EA Newsletter (March 2021): CPAC’s Gold Trump Statue, God As a Cudgel, Abortions of God’s, Secular Sexuality, White Evangelical Radicals, Bible Admits It is Inaccurate, Insurrection Prayer, Hateful Evangelicals, more.

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This Golden Statue of Trump at CPAC is a Perfect Metaphor for the State of the GOP

The Golden Calf is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament. The Israelites, newly freed from Egyptian slavery, have a crisis of faith while God is speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai. They melt down the golden jewelry to construct a physical god — a statue in the shape of a calf — to worship in place of their abstract, invisible deity. It’s a story about the allure of idolatry, how easy it is to abandon one’s commitments to principle in favor of shiny, easy falsehoods.

Green Hammers GOP For Using God As Cudgel

Like so many of us, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) has had it with self-righteous Republicans wielding religion as a cudgel with which to oppress. In this case, the GOP is bleating the lie that granting LGBTQ citizens protection under the Civil Rights Act would be an infringement upon their religious rights.

God VS Abortion

Secular Sexuality 08.08 with Christy Powell, Rudy Bee, Marie D’Elephan

If SecX was looking for a soulmate, Rudy and Marie would be pretty close to the top of our list. Alas there are neither perfect partners nor podcasters, at least until Elliot Page starts a YouTube channel. Still this black and white expectation that god and destiny will bring us the perfect person is a persistent one.

The Creeping Radicalization of White Evangelicals

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. The mob proceeded to breach the Capitol. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Bible Agrees: The Bible is Inaccurate.

The Insurrectionists’ Senate Floor Prayer Highlights a Curious Trumpian Ecumenism

A group of insurrectionists pray inside the U.S. Senate chamber after breaching the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Video screengrab via Luke Mogelson/The New Yorker

Dr. Brown: Evangelicals Need to Hate More Nicely

wrecked and ruined - a sign of the times

Michael Brown is an older white evangelical who’s published a great many books and taught at various seminaries. His doctorate is in Near Eastern Languages. Though he doesn’t call himself “Dr. Michael Brown” in the Original Post (OP) we’re talking about today, he does operate an advice website called Ask Dr. Brown. The site deals only with evangelical culture-war topics and has nothing to do with his area of formal expertise. So he follows in that fine evangelical tradition of using honorifics even if they have nothing whatsoever to do with his work.

Anti-God Agenda


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