Why I wrote the same thing I always do when the Liars for Jesus attacked Planned Parenthood yet again

Wherein I respond to the question of why I have been silent about Operation Rescue’s dishonest attack video by pointing out that I actually wrote quite a bit about it this week. And by pointing out that I’ve been writing quite a bit about this video for years before it was even recorded. [Read more…]

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Satanic baby-killers are putting dead babies in Pepsi!

You can learn a lot on the Internet. Today, for example, I learned that Pepsi cola is made with “flavor enhancers” manufactured from the kidney cells of aborted fetuses. That Scary Story was thoroughly debunked several years ago, but it resurfaced this week thanks to a more recent Scary Story based on the latest “secret video” produced by a friend of disgraced activist James O’Keefe. [Read more…]

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It’s not gullibility; it’s malice. (C.S. Lewis is right and Ed Stetzer is wrong.)

Gullibility is a kind of innocence — an honest mistake. But gullibility is not the problem. Gullible people are relieved and happy to learn that some fake-news Scary Story isn’t actually true. But when those spreading such stories are disappointed, or defensive, or angry to learn they aren’t true, then we know that gullibility had nothing to do with it. [Read more…]

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15 Famous Celebs Who Have Committed Horrible Crimes!

A Southern Baptist leader comes out as Openly Baptist. Plus: Mr. Wednesday and Mr. Nancy coming to TV; a song suggestion for The Donald; and a complicated eulogy. [Read more…]

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Revisiting the immorality of the religious right’s ‘moral high ground’

The religious right’s assertion that it represented the moral high ground was widely accepted for many years. But once they were challenged to defend that assertion, it proved to be indefensible. That’s why anti-gay ballot initiatives in the United States lost in 2012, and it’s why Irish voters overwhelmingly endorsed marriage equality in 2015. [Read more…]

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The ‘CharlieCharlieChallenge’ doesn’t lead to demonic possession — but it can nurture credulity and willful ignorance, which is worse

The “CharlieCharlieChallenge,” like Ouija boards, is pretty dumb. But neither of those is as bad as the overwrought condemnation of such things by Christians who fear them because they believe they’re actually supernatural. See, Robert Johnson folklore is not actually orthodox Christian theology. And even if you play “CharlieCharlie” at midnight at a Delta crossroads and sign a contract in blood, you can’t actually sell your soul to the devil. That’s not an actual thing. [Read more…]

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Back to the ’80s, because we never left them (part 2)

Any skeptical questions about the reality of these alleged horrors was reinterpreted — and fiercely condemned — as a defense of those same horrors. Questions such as “How did they have time to fly the children to Mexico?” or “Why are there no records of such a flight?” wouldn’t be answered directly because answering them would threaten the fantasy. Instead, anyone asking such questions would be recast as a defender of Satanic ritual abuse by Mexican soldiers. [Read more…]

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Back to the ’80s, because we never left them

The D&D backlash of the 1980s wasn’t sustainable because the unreality of the imagined threat eventually became impossible to deny. But while this particular form of symptom spiked and dissipated, the disease remains — with the moral entrepreneurs continuing their role-playing fantasy by concocting and warring against ever-new sets of imaginary monsters. [Read more…]

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