Another Florida Megachurch Preacher, Billy Graham’s Grandson, Resigns After Affair

A high-profile pastor resigned over the weekend after admitting he had had an affair.

In general, I think the media shouldn’t criticize people for what they do in their private lives unless they were hypocrites, like pastors preaching Christian moral superiority or that gay marriage will destroy society. (That’s why Ted Haggard, who frequently spoke out against homosexuality, was fair game.)

But Tullian Tchividjian (above) is the grandson of Reverend Billy Graham and nephew of Franklin Graham. This is a family that has done more than most to make life harder for LGBT people. Even if Tchividjian (rhymes with “pigeon”) shied away from social issues, it’s not like he was openly supportive of civil rights for LGBT people. And silence from Christian leaders on this matter is nearly as bad as blatant homophobia. When your own family is best-known these days for peddling the notion that gay marriage will destroy society, you better believe you have an obligation to say they’re wrong.

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How Babies Are Made: The Version They Don’t Tell You in School

Garfunkel and Oates are really the best educators out there (lyrics probably NSFW):



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Why God Hates Sex (as Told in Sign Language)

Why do religion and sex seem so incompatible?

Justin Vollmar of the “Virtual Deaf Church” explains in this excellent video.

(Added bonus: You get to learn a lot of dirty sign language!)



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She Got Rid of Her Purity Ring and Then Tried to Find Her First Partner

Arla Knudsen was a purity-ring-wearing Christian… until she realized she just didn’t feel that way anymore. She told the New York Times about how she shed her faith and subsequently tried to overcome her virginity, too:



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Christian Pastor Who Preached Against Same-Sex Relationships Caught Trying to Hook Up on Grindr

The Ted Haggard Rule — I assume that’s a real thing — goes like this: No one cares about your sex life. But if you publicly oppose the very thing you’re doing in private, then that shit deserves to be blown up.

So when you’re Reverend Matthew Makela of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Michigan, and you post things like this about the LGBT community on Facebook…

… but you send pictures like this on Grindr…

… then the guy you’re sending them to may just pass them along to an LGBT-friendly website so they can out you.

Queerty got the scoop along with additional information:

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