Category Archive: Culture

Mar 29 2017

You got played.

Donald, This I Will Tell You

By Maureen Dowd, March 25, 2017

 

WASHINGTON — Dear Donald,

We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt.

You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician?

Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician.

After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.

I was born here. The first image … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/29/you-got-played/

Mar 27 2017

The greatest case for Atheism

 

Important!

While not technically a “preacher” (as far as I know), Lloyd Hoffman once again darkens the page of the Sentinel Record with a letter in Sunday’s paper that perfectly embodies a piece John Pavlovitz wrote last year, when he begged evangelical preachers to quit blaming God for Trump:

You’re making from the pulpit and platform, the greatest case for Atheism you could ever make.

You’re aligning God with an ignorant, petulant, narcissistic bully.
You’re putting God’s rubber stamp on unprecedented [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/27/the-greatest-case-for-atheism/

Mar 23 2017

Even greater news

No, God Doesn’t Bless America

By John Pavlovitz, July 3, 2016

 

No, this isn’t the kind of inflammatory, fear-fueled message that lots of Evangelical pastors prefer to major in these days.

It’s not some doom and gloom, sky-is-falling, bullhorn warning that God is ticked-off at America and is doing terrible things to us because of it.

This is not a dire, brimstone chastising about God abandoning us for our growing wickedness, removing the specific good fortune we once [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/23/even-greater-news/

Mar 21 2017

How many shades of gray?

Martin McGuinness dies: The ‘super-terrorist who became a super-statesman – like so many others

By Robert Fisk, Tuesday 21 March 2017 07:45 GMT

 

Martin McGuinness followed along the familiar trail of so many enemies of Britain’s weary colonial history. A “super-terrorist” becomes a super-statesman. Jomo Kenyatta comes to mind. And Archbishop Makarios. And of course, Menachem Begin. With blood on their hands, they pass through that mist of nobility bestowed by colonial power and former rulers – and re-emerge … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/21/how-many-shades-of-gray/

Mar 17 2017

And I’m pro-life!

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan…

By Nicholas Kristof, March 16, 2017

 

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/17/and-im-pro-life/

Mar 05 2017

Mad as a March hare

Alas, it seems our local newspaper, the Sentinel Record, is determined to make Hot Springs known more for its wingnut provincials than as an international tourist trap. The following article was front-page, above the fold, in today’s Sunday edition. Read it and weep. These people really believe that Trump and Jesus are two sides of the same coin of the realm, the so-fantastic and amazing mammon that will make America great “again”…

But maybe, just maybe, there’s a silver [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/05/mad-as-a-march-hare/

Feb 27 2017

And few there be that find it

 

Important!

 

Hot Springs history is rich with characters profane and sanctimonious.  These days, our quirky burg seems inundated with the latter, a roused rabble of “evangelical bloc” letter writers who darken these pages almost daily with religious rants more emetic than evangelistic.

One of the most prolific and pious of these scribes usually just stitches together random quotes from Billy’s boy, the oh-so very reverend Franklin Graham.  But then last month he went much further, beyond mere repetitions … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/02/27/and-few-there-be-that-find-it/

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