Postcards from the culture wars


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...]

This sad spectacle would never have happened if Gene Rivers was still alive

Hey, didn't you used to be Gene Rivers? (RNS photo by Lauren Markoe)

If obsequiously sucking up to the dominant, privileged religious majority were a crime, then Gene Rivers would, indeed, be guilty. But that’s never been against the law. It was Micaiah who was sent to prison. The apple-polisher Zedekiah remained a free man. So Rivers knows he doesn’t have any reason to worry about “going to jail.” [Read more...]

Pat Buchanan joins Manhattan Declarers in ‘civil disobedience’ fappery


Pat Buchanan takes a break from race-baiting to pledge his support for “civil disobedience” against marriage equality. Like all the other pundits advocating this, he is unable to explain just how this would work. [Read more...]

Google and white Christians’ search for ‘persecution’


It might seem preposterous to you that Team Christian would try to pretend that Google’s honoring of a Christian hero constitutes some kind of horrific insult to Christianity, but I would remind you that nowhere in the rules of the Game does it say that Outrage points cannot be awarded for preposterous and imaginary reasons. [Read more...]

The adults who taught and encouraged this are guilty of child abuse

Love is hard. Prideful indignation is easy.

I don’t want to mock this child. She deserves more pity than scorn. She’s parroting what she’s been taught by wretched, hateful adults who have nurtured their hate and their ignorance until it is all they have left, all they treasure, all they need and want and desire. Their precious. [Read more...]

SNL’s ‘DJesus’ is a pacifist compared to Tim LaHaye’s lethal Death Jesus


Quite a few American Christians who have no problem at all accepting, enjoying and celebrating Tim LaHaye’s gory Jesus in the Left Behind series nonetheless pretend to be horrified by Saturday Night Live’s spoof “DJesus Uncrossed.” [Read more...]

James Dobson just not putting much effort into perfunctory lies


Christian radio host James Dobson is repeating stale death-panels lies from 2010. His massive radio audience deserves better. They deserve to hear new, creative lies told with more flair and ingenuity. How are they supposed to work up any new outrage over the same old lies they’ve been hearing for three years? [Read more...]

Do white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex? Barna says yes, and provides quantifiable proof


A great many white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex. That delusion is an expression of a desire to dominate others. Thanks to Barna’s survey, we know that’s not just a theory or just an argument, it’s a fact. [Read more...]