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...]

Why liars for Jesus can’t be believed when they say they’re anti-abortion

If you denounce the Affordable Care Act because it’s “the biggest expansion of abortion and abortion funding since Roe v. Wade” or because it requires that “Americans buy health insurance plans that pay for contraceptives and abortion” or “because it makes American taxpayers complicit in the deaths of countless unborn children,” this doesn’t make you [Read More...]

Pope Jim Garlow I joins the Münchhausen martyrdom brigade

Jim Garlow is a silly, silly man. We’ve written here before about the Münchhausen martyrs — privileged people who prefer the self-congratulatory fantasy of persecution. And, as Kyle Mantyla reports, Garlow is an extravagantly ridiculous example of this. Speaking at the Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall” conference (the name of which is, itself, [Read More...]

Candy canes and the manufacture of evangelical resentment

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It’s late June, but candy canes are in the news. The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand a lower appeals court ruling in the “Christian candy cane” case. That’s the nickname given to Morgan v. Swanson, a case involving the Plano Independent School District and the parents of a child instructed to proselytize his [Read More...]


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