The joy of schadenfreude

What do you know? The Southern Baptist Convention is shuttering its 170-Lifeway stores.

LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday (March 20) it will close all 170 of its brick-and-mortar stores this year.

That comes as LifeWay, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, shifts its resources online, according to the announcement on LifeWay’s Facts & Trends website. It will continue to offer resources through its website, customer resource center and network of partners who work directly with churches.

I know: It’s unseemly to rejoice at the misfortune of others, and I do feel a bit of sympathy for those poor fools who are going to get their pink slip and wonder why Jesus let this happen — but I don’t mind admitting that I take pleasure from this sign of the SBC’s, and religion’s, continuing decline.

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Evangelicals support for Trump remains strong

Though The Donald has suffered a modest decline in support from white evangelicals, they remain his most devoted boosters among the religiously affiliated, according to a new PEW study.

Meantime, evangelicals continue to complain that they are persecuted, though the uncomplicated truth is that they are merely despised for their incandescent hypocrisy.

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Dismal theology-related tweet of the day

Actually, this is accurate; contemporary Christianity would not be recognized by Jesus.

The Jesus Movement of the 1st-Century was a resentment-fueled religious/political movement whose locus was the underclass. Augustine, with his notion of Original Sin, — y’all are no damn good and should just obey, obey, obey — put Christianity firmly on the side of society’s bosses against the underclass.

Neither Jesus nor any of the Apostles, by the way, ever heard of Original Sin. It originates with Paul’s epistles, who never met Jesus, and about whom a strong argument can be made that he was gay — in an era when that meant death (so he probably did have grave emotional problems).

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Quote for the day

In every party there is someone whose far too credulous expression of the party’s principles provokes others to defect.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Human, All Too Human, §298

Think Albert Mohler, or John Piper, who serenely say all sorts of crazy things. Think Donald Trump, who has reduced the Republican Party to a pack of overwrought loonies.

They represent the truth about their respective groups.

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Warren: Get rid of Electoral College

What do you know? Yesterday’s posts included a discussion of Elizabeth Warren, and an urging that we be rid of the Electoral College once for all — and last night Warren called for an end of the Electoral College.

“Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Ms. Warren said, drawing one of her longest ovations of the night.

It is a fact: A vote in a small state carries more weight for selection of the president than a vote in a populous state.

The Constitutional Convention published no proceedings, but James Madison’s notes survived, and of course there is the post-Convention Federalist Papers. The Electoral College had two purposes: First, to assure that the large states did not overwhelm the smaller. The second was to assure that “men of affairs” could intervene if a cheap demagogue seized the popular imagination.

On that second purpose, the College conspicuously failed, and that failure has imperiled the country by putting a corrupt madman in the White House. Worse, Trump wannabes are already aping his schtick. It won’t happen before 2020, but the Electoral College must be eliminated.

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