The war on Christmas, religion and other links

“A company could be selling goods made in a sweatshop that employs child labor and still make the “Nice” list simply because it puts the word “Christmas” on its website more times than it uses the word “holiday.””

The new definition of evangelical: it’s not about religion, it’s about supporting Trump.

The Carson case coming before the Supreme Court claims families who want their children to attend religious schools should get tax funding to do so. Slate looks at how radical this is. As LGM sums it up, it looks like the right wing of the court will endorse subsidizing education at not merely religious schools but schools that teach religion and discriminate against gays.

While Neal Gorsuch and Sam Alito are very, very worried about religious bias in vaccine mandates they had no trouble with Trump’s Muslim ban.

NC Lt. Governor Mark Robinson is a Christian anti-gay bigot and wannabe theocrat. Not that theocracy hasn’t bee on the right-wing wish list for a while, but they talk about it more openly now. Case in point, SC pastor/politician Mark Burns who wants to ban anything contrary to his interpretation of the Bible. Burns asks “Do you believe that Jesus should be at the center of American politics in the United States of America?” No. The United States is a secular democracy and it’s healthier that way

Christian celebrity Josh Duggar abused some of his siblings for years and got away with it. But at least he’s been found guilty of downloading child porn.

“Marcus Lamb’s death from covid last week has caused me to revise my impression of the man. It seemed to be the first authentic thing he’d ever done.”

In contemporary America, the compensation for a job is inversely correlated with that job’s social value.”

“The victory was hailed as a watershed moment, the first example of Black people forcing the return of property that was taken from them by one means or another, often violently, over the years.”

“Trump, who also used his position at the zenith of global power to voice outrage over toilets that he said required flushing “10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once”, vowed to bring back the older lightbulbs” Unlike Trump’s racism, his grumbling about environmental standards sounds to me like generic old fart rants (“Goldang toilets! Don’t work as well as when I was a kid!”).

“After reaching what she calls her “hell-iversary” last month, Patino remains unable to rejoin the workforce. With no income of her own, she’s exhausted, racked with pain, short of breath, forgetful, bloated, swollen, depressed.” —  a look at the effects of long covid. Not much like flu at all.

“Turokk Dow is one of about 87,000 young children who are diagnosed with lead poisoning in the US each year, more than three decades after the neurotoxin was banned as an ingredient in paint, gasoline and water pipes.”

“You couldn’t pay me enough to work with Mel Gibson.” — actor Josh Malina on Jew-hater Mel Gibson’s career.

“Over the past 14 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children. Though most of these cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime. Prosecutors sent the rest of the cases back to the CIA to handle internally.”

“I am beginning to doubt the veracity of Tucker Carlson’s claim that 1/6 was a false flag operation” Though with his usual flair for bullshit, Carlson is also claiming it was patriotic America protesting a rigged election. Fascism doesn’t have to make sense.

“You don’t like that I want to hang traitors to our nation? Sorry, not sorry. Men, women and children have died, suffered unimaginable pain and anguish at the hands of those who stole our voice and installed an illegitimate government.” — QAnon is total bullshit but their lust for bloodshed is real.

Kevin Sorbo’s wife Sam claims evolution is evil because it promotes “slavery and inequality.” First off, it doesn’t: slavery wasn’t based on evolutionary theory in any era. Evolution was invoked as an excuse (black people aren’t evolved enough to live on their own) but so was Christianity. And evolution doesn’t promote inequality; it’s quite possible to believe in equality and evolution both.
Religion on the Internet is taking strange new forms
To end on an upbeat note: “Now living in the U.S. for nearly two years, Spyke says he finally felt comfortable enough to kiss another man in public for the first time just this April.” A great story about a church helping gay refugees seeking asylum.

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