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Why Are So Many Christians So Un-Christian?
Many right-wing Christians vilify the poor, in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus. Why the hypocrisy?

In an age where your average Republican politician is thumping the Bible with one hand and trying to strip food from the mouths of the poor with the other, it’s become a sad cliché to point out how little the most outspoken Christians have in common with their charity-preaching, forgiveness-loving messiah. It’s only gotten worse in recent years, with the followers of the man who cured lepers threatening to shut down the government if Obama insists on giving more people access to healthcare.

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[W]hat’s going on when Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio Secretary of State and current conservative activist says things like there is “nothing more Christian” than cutting needy people off food stamps? It may seem like the rational thing for Blackwell to have done was simply admit that there’s nothing in the Bible that even comes close to suggesting that it’s good for people to be forced into starvation simply because they had the misfortune of living in a time of high unemployment. After all, Jesus just simply gave people the loaves and the fishes. He didn’t withhold the food, and like Blackwell did, say that being able to eat food would “breed dependency” and that starving the poor was a good way of “empowering others and creating self-sufficiency.“

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The anti-abortion movement relies on the principle that women are too immature, too ignorant or too “emotional” to make their own life decisions, so the state has a duty to “protect” women with anti-abortion laws.
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Amanda Marcotte in a Los Angeles Times op-ed

Conservatives love “Big Government”.

Treating men like the norm and women like they are anomalies is shot through our entire cultural understanding of what workplaces are supposed to be like. Take, for instance, the national debate over the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines delineating that preventive medications and services be covered without a co-pay for insurance plan enrollees. Most of the services, such as check-ups and vaccines, were not considered controversial at all. But the idea that contraception—a service associated with women—should be treated the same as other health care created a rage-fest amongst conservatives that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
—  How Are Women Still Being Treated Like Second-Class Workers? by Amanda Marcotte at RH Reality Check
Amanda Marcotte says conservatives view Benghazi through penis-shaped lens

Amanda Marcotte says conservatives view Benghazi through penis-shaped lens

http://twitter.com/#!/RBPundit/status/467376328485142528

Never fear! As long as there are conservatives in the world — particularly conservative men — Amanda Marcotte will never run out of things to whine about.

Here’s what she offered up earlier today:

http://twitter.com/#!/AmandaMarcotte/status/467292055384096769

Those five things, by the way, are climate change, abortion, gun culture,…

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The isolating aspects of suburbia are ironically part of their draw, because people see this isolation and feel it provides privacy. But there’s good reason to believe that all this isolation destroys people’s ability to look at their fellow citizens and feel empathy, not only because they simply know fewer people they can relate to, but also because they have fewer occasions to gossip.
—  Amanda Marcotte. “What Awful Reality TV and Suburban Living Have to Do With the Tea Party’s Lack of Empathy.”
Why Is It So Hard to Name a Brooklyn Street Corner After Biggie Smalls?

By Amanda Marcotte

Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G., was raised in Brooklyn, and represented the borough throughout his short but illustrious, East Coast/West Coast beef-heavy career. So it makes sense that local resident LeRoy McCarthy wants to honor the innovative rapper by naming the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton St. “Christopher Wallace Way,” using Biggie’s birth name on a street sign near his childhood home. Unfortunately, McCarthy is facing some opposition to this plan from community board members.

DNAinfo reports on the objections, which include that “he was a school dropout at 17,” “was arrested for drugs and weapons charge, "and physically the man is not exactly a role model for youth.” That’s right, folks, a board member fat-shamed Big Poppa. Another board member said that he “did not appreciate” that the rapper “referred to women with derogatory names in his music.”

There’s no doubt that Biggie’s lyrics often had misogynist themes. But let’s face it: Misogynist song lyrics only count against you if you’re black and/or a rapper. A hero in a Willie Nelson song goes around shooting prostitutes and Johnny Cash cheerfully sang about killing women, even romanticizing cocaine use while he was at it. No one bats an eye when these men are honored in museums and by having streets named after themJoey Ramone got his street corner, despite singing a gleeful tune called “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl.” When it comes to country western and punk, for some reason, it’s easier to understand that audiences have complex relationships with crime narratives in pop music, much as they do with Scorsese films and AMC shows that depict drugs and violence, even misogynist violence, in glamorized ways while still expecting viewers to know that it’s wrong. Hip-hop has always been held to a different standard. 

The streets of New York City are named after a fascinating group of men and women—some genuine heroes, some slave owners and Gilded Age plutocrats. Surely there’s room for a man whose main contribution to history is some excellent music, and who, as Jody Rosen wrote in a 2009 piece for Slate, “reclaimed the zeitgeist for New York.” As Rosen noted:

B.I.G. was a thugged-out version of the classic New York neurotic. He was as New York-to-the-bone as Woody Allen, and in the early 1990s, NYC hip-hop was in need of a local hero.

So give the man his corner.

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Amanda Marcotte is a Brooklyn-based writer and DoubleX contributor. She also writes regularly for the Daily BeastAlternet, and USA Today. Follow her on Twitter

In the real world, women who choose abortion know what they are doing. That isn’t just a political slogan, as Daleiden claims; it’s backed up by extensive surveys actually asking women why they have abortions. And it’s doubly proved by studies showing that, years after the fact, 95% of women say that abortion was the right decision for them.