My Response to Dan Savage’s Accusations about The Marin Foundation in the New York Times

This post is Andrew Marin’s response to Dan Savage’s accusations about The Marin Foundation, which appear in the Sunday April 14th edition of The New York Times. [Read more…]

From Food Stamps to Speaking at the White House

Back in February I had the opportunity to speak on human sexuality at the White House, and then later that day also speak on bridging opposing worldviews fighting to dictate cultural normalcy, at the US State Department. On the flight back to Chicago I got to thinking how in the world does one go from [Read More…]

Part 2: Myth and Meaning

For the next four days I am in Atlanta speaking to a couple thousand of my closest youth worker friends at Youth Specialties. I’m kicking this trip off today by speaking for a total of 4 hours (Research for a  Productive Generation (because I’m really tired of research just being used as ammunition) and Answering [Read More…]

Part 1: Myth and Meaning

I recently read Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture by Claude Levi-Strauss—the ‘father’ of Structural Anthropology—which is defined as: The quest for the invariant; or for the invariant elements among superficial differences (p. 8). In essence, this means that structural anthropology is searching for the changeless or constant qualities, functions, configurations or systems that bring [Read More…]

Part 4: New Way of Activism

Here is Part 1. Here is Part 2. Here is Part 3 (which provides a great overview of the whole discussion to this point) In one of the recent string of comments in this New Activism series, Jon, brings up a great point in reference to why people protest: “Why wouldn’t there be protestors?” It’s [Read More…]

Part 3: New Way of Activism

Here is Part 1 Here is Part 2 Here is a quick summary of the discussion thus far: My thesis is that traditional forms of activism don’t actually work in changing policy and it ends up causing more harm than good—whether marches, protests, split-screen debates, etc. Though even after explaining why I believe such a [Read More…]

Part 2: New Way of Activism

I have put off posting my new paradigm of activism for one more day because 100% of the people that either commented on yesterday’s post or emailed me about it disagreed with what I had to say (my wife and my dad both included in that group). A 100% disagreement has never happened—not that it’s [Read More…]

Part 1: New Way of Activism

Yesterday I blogged about the recent GLBT Equality March on Washington, DC. My overall thesis was: Activism that ‘actually accomplishes something’ has to look different in today’s culture. Why? Because: Marches don’t work and make no impact Protests don’t do anything except get more people to hate you Yelling or holding signs gets you looked [Read More…]

God is Tearing Away Church Influence

Yes, you read that right. I believe that God is tearing away church influence. Let me explain. This morning while I was spending time with God I was reading the book of Jeremiah and came across something I thought extremely profound:  “2“Stand at the gate of the LORD’s house and there proclaim this message:       ” [Read More…]