Same story

The story was fake — an outrageous, impossible lie involving a massive evil conspiracy. The millions of people spreading it couldn’t possibly believe it was true, even as they insisted that it determined their voting decisions. And yet their disingenuous enthusiasm for spreading the story meant that its inflammatory lies eventually reached the ears of a disturbed individual — someone with a history of erratic violence who heard this tall tale, believed it, and loaded his guns. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture war (12.1.16)

“The commandments 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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White evangelicals cannot allow themselves to understand miscarriage

So evangelicals believe that most people die without ever being born. And for evangelical Christians, death means Heaven or Hell. Evangelicals don’t have the comforting elastic consolation offered by some notion of Limbo or Purgatory for unbaptized Pagan Babies. It’s simply Heaven or Hell. So where do these “people” go? [Read more…]

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And many times confused

If you’re fired in disgrace for covering up a gang-rape, you can still get a job at Liberty University. Also: Landlords who fail to even supply stable land; burning a flag is not as offensive as shredding the Constitution, but it’s still not cool; a rare misdemeanor for Alabama’s felonious GOP; and it’s not just sicko Calvinist preachers who want to punish women when a pregnancy ends. [Read more…]

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This ain’t ‘fake news.’ It’s the lying game of witch-hunts & Satanic baby-killers

Whether we’re talking about witch-hunters in Salem, or Warnke-citing prosecutors in a 1980s daycare center case, or that guy at your church forwarding emails about Planned Parenthood “selling baby parts,” there’s no actual panic in these immoral “moral panics.” Fear and outrage are not the main factors. They’re having fun. They’re enjoying this. [Read more…]

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Kotsko on the consequences of a ‘moral trump card’

“When someone presents you with an absolute, non-negotiable moral trump card, they are not appealing to your moral sense. They are trying to blind it. They are trying to fool and manipulate you. And evangelicals have let themselves be fooled and manipulated for over 40 years.” [Read more…]

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White evangelicalism is white nationalism.

White evangelicalism yesterday performed the purpose for which it was designed: It elected a white nationalist as president. This was not the end of white evangelicalism, but the culmination of its purpose, its origin, its intent. White evangelicalism IS white nationalism. This is what it is, and always has been, for. [Read more…]

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When trouble comes to town

Some Thursday night odds-and-ends, including: Why the Cubs’ win will provoke an identity crisis for their fans; Beyonce at the CMAs; Amy Grant singing from a hymnal is insufficiently Christian, “bookstore” claims; and yet more reasons why Ken Ham had to leave Australia to promote young-Earth creationism. [Read more…]

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