The Legacy of Fred Phelps

I suppose it is an indication of how steeped in popular culture I am that the first thing that came to mind when I heard of the death of Westboro Baptist Church founder and former leader Fred Phelps was the song, “Freddie’s Dead,” by Curtis Mayfield. But although it is a relatively superficial and tangential [Read More...]

Anti-Gay Worship, Pastor Worley and the Limits of Religious Free Speech

Words have gravity, and in certain contexts, the words we choose and employ have more weight than in others. I’m definitely sensitive to that when I see the traffic numbers on my blog. It’s a public forum, and literally anyone can see what I’ve said. The church pulpit is an equally heavy responsibility when it [Read More...]

Did Pastor Charles Worley Break the Law?

Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United

Most people with some sense of universal human dignity have found the screed Pastor Charles Worley issued against the GLBT community from the pulpit recently repugnant. As a Christian who tires of being lumped together with such hateful, violent voices cloaking themselves within the protection of their faith, I can say with confidence that there [Read More...]

Kobe Bryant, the NBA and “Gay” Redemption

I can’t stand Kobe Bryant. A lifelong basketball fan, I was as excited as everyone else when this teenage phenom burst onto the scene with what appeared to be Jordan-like potential. And as for his talent, many predictions were right. He’s one of the greatest offensive players in the game. But he lacks Jordan’s character. [Read More...]


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