Southern Baptist Pastor Admits the Kim Davis Controversy Has Nothing to Do with Christian Persecution

With all the conservative Christians jumping on the Kim Davis bandwagon, defending a government official who broke the law and prevented people from obtaining the marriage licenses they are entitled to have, you might wonder if anyone on that side of the fence understands why this isn’t about “religious freedom.”

Believe it or not, it’s a Southern Baptist leader who’s finally talking sense.

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A Christian Reveals Six Reasons He Might Lose His Faith

Matt Herndon is a pastor and seminary graduate who describes himself as a “Trinitarian theist who worships a resurrected God-man who is, in my opinion, quite a Guy.” He’s a Christian who takes faith very seriously.

But that doesn’t mean his faith doesn’t have some holes in it. In a post that you have to appreciate for its honesty, Herndon lists several reasons he might be persuaded to step away from his faith.



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Conservatives Need to Stop Whining About Gender-Neutral Pronouns

In the last couple of weeks, officials at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville made two big decisions relating to gender-neutral pronouns. First, they recommended the campus community embrace gender-neutral language at their leisure. Second, they retracted that suggestion at the demand of high-profile state conservatives.

Gender-neutral pronouns — like “they,” “ze,” and “hir” — are being used increasingly by transgender people who don’t feel like the categories “men” or “women” suit them. 

Michael Brown of Charisma News is terrified of this.



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#NeverForget the Ongoing Casualties of 9/11

It’s become a common refrain around this time of year: I remember where I was when the towers fell…

In all fairness, it’s hard to forget. When the first plane hit the towers in 2001, there was disbelief, sorrow, and no small amount of fear. When the second plane hit the towers, that fear became more palpable, more urgent. By the time Flight 77 careened into the side of the Pentagon, there was a bubbling sense of panic. I was a freshman in high school, and I’d never seen such abject terror on the faces of adults as I did on that day. Then Flight 93 went down in Pittsburgh, and even in the midst of indescribable uncertainty, one thing was clear: things would never be the same again.

The country came together to mourn. Stories of loved ones lost in the wreckage permeated every moment of daily life. Pictures of victims jumping from the collapsing towers haunted our dreams. The bravery of fallen police officers and firefighters who had rushed to the aid of victims compounded the grief that much more.

And so, every year on September 11th, we pledge we won’t forget. We’ll never forget those who died in the attacks. We’ll never forget those who died trying to rescue them. But there’s another element to all of this that we should never forget — an ugliness borne of the rubble and blood — that has taken far more lives over the past 14 years than the cumulative American victim count in the unspeakable violence: the innocent targets of a pungent Islamophobia.



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Creationists Are Already in Denial About the Newly Discovered Species Homo Naledi

By now, you’ve probably read about the incredible discovery of Homo naledi. Members of the species had very small brains (about half the size of our own) and very long and curvy fingers that may have helped them swing from trees. National Geographic calls it one of the “greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century.”

The fossils were discovered in an African cave in 2013 and could force us to rethink what we know about human evolution. I would suggest reading these articles in the Washington Post and Atlantic for easy-to-read accounts of what happened and what it all means. It’s very exciting for so many reasons.

I know what you’re wondering: What will Ken Ham and his crack Creationist “research” team say about this discovery?!

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