The culture war has always been about race

Sen. Jesse Helms accepts the "Proudly Pro-Life" award from the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund in 1998.

Before the Reagan years, the culture wars were an anti-civil-rights struggle focused on race (“states’ rights,” busing, etc.), which drew support from white evangelical voters. After the Reagan years, the culture wars became an anti-feminist struggle focused on sex (abortion, LGBT rights, etc.), which solidified that white evangelical support into the GOP’s largest and most reliable voting bloc. That was a huge change. Or, maybe, it wasn’t. [Read more...]

White evangelical voters, Donald Trump, and the evolution of the religious right

"There's a bear in the woods," Ronald Reagan reminded voters in 1984. That bear was not abortion or gays. It was Russia (and black people).

This isn’t really about Donald Trump. It’s about white evangelical voters and their support (later revoked) for Jimmy Carter and their support (later regretted) for George W. Bush. And it’s about why it’s misleading and anachronistic to imagine that the religious right of 1980 was anything at all like the religious right of 1988 or of 2004 or of 2015. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.22)

From GeekAesthete, an analogy explaining why “All lives matter” is a dishonest response. Samantha Allen on the fragility of conservative gender ideology. David Roberts picks 10 false statements from Carly Fiorina’s cornucopia of climate lies. Margo Kaplan on the revealingly inconsistent regard for IVF. And Rebecca Traister on “The Big Secret of Abortion.” [Read more...]

The Satan-selling con-men are boring. Their Satan-buying audience is fascinating.

Selling

I read Sarah Zagorski’s article on Zachary King at LifeNew.com and I am, frankly, bored by Zack King. But I am fascinated by Zagorski, and by her bosses at LifeNews.com, and by the huge audience of “pro-lifers” who create the demand-driven market for clichéd con-men like Zack King. King is only telling Zagorski and her audience what they want to hear. And what they want to hear — what they want, they desire, they wish for and hope for — is a horror story. [Read more...]

Back to the ’80s: ‘I Performed Satanic Rituals Inside Abortion Clinics’ says ‘former Satanist’ at LifeNews.com

Reparative therapy has helped Zack King to become an EX-Satanic-baby-killer.

Huge, if true: “Just after I turned 14, the coven members came to me and said that I was going to be involved in an abortion in about nine months. There was a sex party with all the male members between 12 and 15 and a female member over 18 and her purpose was to get pregnant, and then she was going to have an abortion in nine months.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.13)

WomaninthePulpit

“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” [Read more...]

Teavangelical lawmakers reveal their affair in worst way possible

Braintrust

Everything about this scheme was poorly thought-out and then poorly executed — it’s like the plot of a darkly humorous Cohen brothers movie. Particularly hilarious is Courser and Gamrat’s weird certainty that faking a gay prostitution scandal would surely eclipse concern about their plain-vanilla adultery. They seem to imagine that everyone views the world the same way they do — imagining that everyone thinks gay secks is the Worst Possible Thing Ever. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.6)

Oregon2

“The commandments — ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”,’ and any other commandment — are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Read more...]


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