Doug Evans, Curtis Flowers and Winona, Mississippi are stuck in Groundhog Day. Just when you think the story is heading for resolution, it starts all over again.
No one who listened to season two of In the Dark from beginning to end would want to have anything to do with this prosecution.
Let us frankly acknowledge that the word “evangelical” has become a working synonym for the religious right and is thus beyond salvaging. I have given up on the e-word. I am effectively post-evangelical. If you share this sad distinction, we need to talk. Many post-evangelical … Continue reading Is the Bible God a loving God?
This story appeared in major Canadian newspapers in 2007, shortly after the massive rally in Jena, Louisiana.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot from Appalachian serpent-handlers. They are what we call “hot gospellers” who “get saved hard,” the ultimate biblical literalists, see Mark chapter 16. They’re not crazy, but they are rather weird. They taught me this: For serpent handlers, the sacrament is alive, and it can kill you. Every time you go to worship it is a matter of life and death.
“A man with the Bible in one hand and a whip in the other will use the Bible to justify the whip.”
There will be no seventh trial for Curtis Flowers. If the Supreme Court of the United States doesn’t vacate the 2010 conviction in the Flowers case, jaws across America will hit the floor. Mine will be one of them. Curtis is almost sure to get … Continue reading Why there will be no trial seven for Curtis Flowers