The Duggars: Privilege and Personal Irresponsibility

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Nothing has laid bare how obviously conservatives’ own privilege trumps the “personal responsibility” they demand of everyone else than the ongoing saga regarding Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s oldest progeny and his apparent teenage preoccupation with molesting young girls. [Read more...]

Again: Raping Angels and Being Gay Are Not the Same Thing

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, John Martin, 1852, public domain

There is perhaps no more abused passage in the Bible for condemning gays and lesbians than the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We’ve discussed other major anti-gay clobber passages on this blog multiple times, including the ambiguous Romans 1 with its mysterious interlocutor, and the equally perplexing 1 Corinthians 6:9 with its invented terms for [Read More...]

This Is How Bigotry Dies (To Thunderous Tantrums)

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Conservatives everywhere seem to think active-state liberalism is analogous to an intergalactic weakening of the representational monarchies of the Old Republic. [Read more...]

Jesus, Executed Terrorist

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Today is Good Friday, the day on which Christians mark the occasion of Jesus’ crucifixion. The precise day and time varies depending on which Gospel you read, but according to the historical methodologies accepted by scholars of the ancient world, there is perhaps no event that more certainly occurred in antiquity. [Read more...]

The Political Punch Behind Christianity’s Favorite Prayer

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I love the Lord’s Prayer. The translation of it now universally recited in the English-speaking world holds a poetic, lilting quality that makes its recitation a cathartic ritual even if one holds sincere doubts about its specific words. But what exactly are those words? Many Christians, if not most, have experienced the embarrassment of rehearsing [Read More...]

Back to the ’90s: My Hometown (Again) Spurns the LGBT Community

I still love going to Fayetteville a few times a year; I look forward to seeing the Lights of the Ozarks on the Square yet again this year. But this year it may feel different. This year, like in 1998, I am ashamed that even Fayetteville — even what most consider the best and most inclusive city in Arkansas — cannot even manage to pass a simple ordinance promoting fairness. [Read more...]

Actual War on Black People Distracting from Fictional War on Christmas

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Jesus, a brown-skinned transient and known practitioner of civil disobedience executed by a brutal police state, is indeed perhaps the reason for the season, just not in the way the War on Christmas crowd wants to talk about. [Read more...]

What the hell is Southern Baptist leader Al Mohler fired up about now?

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This is not just dripping with irony. It’s gushing with it. [Read more...]


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