Pseudo-Satanism and Satanic baby-killers


Tabloid newspapers are reporting on supposed “Satanism” that sounds precisely like what Jeffrey Victor describes as “pseudo-Satanism” — a pose being struck in order to appear, and to feel, transgressive and rebellious. It’s the sort of stuff a lazy production designer might come up with for a “Satanic cult” film, a hodge-podge of pop-culture symbolism concocted from the news, from folklore, from the movies, and from religious instruction unwittingly based on all of the above. [Read more...]

James Dobson just not putting much effort into perfunctory lies


Christian radio host James Dobson is repeating stale death-panels lies from 2010. His massive radio audience deserves better. They deserve to hear new, creative lies told with more flair and ingenuity. How are they supposed to work up any new outrage over the same old lies they’ve been hearing for three years? [Read more...]

Evangelical men need to stop lying about women’s health


This is a deliberate lie. This is a deliberate lie that white evangelicals are eager to believe because it allows them to pretend that Planned Parenthood is utterly wicked and therefore that they, by opposing Planned Parenthood, are utterly righteous. [Read more...]

Here’s the tell: Hyde and Stupak

Here is President Barack Obama's executive order stating that the Hyde Amendment applies to the Affordable Care Act and that Denny Burk and Hobby Lobby are talking out of their backsides.

Hobby Lobby is not arguing that this supposedly onerous mandate should be illegal under the Hyde Amendment or under the executive order that expressly forbids the ACA from anything like an “abortion mandate.” Instead, Hobby Lobby is arguing only that it should be granted a religious exception to the rules requiring gender equality in insurance coverage for employees. That’s the tell. [Read more...]

Memory vs. Hobby Lobby: Evangelicals and contraception and why Denny Burk is not a conservative


This is a radical act, the act of remembering when the powers that be are telling you not to. Merritt remembers what evangelicals taught about contraception when she was a teenager and she remembers that it was the opposite of what evangelicals are teaching and saying and fighting legal battles over today. [Read more...]

Come down off the cross, Her.meneutics, we could use the wood


To invoke Stephen in the defense of some alleged Christian “right” to deny workers the health care they have earned is inexcusable. To presume you’re the heirs of Stephen because you’re fiercely defending the “religious liberty” to neglect the neglected isn’t just immoral, it’s biblically illiterate. [Read more...]

Mazes & Monsters and the BADD old days: I’m collecting stories of the backlash against Dungeons & Dragons


I want to hear from any of you who played Dungeons & Dragons or any other pencil-and-paper fantasy role-playing games back in the day. Specifically, I’m looking for stories of condemnation, consternation, opprobrium and sheer, unvarnished panic that you may have encountered during the height of the backlash against such games. [Read more...]

Why James Dobson is unable to speak of the actual murder of actual children


The incoherence of James Dobson’s statement comes from Dobson’s undeniable recognition that the Newtown massacre was far, far worse than any number of abortions. He knows that. He feels that. But Dobson has painted himself into an ethical and rhetorical corner and so he cannot allow himself to admit that. [Read more...]