Pastors and prophets and genuine leadership

Father Marcel Guarnizo is kind of a jerk. And Guarnizo’s jerkitude is compounded by the example and the instruction of the bishops whose lead he is following. When someone who’s prone to being a jerk is commissioned to serve as a local pastor and takes his orders from a band of bishops who have made [Read More…]

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Rick Santorum and the Anti Kitten-Burning Coalition

Burning kittens is wrong. It is cruel, it is illegal and it is, quite simply, evil. No one should burn kittens. I am, unambiguously and without qualification, opposed to burning kittens. I am also confident that you are opposed to this too. And that latter point is why I cannot join the Anti Kitten-Burning Coalition. [Read More…]

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The Münchhausen martyrdom of Rick Warren, Chuck Colson and Fr. Jonathan Morris

These folks aren’t driven by religion. They’re not really even driven by politics. It’s just a big fantasy role-playing game. Rick Warren, Charles Colson, Richard Land and Father Jonathan Morris all might as well be playing World of Warcraft. Let me show you what I mean. Here’s Rick Warren, boasting of his own courage in [Read More…]

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Being a culture-warrior must be exhausting

Ellen DeGeneres is very funny. She’s also endearingly self-deprecating, kind, honest and just sort of all-around adorable. Hiring her as a spokesperson is thus a smart move for JCPenney. And trying to whip up a culture-war tempest over that hiring is a really, really dumb move for the American Family Association. I’ll link to the [Read More…]

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Timothy George courageously preaches to choir, milks applause

Alan Bean of Friends of Justice has a fine rant on Manhattan Declaration co-author Timothy George’s recent attempt to pretend to himself and others that he’s in the vanguard of some courageous and righteous movement. Bean asks: “Does it take courage to be pro-life and anti-gay in Baptist Alabama?” Timothy George stirred a bit of [Read More…]

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Congress cuts LIHEAP — because giving billions to the rich is no fun unless you also get to screw the poor

Susie Madrak notes that the shutdown deal in Congress cuts winter heating aid for low-income families. I used to be confused as to why LIHEAP was always among the first programs on the chopping block when states or the federal government wanted to cut the budget. LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps low-income [Read More…]

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Confused Rhode Island Christianists sing secular song to defend Pagan symbol

I have long argued that perpetual offendedness leads to stupidity. This stupidity is not innate. It is willful, voluntary and chosen. But it’s also extreme. Those who have become addicted to indignation wind up divorced from reality, interacting with it only sporadically when in search of some new pretext onto which they can project the [Read More…]

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The American evangelical persecution complex (continued — and continued and continued …)

So the Liar Tony Perkins came out recently with the claim that President Barack Obama has “created an atmosphere that is hostile toward Christianity” and that Obama, personally, “has a disdain for Christianity.” Then I saw this headline on Christianity Today’s blog: “Tony Perkins: Obama Is Hostile, Disdainful of Christianity” and thought, “wow, that was [Read More…]

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