaching of John Russell Houser’s Southern Baptist church — the paramount religious and ethical teaching of that denomination, which says that women cannot and must not be trusted. Rusty Houser was shaped by a faith tradition that does not abide any question or challenge to its official required stance of legal and political opposition to abortion. His church taught him that women are immoral and untrustworthy, and — like Paul Hill and Scott Roeder — he took that teaching to heart. [Read more...]

We dig our heels in and wonder who’s gonna win

Tetrapodophis

“He was anti-abortion. … Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything.” Or, in other words, the pattern continues. Also: Still calling bal tashhit on an illegal occupation; Operation Rescue liars make up quotes from RBG; and a fossil from the Garden of Eden. [Read more...]

‘Why is it men who commit mass shootings?’

AllDudes

We all can see this. We all know this. The pattern is so overwhelming and obvious that it goes without saying, and so we rarely mention it. But it’s something we should discuss and explore. Mass shootings are a lethally violent form of male behavior. This is a thing that men do. Why? [Read more...]

A prayer in a sanctuary

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“God, we welcome and invite you into this place, your house. We thank you for the spirit that dwells here. The spirit of Denmark Vesey. The spirit of R.H. Cain. The spirit of Dr. King. The spirit of many of the unsung heroes of our people. But we also thank you, God, for all persons who come seeking to expand their horizons and seeking to learn more about what our country is made of and what makes us who we are as a people and as a country.” [Read more...]

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

STLPD2

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)

Vonnegut

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...]


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