The other day, I posted a tweet critiquing Frank Turek. I thought the gist of the critique was rather obvious. Tom Gilson did not think so, apparently, and so he posted a perplexed response asking what I was trying to do and whether I was just being “sarcastic.” What are you arguing for here, Randal? Obviously […]
The Awfulness of Franklin Graham in a Single Tweet
Is Michael Brown a Bigoted Homophobe? You Decide.
Michael Brown has responded to my subtly-titled article “If Hypocrisy were an Olympic Sport, Evangelicals would get the Gold” in which I argue that his support for Donald Trump coupled with his moral censure of Pete Buttigieg exhibits hypocrisy and provides evidence that he is bigoted and homophobic. Brown begins by quoting his tweet that […]
Bill Maher and the Hypocrisy of Fat-Shaming
Last Friday, Bill Maher’s show Real Time with Bill Maher featured a segment in which he pointed out that being overweight carries many health risks and he offered as a solution a return to publicly shaming people: I watched the segment. And as is often the case on his show, Maher included some decent bits of […]
Prayer, Hypocrisy, and Hospitality: A Response to Stephanie Borowicz
This week, the first Muslim woman ever was sworn into the Pennsylvania State Legislature. The Christian politician who prayed to open the session, Stephanie Borowicz, made a point of using the name “Jesus” no less than 13 times in her prayer. (To make matters worse, Borowicz’s prayer was a rambling mess of theological confusion which […]
Strawmen, the Golden Rule, and Apologetic Hypocrisy
A couple months ago I was sent a copy of Josh and Sean McDowell’s new edition of Evidence that Demands a Verdict. It’s a mammoth book (798 pages) and I hope to review it soon. But I keep finding myself getting distracted as I read, and often it isn’t for a good reason. Consider, for example, […]
Standing up against prejudice … and being called a hypocrite
In my podcast episode “A Response to Bill Maher on Religion and Free Speech” I criticized Bill Maher for invoking prejudicial attitudes against religion generally and Islam in particular in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack. In the podcast I argued that while Maher purports to be defending free speech, in fact his inflammatory […]
Outraged at homosexuality, but unaware of genocide, and not angered by poverty?
You have to wonder how World Vision could be so out of touch with their constituency that they would think any policy change regarding homosexuality would be anything less than catastrophic? As soon as they lifted the ban on hiring practicing homosexuals, the response was swift as conservative evangelicals across North America vocally expressed their outrage […]
If homosexuals are “sodomites” what does that make the rest of us?
Our story begins this past Saturday when I published an article called “Why do conservative Christians think everything is getting worse?” In the article I pointed out that the data is, at best, ambiguous and that much of it indicates broad societal improvement over the last two centuries and more. Alan Kurschner took issue with […]
Conservative evangelicals, environmental hatred, and bad language
Occasionally I still cross-post some of my articles at “The Christian Post”. A couple days ago I posted my review of the documentary “Gasland”. Do you think they loved it? Wanna take a guess? The comments speak for themselves. Some anonymous individual code-named “jrmd32” commented as follows: “If you are so concerned about the environment, then why don’t you stop […]
Losers who promote their own books on their blogs
“Don’t you get tired of losers who promote their own books on their blogs? Dude, that is really pathetic.” Yeah I know, it is pathetic. However, I’ve got no dignity so I don’t mind. Gimme a mic and an audience and I’ll start prattling off on myself shamelessly like a mallard preening or a peacock strutting, […]