Reading Time: 7 minutes Authoritarian leaders create these instructional roadmaps that simply don’t get followers to their promised destinations. Followers try their best to follow these roadmaps, but they will never reach their Promised Land that way. Today, I’ll show you why that is, and why their leaders offer those roadmaps anyway.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Before, I thought Mike Huckabee’s 2015 tantrum over rainbow Doritos was the most awesomely funny evangelical meltdown ever. But no, it turns out that that title belongs to the millions of self-appointed Designated Adults in evangelicalism freaking out over their favorite virtue-signaling fast-food seller, Chick-fil-A (CFA), mayyyybe not being quite as bigoted as they used to be.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Mike Huckabee’s latest attempt was a few days ago, when he was appointed to–and then resigned from–the Country Music Award Foundation’s board of directors. The whole affair is such a beautiful microcosm of false persecution that I find myself drawn to it now. Here, today, is what happened and why it’s important as part of Evangelical Churn.
Reading Time: 7 minutes I’m not sure it’s ever a great week to be a fundagelical bigot-for-Jesus lately, but this has been a particularly bad week for that crowd.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Last election season, Republicans got into a lot of trouble over their constant harping about how they wanted to force rape victims to gestate any pregnancies resulting from the assaults upon them. History is repeating itself, and I strongly suspect that there’s actually a reason why Republicans simply cannot let go of this obsession of theirs with forcing women to endure pregnancies conceived by rape.
Reading Time: 9 minutes While writing about Ben Carson, I realized that it’s been a while since I checked in on the various Christians I’ve discussed here, either on their own or as part of my series about the Cult of “Before” Stories. I thought it’d be fun to see how they’re doing nowadays. Let’s check in on a few of them!
Reading Time: 10 minutes Sometimes when people can’t possibly achieve a goal, they start setting some downright odd priorities to make themselves feel like they’re getting something done. Lately we’re seeing some of that behavior out of Christians–and it’s another sign that things are getting better (for the rest of us). Misplaced priorities are just part of the dying pains of a major movement. This time it’s not quite as comical–or as harmless–as their apparent war over how brightly-lit their churches should be during services. This time they’re attacking tolerance itself.
Reading Time: 10 minutes I couldn’t help but notice a major shift in the tenor of how Christians are engaging with general culture in the wake of the Supreme Court case about equal marriage–and a new discussion emerging from the ashes of that decision. Today we’re going to talk about that shift and what that discussion is, and what that discussion is leading toward for them–and us.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Tribalism is a term used to describe social groups that are very uniform in how they think and behave and that tend to value group loyalty and cohesion over individual members’ needs or any laws/rules/etiquette. Tribal group members value that one membership above that of other groups to which they may belong. And the members of a tribal group tend to act very decisively to protect the group’s cohesion against challenges and threats, even imagined ones.
Reading Time: 8 minutes I was just thinking today about the extremely bad luck that the Religious Right’s been having with finding decent mascots for its simple, universal message of hatred, exclusion, xenophobia, willful ignorance, misogyny, racism, and class warfare. The roll call is looking more and more dismal by the day.