For some it’s a con, for some it’s a game, and for some it’s a gnostic cult. And sometimes it’s all three at once.

Whatever

I used to think that the audience supporting any given conspiracy theory was made up of three distinct kinds of people: Cynics, true believers, and hobbyists. That’s in the past tense because I no longer quite believe that. What I’m starting to believe, instead, is that any individual supporter of any given conspiracy is made up of all three of those things. [Read more...]

In ‘Mark of the Beast’ case, EEOC defends the religious liberty to belief it thereby proves to be factually untrue

Theology

Religious liberty, if it is ever to mean anything at all, must include the freedom to be wrong. It cannot matter, legally, whether or not a religious belief is orthodox, or coherent, or part of a longstanding established tradition. Protecting religious liberty means protecting the right to believe in the implausible, the idiosyncratic, the offensive, the stupid, the factually insupportable, the demonstrably false. The EEOC just proved that Beverly Butcher’s “Bible prophecy” beliefs are wrong — and that he has the right to be wrong. [Read more...]

Holding the hand that had fired a gun at his heart

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Some links for your Friday evening, including: Nothing says Christmas like bullying the Jews; the fine line between Consumer Advocate and Entitled Prick; getting vetted by Kirk Cameron’s screeners; a religious test to ensure public office is only for white people; “There is no liquor in Hell.” [Read more...]

It’s a Marvel comic book, Saturday matinee fairy tale, boy

FloodGeology

Some Monday morning linkage, including: Why the burning of a black church isn’t “news;” Canadian indie-rock vs. giant robots; white riots, creationists, and a story about some whip-smart Kenyan kids that will make you smile. [Read more...]

And you’ll only drink milk from a Christian cow

LaHayeBattle

Some links for Buy Nothing Day, including: another bit of false prophecy from Tim LaHaye; an anti-Semitic muppet highlights problems in the Orthodox Church; saving Christmas from Kirk Cameron; and more. [Read more...]

There is no spoon. There are no facts. There is no truth. Here’s what it looks like when you trade reality for power.

Chen

The Liar Tony Perkins provides yet another illustration of what David Roberts calls “postmodern conservatism,” the ideology that denies “the very notion of a nonpartisan arbiter of information” and therefore says that “every dispute, even over matters of fact, becomes a contest of power — loudest, best-funded, most persistent voices win.” [Read more...]

You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)

CityHall

Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [Read more...]

Religious pluralism is a fact (not a belief system)

This Anemone rivularis will be a guest at next month's Civil League Luncheon, where it will be debating the doctrine of heliotropism with a Helianthus maximiliani.

“Religious pluralism [is] the idea that all religions are basically the same.” That statement is so precisely wrong that it can provide a kind of service. It is wrong in a way — or, rather, in several ways — that can help us to better understand a great deal of the world around us. The misapprehending and misapprehension distilled in that single statement can give us new insight and understanding into many things. [Read more...]


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