South Carolina GOP threatens evangelical churches

South Carolina Republicans are pushing a bill that would hold churches criminally and financially liable if any refugees they resettle should ever — at any point in the future — be involved in or accused of negligence or violent crime. The S.C. GOP hopes this bill will intimidate churches into turning their backs on refugees. And they’re hoping that other states will adopt similar legislation. [Read more…]

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I search the world over for my angel in black

John Ehrlichman explains just what the Nixon administration intended when it launched the “War on Drugs.” It wasn’t about drugs. It was about hippies and black people. Plus: John Paul 2 was never “neoliberal;” wrong turns on the “Romans Road;” African Proverbs and old Cherokee stories; and Phyllis Schlafly is still not dead. [Read more…]

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Had the fever and had it bad

Phyllis Schlafly (still not dead) loves baseball the same way she loves America — meaning she wants to destroy everything good about it by making it Whites Only. So let’s make the spiteful old religious right icon even angrier by enjoying some highlight videos of Bartolo Colon swinging the bat. [Read more…]

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It hurts down here on Earth, Lord

Eliel Cruz’s “Faithfully LGBT” project shows us the beautiful faces of the real people often sidelined by the church as an abstract “issue” to be debated. They’re not issues — they’re our brothers and sisters. Deal with it. Plus: Parents rising up in Flint; John McCain condemns the Torture Party; surprising decency in Georgia; and the British Mycological Society has something for everyone. [Read more…]

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I do not care for primary season

Primary campaigns, and particularly primary debates, tend to get bogged down in purity disputes. When the candidates mostly agree on policies, programs, and priorities, they turn to debating purity, and the focus shifts to accusations and counter-accusations in which old votes and speeches are parsed for supposed evidence of a failure to uphold 100-percent purity on the agreed-upon stance. This is play-acting and pretense and it’s worse than meaningless. [Read more…]

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Maybe God is trying to tell you something

I’d advise Trump to stick to some nice, safe evangelical church this week — somewhere that doesn’t use the lectionary shared by most of the world’s Christians. I’m sure he can get his new fundie friends to recommend some local church that would be better-suited for him. Someplace more hospitable to Trump’s central campaign theme of inhospitality.
Some nice, safe white evangelical church, in other words, where Trump won’t have to worry about encountering a God who might be trying to tell him something. [Read more…]

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It can happen here: Trumpism, Franklin Graham, and respectable white evangelicalism

The widespread popular support for Trump and Trumpism has been the subject of much consternation among white evangelical leaders dismayed to realize that much of that support is coming from their own white evangelical tribe. This, inexplicably, suprises them. It does not surprise me. Nothing that Donald Trump is saying on the campaign trail is substantially different from what Franklin Graham has been posting on Facebook for years now. [Read more…]

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Brother Paul and the Ship of Miracles: Good stories

“The Meredith was designed to haul cargo and only had accommodations for 12 passengers and a 47-person crew. On the afternoon of Dec. 22, in gale force winds and swirling snow, the crew began to load the refugees into the cargo holds using makeshift booms and gangplanks. … It took nearly 24 hours, but the crew somehow managed to fit 14,000 refugees within the ship’s five cargo holds.” [Read more…]

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