The Political Punch Behind Christianity’s Favorite Prayer


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


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?


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

When is the Southern Baptist Convention a cult?

Not much that comes out of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) shocks me anymore. As a resident of the south for 15 years, I witnessed the enforced hegemony of the Southern Baptists, and on a number of occasions was … [Read more...]

‘Good’ Demons Vs. ‘Bad’ Angels

We all know, after all, that demons are of course the fallen angels who rebelled with Lucifer, right? Yet this aspect of Christian mythology is in fact a latecomer, and prior to about the late second century and early third, such an automatic assumption did not exist. [Read more...]

I lost my editor’s job–but marriage equality won

As the state moves forward on the issue of same-sex marriage, its residents should try to remember the long view of history, and bravely embrace today’s pride over tomorrow’s shame. [Read more...]

Evangelicals eagerly trade public prayer for their most “cherished” fundamental beliefs

There is perhaps no greater irony in Christendom just now than fundamentalist Christians’ new and oft-repeated assertions that prayer is merely cultural or ceremonial, that Christians must not proselytize, and that their own religion should never be pressed upon the unwilling masses. Oh, that doesn’t sound like the fundamentalist Christianity we have all so often [Read More...]