Triple murder: ‘Ritualistic Presbyterian killing planned to coincide with the Blue Moon’

There was absolutely nothing about this crime scene that should have made any police officer or journalist imagine that this crime had anything to do with Presbyterianism at all. That’s just a nonsense claim fabricated out of whole cloth by a panicked sheriff who seems utterly ignorant about Presbyterianism and Presbyterians. [Read more…]

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Sunshine don’t hold up to dark

“After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages … eating delicious pancakes.” Remembering the I in IHOP. Plus: The Stone Age lasted longer than a few generations; Alabama police should choose a more honest Beatitude; and say hello to the Gerry Adams of Operation Rescue. [Read more…]

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It breaks my heart to hear you talkin’ this way

Why studying biology with the anti-science cynics of Wheaton College makes as much sense as studying medicine with the anti-vaxxer Catholic bishops of Kenya. Plus: Devils and aliens in Roswell and in print; what it looks like when you sell your soul; and a wrestling legend runs out of chewing gum for the last time. [Read more…]

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Count your ribs and say your prayers and go to sleep

“35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen.” And along with their stories come the heartbreaking, horrifying stories from the #emptychair. Also: Dueling currency; the Mansplainingest Mansplainer Who Ever Internetted; and the human right not to be killed for playing the banjo naked. [Read more…]

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Flying blind and looking for any sign of light

No spoilers, you guys, because I’ve just started watching — but is Christian Slater’s character on “Mr. Robot” a hallucination? Also: Mike Huckabee adds to his list of things that are like Hitler; DeGarmo & Key warn of the dangers of the New Age; and Rick Perry has apparently invested all his money in Netflix. [Read more…]

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Rusty Houser hated women. He learned that at church.

I’m talking about the more fundamental teaching of John Russell Houser’s Southern Baptist church — the paramount religious and ethical teaching of that denomination, which says that women cannot and must not be trusted. Rusty Houser was shaped by a faith tradition that does not abide any question or challenge to its official required stance of legal and political opposition to abortion. His church taught him that women are immoral and untrustworthy, and — like Paul Hill and Scott Roeder — he took that teaching to heart. [Read more…]

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We dig our heels in and wonder who’s gonna win

“He was anti-abortion. … Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything.” Or, in other words, the pattern continues. Also: Still calling bal tashhit on an illegal occupation; Operation Rescue liars make up quotes from RBG; and a fossil from the Garden of Eden. [Read more…]

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Organ and tissue donation saves lives

“The pathologist and the technologist have been known to clasp hands over the body, even cross themselves or say a silent prayer before the first incision is made, especially if both have children. I have stood at that table and searched for the elusive cause of death to give a family grieving the greatest loss imaginable an answer to the question they must have an answer to. ‘Why me? Why my baby? Why???'” [Read more…]

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