Christians rule! (Congress edition)

This Washington Post article says that Congress is getting more diverse — but people who claim Christianity as their religion far outnumber any one else (at 91 percent, while just 71 percent of Americans claim Christianity as their religion). Here’s more on the topic, from Esquire.

I wish I’d written this, Part CCXX

Sally sends this: “The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside.” I think it’s an interesting take on the Elites Don’t Get White Pain,” or some such thing. Here’s a tough part: At some point during the discussion, “That’s your education talking,” will be said, derogatorily, as a general dismissal of […]

Should Christian parents allow their children to participate in Halloween?

This Christian mother suggests no, that there’s an “evil” side of the holiday. Maybe that’s why we celebrated with such gusto when I was a kid, and why it remains my favorite holiday ever. Halloween is one day when you get to peek into the unknown shadows. We were so very good the rest of the […]

Is Donald Trump a Christian?

The presumptive Republican candidate for President has said he is a Presbyterian, and that the Bible is his favorite book (though from the video above, he has a weird way of showing it, by pronouncing the source of a verse as “Two Corinthians,” when any half-assed Biblical scholar knows it’s pronounced “Second Corinthians.”)(She said.) But his closed-door-closed-mind […]

Want to reduce abortions? Fund Planned Parenthood.

Read what Julia K. Stronks, a pro-life Christian feminist has to say on the topic. The piece includes: To limit our understanding of the abortion issue to stating numbers is to do ourselves, the women troubled by unplanned pregnancy, and even the unborn a real disservice. Reducing the number of abortions performed must be our goal, […]

Before we were fundamentalists

For a few years, before my mother divorced my father and married her second husband, we were garden-variety Christians who celebrated the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25, along with the rest of Christendom. I was too young to understand the particulars of our theology, but it seemed pleasant. Sunday school was awesome. We made church […]