Postcards from the culture wars (5.6)

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” [Read more…]

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Things I Have Learned Due to My Google News Alert for the Word ‘Satanic’

Several years ago I set up an RSS subscription for a Google News Alert for the word “Satanic.” This has served me well by keeping me up to speed on the latest witches and enemies and such being accused of being Satanic baby-killers. But it’s also led me to read hundreds of other articles simply because they popped into my RSS reader due to their containing the word “Satanic.” Here’s what I’ve learned from those articles. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (4.12)

“Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love — so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” [Read more…]

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Donald Trump did not know the Standard Answer on criminalizing abortion

The Standard Answer is this: “Of course no one is talking about putting women in jail. No one has ever said that’s what should be done. We would only punish the abortionists, not the women.” That’s not intended to provide an answer for the question. It’s intended to prevent the answerer from having to think about it. [Read more…]

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They have always been here. If you didn’t know that before, it’s because you couldn’t be trusted to know.

Rick Scarborough seems shocked that many white evangelical Christians have had abortions or know someone who has. He regards this as a sudden and very recent development. It’s not. These folks have always been there — in white evangelical churches and institutions. [Read more…]

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This is what abortion politics is for

Failing the clearest moral test of your time and culture is only a problem so long as that moral test is what people are talking about and thinking about. So talk about something else. If you’ve made yourself a moral pariah because you’ve spent the past three decades fighting a rear-guard battle in defense of systemic, violent, oppressive injustice, then you need to find some other subject on which you can cast yourself as the Good Guy — as the heroic champion of morality. [Read more…]

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Satanic baby-killers.

C.S. Lewis said that a determination to cling to the idea that our enemies are as bad as possible is “the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.” That process always leads, inexorably, to pretending, then wishing, then enslaving ourselves to, the lie that our enemies are the worst-possible thing we can imagine: Satanic baby-killers. [Read more…]

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Does my sassiness upset you?

This is just all over the place. There’s stuff in here about Donald Trump, the Antichrist, the unwieldy New Hampshire legislature, True Scotsman evangelicals, terrorist groups, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Maya Angelou, and New Jersey governors both beloved and despised. [Read more…]

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