The fruit salad of our lives

Trump gets two endorsements that won’t help him and two opponents who won’t hurt him. Plus: Several stories involving American men aiming guns at American women; the NABA defense of torture; and a plea to cast Adam Driver in a Joey Ramone biopic. [Read more…]

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It hurts down here on Earth, Lord

Eliel Cruz’s “Faithfully LGBT” project shows us the beautiful faces of the real people often sidelined by the church as an abstract “issue” to be debated. They’re not issues — they’re our brothers and sisters. Deal with it. Plus: Parents rising up in Flint; John McCain condemns the Torture Party; surprising decency in Georgia; and the British Mycological Society has something for everyone. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (1.28)

Panti Bliss on what it is that homophobes are afraid of. Rachel L. Martin on “The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner.” Scott Hancock and Alexandra Milano on the real rebels who overthrew the traitors. Anne Mellinger-Birdsong says, “Trust women.” Mark Danner on “Our New Politics of Torture.” [Read more…]

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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…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

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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…]

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

“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…]

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