This Religion Dispatches interview with Seth Dowland, author of “Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right,” and Eric C. Miller says the battle cry of my people has changed, to:
Conservative evangelicals have grown more circumspect about their position as political leaders in the last decade. In his book Age of Evangelicalism, Steven Miller shows how evangelical norms, language, and votes exerted a disproportionate influence on national politics until very recently. Miller makes a compelling case that Obama’s election, after running as an “unabashed social liberal,” marked the end of the age of evangelicalism.
More than anything, the legalization of gay marriage signaled conservative evangelicals’ political exile. In the last few years, they have published a spate of books about the need for Christians to live as counter-cultural witnesses, and the battleground has shifted to religious freedom so that [in their view] churches and other Christian organizations can practice what they preach in peace. This is a far cry from the bombast of Jerry Falwell and James Dobson talking about taking back the nation for Christ.
Though, says Dowland:
“I’m not sure religious freedom as a rallying cry will have much staying power as long as Christian Right leaders continue to apply it with such transparent selectivity.”
Just in case you haven’t seen this yet…
…even while I know this is something that might come back and haunt her when she’s an adult:
My son and his family started a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, where we all held hands over the blessing, and then each person said what they were most thankful for.
I was just standing to listen to the prayer when my youngest granddaughter, age 4, (that’s her being all feminine and shit in the photo to the right) said in a stage whisper, “Granny! I got to go poop! Will you wipe my butt?”
And so as we rushed to the bathroom, I missed saying what I was most grateful for, which is this: I am most grateful for grandchildren who interrupt life in the most charming way possible. I missed saying that out loud because I was practicing it.
Onward. Happy Friday.
This paper (and thanks, Kimberley, for sending it) from the National Bureau of Economic Research says a little boost in family income has an amazing effect on children in that family. That’s especially true for children facing behavioral or mental health challenges.
You can read more here.
Aisha Tyler, actress, talk-show host, comedian, and producer, has said out loud that she doesn’t feel like apologizing for choosing a career over having children.
And why should she have to explain herself? I had children, but I don’t think every woman should have or want to have children. Can we have a little variation of the theme, please?
Cuba. You can read more here at Physicians For a National Health Program. The country’s success has been validated by WHO.
And thanks, Leftover, for the link.