White evangelicals, Republicans and wanting to ‘take our country back’


White evangelicals are big fans of ethnic diversity — just so long as those diverse folks share all the exact same opinions, perspectives and priorities as those of the white evangelical establishment. White evangelicals love the optics of a diverse-looking crowd all pledging unquestioning allegiance to the pure white evangelical agenda in lockstep conformity. [Read more...]

White evangelicals: Three critiques and a clueless open letter

Michael L. Brown wants black Christians to know that God is merciful, and if they repent, God will forgive them for voting for a black president.

Chris Hayes says “the sense of persecution and siege that many white Christians feel down to their toes” is driving conservative policy in America. And Michael L. Brown illustrates what Hayes describes with an “Open Letter to Black Evangelicals” that has to be seen to be believed. [Read more...]

How evangelical tribal gatekeepers operate: ‘I want you to go after Campolo’


“I was given an assignment: write a booklet defending what we thought was the traditional view of biblical sexuality against the alternative view being promoted by supporters of the gay Christian community. One day, as I was in the middle of this assignment, my boss met me in the hall and handed me a manila folder. The tab read, ‘Campolo, Tony.’ My boss looked at me and said, ‘This is for the booklet. I want you to go after Campolo.’” [Read more...]

More on that ‘controversial’ book that scares patriarchal Christians so much


Rachel Held Evans is a joy to read, quite apart from the role that has been thrust on her as one of the first prominent voices of post-subcultural evangelicalism. But that larger context — and the grace, wisdom and, yes, valor that she’s shown in that role — is pretty cool too. [Read more...]

Evangelicals have a Bryan Fischer problem


Bryan Fischer manages to cling to semi-respectability as a representative of the religious right and a member of the white evangelical tribe because he checks all the right boxes on the litmus-test questions. Sure, he’s a racist. But like Dinesh D’Souza, he channels most of that racism into support for the political aims he shares with more “mainstream” evangelicals. [Read more...]

In which I mercilessly criticize Ed Stetzer

To avoid causing him trouble with "the usual suspects," let's just pretend I have nothing at all nice to say about Ed Stetzer.

Ed Stetzer has some smart things to say about “making up your own set of facts.” But since I’m a liberal, my praising his comments might cause him further grief with the conspiratorial partisans he’s criticizing. So instead, let’s just pretend I said something really mean about him. [Read more...]

Why the white evangelical religious right can no longer presume to claim moral superiority


The religious right lost the argument and the moral high ground because the other side met them toe-to-toe: You want to argue about abortion on moral grounds? Great, let’s do that. We say your opposition to legal abortion is immoral, and here’s why. You want to argue about the morality of same-sex marriage? Fine. We say your opposition to marriage equality is immoral, and here’s why. [Read more...]

Hey, remember when evangelicals were pro-choice because of the Bible? What a difference 30 years makes


Jonathan Dudley: “Evangelicals would benefit from pausing to look back at their own history. In doing so, they might consider the possibility that they aren’t submitting to the dictates of a timeless biblical truth, but instead, to the goals of a well-organized political initiative only a little more than 30 years old.” [Read more...]