Satanists did not kill pony or turn woman into lesbian

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“Initial media reports linked the death of the pony to satanic cults and ritualistic killing,” the police said in a statement. “The police have sought the advice of experts and have come to the view that the death of this pony was through natural causes. All the injuries can be attributed to those caused by other wild animals. This incident received significant media reporting, some of which was clearly sensationalist.” [Read more...]

Manufacturing monsters: When you know you’re lying, you know you’re wrong

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C.S. Lewis warns against the lure of wanting to view those we think of as bad as even worse than they are. That desire is part of the story Doktor Zoom shares there. Exactly the thing that Lewis describes is what makes the audience for Fox News and Bryan Fischer so eager to swallow their mendacious selective editing. It’s what makes them actively refuse to question even the most obviously dubious claims about those they are predisposed to dislike. [Read more...]

Rep. Paul Wieland of Missouri is lying

There's a difference between a person of conscience and a person who will do and say anything to pretend to be a person of conscience.

Wieland claims that his conscience is grievously mortified because of X. This isn’t a lie because X happens not to be real. This is a lie because Wieland doesn’t care whether or not X is real. If he really believed what he claims to believe, he would have to be very interested in that. If his conscience were truly involved in this, then that conscience would compel him, require him, force him to go and examine the evidence that he is steadfastly, actively refusing to look at. [Read more...]

2. ‘The Conjuring’ reminds us that the only way to stop Satanic baby-killers is to punish women

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The Warrens’ shtick is a Gothic Catholic variation of the same con Mike Warnke and Bob Larson have long used to fleece evangelical Protestants with a propensity for “spiritual warfare” ideology. This racket is contemptible at just the basic level of any con that preys on gullibility and fear to separate vulnerable people from their money. But it’s also far worse than that, because it reinforces the very worst impulses of its audience, fueling a hate-filled, self-righteous crusader mentality. [Read more...]

1. ‘The Amityville Horror’ is not based on a true story

"The Amityville Horror: A True Story" is not a true story.

I’m sorry if that disappoints anyone, but we’re not free to change what is or is not true based only on what we find to be disappointing. It’s also a bit odd that anyone would be disappointed to learn that a “horror” is not real. That’s like having a horrifying nightmare and then waking up disappointed to realize it was only a dream. You’re not supposed to be disappointed when you wake from a nightmare, you’re supposed to be relieved. [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer is very brave when confronting imaginary monsters

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“Fears might also grow out of children’s struggles with their own angry feelings,” Mister Rogers said. “They sometimes project those angry feelings onto some outside thing … and then they fear that the very angry thing may just destroy them.” And that, I think, explains all you need to know about religious right spokesman Bryan Fischer. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

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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...]


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