Why Tebow?

He’s not the first telegenic Christian quarterback. Remember Steve Bartkowski? There’s been plenty more since, and most were much more accomplished than Tim Tebow. So why all the fuss? The guy is totally scripted and not a very good QB. I’m sure…

The Christian takeover of the GOP is nearly complete

Before you can join the Laurens County, S.C. Republican Party you must sign a pledge that includes the following provisions: You must favor, and live up to, abstinence before marriage. You must be faithful to your spouse. Your spouse cannot be a person of the same gender, and you are not allowed to favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex. You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography. (via Andisheh)

Cursed are the meek, for I will kick their ass

Many who identify as Christians these days seem to have trouble with Jesus. All this peace and love and humility crap really doesn’t fit with their Old Testament fetish. Time to reconcile, mothafuckas! No more cissy Kumbaya stuff. In this testosterone-fuelled theology, the Saviour finally has the rippling biceps he would have developed as a carpenter from a working-class home in Nazareth. The macho Jesus movement has been bolstered by books like No More Mr Christian Nice Guy and The Church Impotent – the Feminisation of Christianity. But it’s artist Stephen Sawyer, whose paintings of the Son of God as a tattooed…

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What do evangelicals and gays have in common?

Movies geared toward their audiences typically suck, as Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir notes in his review of the new Christian-themed movie, “Soul Surfer”: At the risk of offending many people in many different directions, Christian cinema reminds me of gay cinema. If, that is, gay cinema were permanently stuck in 1986, with a self-ghettoizing mandate to present positive role models for youth and tell an anodyne but uplifting story that sends a message of hope. (via Andrew Sullivan)

With Troy McClure as the rich man AND Lazarus

“We’re here in Israel,” Ireland says into the camera during one recent promotional video shot on the Dead Sea, “because of our faith, our family, our loved ones, nonprofit work. And also, Israel is home to our brand partners E.L. Erman and Kathy Ireland Skin Care!” It’s unclear if she has won converts, but Kathy Ireland Worldwide claims $1.4 billion in annual sales. Ireland is among a growing number of celebs not famous or notorious enough for “Dancing with the Has-Beens” but widely known nonetheless. The name Lisa Whelchel may not ring a bell, but if you’re 30 or older you’re probably…