Postcards from the culture wars


A long due apology from an ex-ex-gay; still waiting for a non-sectarian argument against equality; “you need to work on your marriage;” a forceful endorsement of amnesty for immigrants; wearing pants as an expression of “hostility;” doctors favor more access to health care — even for women; “Nazism, Communism, Marxism and all the ‘isms.’” [Read more...]

The evangelical habit of bearing false witness against mainline Protestants

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Brian McLaren shares a confession, and a personal testimony, about the pernicious and pervasive temptation to bear false witness against one’s neighbors. Specifically, he addresses the widespread convention among white evangelicals — so widespread it’s an expectation, almost a requirement — that says it is somehow acceptable, and not vicious, to bear false witness against mainline Protestants. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture war

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Praying that someone shoots the Satanic baby-killers; policies “marked by a deep mistrust of the people they target;” They Are Coming for Your Birth Control; marriage equality and antifeminism; “I can change my sexual preference tonight if I want to;” Richard Land falls upwards; “another generation of Tony Perkinses;” “JESUS + Mary;” and a sampling of recent ethnic/gender slurs from GOP officials. [Read more...]

Remembering the lessons of 7/27

Eric Rudolph. Demonizing and self-aggrandizing language can be emotionally satisfying, but if others take your words at face value, they may resort to violence.

World-class athletes from all over the globe had gathered in a great American city for a storied competition steeped in tradition, harmony and international good will. And then a madman set off a bomb, killing two people and injuring more than a hundred others. That was in 1996. [Read more...]

Manhattan Declaration Direct-Mail Fundraising Inc.


The half-a-million signatories of the Manhattan Declaration provide quite a mailing list. More importantly, it’s a mailing list of reflexively fearful white Christians who have already proven they can be easily manipulated by scary stories about the Big Gay Menace, the Satanic baby-killers, and the evil secularists threatening Christian America. A list like this is a money-making machine. That was the whole point. [Read more...]

Imaginary Satanic baby-killers, real people still in prison

Frances Keller was not part of a secret conspiracy of Satanic cults. Yet she remains in prison, sent there by people who want to believe such lurid fantasies are real. (Photo by Jana Birchum)

“A roster of leading psychologists and related experts from around the world last week signed on to a pair of letters in support of an appeal filed on behalf of Frances Keller, who was convicted of sexual assault and who has spent the last two decades behind bars for a crime that almost certainly never happened.” [Read more...]

Matthew 16:6


She flipped through the bulletin to find the church calendar for the week. The Prayer Warriors sidewalk vigil was scheduled for Wednesday, so she could call first thing tomorrow and schedule an appointment for Tuesday. Inconvenient to make the same trip two days in a row, but safer than risking running into anyone the day of her visit. [Read more...]

Michele Bachmann, Rick Warren telling lies for Jesus that hurt poor women


The congregation of Saddleback Church includes hundreds of women who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care they cannot afford to get elsewhere. But if punching down at the less-wealthy women in his congregation is the price of indulging in smug self-congratulation, that’s a price that “pastor” Rick Warren is happy to pay. [Read more...]