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

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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...]

Taylor Branch on how George Wallace invented our current political discourse

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Taylor Branch: “Wallace pledged to protect segregation. Only 50 years ago. He failed. But in his failure, he invented most of the language that is chillingly contemporary today in resenting the government and the political activity that forced about these changes for equal citizenship” [Read more...]

White evangelicals, Republicans and wanting to ‘take our country back’

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White evangelicals are big fans of ethnic diversity — just so long as those diverse folks share all the exact same opinions, perspectives and priorities as those of the white evangelical establishment. White evangelicals love the optics of a diverse-looking crowd all pledging unquestioning allegiance to the pure white evangelical agenda in lockstep conformity. [Read more...]

Fighting the beast: How can Clifford Russell be saved?

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It cannot be our only response, and it cannot be our primary response, but at least a part of our response to people like Clifford Russell must be to offer them a chance to be saved — to find redemption, liberation and salvation. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Chris Heard on “Interpreting Genesis 1 ‘Literally;’” Amy Sullivan on why Paul Ryan and his bishop defenders get subsidiarity wrong; Lawrence Pitnak on journalistic firebombs; and Gary Longsine & Peter Boghossian on the unrighteousness of indignation. [Read more...]

The oldest image of Jesus Christ is a crude, mocking caricature

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We can have laws against blasphemy or we can have religious freedom. We can never have both. We have every right to take offense and every right to give offense. But we should not seek to take offense. And we should not seek to give offense. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

David Brin, interview with Wired magazine The notion of self-righteous indignation being a drug high seems to develop naturally out of recent scientific results that show that addiction is actually the most natural of human processes. You’ve heard the phrase “addicted to love.” Well, you can deliberately enter less salubrious mental states. You can deliberately [Read More...]

If you believe the logo’s Man on the Moon

Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like writes: A fundamentalist can survive without many things such as the friendship of those in his community or the pleasures of his current culture but no fundamentalist can go very long without A Cause to champion. For the wiles of the devil infect every corner of our universe and we [Read More...]


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