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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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Why the ‘Confession & Redemption’ Path is Unlikely to Help Falwell Recover from Sex Scandal

Yesterday, August 24, 2020, was the first day of classes at right-wing evangelical school Liberty University. It also turned out to be the final day of the scandal-prone Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s professional implosion, much to the delight of liberals and moderates on Twitter, who followed the unfolding trainwreck closely all day. Indeed, the exciting conclusion of the Falwell “pool boy” saga upstaged the first day of the Republican National Conventio…

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Christian Nationalism Was the Loser of Tuesday’s Debate

If you’re pondering the question of who won last night’s final Democratic primary debate, one possible answer, depending on your perspective, is secular Americans. Religion, after all, hardly came up in the raucous affair hosted jointly by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, SC. As divisive as Sanders is within some sectors of the party, a CBS News Instant Poll found that Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders…

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

A plague is upon us. And white evangelicals, naturally, are on the scene—theologizing the COVID-19 outbreak, praying, scolding, and generally being counterproductive. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s response is being led by one of them—Vice President Mike Pence, a fellow Hoosier and one who, as governor of Indiana, allowed an HIV outbreak to blow up because his Christian extremist ideology prevented him from adopting sensible policy. Th…

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Is Criticizing Mitt Romney an Excommunicable Offense? No.

On Thursday, Newsweek/The Daily Beast reported that David Twede, one of the editors of Mormonthink.com, a website that addresses controversial issues in Mormon history and doctrine, was facing an LDS Church disciplinary council over “a series of articles he wrote this past week that were critical of Mitt Romney.”  The Daily Beast linked to this article at Mormonthink.com, which suggests that Romney might be religiously obliged to take political i…

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“Digital Discipline”: Five Questions on #ReLent2016

A campaign launched by Baltimore-based Lutheran pastor and Slate Project co-founder Jason Chesnut, #ReLent2016 reinvents Lent as a “digital discipline.” Each week of #ReLent2016 has a different theme—repent, relinquish, rediscover, reconnect. And so far, the #ReLent2016 tag has made more than 25,000 impressions. https://twitter.com/RevSistahGirl/status/697469902442004480 #Relent2016 also has off-line components. To kick off Lent, Chesnut hit the…

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That Jew Died For You… Dot Com

Below is a new little Easter greeting from the good people at Jews for Jesus (aka evangelical Christians) called, tastefully enough, “That Jew Died For You.” (Note to self: thatjewdiedforyou.org still available.) It’s like JfJ are PETA now…willing to do anything for publicity. I fully expect them to open a Jesus deli downtown: ThatJewCooksForYou.com As one friend put it: “It’s got potential. Kosher style. Lamb-of-God chops. Wood-smoked bacon.” Th…

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Including Bono on Glamour’s “Women of the Year” List is Two Steps Backwards

Glamour magazine’s annual Women of the Year list seems to have courted controversy in the past few years. In 2015, the magazine named newly out trans woman and Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner to its list, prompting backlash from across the ideological spectrum. This year, Glamour apparently decided to avoid that particular brand of controversy—by excluding trans women entirely from the list, but making room for the publication’s very first “…

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Leper Messiah: A Jesus Freak’s Search for the Meaning of Bowie—A Critical Novella

The following ran in eight installments, each of which can be accessed here. We present them as whole below for easy printing or reading. As you please. — ed. (1) As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When…

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Reactions to Biden’s Korean-American Secret Service Agent Expose Christian Nationalism’s Anti-Asian Side

Two weeks after the historic Capitol riots, Joe Biden’s inauguration finally removed Donald Trump from office. For Asian Americans like myself, subject this past year to a torrent of physical and verbal abuse, the sight of Biden’s Korean-American secret service agent seemed to augur change. Perhaps we might begin to rest secure in our status as “real” Americans, emblematized in a highly visible member of Biden’s security team. Those paying attent…

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