The Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (again)

Pic snurched from knowyourmemes.com.

Opposition to the burning of kittens is not what sets the members of the AKBC apart from everyone else. What sets them apart is their strange belief that they are a special, beleaguered minority. What sets them apart is their refusal and/or inability to recognize that opposition to the burning of kittens is a unanimous, universally shared opinion. Apart from the AKBC, most people don’t feel a need to imagine or to pretend that there exists somewhere a vast Pro-Kitten-Burning Coalition that they must denounce as a demonstration of their moral superiority. [Read more...]

Torture poll demonstrates, quantifies depravity of ‘pro-life’ white evangelicalism

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What is the one common trait uniting all of that 69 percent of white evangelicals applauding CIA torture? They’re “pro-life,” of course. That means they have the moral high ground. It’s what makes them morally superior to everyone else. Just ask them, they’ll tell you. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.13.14)

Randi Harper on online abuse; Chris Rock on the whiteness of Hollywood; Damaris Zehner on the “perspicuity of scripture;” Mark Fallon confirms that “Dick Cheney was lying about torture;” and David Brin on “Abortion and the ‘Jesus Effect.’” [Read more...]

Felicia Day summarizes what I’m trying to say to right-wing white evangelicals

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“I know it feels good to belong to a group, to feel righteous in belonging to a cause, but causing fear and pushing people away from gaming is not the way to go about doing it. Think through the repercussions of your actions and the people you are aligning yourself with.” [Read more...]

Thinking outside the Hitler-shaped box

Why not Ming?

Half a point to Robert Oscar Lopez for trying to inject a bit of variety into right-wing, sky-is-falling hyperbole. Just calling everybody Hitler all the time gets a bit dull, doesn’t it? Let’s see more culture warriors follow his lead and branch out. [Read more...]

Who do you say that I am?: Putting the ‘post-’ in ‘post-evangelical’ (part 1)

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American evangelicals changed the way they answer the question “Who do we say that we are?” And that means, inevitably, that they have also — consciously or not — changed the way they answer the question “Who do you say that I am?” For Christians, that’s a rather important question. Changing our answer to that bedrock question shouldn’t be something that happens without serious, conscious consideration. And yet that’s what happened. [Read more...]

The Satanic Panic arose from abortion politics

Same shtick, different day.

Rather suddenly — in about a decade — white evangelical politics, identity, piety and dogma were rewritten and recentered around the assertion that a wicked Other was murdering babies. Toward the end of that decade, a con-man comedian became one of the top-selling white evangelical recording artists by concocting grisly horror stories about wicked Others who murdered babies. Toward the end of that decade, a moral panic swept the country, driven by a fear of a shadowy conspiracy of, yes, wicked Others who murdered babies. [Read more...]

Charisma gives no apology, no explanation for its deleted pro-genocide article

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Charisma has provided no comment, no explanation, no acknowledgement, and no apology. They have not denounced the vanished article or in any other way attempted to distance themselves from its enthusiasm for genocide. They just went all Minitrue, pretending as if nothing ever happened at all. [Read more...]


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