Relitigating the Golden Rule

Protect religious groups you admire by protecting religious groups you do not admire. Otherwise you’re just trying to find a loophole in the Golden Rule — trying to compel others to do unto us as we would have them do while exempting ourselves from any obligation to do unto them as they would have us do. And that’s not good. [Read more…]

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White evangelicals and ‘the social upheaval of the ’60s’

Usually, this is stated with a polite euphemism. We don’t name all of these things specifically but, instead, we just say that white evangelicalism arose in response to “the social upheavals of the 1960s.” That allows us to pretend that this is about something else — about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, rather than about the backlash to increased legal equality for people of color and for women. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (4.26)

Rick Perlstein on the unpleasant political lineage of Trumpism. Adam Kotsko and Deborah Jian Lee on the whiteness of white evangelicalism. Andre E. Johnson on the old arguments resurfacing as “bathroom bills.” And John Oliver on abortion laws. [Read more…]

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Don’t let the rain make you unhappy

“An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller has been awarded a Pulitzer prize. This is correct. If you haven’t read it, go read it now. Also: UC Davis and the Streisand effect; trespassing vs. civil disobedience; James Dobson worries about demographic purity; and a pop-music artifact that makes me smile. [Read more…]

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Gravity always wins

Ted Cruz fought a losing legal battle in defense of a Texas ban on the sale of dildos, arguing that the government has the right, and the duty, to prohibit masturbation. Basically he wants to shove so much government up in everybody’s business that there’d be no room in there for anything else. Also: -30- for ALL CAPS from the NWS; the hack gap and hailstorms; and the hermeneutics of English majors. [Read more…]

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I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one is doing something that doesn’t rhyme

Gordon Klingenschmitt is the kind of far-right fringe nut-job who gives most other far-right fringe nut-jobs the heebie-jeebies. But like dozens of other delirious religious extremists, Klingenschmitt isn’t too extreme for Ted Cruz. Plus: Mary Hunt on “The Joy Love Club;” the Volcano Gambit; cloud-based childhood memories; and a funny (real-life) version of Marmaduke. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (4.12)

“Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love — so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” [Read more…]

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The Bartonizing of ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism continues apace

Back in January, I worried that “A Ted Cruz win could further Bartonize ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism.” Specifically, I worried that folks like John Fea and Warren Throckmorton would be subjected to the marginalizing tactics long practiced by the right-wing gatekeepers of the white evangelical tribe. This is what I was talking about. Dr. Fea’s restrained, temperate [Read More…]

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