Baptizing Breitbart: Eric Metaxas, George Barna among evangelicals promoting conspiracy theories about international Jewish financiers

This is what we talk about when we talk about George Soros: The idea of a vast, secretive Jewish conspiracy of secretive Jews conspiring secretly to control the whole world through their cunning international finance. If you think his name is self-evidently scary and that any alleged connection to him is somehow damning, it’s because you believe in that anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. [Read more…]

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Regrets, I’ve had a few …

A few short blocks from the Christian Coalition’s Road to Victory conference there was a movie theater, with a line of movie-goers that stretched down the block. But this wasn’t just any movie and this wasn’t just any line. It was opening night for “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar,” and we were in Dupont Circle. [Read more…]

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Shaving the intolerant barber (a continuing series)

So, yet again, we have encountered — in the wild and in full bloom — that rare and fragile flower, “Your tolerance must tolerate my intolerance.” This statement is not an argument. It’s not even a statement. It is, rather, as Lenore Beadsman describes it, “… a sort of joke. A what do you call it. An antinomy.” It’s Not Good when someone mistakes this joke for a substantial argument. [Read more…]

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White evangelicals’ ‘new chapter’ on race (cont’d.)

This granting of permission is welcome, even if it is at the same time deeply troubling. The very form and fact of the essay does as much to reinforce the dynamics of such permission-granting as it does to deal with any of the substance of the thing being permitted. That assertion of control and entitled legitimacy is as much the theme of the essay as anything it has to say about the secondary matter of what such control is now being expanded to include, and that can make the whole thing a bit hard to swallow. [Read more…]

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‘[White] evangelicals and race — a new chapter’?

That multi-car accident of a sentence starts with the reaffirmation of “mainstream white evangelical leaders” as the only right, proper, legitimate and acceptable authority, and it ends with a not-so-subtle, baldly pragmatic panic about financial survival amid changing demographics, and in between it pauses to relitigate all the current culture-war hot-buttons and to reaffirm their priority over that of racial justice. That’s ten pounds of framing for a 2-ounce statement. But if we just focus on that statement — ignoring, for now, all the ways that framing utterly undermines and contradicts it — it says this: “Racial justice is now a core concern.” And that’s good, right? [Read more…]

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Talking to Republican friends at the Trumpian crossroads

I’m not interested here in what’s “savvy,” or in playing some kind of 11-dimensional chess game. I’m thinking here, instead, of all the Very Nice People I know in white evangelicalism, Republicans all, who find themselves at a crossroads — forced to choose whether they will follow this path even all the way to Donald Trump. I am not thinking here in the abstract, but of very specific individuals — people I know and like, people I respect despite our deep political disagreements, people I’ve learned from and people I admire. I’m thinking of friends, relatives, neighbors, church-members, teachers, authors, writers and correspondents. [Read more…]

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Needed some sand in my flip-flops

I’m back from an impromptu mini-vacation down the shore — tan, rested and ready for September (once I go out and buy a new Trapper Keeper). Here’s some stuff I came across on my spotty Wildwood wifi, including: RIP Gene Wilder; the Family Research Council’s white supremacy spokesmodel; and what we can learn from press coverage of Colin Powell’s charitable foundation. [Read more…]

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Now we get moose and squirrel

Yes, it’s a picture of Donald Trump with Boris and Natasha, because we shouldn’t forget Trump’s scandalous links to Russian oligarchs and Ukrainian despots, even if those aren’t among the top 10 or top 20 worst things about Donald Trump. Plus some other stuff, including: Clinton Foundation, under a microscope, looks clean; EpiPen and Insulin makers gouging consumers (and insurers); Mat Staver, law professor; and religious liberty in white America. [Read more…]

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