“Interview with a Christian”: Ross Douthat

makes the questionable decision to dedicate his Easter column to RFRA questions... but this is solid all the way through, really powerful at the end, and, uh, namechecks me:AFTER watching the debate about religious freedom unfold over the past week, I decided to subject myself to an interview by an imaginary — but representative — member of the press. Here is our conversation: Happy Easter! Thank you. O.K., enough pleasantries. You’re a semi-reasonable Christian. What do you think about th … [Read more...]

“What’s Hiding Behind Our Identity (Politics)?”: I’m at AmCon

having massive esprit d'escalier about this piece, but it does some good stuff I think: ...And so I wonder, when I see the multiplication of identity-politics terms and initials—LGBTQIAABBQLOL and all that—what might be hidden in these terms. Right now our discourse around the spread of identity labeling mostly takes place entirely on the labels’ own terms: Are asexuals “really” queer, or do they just have victimization envy? Is “demisexual” even a thing, or is this just how people who don’t lik … [Read more...]

Three Very Small Thoughts About (the Debate Over) Indiana’s RFRA

1. Cooking is an art, cakes are art, compelled creation of beauty is compelled speech. I feel like the denial that cakery is/should be expressive, that food bears meaning, is somehow Gnostic and class-biased (or sexist? if your grandma could do it, it must not be art?), but maybe that's self-parody on my part. Anyway beauty + meaning, to me, pretty clearly = art. And photography is even more obviously art, right?2. Still... I wonder how different this debate would look if more gay people … [Read more...]

Where Do Men Still Cuddle?: Vlad Chituc

writes: ...If it weren’t so threatening to seem gay, there wouldn’t be a need to police the appearance of it so firmly. Culture has been giving us a choice since the latter half of the 20th Century: seem gay or be lonely. That so many chose “be lonely” shows only the depth of our collective gay panic.I’m not just speculating, as [Anthony] Esolen does. This is at heart an empirical question—in what conditions is platonic male affection common and in what cases is it restricted? One way to go … [Read more...]

Beyond Sexual Identity: Not Whether But How

Gay, straight, heterosexual, homosexual: All these terms have a history, all represent the fears and desires of specific cultures and moments, and all will eventually be superseded. In a hundred years I don't think people in their flying cars, with their marriages to toasters, will be calling themselves gay or straight. The conflict over sexuality which has so deeply marked not only personal identity but (tragically) the identities of our churches will be replaced--probably replaced by other … [Read more...]

“Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay”: I review “Choir Boy”

at Studio Theater: “Choir Boy” is about the struggles of a gay teen coming of age in a black, Christian prep school for boys; but it’s also about the complex interweaving of religion, ambition, and emotion. In Studio’s staging it’s almost entirely effective. This story could easily be melodramatic—McCraney makes several heavy-handed choices in terms of character development and dialogue—but the committed actors and stylized use of singing give it an emotional power which carries it over its occa … [Read more...]

“What the Synod of Bishops’ Document Means for Gay People”: Me at OnFaith

doin' my thing: "Pope Will Marry a Gay Couple Tomorrow, Probably.” “Pope Just Basically Giving Up on Catholicism: ‘Fun While It Lasted,’ Pontiff Says.” “Synod Changes Absolutely Nothing, Unless It Helps Me Politically.”According to the headlines, either St. Peter’s has been demolished by a great gay earthquake, or the Synod of Bishops on the family is a tiny earthworm whose tiny earthworm-castings will be forgotten before All Souls’ Day. Of the making of tweets there is no end.In reality … [Read more...]


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