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

…ter 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 reject the categorical hatred that this year’s GOP nominee has built his campaign upon. Originally started by the right-wing, anti-LGBT National Religious Broadcasters, the hashtag #ChristiansVote was intended to amplify faithful support for the…

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

…dance: “…Nickajack Farms, everyone knows that Nickajack Farms has always been carried Trump, ever since 1884…” https://twitter.com/michaelkosta/status/1324202677979516929 2. This ones speaks for itself. (Or, strictly speaking, for God): https://twitter.com/evandeneykel/status/1324437916181999618 3. This one’s more watchable. Promise: https://twitter.com/chilledasad100/status/1324303206755741697 4. For Republicans still fuzzy on the life cycle of…

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

…nding in favor of two less established groups whose applications were not recommended by career DOJ officials. The groups in question, the Nevada-based Hookers for Jesus, and the South Carolina-based Lincoln Tubman Foundation, had their grants pushed through by Katharine Sullivan, head of the Orwellianly named Office of Justice Programs, against the formal recommendations of career Justice Department officials which had been made based on the repo…

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

…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 looking forward to a sleepless night of encyclical reading followed by the bleary-eyed composition of hot…

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

…n time, unlike commas in any ancient manuscript. Let me explain. Over the weekend, Grace Bible Theological Seminary provost and theology professor Owen Strachan set Twitter abuzz with a profoundly ignorant tweet that reads, in part, “There is not a single edit you could make to Scripture to improve it. Anything you would do to amend so much as a biblical comma would drastically demote it. You can’t improve the Word of God. You’d only ruin perfecti…

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Busy Days For ‘eBay of Prophecy’

…w that fundamentally opposes the station’s core beliefs, it would likely steer clear of airing controversial topics altogether.” Stephen Adams’ piece titled “Atheists ask Obama to Keep God out of the Military” reported that a group called The Secular Coalition for America, “an organization representing atheists in the military” has petitioned Obama “to take steps to eliminate what it calls ‘an overall culture of religious intolerance’ in the armed…

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

…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, evangelical voices from across the spectrum have expressed everything from shock to bitterness to a public renunciation of the faith tradition they had considered their own. As our sensibilities are furt…

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Christian Nationalism Was the Loser of Tuesday’s Debate

…n extreme Christian nationalist agenda. Today’s Democratic Party has thus become the party of literally everyone else who chooses to affiliate with one of the major parties in our broken two-party system. This situation makes for a messy coalition, but it also provides Democrats with the opportunity to model the healthy navigation of pluralism, and thereby to further the dismantling of white, male, straight, and Christian supremacism in the United…

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There’s Nothing Wrong with ‘Prayer’; But There’s Every Reason to be Skeptical of Pence’s Coronavirus Prayer Circle

…picture of Pence and his (decidedly white and male) team in prayer that’s been going around perfectly reasonable. https://twitter.com/thomaschattwill/status/1234252762055090176?s=20 However, if you’re a white evangelical or evangelical-adjacent commentator or pastor with pretensions to respectability, your response might instead be to put out a tone-deaf take in defense of the picture. And then to take umbrage, naturally couched in the rhetoric of…

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