A delusional fantasy … on fire!

I’ve sometimes characterized much of the “Teavangelical” right-wing of America as people caught up in a delusional fantasy — and elaborate make-believe role-playing game in which they pretend to be heroic champions battling against Satanic baby-killers, Satanazis, and other imaginary monsters. Some have suggested I’m exaggerating, but I’m not the one who made this video. [Read more...]

Satanic baby-killers: What the Devil happened in Arkansas?


Beginning in the 1980s, a feverish hysteria swept across America. It was centered in one demographic — the white evangelical subculture — but it wasn’t confined to that group, and it came to reshape the wider culture, the agenda of elected officials, and the political landscape of the country in fundamental ways, placing a fear of imaginary monsters at the core of our national identity. [Read more...]

Pseudo-Satanism and Satanic baby-killers


Tabloid newspapers are reporting on supposed “Satanism” that sounds precisely like what Jeffrey Victor describes as “pseudo-Satanism” — a pose being struck in order to appear, and to feel, transgressive and rebellious. It’s the sort of stuff a lazy production designer might come up with for a “Satanic cult” film, a hodge-podge of pop-culture symbolism concocted from the news, from folklore, from the movies, and from religious instruction unwittingly based on all of the above. [Read more...]

James Dobson just not putting much effort into perfunctory lies


Christian radio host James Dobson is repeating stale death-panels lies from 2010. His massive radio audience deserves better. They deserve to hear new, creative lies told with more flair and ingenuity. How are they supposed to work up any new outrage over the same old lies they’ve been hearing for three years? [Read more...]

Evangelical men need to stop lying about women’s health


This is a deliberate lie. This is a deliberate lie that white evangelicals are eager to believe because it allows them to pretend that Planned Parenthood is utterly wicked and therefore that they, by opposing Planned Parenthood, are utterly righteous. [Read more...]

Here’s the tell: Hyde and Stupak

Here is President Barack Obama's executive order stating that the Hyde Amendment applies to the Affordable Care Act and that Denny Burk and Hobby Lobby are talking out of their backsides.

Hobby Lobby is not arguing that this supposedly onerous mandate should be illegal under the Hyde Amendment or under the executive order that expressly forbids the ACA from anything like an “abortion mandate.” Instead, Hobby Lobby is arguing only that it should be granted a religious exception to the rules requiring gender equality in insurance coverage for employees. That’s the tell. [Read more...]

Memory vs. Hobby Lobby: Evangelicals and contraception and why Denny Burk is not a conservative


This is a radical act, the act of remembering when the powers that be are telling you not to. Merritt remembers what evangelicals taught about contraception when she was a teenager and she remembers that it was the opposite of what evangelicals are teaching and saying and fighting legal battles over today. [Read more...]

Come down off the cross, Her.meneutics, we could use the wood


To invoke Stephen in the defense of some alleged Christian “right” to deny workers the health care they have earned is inexcusable. To presume you’re the heirs of Stephen because you’re fiercely defending the “religious liberty” to neglect the neglected isn’t just immoral, it’s biblically illiterate. [Read more...]