Smart people saying smart things (12.17)

Kathryn Schulz on the Mann Gulph wildfire and so very much more; Ezra Klein on the torture report; W. Caleb McDaniel on the history of Eric Garner’s “enough;” Stephen Prothero on the culture wars as conservative performance pieces; and Andrea Powell on the American habit of locking up victims. [Read more...]

Most Americans believe in the Virgin Birth — and that torture is cool

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A new survey finds that 73 percent of Americans say they believe Jesus was born to a virgin, because that’s what the Bible says, and these Americans believe the Bible is the Holy Word of God. Another new survey finds that two thirds of American Christians approve of torture. Because, apparently, American Christians don’t give a withered fig about what the Bible has to say. [Read more...]

Torture poll demonstrates, quantifies depravity of ‘pro-life’ white evangelicalism

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What is the one common trait uniting all of that 69 percent of white evangelicals applauding CIA torture? They’re “pro-life,” of course. That means they have the moral high ground. It’s what makes them morally superior to everyone else. Just ask them, they’ll tell you. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.13.14)

Randi Harper on online abuse; Chris Rock on the whiteness of Hollywood; Damaris Zehner on the “perspicuity of scripture;” Mark Fallon confirms that “Dick Cheney was lying about torture;” and David Brin on “Abortion and the ‘Jesus Effect.’” [Read more...]

Sen. John McCain on the failure and disgrace of American torture

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“But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us. It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s about how we represent ourselves to the world.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (8.10)

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Leslie Callahan on what Christians should be boycotting; a modest suggestion from Valerie Tarico; Samantha Pugsley on waiting and true love; Rebecca Gordon on torture; and the Gungors correctly predict the gatekeepers’ response. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (2.26)

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

Outsourcing torture here

If you'd opened our paper Wednesday to pages 2 and 3 of the local section, you'd have read the following headlines: "10 charged in alleged child porn network," "Man charged with rape of teen," and "Father of two pleads guilty in child porn case." All on the same day. Yeesh. Anyone who is proven guilty [Read More...]


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