This is one perspective from inside American evangelicalism we don’t often see.
It is not an easy read.
And I can imagine it would have been even harder for the author to live through.
Bottom line: Another anti-gay, married, conservative Christian lawmaker is exposed as a self-loathing, religious hypocrite. Sad!
Sad for him, and all the lives he has negatively impacted through his intolerance and condemning words.
This is the sort of weird mental gymnastics many believers engage in when faced with disaster.
Is it a type of pathological optimism?
The desperate avoidance of facing horrible reality lest it challenges their faith? (Think about that, an all- powerful being visiting disaster on relatively helpless creatures to demand their ongoing worship…)
The denial of reality and thus the avoidance of grieving?
The need to maintain the paradox that their god is at-once the epitome of love and also the cause (through direct action or inability/unwillingness to prevent) of all suffering.
Christian pastor [Carl Gallups] who often spoke at Trump rallies argues women who dress provocatively commit sexual assault against men.
Because, you know, Taliban.
Bishop Daniel Obinim has claimed that he can make men’s penises larger by “massaging” men’s groins using his hands. He also said that he can make women’s breasts larger by massaing them, too.
Thanks to all who read and follow this blog. It means a lot to me.
Have a great new year – with or without dragons!
Washington state Rep. Matt Shea has published a Christian manifesto calling for the execution of all males who refuse to follow “Biblical law.”
This proves again that extreme believers are crazy and cannot be trusted. And it also underlines the importance of freedom from religion in politics.
We see it again and again. Extreme believers cannot help themselves when they have power. They will seek to impose their religion on everyone else.
The irony fail is pathetic. The same Christians who hate the Muslim Taliban would themselves act the same way in the same situation.
This US missionary believed he had to convert a reclusive culture to his religion, was repeatedly told to go away, ignored all the warnings, and is now dead.
Such arrogance. Such a waste of a life. Clearly his allegedly all-powerful all-knowing god had a mysterious, tragic, and somehow loving plan – go figure.
The parents are asking authorities to leave those responsible alone, and to let the arrested fishermen (who ferried the missionary to the island) go free.
I really hope this tragedy ends here and everyone is just left alone in peace.