South Carolina GOP threatens evangelical churches

South Carolina Republicans are pushing a bill that would hold churches criminally and financially liable if any refugees they resettle should ever — at any point in the future — be involved in or accused of negligence or violent crime. The S.C. GOP hopes this bill will intimidate churches into turning their backs on refugees. And they’re hoping that other states will adopt similar legislation. [Read more…]

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Educated men who are almost as ignorant about insurance as they are about human reproduction

Men who don’t understand how sex works or what contraception does are now suing the government, taking their case before a bunch of male Supreme Court justices who have no idea how health insurance works or what contraception does. And this group of ridiculously ignorant men would like to rewrite our laws regarding contraception and health insurance. What could go wrong? [Read more…]

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I search the world over for my angel in black

John Ehrlichman explains just what the Nixon administration intended when it launched the “War on Drugs.” It wasn’t about drugs. It was about hippies and black people. Plus: John Paul 2 was never “neoliberal;” wrong turns on the “Romans Road;” African Proverbs and old Cherokee stories; and Phyllis Schlafly is still not dead. [Read more…]

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An ‘old Cherokee story’ and other lies from the pulpit

“Which wolf will win?” “The one I feed the most.” I heard this story dozens and dozens of times from pulpits and in small groups and around campfires. Sometimes it was attributed to an old Indian, sometimes to an old Eskimo, sometimes it was an old African speaking to missionaries on the Dark Continent [sic]. Nope. [Read more…]

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They have always been here. If you didn’t know that before, it’s because you couldn’t be trusted to know.

Rick Scarborough seems shocked that many white evangelical Christians have had abortions or know someone who has. He regards this as a sudden and very recent development. It’s not. These folks have always been there — in white evangelical churches and institutions. [Read more…]

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This is what abortion politics is for

Failing the clearest moral test of your time and culture is only a problem so long as that moral test is what people are talking about and thinking about. So talk about something else. If you’ve made yourself a moral pariah because you’ve spent the past three decades fighting a rear-guard battle in defense of systemic, violent, oppressive injustice, then you need to find some other subject on which you can cast yourself as the Good Guy — as the heroic champion of morality. [Read more…]

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That wasn’t a whistle (and everyone knows it wasn’t the dog)

That ploy never really fools anybody, but it provides a thin buffer of semi-plausible deniability. We all know it wasn’t the dog, but when you loudly say, “Good Lord, pooch, what did you just do?” and direct everyone’s attention to the innocent creature, the dog will respond in some doggy fashion, doing something with its eyes, ears and tail that might be interpreted as indicating guilt, or relief, or shameless pleasure. [Read more…]

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I want to take a breath that’s true

The land beneath 69 manufactured homes in Santa Barbara is being sold to a developer who wants to build condos. Those homeowners could lose everything. But it doesn’t have to work that way. Plus: The audacious dishonesty of anti-abortion amicus briefs; more on the Driscoll-Trump parallels; and white evangelicals embracing the herb. [Read more…]

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