Smart people saying smart things (7.12)

Farley

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on the Christians who would have turned Jesus and Mary away at the Egyptian border. Rachel Marie Stone on the death toll of anti-birth control sanctimony. William Lindsey on the cultural captivity of the anti-gay church. And Andrew Bacevich and E.B. White on the perils and the promise of American [Read More...]

American Exceptionalism: A simple test of national character

Amurkah

Here is a video showing how Norwegian people respond when they encounter a child who has been separated from his parents: Here is a video showing how Americans respond when they encounter children who have been separated from their parents: Any questions? [Read more...]

Seeking a world of ten thousand years

95u6r

A few things, including: Dillsboro, N.C., is a Southern Baptist version of Calvin’s Geneva. Thylacine! #YesAllBiblicalWomen. The romance of intensive biblical Greek. A Louisiana congressman explains that he is, above all else, a member of the oil industry. The ghost of Woody Guthrie vs. “Christian” radio host Rick Wiles. [Read more...]

Remember, remember from where you came

929l9

• Here’s a reminder of why religious instruction has no place in public education. If you support prayer in school, this is the kind of thing you’re supporting. • Matt Young on “The Pledge of Allegiance: Two Reasons Why Christians Should Not Say It.” Good Anabaptist reasoning there, and a killer proof-text for those who ascribe [Read More...]

White evangelicals and immigration

AP photo from Dave Martin. Click the pic for the link.

Molly Worthen’s New York Times article on white evangelical support for immigration — “Love Thy Stranger as Thyself” — summarizes most of the reasons why I see this as a hopeful, and perhaps very important, development. At the same time, Worthen’s report ably illustrates many of the reasons that hopefulness is a bit qualified and tenuous. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

BossPoliticians

A long due apology from an ex-ex-gay; still waiting for a non-sectarian argument against equality; “you need to work on your marriage;” a forceful endorsement of amnesty for immigrants; wearing pants as an expression of “hostility;” doctors favor more access to health care — even for women; “Nazism, Communism, Marxism and all the ‘isms.’” [Read more...]

Carding people who walk into church

Photo by Roland Tiangco, filched from Printeresting.

Yes, Dolan — a bishop and cardinal in his church — decided that an analogy about cleanliness and purity rules was a good description of Jesus’ message. Dolan seems to think that the Gospels’ repetitive, relentless theme of Jesus’ unconditional embrace of the unclean somehow means that we should do the opposite. [Read more...]

More on what civil disobedience can and cannot do

parks

Civil disobedience can be a powerful tool for challenging unjust laws. It can be, and sometimes has been, the moral obligation of citizens committed to justice for all. But not every injustice lends itself to being addressed by civil disobedience. And even more importantly, civil disobedience cannot be made to work in defense of injustice. [Read more...]


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