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 pro-life.It just makes you a liar.Opposing an imaginary "expansion of abortion" that exists only in your own fevered brain is not the same … [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, a gloriously pompous example of Münchhausen-martyrdom fatuousness), Garlow denounced same-sex marriage. In doing so, he also u … [Read more...]

Candy canes and the manufacture of evangelical resentment


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 classmates by passing out evangelistic tracts about candy canes. Chris Lisee has a good summary of the case, which involves the fascinating intersection of several competing First … [Read more...]

Mutuality Week and the burden of proof

I go to check out at the library and the library clerk asks to see my card.Fair demand. Am I or am I not a member in good standing entitled to check out these books? Here we have a controversy, a dispute, an unsettled question in need of settling. The clerk has asked a legitimate question and the burden of proof rests on me to respond.So I give her my library card. That settles things easily. I have met the burden of proof and no longer need to shoulder it. The objection has been … [Read more...]

I couldn’t read Tozer because I didn’t find him funny

Andi Cumbo lists five reasons that trying to read A.W. Tozer makes her grumpy.These are five good reasons. And they overlap. The literalism, arrogance and lack of empathy all feed into one another and reinforce one another.Cumbo writes that she has "tried for years" to read Tozer, and that she remains hopeful that others might explain to her what it is she's missing -- why the appeal of this venerated and widely recommended icon of evangelical spirituality eludes her. "Feel free to … [Read more...]

David Barton says things that are not true

"Who is David Barton?" CNN's Dan Gilgoff asks.And then Gilgoff refuses to answer his own question.Instead, Gilgoff retreats into a wretched, flaccid display of false-equivalence, view-from-nowhere, opinions-on-the-shape-of-earth-differ non-journalism."Barton's work has drawn many critics," Gilgoff writes, in lieu of actual journalism.That's a remarkable sentence. It's like saying, "Bernie Madoff's investment skills have drawn many critics." Or, "Ty Cobb's sportsmanship has drawn … [Read more...]

Standing up to bullies is offensive, but legal discrimination is not?

So it seems a student journalism group invited Dan Savage to speak and then was shocked ... shocked! ... when Dan Savage showed up and spoke like Dan Savage.The advice columnist and "It Gets Better" video pioneer didn't say anything new or unusual or unexpected, and nothing he hasn't said before in more prominent public forums. But the audience at the Journalistic Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association apparently included some members of the IndigNation -- the … [Read more...]

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.The AKBC, again, is on the correct side of this issue. Its members, quite rightly, are vehemently opposed to something to which they ought to be vehemently opposed. But that … [Read more...]