uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum -- Q. Aurelius Symmachus, 384 C.E.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Actual War on Black People Distracting from Fictional War on Christmas

I feel sorry for the Fox-News War-On-Christmas crowd.
This is normally the season of the year when they foment anger and offense at perceived slights anytime a city renames a Christmas parade a “holiday parade” or anytime retailers dare to remain inclusive with Season’s Greetings banners.
For them, the failure of anyone to use the word Christmas amounts to a “war,” yet the actual gunning down of statistically large numbers of unarmed black men is no real cause for concern.
It is perhaps the greatest sign of privilege that those who continually parrot a narrative of “Christian persecution” based on nativity scenes and holiday cards will bend over backward to excuse the literal war – the actual systematic killing of civilians by increasingly militarized police forces – being waged on poor black communities in our own country.
Continue reading this post on the Unfundamentalist Christians' Patheos blog.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The False Narrative Reality of the ADF

Lots of people have suggested, in response to my review of "God's Not Dead," that it does not present a narrative reality, but rather just an isolated incident that they found inspiring. But the end credits, with a solicitation from the Alliance Defending Freedom, belie any such claim. Here is an infomercial (with Kirk Cameron!) for this organization, complete with just the sort of anecdotal stories suggesting college campuses are all "anti-Christian" or "anti-American," or whatnot. Check out the 19 minute, where some Georgia Tech students complain that they weren't allowed to condemn same-sex marriage. Tell me again this is not the (false) narrative reality of a large group of people. It is.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where Have I Been?

A few comments here recently have noted that it's been a while since this blog has been updated. It's true, and I'm sorry. Here's why.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Al Mohler Does It Again

If Jesus taught that what comes out of a man defiles him, surely the blatant inaccuracies and lies peddled by many of his most ardent followers must concern him at least a little, especially when they are done in connection with the Bible.

But such was the case yet again recently when Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's flagship seminary, was asked at the SBC's recent convention to give his "succinct" and "Biblical" view of homosexuality. As per usual when Mohler opens his mouth, what he claims to be the case is almost precisely opposite what any mainstream scholar on the topic would tell you.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Exposing the FRC's Dishonesty

A facebook bully whom I had confronted in another forum yesterday challenged me to find an instance of the Family Research Council lying. Rather than write out a detailed comment on that thread, I figured I might as well do so here; after all, such an exercise is hardly difficult, and hardly sporting, but might prove entertaining and amusing to readers nonetheless. And it never stops being important to call out these organizations on their deceptions.

So I simply figured the best place to start would likely be the recently discredited Regnerus "study" of same-sex parents, which conservatives were calling "groundbreaking" before it had barely even scratched the surface of the literature, at which point any scholarly publication comes under major scrutiny. Despite being a very new publication, enough peer scholars had raised serious doubts about the study's obviously flawed methodology that the editor of it called for an audit, and the auditor famously declared that it was "bullshit."