Chik-fil-A flustercluck link roundup

"I mean, it's so unhealthy it's probably killed more Southerners than crystal meth, Gen. Sherman, and illegal fireworks combined … but it's undeniably tasty." "The folks at FRC lie about the LGBT community and they spread hatred. Not mere disagreement, but actual hatred." "Do all of my economic decisions ascribe to a morally perfect model? no. But when I know better, I try to do better, and in this case, I don’t agree with the company’s sponsorship and support of events and … [Read more...]

The Chik-fil-A Flustercluck: What’s Next?

For all the buzz about "boycotting" Chik-fil-A, we haven't really seen anything that formally organized yet. Basically, thus far, what we've seen is a big corporation telling part of the public that "We don't want your money here," and that part of the public unsurprisingly responding "OK, then, you can't have it." This latest corporate flustercluck is mostly following the standard script for what happens when a business decides to fire off a volley in the culture wars on a matter wholly … [Read more...]

‘Stance’ vs. substance: why evangelicals are confused about the actual harm Chik-fil-A is doing to actual people

Inside the world of American evangelicalism, one must always have the proper stance. Stances, actually, plural, as one must have the proper stance on a whole host of subjects. "What is your stance on X?" is a common question in the subculture, with X including a wide variety of litmus tests such as abortion, homosexuality, the inerrancy of scripture, creationism, women's ordination, abortion, homosexuality, divorce, Rob Bell, foreign missions, climate change, infant baptism, predestination, … [Read more...]

Evangelicalism and ‘time wasted in disabuse’

Ta-Nehisi Coates is discussing an unrelated topic here, but his analogy captures the frustration with the evangelical subculture that caused me to leave my work in that world 12 years ago: Consider this: what if you were a medievalist and the majority of your public simply refused to accept that Charlemagne ever existed. Indeed, what if they felt their prosperity was contingent on not acknowledging it. And thus all your medievalist friends spent a great deal of time proving that Charlemagne did … [Read more...]

Robot Eurythphro and news from the religious right

"And a good day to you, Robot Euthyphro." If you're not familiar with the original, you can read it here. Go ahead, it's short, and funnier than you might expect. (For best results: Imagine Peter Falk in the role of Socrates.) I found the video above after reading Libby Anne's response to a column by Tim Challies called "What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment?" I've been trying to figure out whether Challies: A) Has never read Euthyphro, or B) Has read it, and … [Read more...]

‘Hi, I’m looking for a Christian book …’

Ring. "LifeWay Christian Bookstore, how may I help you?" "Hi, I'm looking for a Christian book." "Well, you've called the right place. What's the title? I'll see if I can find it for you." "It's called The Brothers Karamazov." "The Brothers ...?" "Karamazov. With a 'K.' It's by Fyodor Dostoyevsky." "Well, let's see. I'm not familiar with that title, but let me check the computer. How do you ..." "D-O-S-T-O-Y-E-V-S-K-Y. Sometimes it's with an 'I' at the end. Sometimes … [Read more...]

‘Christian bookstores’ and the unsustainable bubble of the evangelical subculture

Some evangelical "gatekeepers" imagine they can still control the boundaries of their subculture and thereby can continue to control the lives and souls and thoughts and imaginations of those within it. Or, if you prefer to put the most charitable spin on it, these gatekeepers imagine they can still guard the boundaries of that subculture and thereby protect the lives, souls, thoughts and imaginations of those within. That used to work. It doesn't anymore. The gatekeepers are still … [Read more...]

If you believe the logo’s Man on the Moon

Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like writes: A fundamentalist can survive without many things such as the friendship of those in his community or the pleasures of his current culture but no fundamentalist can go very long without A Cause to champion. For the wiles of the devil infect every corner of our universe and we must spare no effort to fight him wherever we spot his hand at work. No personal cost is to great, even if it means going to the effort of switching shampoo brands to avoid giving money … [Read more...]


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