Would Jesus fly coach?

Might as well milk this fifth anniversary thing with a Sunday-appropriate flashback, first posted on 8/28/05. For the record, Bishop Eddie Long remains a “respected” religious leader in the community. WWJD, Part II? Buy a Bentley! That’s what Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta did with the proceeds from a charity, aptly named for himself. Seemingly indisputable evidence lists Long as the primary recipient of the fund, obtaining at least $3.07 million during a four-year period, nearly as much as was given to those in need, according to the AJC. With the money, Long, a rising star among black religious conservatives and pastor of…

The Malcontent turns 5

What do Naomi Campbell and Pat Robertson have in common? Both lust for Liberian butcher Charles Taylor’s diamonds. Robertson’s relationship with Taylor was the subject of my first post, from Aug. 2005. “We’re undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country,” he said on his 700 Club show about good pal Taylor, the deposed Liberian president. “And how dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, ‘You’ve got to step down.’” (Yet Robertson supported the removal of Saddam Hussein). … Washington Post religion reporter Alan Cooperman revealed…

Sharia law in Tennessee?

That’s Tenn. GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Ramsey’s defense for opposing a new Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, where such a facility already exists. As is the case with the so-called Ground Zero mosque, there’s been no evidence presented linking the Murfreesboro mosque to radical Islam. Now, I’m all about freedom of religion. I obey the first amendment as much as I obey the second amendment, as much as I obey the tenth amendment, and on and on and on. But you crossed a line when they start trying to bring Sharia Law into the state of Tennessee — into the United States. We…

Why lapsed Southern Baptists of a certain age appreciate ‘Lost in Space’

If you were raised Baptist in the South, you likely spent about 260 hours a year in church. For most Protestants, noon Sunday is the longest time before more church, but not Baptists. By the time you got home from lunch at Po’ Folks or Morrison’s it was time to go back to church — Sunday nights, Monday nights, Wednesday nights … And that’s not counting all the revivals (when a visiting pastor was brought in to scare the hell out of you preaching about Hell) or that week of summer stolen by Vacation Bible School. And there was no skipping church, not unless…

noted and quoted, evil pastor edition

“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it,” Robertson said on his Christian Broadcasting Network show. “They were under the heel of the French … and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.’ “True story. And the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal,’ ” Robertson said. “Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another.” Robertson knows all about bargaining with the devil. He was an outspoken defender of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, who…

sure to be john oxendine’s favorite book

Blessed by the Lord above: The Conservative Bible is the product of the Conservative Bible Project. This is uniquely built on two bedrock principles: * online translating using the collaborative wiki software improves the final result if guided by good rules * the rules guiding this translation are to use and be informed by conservative insights and terminology Perhaps they’ll include a Book of Oxendine: In other tweets on the subject, [Oxendine] has quoted evangelist Pat Robertson to the effect that, “There is no separation of church & state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left & we are…

waiting for mary gross’ take

I’m frankly surprised we haven’t seen more fringe right figures play the Antichrist card. Who knew “SNL”-alum Victoria Jackson ran with that crowd? Apparently her dumb blonde routine was no shtick: I don’t want a political label, but Obama bears traits that resemble the anti- Christ and I’m scared to death that un- educated people will ignorantly vote him into office. You see, what bothers me most, besides being a Communist, and a racist …

no god, no guns and lots and lots of gays

Fundamentalist fearmongerer James Dobson previews life under an Obama administration: • Boy Scouts disband after refusing to allow homosexual scoutmasters to sleep in the same tent as young boys • First-graders get “compulsory training in varieties of gender identity,” and parents can no longer opt out of school-based sex ed for their kids • Churches are declared “public accommodations” and forced to offer marriage ceremonies for homosexual couples • Military must offer “sensitivity training” for troops forced to accept enlisted homosexuals • The Supreme Court declares that “proselytizing speech” does not have the same protection as other speech, and Christian ministries are…

all the rage

John McCain can’t be held responsible for every bigoted kook who shows up at his rallies, though guilt by association goes both ways. I would hope he’s at least concerned about some of the support he’s attracting. One thing he can control: those sharing the dais. The McCain we thought we knew would have condemned such nonsense: Even the opening prayer was politically charged. “O God, we are in a battle that is raging for the soul of this nation,” the preacher said. “You, O God, have raised up Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for such a time as this.”…