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

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Taylor Branch on how George Wallace invented our current political discourse

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…]

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

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…]

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Fighting the beast: How can Clifford Russell be saved?

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…]

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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…]

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