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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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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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“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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#WhiteChurchQuiet: Anything but Outrage Is Complicity

On September 20th, mere hours after the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, pastor and professor Andre E. Johnson took to Twitter and started the hashtag #WhiteChurchQuiet to address the inadequacy of the white church in responding to police brutality and the harm that silence does to black communities. The hashtag soon went viral, generating hundreds of tweets and retweets and quickly becoming a Twitter tren…

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White Evangelical Leaders Still Too Preoccupied With ‘Order’ to Listen to Black Truth

Yesterday, President Donald Trump stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, holding a Bible aloft as a nod to his white Christian nationalist base as he condemned those who damaged the church during the protests the night before. Minutes earlier, police had cleared the way from the White House to the church, which has a historic association with American presidents, with tear gas and physical force. White evangelicals, many…

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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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Not Peace, But Division? Evangelical Vaccine Refusers Divide Families

A friend of mine was raised in a family that was quirky, sarcastic, into alternative medicine, and, although not overly legalistic, evangelical. This friend was also raised with the notion that the proper Christian approach to voting is to go for the most right-wing, electable candidate. This friend—one of a very small handful of conservative Christians I’m still able to retain a meaningful friendship with—ultimately recognized some limits in thi…

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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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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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