When Christians argue that Jesus Christ has no religious significance

This is not Sallman's "Head of Christ." This is Hunstein's Head of Cash. I like this better.

An Ohio public school superintendent is defending the ginormous reproduction of Sallman’s Head of Christ that hangs in a Jackson City school building. He says the iconic portrayal of a white Gentile Jesus does not privilege or establish religion, but merely reflects “the culture of our community.” [Read more...]

Tribalism isn’t about feelings, it’s about the zero-sum outlook


It’s very difficult, if not altogether impossible, to separate out the various threads of tribal identity as distinct factors. The tribal anxiety that comes from the idea of a zero-sum world is all of a piece. Antitribalism struggles to be “intersectional,” but tribalism has always been intersectional. Tribalism was intersectional before intersectionality was cool. [Read more...]

Dobson, Huckabee get a bit of push-back from mainstream evangelicals

(Image snitched from Laryn Kragt Bakker.)

Following some particularly egregious comments on the Sandy Hook massacre by prominent religious-right evangelicals like Mike Huckabee and James Dobson, there’s been a bit of push-back. A few folks from the evangelical mainstream establishment are speaking out and condemning those comments. [Read more...]

The Sting: ‘Mainstream’ evangelicals and the religious right

Hucksters gotta huck. Grifters gotta grift.

Their theory, then, is that mainstream evangelicals can enlist the support of the religious right as providers of expertise and analysis. They can be served by the religious right without having to be servants of the religious right. But there’s an old saying about hanging around with grifters. If you don’t know who the mark is in their con, then the mark is probably you. [Read more...]

‘LOL stands for Lucifer Our Lord’ and other lies told by the deluded self-righteous


It’s exciting to pretend you’re standing up against Satan. It’s pleasant to imagine that you are more righteous than your Facebook friends because you avoid the abbreviation LOL. What a convenient tribal marker to set you apart as a heroic, good and godly person. [Read more...]

‘Change is a mofo’: The GOP and white evangelicalism are in the same situation

When this picture was taken, these men had at least four things in common. And now they have five things in common.

The Republican Party and white evangelicalism face the same problems. Both have become dominated by white male perspectives and have come to serve primarily the interests of those who share that perspective. Both have attained and maintained power by marginalizing everyone else — everyone who is not a straight, white, Christian male. [Read more...]

The religious liberty right to believe that algebra is an abortifacient


The student’s beliefs are factually wrong — demonstrably so. Her beliefs are based on poor exegesis, scientific ignorance, a haughty disdain for others, and a preference for fearful lies over objective truth. Yet they remain her beliefs. And thus, Rutherford says, she has a legal right to be foolishly, fearfully wrong. [Read more...]

If we pretend that progressive evangelicals are not REALLY evangelical, then all evangelicals must be conservatives, and therefore progressive evangelicals cannot really be evangelicals

"It’s hard to overstate the extent of the progressive failure here," David French writes of the 2012 elections, celebrating the triumph of Mitt Romney over "a multi-year leftist effort to move evangelical voters left."

David French — a proponent of the failing religious right agenda — offers his own creative take on the crushing disappointment he suffered Election Day, when his passionate multi-year devotion to Mitt Romney ended in tears. “It’s hard to overstate the extent of the progressive failure here,” French says of Election Day. [Read more...]