Gay Wedding Cake Discrimination

In comments on my post yesterday about standing against discrimination and other forms of injustice, the issue was brought up about the religious freedom of those who want to be able to refuse services to those they object to – in this instance, to refuse to cater for a same-sex wedding. That is when it [Read More...]

I Will Not Stand By Quietly While History Repeats Itself

When it is pointed out, whether by myself or others, that the methods of interpreting the Bible used by today's conservatives are the same ones that have been used in the past to justify slavery and discrimination, I am sometimes told that I am exaggerating the situation and the dangers. They sometimes insist that the [Read More...]

Jesus and His Assault Rifle

Several people have mentioned Jerry Boykin’s statement that Jesus will literally return as a warrior, but with a figurative sword, an AR-15. But the picture above which Scott Paeth shared gets at the heart of the matter, with the obvious disconnect between the words attributed to Jesus and the weapon he is holding. (Benjamin Corey’s [Read More...]

Help Your Enemies

“We should help our enemies because it’s what makes us better than them.” This quote from the Doctor is from the graphic novel Assimilation 2 featuring a crossover between Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation. [Read more...]

Slippery Slope

I like the most recent XKCD cartoon and its take on the “slippery slope” idea. People always assume that one is going to slip in a direction that they want to go. And in fact, often the things that are really valuable are really hard and take a conscious effort. But anything can become a [Read More...]

Abortion and the Bible

It is common for people to think that the Bible contains clear teaching about abortion. This state of affairs goes back at least as far as Flavius Josephus in the first century. He wrote inĀ Contra Apion II, 202: “The law, moreover, enjoins us to bring up all our offspring, and forbids women to cause abortion [Read More...]

Unslippery Slope

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Quote for MLK Day

  The quotation above comes from the document that has been circulating a lot in recent days, offering advice for the situation of the newly-integrated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Here is the entire document below. Here's another image with the same quotation, in case you like it better:   [Read more...]

It Gets Better (from Butler University)

Somehow I missed this video when it first appeared, even though it includes more than one student I know, and one who is a religion major. It always makes me proud to see students I have taught showing the strength of character to be leaders and stand for what is right! [Read more...]

Everyone Is Not Different

I am astonished by how often students claim that “everyone is different” and think that they have said something relevant to discussion of topics such as morality or religion. Human beings are not entirely different from one another, and it is not clear that things which no two humans have in common pertain to either [Read More...]

If Someone Wishes You…

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