Smart people saying smart things (9.8)

Dahlia Lithwick on the exoneration of Antonin Scalia’s poster-child for the death penalty. Nancy Wilson on the book of Acts. Adam Kotsko on “political correctness” (i.e., what jerks call not being a jerk). Greg Boyd on religious pride. And Scott Woods on the American air we breathe. [Read more...]

So who is this Gary Cass guy?

Wanna-be genocidaire Gary Cass.

Gary Cass is the pro-violence, pro-death guy who wants to kill a billion human beings. The rest is just trivia and details. I mean, once you announce that you’re advocating violence and the death of 2.6 million American citizens, the rest of your résumé becomes pretty irrelevant. [Read more...]

American Exceptionalism: A simple test of national character


Here is a video showing how Norwegian people respond when they encounter a child who has been separated from his parents: Here is a video showing how Americans respond when they encounter children who have been separated from their parents: Any questions? [Read more...]

Liars for Jesus are the dungeon masters of the fantasy role-playing game of white evangelicalism


Ergun Caner got canned by Liberty University, where he was dean of the seminary, when it turned out that his claim to fame — being a former Jihadi zealot and an expert on Islam — wasn’t true. But while Caner was a bad liar, but a fun Dungeon Master, so he was quickly re-hired — as president of the Southern-Baptist affiliated Brewton-Parker College in Georgia. He wasn’t hired in spite of his troubles with the truth, but because of them. [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll cannot escape the shame of his willingness to associate with Janet Mefferd

Hates Muslims. Hates gays. Tells lies about them. None of that is good.

Let’s stop treating Janet Mefferd like she’s some kind of good, honest journalist for calling out Mark Driscoll’s plagiarism. She makes a living telling vicious, venomous lies about LGBT people and about Muslims. She hates those people and thinks that hate justifies her lies about them. That doesn’t make her a journalist, or honest, or good. [Read more...]

Neo-Bircher apocalyptic politics harms the people who embrace it


Tim LaHaye’s major “contribution” to dispensationalist ideology was his grafting in of old John Birch Society legends, simply replacing their dishonest paranoia about a Communist one-world government with fears of an Antichrist one-world government instead. This is the main difference between the tea party of the 21st century and the Birchers of the 1950s and ’60s. [Read more...]

50 years later, the ‘Fright-peddlers’ are still peddling fright


“I speak of another danger we confront, not as dread or as foreboding, but equally offensive and evil to all reasonable, rational, free American citizens. It is the danger of hate and venom, of slander and abuse, generated by fear and heaped indiscriminately upon many great Americans by another relative handful of zealots, in the ranks or clutches of self-styled ‘I am a better American than you are’ organizations.” [Read more...]

Red Dawn delusions and an unmet longing for real community


But not-so-deep-down, they have to know it’s just a game. It’s just pretend. I don’t just mean a dim nagging at the edge of their self-awareness, I mean a pervasive, constant, gnawing ache. And the harder they play the game the more it backfires, highlighting the vast gulf between the pretend-self and the actual, unavoidable self. [Read more...]