I see the skull beneath the skin

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Pacifists still have to pay for bullets, but they’re allowed to discriminate against LGBT students. Profiles of two delusional nativists. Why some Christian colleges refuse to be trustworthy. Plus Johnny Cash proclaims woe unto the rich, Junia is a little less alone, dubious decor from Sears, and, oh, also too, the excerpt function on WordPress still isn’t working on my front page. [Read more...]

Anti-abortion activist says Obama’s presidential library will be just like Heaven

12weeks

Erasing those women — eliminating them from our imagining — is probably the second-most horrifying thing about the ghost story that Michael Bresciani has assigned us to imagine. Perhaps even worse than that, though, is this terrifying realization: Bresciani’s surreal imaginary haunting of the Obama presidential library provides an image of what the majority of white evangelicals insist that Heaven is like. [Read more...]

Creationist counterfeit teams up with genuine Neo-Confederate

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This spectacular, 30-foot-long, 10-foot-high specimen clearly doesn’t belong in the Creation Museum. It clashes. The allosaur is actually awe-inspiring and wondrous. Set there amidst the rest of the Creation Museum, it can only highlight the shoddy papier-mâché propaganda of the rest of the place. It’s undeniable reality can’t help but serve as a foil to emphasize the unreality of everything else in the museum. [Read more...]

Young-Earth creationism and the problem of telescopes (part 2)

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Young-Earth creationism involves more phlebotinum than any science fiction or fantasy epic ever written. And it functions exactly the same. It is a magical talisman made of Handwavium, a bit of techno-babble and mumbo jumbo tossed forth to induce the audience to continue suspending disbelief so that they can continue to enjoy an impossible story. [Read more...]

Young-Earth creationism and the light of distant stars

CN2

Look, for example, at that really bright star … no, not that one. That’s not a star, that’s Venus. The other really bright one — look, see the big bow tie? OK, see those three stars in a row across the middle of the bowtie? Draw a line through those and keep going down and to the left to that really bright star. That one, yes, good. That’s Sirius, and that bluish light you’re looking at is 8.6 years old. You’re looking back in time. You’re seeing what Sirius looked like back when Countrywide was still a hot stock. [Read more...]

Science for non-scientists open thread — primordial which?

JATC

“Talk to me like I’m stupid,” Ta-Nehisi Coates says when he asks his readers about things he doesn’t understand. Let me borrow that here. Explain this stuff the way you would to someone who can’t be assumed to know any of the lingo or the basic ideas involved. Explain it the way you would if you were asked to do so between innings for the fans at a ball game. Or explain it they way you would to a room full of clever junior high students. [Read more...]

Bible secrets concealed: How lying is mandatory for white evangelical institutions (part 2)

PFunk

Duplicity is built into the structure of evangelical institutions — colleges, seminaries, publishing houses, magazines. There is a gap — a chasm — between what they know to be true and what they are expected or required to pretend to believe. There is a great deal that they know to be true but fearfully avoid talking about. [Read more...]

Misstatements of faith: How lying is mandatory for white evangelical institutions (part 1)

NoSeeNoHearNoSpeak

You can spend thousands of dollars to study biology or biblical studies at Bryan College. They will take your money. But the professors there are not permitted to teach you either biology or biblical studies, so that money will not be well spent. [Read more...]


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