October 23, 2019

Ussher famously dated the moment of creation to noon on October 23, 4004 BC.  Snooty people who imagine they are smarter than their ancestors because they watch the Discovery Channel–but who could not, if their lives depended on it, give a coherent explanation (other than an appeal to authority) for how we know the earth goes around the sun–love to laugh at this alleged Dark Age fool. Here is a rather generous essay by Stephen Jay Gould that gives credit… Read more

October 22, 2019

I used the example of Bernie Sanders since his Jewish tradition has a lot of room for a pro-choice position and it is idle to demand he accept Catholic moral premisses when he is not Catholic. The same thing applies to secularists.  That does not mean no argument can be made.  It means–as always–that if you are going to make that argument, you must start where your audience is, not where you are. Here is Kristine Kruszelnicki giving a sample… Read more

October 21, 2019

One of the saddest parts of the transformation of the “prolife” movement into a club for conservative Christianists is that, nearly all the time, that club no longer even bothers to attempt to speak to or about people on their terms in order to persuade. The purpose of the “prolife” movement is to provide Unit Cohesion for Republican white Christianists, keep them in the Trump fold, and fend off contamination from those outside the Cult of Trump. So it is… Read more

October 19, 2019

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October 18, 2019

He writes: On October 7th, you published a piece (here) that included an image of a tweet of mine. In that tweet (which can still be found here), I mentioned “genocidal white racism.” “White racism” here clearly refers to racism on the part of whites AGAINST non-whites. But you indicated that my tweet was a defense of “persecuted white conservative males” against a “genocide” I delusionally anticipated. Furthermore, you referenced me again in two subsequent articles. Quoting you: “…’white genocide,’… Read more

October 18, 2019

So the other day I ran across a tweet from Jaden Smith on the Catholic Memes FB page: Accompanying it was this comment: Jaden Smith out here being breathtakingly oblivious. Love it. That’s tiny sample of how not to evangelize. The term for that comment is “smug”. They are the words of somebody who sees Catholic fellowship as a member of an in-group sitting at the Cool Kids Table and making fun of all the losers. It is language intended… Read more

October 17, 2019

One of them sent me this link to a piece called “The Casserole Rules”: When my husband of 27 years suddenly and unexpectedly left, it was weeks before my large-church-pastors noticed I was missing from Sunday morning services.  And even weeks more before someone called to check in. I can’t blame them. I didn’t reach out. I was busy. I was inhaling and exhaling, managing shame, scrounging for hope, paying bills, and depositing what little emotional reserves I had to… Read more

October 16, 2019

A while back, I posted a piece on Fr. Matthew Schneider tweeting to protest Alt-Right Nazi Richard Spencer and getting deluged with defenses of Nazis from Good Conservative Catholics and various other white conservative Christians (and some pagans too). One of the comments I promptly received in response to this bizarro Freak Show that is 100% the creation of the Right here in the US was this: TBH, I’m not a fan of the liberal media either, but Spencer just… Read more

October 15, 2019

…at least the author is trying to read Pope Francis sympathetically and not search for any ammo and any excuse to destroy him: At the risk of overgeneralizing, I would say that those most frustrated by Pope Francis tend to be Catholics steeped in Church history and tradition and, significantly, the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Although I have nowhere near the expertise in Aquinas possessed by some of the anti-Francis folks, I do understand some of their frustration. It… Read more

October 14, 2019

What is always striking about these critiques of the Christianist antichrist lie machine is that the supposed “unbeliever” is, in fact, begging and pleading for self-proclaimed Real Christians[TM] to actually behave like Jesus while the Christianist spits in their face and declares that anything not compatible with Trump Freak Show dogma is worthless. Jesus says “Turn the other cheek” and the Gun Cult says, “Stand your ground and blow their head off.” Jesus says, “Love your enemy” and the Cult… Read more

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