Political Narrative I: This Simple Idea is the Reactor at the Heart of Humanity’s Death Star

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  Many conservative priorities flow from an ancient narrative built around one planet-busting idea—and progressives sometimes fuel it. This article is the first in a series about political and cultural narrative.   Human beings are story tellers. We make sense … Continue reading

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Satanic Temple “Taking Equality Too Far”

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If you have a society that grants religious privilege and exemption and you’re willing to give privilege and exemption to certain groups, then it’s unacceptable to give that only to people who believe in the supernatural.” – Lucien Greaves, cofounder … Continue reading

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The Broom

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When my book of folktales, Deas and Other Imaginings, was published, a few stories didn’t make it in, either because they seemed different from the rest or were written right after it went to press.  They have been sitting in … Continue reading

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The Princess Sisters

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  When my book of folktales, Deas and Other Imaginings, was published, a few stories didn’t make it in, either because they seemed different from the rest or were written right after it went to press.  They have been sitting … Continue reading

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Twitterati Go Nuts over Suggestion that Bible is Badly Written

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God forbid we should talk about the fact that the Bible, despite some wise and lyrical passages, is mostly a boring tangled mess. After a storm of protest on Twitter and in comment threads, Salon retracted and removed my recent … Continue reading

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Why is the Bible So Badly Written?

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Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink—often, in fact, more red than black. Continue reading

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Beyond Fear and Fury – Eight Musings on #MeToo, Parts V-VIII

Liberal activists are as driven by moral instincts and emotions as any street preacher, and it is moral emotions that drive how we use the growing power associated with victimhood: Moral indignation, disgust, outrage, vindictiveness, empathic anguish, protective nurturing, love—and, of course the sweet, sweet sensation of righteous superiority; we are only human after all. Each of these gets attached to the causes we fight, and all of them get activated when we talk about sexual harassment, exploitation and assault. Continue reading

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