Fiddling With The Gods While Rome Burns

What Beckett has been describing with increasing clarity over the past several years is a kind of Pagan Pietism, if not a Pagan fundamentalism, which advocates withdrawing from the world, giving up the fight for justice, and cultivating personal piety instead. Beckett delivers this message with the soothing assurance of a village priest — and with many a caveat that he can fall back on when challenged. But his destination is clear, and the place Beckett describes — a place of retreat and resignation — is not a place we Pagans should be following him. [Read more…]

The Mormon Church Punishes the Children of LGBT Parents for the “Apostasy” of Their Parents

Mormon children of LGBT will be barred from all of the sacraments which serve as rites of passage in lives of all other Mormon children, including baptism and serving missions. If these children manage to maintain their faith through 18 years of official ostracism, they may then petition the highest authority of the Mormon church for baptism, but only if they are no longer living in the household of their co-habitating/married LGBT parents, and only if they “disavow” the same-gender cohabitation and/or marriage of their parents, something that is not required of non-LGBT Mormons or their children. [Read more…]

I Saw Two Americas Sunday: From a Mormon Church to the Chicago Pride Parade

My 13-year-old daughter turned to me at one point and said, “One day I will tell my kids that I remember when gays and lesbians won the right to be married.” I glowed. It was one of those moments when I really felt like a good parent. [Read more…]

“Seeing of ourselves in each other”: The Supreme Court redraws the marriage equality map

“Justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other.” I believe this. And that is why I think the most important part of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision was not the legal analysis, but the stories of the people whose lives are most affected by this decision. [Read more…]

“It Gets Better”: We need to make it better now!

We are not doing enough and we are not moving fast enough to save these kids. We need to protect our children. We need more proactive about creating safe and loving environments for our LGBT kids. [Read more…]

10 reasons I care about the same sex marriage rulings

I care because I’m a human being and I feel the pain of other human beings who have suffered isolation, discrimination, intolerance, and violence for loving the “wrong” people. [Read more…]