Day’s End and Night Watch

Getting pretty massive Twitter love for a simple tweet predicting that “Bible-based” homophobia will seem as embarrassing as “Bible-based” segregation before too long. I’ve long argued that conservative evangelicals have a bad habit of using random Bible verses to divinize secular conservative culture, worshiping in a Church of the Day Before Yesterday. The silver lining is that they’ll eventually adjust and find some other liberal outrage to stand up against in the name of Jesus, who might well laugh or cry.

Here are some remains of the day:

* So even as Pence seems to back down on language of Indiana’s “religious liberty” bill, Arkansas passes one that sounds a lot like it.

* Dave Weigel argues that furor over Trevor Noah reflects elevated position of The Daily Show as a sort of Fox for Liberals.

* Obama climate change plan submitted to UN today will rely, unsurprisingly, on more executive actions.

* At Ten Miles Square, Bill White gazes in awe at the size of budget deficits Republicans are suddenly willing not only to accept but to demand.

* At College Guide, Chris Lehmann questions the ethics of colleges that encourage students to attend knowing they will graduate with unsustainable loan burdens.

And in non-political news:

* CBS gets Daytime Emmy nomination for every show in its daytime lineup.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with Clapton performing with Delaney and Bonnie–and with George Harrison and Bobby Whitlock!–on that wonderful tune, “Coming Home,” in 1969.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.