Why James Dobson is unable to speak of the actual murder of actual children


The incoherence of James Dobson’s statement comes from Dobson’s undeniable recognition that the Newtown massacre was far, far worse than any number of abortions. He knows that. He feels that. But Dobson has painted himself into an ethical and rhetorical corner and so he cannot allow himself to admit that. [Read more...]

Imaginary monsters: Why Bigfoot hunters are better people than Republican senators


I’m fascinated by UFOs, ghost-hunting, cryptozoology and all manner of paranormal phenomenon. Well, actually, that’s not quite right — I’m fascinated by the people who are fascinated by those things. [Read more...]

Lying for Jesus is wrong, even if you use a fancy word like ‘abortifacient’

Lies make baby Jesus cry.

My dear evangelical brothers and sisters, can we please stop lying for Jesus by saying that emergency contraception is “an abortifacient”? No matter how many times we repeat something that isn’t true, reality doesn’t change. And pretending something is evil just so we can bravely oppose it doesn’t actually make us brave. Or good. Or helpful. So let’s cut the crap, OK? [Read more...]

Evangelicals vs. Persons With Disabilities: The real dangers of fighting against imaginary monsters

Healing of the Paralytic Man Mark 2:1-5

Evangelicals led the fight to block the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Because of abortion and the Antichrist. Did this treaty have anything at all to do with abortion or the Antichrist? No. Nothing at all to do with either of those, but American evangelicals aren’t going to let a little thing like reality get in the way of some oh-so-enjoyable self-righteous masturbation. [Read more...]

‘LOL stands for Lucifer Our Lord’ and other lies told by the deluded self-righteous


It’s exciting to pretend you’re standing up against Satan. It’s pleasant to imagine that you are more righteous than your Facebook friends because you avoid the abbreviation LOL. What a convenient tribal marker to set you apart as a heroic, good and godly person. [Read more...]

White evangelicals, Republicans and wanting to ‘take our country back’


White evangelicals are big fans of ethnic diversity — just so long as those diverse folks share all the exact same opinions, perspectives and priorities as those of the white evangelical establishment. White evangelicals love the optics of a diverse-looking crowd all pledging unquestioning allegiance to the pure white evangelical agenda in lockstep conformity. [Read more...]

A very slightly less ‘fake’ argument from Mark Galli in Christianity Today


At Christianity Today, Mark Galli’s voice isn’t always this high-pitched. That’s just the Doppler effect on account of his back-tracking so fast from his earlier post attacking Jonathan Dudley for supposedly “fake history.” It’s only a half-baked correction, but at least Galli acknowledges that his earlier post was misleading twaddle. Galli’s latest is also misleading, but in a different way. [Read more...]

‘Baby-killers.’ It’s always ‘baby-killers.’


The inclination to accuse one’s opponents of being “baby-killers” does not arise from America’s abortion politics. America’s abortion politics arises from the inclination to accuse one’s opponents of being baby-killers. [Read more...]