Tribal gatekeepers officially enshrine Phelpsian bigotry as ‘evangelical’ and ‘Too Christian’

The gospel according to Flip Benham -- and officially endorsed as "evangelical" by Christianity Today.

Bryan Fischer is a member in good standing of the white evangelical tribe. The tribal gatekeepers have rarely seen fit to criticize Fischer, let alone to pronounce his banishment. He can bear false witness day after day, saying the most horrible slurs about gay people, women, immigrants, black people, Latinos, feminists, scientists and college graduates, and yet he will never be “Farewell”-ed the way people like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren or even for goodness’ sake Rachel Held Evans have been. [Read more...]

GOP Rep. Stacey Campfield, Obamacare, and the Israeli health system


If Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield thinks Obamacare is like the Holocaust, he should take a look at Israel’s Health Ministry. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

"Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

We need the woods to be full of imaginary monsters


One solution would have been to repent — to advocate justice rather than opposing it. But white evangelicalism didn’t take that path. Instead, it struck upon an ingenious solution: If the key moral issues facing the culture make it clear that you’re on the wrong side, introduce a new moral issue on which you can be right while everybody else is wrong. [Read more...]

Witch-hunts are dangerous; witches are not

"Salem" debuts this month on the WGN network.

In the trailer for the new cable TV show “Salem,” one character says, “There is something worse than a witch hunt: A witch.” This is one of the deadliest lies ever told. Witch hunts and witch hunters are a deadly menace responsible for the deaths of uncountable innocents and the ruin of whole communities. There is nothing worse than a witch hunt. [Read more...]

Go and learn what this means: Lawful evil, chaotic good and B.A.D.D. theology


It says something about the sorry state of biblical understanding among biblical “inerrantists” that we were left to learn this from Gary Gygax rather than from Galatians, Isaiah, Amos or the Gospels. But once we learned it — once we came to see the possibility of it — then the whole ideology we’d been taught came into question. [Read more...]

The tribe has no right-wing boundary: Liberty University is not ‘controversial’


No matter what outrageous things these men say, and no matter how often those outrageous statements are repeated and endorsed by all those institutions, none of that will ever bring a shadow of “controversy” within the white evangelical tribe. They’re right-wing extremists, and the white evangelical tribe has no right wing boundary. [Read more...]

Satanic baby-killers have destroyed American Christianity

Pretend these dolls are human babies. Then pretend other people are evil and want to kill those babies. Keep doing this until you're so convinced of your own superior righteousness that you never need to love anyone to feel good about yourself.

“This woman right here? Believes in killing babies. That man believes in killing babies. That woman over there, that woman over there, that woman right there, that woman right there, believes in killing babies. That is against the law of God. … They want to kill babies.” [Read more...]