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Damned lies

Christianity Today wonders why evangelicals lie so much: American evangel-icals, who profess to be committed to Truth, are among the worst abusers of simple descriptive statistics, which claim to represent the truth about reality, of any group I have ever...


Still not completely heterosexual

Somebody else is going to hell, too: They have had four months to reflect, and the senior staff of New Life Church can now look back and see the warning signs. Not one suspect-ed that their high-profile pas-tor, the Rev....


Haggard’s little white lays

You may recall the miraculous news, just two weeks ago, that Pastor Ted Haggard had been cured of his gayness, and had emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling “completely heterosexual.” Moreover, one of the “overseers” who “cured” him told...


Lo, a miracle!

Praise the Lord, Pastor Ted is cured—100% not gay. Still seems to be a liar, though: The Rev. Ted Haggard emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling convinced he is “completely heterosexual” and told an oversight board that his sexual...


Damned lies

Christianity Today wonders why evangelicals lie so much: American evangel-icals, who profess to be committed to Truth, are among the worst abusers of simple descriptive statistics, which claim to represent the truth about reality, of any group I have ever...


On a wing and a prayer, revisited

Most of us wake and smell the coffee. U.S. Air Force brigadier generals apparently wake up and are the aroma of Jesus Christ. I am not making this up. A military watchdog group is asking the Defense Department to investigate...


A reader writes…

Sometimes I truly wonder about the allegedly religious folk who send me email—I mean, they can’t really be that fucked up, can they? Or so completely obsessed with everyone else’s sex lives? Take, for example, the “short” email (after the...


A woman’s place

One of Seattle’s leading evanglicals may be taking Genesis 3:16 a little too literally: A grass-roots protest fizzled yesterday after the controversial pastor of an evangelical mega-church in Seattle apolo-gized for what critics say were demeaning com-ments about women. …...


Goodwill to all

Except for ungodly AIDS victims, naturally: Some leading Christian conservatives, angry over the Global Fund to Fight AIDS’s promotion of condoms and its perceived lack of support for faith-based programs, are pushing Congress to cut US support for the AIDS...


Restoring Pastor Ted

How to “cure” a drug-addled adulterous liar: There will be prayer, and perhaps the laying on of hands. There will be counseling and a confession. And there will be advice, confrontation and rebuke from “godly men” appointed to oversee the...


Camp out

God’s will, in action: Organizers of an evangelical summer camp for children featured in the docu-mentary “Jesus Camp” are discontinuing the camp because of negative reaction sparked by the film and recent vandalism at the camp site in Devils Lake,...


Christian voting values, revisited

On the day when British Christians traditionally attempt to blow up their politicians, I thought I’d bring this back to the top. It’s still not too late to find out more about some of the fine Republican candidates who are...


Pastor sauce

Given the focus of this blog, I’d be remiss if I didn’t draw attention to Pastor Ted Haggard’s alleged gay affair and methamphetamine use; or to the fact that that he has now stepped down as president of the National...


Wings vs. wingnuts

You may recall that the U.S. Air Force Academy—the same place where, in 2003, dozens of female cadets came forward to say they’d been sexually assaulted—now has a little religious issue. So far, at least 100 cadets have alleged that...