Smart people saying smart things (9.1)

Jennings

Peter Goodwin Heltzel and Mary McClintock Fulkerson reflect on Willie James Jennings’ “The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.” Sarah Stillman on how the expanding for-profit justice system is becoming a poor tax. Bryce Covert on how opposition to day care helped to create the religious right. [Read more...]

Labor Day Scenes from the Class War

LaborDay

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read more...]

‘They’re evil humans. They are butchering children for a living’

Plastic

Janet Mefferd perfectly illustrates what C.S. Lewis described as “a determination to cling” to a deliberate lie “for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible.” [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron’s Citizen Cane

CAMCAM

The movie’s unoriginal tag line — “Put Christ Back in Christmas” — follows that same Fox agenda of asserting sectarian hegemony. But Cameron also seems intent on also defending all the rest of the cultural accretions associated with the holiday — Christmas trees, boughs of holly, stockings, candy canes, partridges in pear trees, silver bells, Black Friday … maybe even Frosty and Rudolph — as being specific, sectarian expressions of Christian faith. [Read more...]

Ice-buckets, IVF and mass-murderers

One of these things is not like the other.

If you accept the anti-abortion premise and the anti-abortion logic of the Catholic hierarchy’s opposition to the ice-bucket challenge, then you must also believe that IVF fertility clinics are slaughterhouses far worse than any abortion clinic. You must also believe that couples who have used IVF treatments to have children are also morally repugnant killers complicit in mass murder. [Read more...]

Child refugees reader part 2: The right-wing freak-out

annie

“When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)

Murded

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

‘It’s a hard world for little things’

Mitchum

“One Million Moms” — the media watchdog arm of the right-wing Christianist American Family Association, whose name is inaccurate¬†by several orders of magnitude — is upset with the latest ad from Guinness because it features the great old hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”: Guinness & Co. is currently airing a commercial for its beer [Read More...]


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