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10 Pro-LGBT #ChristiansVote Tweets From Anti-Gay, Pro-Trump Hashtag Hijack

During the final, frenzied hours of the 2016 election, both candidates are making their final pleas to supporters, while average citizens implore their friends, family, and social media circles to get out and cast their ballots. But one Twitter hashtag intended to encourage Christians to vote for Donald Trump has been taken over by progressive Christians who say their faith calls them to stand up for the marginalized and the oppressed, and to rej…

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Trump Admin Grant to ‘Hookers for Jesus’ Ignites Twitter Firestorm Over Taxpayer Funded Religious Coercion

Reuters’ Sarah N. Lynch broke a big story on Monday morning highlighting one of the more outrageous examples of the Trump administration’s penchant for rewarding supporters and punishing opponents: A U.S. Justice Department anti-human trafficking grant program is facing internal complaints, after two nonprofits were denied funding in favor of two less established groups whose applications were not recommended by career DOJ officials. The groups i…

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11 Election Tweets to Amuse, Infuriate, Enlighten, and Amuse You

An uncomfortable number of hosts and guests on MSNBC’s election night coverage made reference to hitting the bottle. Even the Clinton era made a ghostly appearance in the form of James Carville who Zoomed in from home with a half-empty bottle of Pappy Van Winkle over his shoulder. We get it. But besides getting likkered up, what have we done with all this anxiety and nervous energy? Brought it to Twitter of course. There were far too many insight…

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The 11 Best #RealClergyBios Tweets

Over the weekend, the #realclergybios hashtag spread like Gospel on Twitter, with countless pastors and seminarians shelling out hard truths about everything from doubting one’s vocation to fighting for the church’s solvency to—if you’re a woman or non-white pastor—dealing with daily microaggressions. RD spoke to Indiana-based Presbyterian minister Mihee Kim-Kort, who launched #realclergybios as an offshoot of #realacademicbios, to get the story…

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Encyclileaks: Was the ‘Laudato Si’ Leak a Sin or Just a Scoop?

In the days before the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudauto Si, the level of hype among the Catholic journalists and religion writers on my Twitter feed approached Star Wars levels with astonishing rapidity. A papal encyclical arguably hadn’t been the subject of this much conjecture since Humanae Vitae in 1968, far before the dawn of social media. Conjectures piled up upon assumptions, and thousands of writers were loo…

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Evangelical Prof’s ‘Biblical Comma’ Tweet Exposes Paradox of ‘Respectable’ Evangelical Anti-Intellectualism

After the Trump years and the January 6 insurrection, in which recognizably evangelical prayers and symbols featured prominently, America’s conservative, mostly white evangelical Christians aren’t exactly popular. But just when you think your expectations for this authoritarian demographic can’t get any lower, some “respectable” evangelical comes along and invokes the “biblical comma.” In case you were wondering, this ostensibly holy punctuation…

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Busy Days For ‘eBay of Prophecy’

Religious Right’s ‘Obama Watch’ Before President-elect Obama and the first family have moved into the White House, unpacked even so much as an overnight bag, suitcase, trunk, or toy chest, the braying from the religious right began. While Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink.com regularly features updates on Obama’s activities—or associated rumors about the President-elect’s possible moves—Lou Sheldon’s Traditional Values Coalition has initiated a p…

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“I Can’t Defend My People”: Opting Out of Evangelicalism, Post-Election

November 8th was, for so many of us, the death knell for any claim white evangelicals as a group had on caring for “the least of these.” It wasn’t a trickle, but a landslide of white evangelicals who helped to usher the real-life Biff Tannen to the seat of power. My social feeds have been full of expressions of disillusionment, like those of Yolanda Pierce and Brandi Miller here on RD. And indeed, as we see from the roundup of responses below, ev…

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Is Proselytizing Ever Okay? Are We All Proselytizing All The Time?

Excuse me, reader, but would you have a moment to talk about the obnoxious practice of asking people to talk about “our” lord and savior? In a previous piece for RD, one of the reasons I gave for why America’s conversation about Christianity is “fundamentally unserious” is that our elite public sphere systemically silences “the voices of leavers, nonbelievers, and religious minorities in discussing Christianity and ‘religious freedom.’” As a case…

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7 Problems with Trump’s Hastily-Tweeted Trans Military Ban

In the span of three tweets the president declared this morning that as many as 15,000 active-duty and reservist members of the U.S. military are categorically unfit to serve. Despite tweeting that he did so “[a]fter consultation with my Generals and military experts” it appears that he did just the opposite, failing to consult with any of the veterans and experts who literally studied this issue for years, and, it appears, without actually consu…

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