Don’t expect religious exemptions from gay laws

Some Christians have said that the way to accommodate the new pro-gay laws is to accept them, but build in religious exemptions.  That is not going to be acceptable in the gay rights juggernaut.

Indiana has passed a religious freedom law, allowing individuals to claim an exemption in the courts when government action “substantially burdens” their religious beliefs.  Now thousands are protesting and boycotting the state, claiming that the law will enable people who have religious objections to homosexuality to discriminate against gays.

Christians need to realize that gays want to be accepted exactly on a par with heterosexuals, and they demand acceptance precisely from those who haven’t accepted them before.

I suspect that even among the general public anti-discrimination laws will trump religious freedom laws every time.  So will pastors who refuse to conduct gay weddings be charged with illegal discrimination?  I can see that happening.  Can you? [Read more...]

Presbyterians (USA) give strong endorsement for gay marriage

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has formally expanded its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.  It becomes the largest denomination to affirm gay marriage in the strongest possible terms, upholding same sex marriage even in states where it is not legal and applying to all congregations (though pastors will be allowed to decline to participate).  After the jump, an account of the change and a summary of the position of other mainline liberal Protestant denominations and how they are different.  (The ELCA, for example, allows pastors to preside at same-sex services without formally changing the definition of marriage, as the PCUSA has done.) [Read more...]

Male abortions & the end of “women’s issues”?

Feminism and gender politics in general may be coming apart, since gender  identity is being parsed into ever-smaller mutually offended units.  To so much as speak of “women’s issues” is now considered in some of these circles to be oppressive to transexuals, an act of “cissexism,” defined as “transphobia.”  To the point that some pro-abortion groups are eliminating references to women, since non-women (such as transexuals who used to be women but now identify as men, as well as “gender queer people” and “two spirit people”) also can have abortions.  So explains Katherine Timpf, after the jump. [Read more...]

Russell Brand attacks pornography

British comedian Russell Brand is a wild man, a former heroin addict and a blame-England-first political radical with an irreverent comic schtick.  So it is striking that he is now crusading against pornography.  See his video on the subject, as well as a news story, after the jump. [Read more...]

The LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM community

Wesleyan University in Connecticut has a residence hall devoted to a whole alphabet of sexual diversity:

Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.

via Housing.
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50 Shades of Black & White

Opening on St. Valentine’s Day and hyped as the big date movie for the night is 50 Shades of Grey, based on a series of novels that have sold some 100 million copies, the vast majority of which have been bought by women.  It’s a romance novel about a woman whose handsome and rich lover ties her up, blindfolds her, and beats her.

So now we are seeing another normalization and social approval of something that used to be called, quaintly, a sexual perversion:  sado-masochism.  Surely eroticizing violence and brutalizing sex are going to have bad consequences, don’t you think?  Isn’t sado-masochism more problematic than homosexuality? [Read more...]


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