It's one thing to say that America should be Christian. It's another thing to say it should be Christian like is was, like it used to be.
When it actually was like it used to be, there were no stores open to sell the kerosene to burn Sam Hose because businesses were closed on Sundays. But a shop keeper was found to give kerosene to the crowd at no cost.
When it actually was like it used to be, there was a Sunday in Georgia where Christians went to church in the morning and in the evening went to the public square to sell bits of Sam Hose's burned liver for 25 cents each.
2. When Bill Nye's wedding was performed by Rick Warren
The brief association between the two men, captured in this picture, isn't really significant in that narrative in any way that's obvious.
It's just a very odd, very peculiar moment in the recent history of American science and religion.
3. The 'Left Behind' audience
Among cultural critics, there's a tradition going back to the Frankfurt school of treating mass culture as manipulative, and seeing mass audiences as passive and stupid, easily molded by what they consume. It's a condescending view. It's also a view that also seems to only really be supported by its own snobbery. Even the briefest of investigations into actual cultural consumption shows the theory of manipulated masses is not a good one.
Nevertheless, whenever the audience is mainly women, you see this theory.
When the audience is young women, this is how they're treated. When it's people without a college education, or racial minorities, or cultural conservatives, or other groups critics apparently find it difficult to treat as three-dimensional humans, audiences are again taken to be milling, drooling sheep. Cultural condescension passes for critical analysis not infrequently.
It's not just Left Behind's audience that gets treated this way, but Left Behind has been a good example of this over the years.
4. The Hobby Lobby ruling is actually pretty reasonable
The actual decision was pretty circumspect. It was only this:
- The government does have an interest in providing health insurance plans that cover birth control to women who want it.
- Some individuals who own corporations have the right to their religious objections to some (or all) forms of birth control.
- Therefore, the easiest way to provide birth control is not through employer-provided health insurance.
5. How the atheist movement lost America's most famous scientist
Remaining unconvinced is not the same thing as being an atheist.