Our latest podcast guest is Dianna E. Anderson, author of Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity, all about the intersection of the church and sexuality.
Anderson grew up in South Dakota. After stints as an English teacher in Japan and a radio producer in Chicago, she’s turned her focus to writing. Damaged Goods is her first book.
We spoke with her about why sex is often seen as shameful in parts of Christianity, what conversations the broader evangelical church is having about sex, and whether the church can ever become sex-positive. Lots of sex. #Sex
Happy Pride Month, fellow uncontrollable arsonists! May your alternative lifestyle glow with the fire of a thousand blazing freedoms.
I’m paraphrasing Janet Porter, the president of conservative Christian group Faith2Action, in a video excerpt from the anti-LGBT documentary Light Wins. This one in particular is about how LGBT people are ruining the country by supposedly shutting down businesses run by vocal opponents of equality. Mike Huckabee makes an appearance, too.
Right Wing Watch nabbed the clip below:
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.