November 23, 2020

I see a common thread in all of these fears—communism, government control, wolves in sheep’s clothing. That common thread is a belief that government is evil and dangerous, and that individual freedom is the greatest possible good. “You can’t tell me what to do!” This deep skepticism of government has been entrenched in (white**) America for generations. Read more

November 20, 2020

This is not how this would go down in an actual fundamentalist community. So why is Debi writing it like this? Louise and Bobbie Jo conclude that Julie has a character flaw, or else she wouldn’t seek out someone they have all clearly decided is no good. But that’s all they do. And all anyone does! Read more

November 19, 2020

I heard on the radio recently that one way to combat pandemic fatigue is to be intentional about creating things to look forward to—even if those things look very different than they normally would. Read more

November 18, 2020

There needs to be more written about megachurches’ adoption of rock concert aesthetics. The colored lights, the full band, the casual attire of the musicians, the emotive contemporary music: it’s clearly an intentional and specific—and potent—formula. But why? When did this start? What does it mean that I found a photo of a rock concert more evocative of church than any other photo? Read more

November 17, 2020

If I flip a coin and guess before each flip whether it’ll be heads or tails, I’ll be right roughly 50% of the time. As far as I can see, that makes me a more accurate prophet than Pat Robertson. (Although frankly, that’s not hard.)  Read more

November 16, 2020

Look, I get that we have to find a new normal. I’m not saying that no church should meet in person—and no state in the country has current orders that churches can’t meet in person (although this might change, given our frightening current trajectory). The issue I have is largely that individuals like Johnson often reject making even the smallest changes to save lives.   Read more

November 15, 2020

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every week, I put up a fresh post. Read more

November 13, 2020

In the Super Center, Cheyenne checks yogurt ingredients and is horrified to see how many brands include corn syrup. A footnote tells us that corn syrup contains mercury, and is very very dangerous.  Read more

November 12, 2020

The fact that Scott recently had the IRS revoke the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit organization he ran would seem to be relevant, given that they are quoting Scott’s views on, well, financial propriety and financial ethics. Did they even google him?  Read more

November 10, 2020

I have half a mind to start a fake anti-abortion online presence dedicated to the idea that abortion should be prohibited and every woman who has an unwanted pregnancy should be given $250,000 cash, not taxed. The opportunities for trolling abound. One wonders: could a woman denied an abortion sue the government for this amount, arguing that being prevented from having an abortion amounted to a financial taking?  Read more

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