Although I’m not immune to typos and certainly make my fair share of mistakes, I can be a pedant when it comes to grammar and usage, especially to my students. But really, it matters, as I noted again this morning, while skimming an AP story on a new stream of evangelical Christians taking their religious snakeoil message to the increasingly apathetic Northeast.
Most of it is fine and certainly nothing new: reactionary hatemongers are finding it hard to sell their old-tyme religion, complete with sexism and homophobia, as educated people realize that shitting on their neighbors poisons the environment for everyone. Which is why this excerpt nearly made me choke on my Weetabix (italics mine):
Several groups trying to re-ignite New England’s faith are theologically conservative, such as the Southern Baptists, and the Conservative Baptists’ Mission Northeast. They say a reason for the region’s hollowed-out faith is a pervasive theology that departs from traditional Biblical interpretation on issues such as the divinity of Jesus, the exclusivity of Christianity as a path to salvation and homosexuality.
I spent entirely too much time getting churched as a minor, and I never remember hearing that theological point.