1. I actually agree with this Church Sign Epic Fail, but I doubt the church intended it to be read the way I’m reading it.
2. I am shocked — shocked! — that American Christians would lie about an imaginary threat of legal persecution.
3. Travis Mamone has posted a mixtape for his new e-book The Other Hidden Wound: Uncovering the Effect of Patriarchy on the Male Psyche. I mention this for two reasons: 1) Mamone is a good guy and a terrific writer. I enjoy his blog and I’m looking forward to reading his book. And 2) His playlist includes “Less Teeth, More Tits,” from the Lunachicks, and that’s a good excuse for me to brag about having seen them live at JC Dobbs. That was fun.
4. “But, look, if you’re not doing anything wrong, what do you have to be scared of?” “If you’re a good person, you don’t have anything to worry about.”
5. New Jersey has been through enough hardship recently — Hurricane Sandy, Jersey jokes, the Nets leaving for Brooklyn, Donald Trump, Snooki — but at least it was spared this horrible possibility.
6. “So there was a forum in Grand Rapids last night on being gay and Christian,” Ben Irwin writes. “Keep in mind this is a city where you can barely throw a stick without hitting a church. Or a Christian publisher.”
7. Matt Young offers two reasons why Christians should not say the Pledge of Allegiance. Here’s Reason No. 3: Because asking, requiring or pressuring free people to “pledge allegiance” is creepy, creepy, creepy. If your spouse asked you to pledge your “allegiance” every day before leaving the house, you’d suspect there was something deeply wrong with them. And you’d be right.