Educated men who are almost as ignorant about insurance as they are about human reproduction

Men who don’t understand how sex works or what contraception does are now suing the government, taking their case before a bunch of male Supreme Court justices who have no idea how health insurance works or what contraception does. And this group of ridiculously ignorant men would like to rewrite our laws regarding contraception and health insurance. What could go wrong? [Read more…]

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Do surgeons wear latex gloves in Catholic hospitals?

I’ve heard and seen this claim endlessly repeated by apparently well-meaning white evangelicals for decades. In their circles, this is something that Everyone Knows to be true — even though it’s completely false. And even though it’s transparently false — a bogus claim that can’t withstand even a momentary bit of scrutiny. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (9.14)

Duncan Black and Juan Cole on humanitarian bombs and the refugees they create. Shaun King on his daily encounters with Christians. Imani Gandy on the racist lies about Margaret Sanger told by those trying to convince themselves they’re being anti-racist. And the amazing Dr. Hawa Abdi, in her own voice. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (8.30)

Glenn Greenwald on “journalists” against journalism. Jeet Heer and Sarah Posner on Donald Trump. Eric Foner on pseudo-politics and psycho-politics. And a Martin Luther King Jr. speech that revisionist fantasists like to pretend doesn’t exist because they’re too busy attributing out-of-context W.E.B. DuBois quotes to Margaret Sanger so they can play-act like they’re Bonhoeffer fighting Hitler. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (8.13)

“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” [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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‘Weaponized’ religious exemptions, in turn, weaponize religion (part 1)

This weaponized use of religious exemptions has changed the context of the entire conversation that previously shaped our legal and neighborly accommodation of such exemptions. It is no longer about the classic examples of exemptions that are fundamentally defensive in character. This is an effort to use religious exemptions as an offensive weapon for political purposes that have nothing to do with the religious beliefs supposedly in question. [Read more…]

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Something like love should hold me up high

I don’t recall reading any interviews with Jon Stott about his leaving evangelicalism for the Anglican Church. It’s perfectly legal to execute an innocent person — William Rehnquist said so. The Eggman of Euclid is not the worst Ohio criminal on the loose. And two trailers that explain why I’ll probably be pretty unproductive next month. [Read more…]

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