Terrorist Attack, Mass Shooting, or Anti-Gay Hate Crime? How We Talk about Orlando Is Important

Was Orlando an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it an anti-gay hate crime? Since it can obviously be (and arguably is) both, let me rephrase the question slightly: Was Orlando primarily an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it primarily an anti-gay hate crime? I ask because I'm seeing an enormous amount of disagreement on this point, and that disagreement that matters, because it runs along ideological (and party) lines---and because it significantly affects our response to the tragedy.Florida … [Read more...]


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Pastor Doug Wilson: Christianity Is the Real Target

Surprise surprise, our favorite pastor, Doug Wilson, has blogged about Sunday's shooting in Orlando. After discussing whether the dead are in hell (they are) and whether their sin was worse than anyone else's (it wasn't, because abortion), he gets down to what he sees as the root of the issue: No, no, they will say. It is all connected. Evangelical opposition to homosexuality and opposition to COEXIST religiosity both contribute to a climate of rejection, exclusion, and division, which in turn h … [Read more...]


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Let’s Talk about the Other 1240 Gay Lives Lost Each Year

Do you want to know the leading cause of death for LGBT youth? It is not Muslim gunmen or radical Islamic terrorism. It is suicide. Yes, that's right---an estimated 30% of gay youth, and 40% of transgender individuals, attempt suicide. By one estimate, as many as 30% of completed youth suicides are committed by gay or lesbian youth, or 1,488 suicides annually, 1240 more suicides than would be expected given the percentage of the population that is gay and lesbian. And that doesn't count trans y … [Read more...]


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Let’s Talk Christian Fiction

Hey guys! My copy of Anonymous Tip really does appear to be lost for good, and while I've ordered a new (used) one and it has shipped, it hasn't arrived yet. So today I wanted to take the moment to talk about Christian fiction more generally and Christian romance and historical fiction more specifically, to analyze some themes and to open the floor for my readers to discuss Christian fiction they may have encountered themselves.When I was a teenager, my favorite Christian fiction was the … [Read more...]


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Some Problems with Free Will in Evangelical Christianity

Can we talk about free will, or at least the role the concept plays in conservative evangelical Christianity? As a child, teen, and young adult in the evangelical community and church, I was taught that God wants us to freely choose to worship and love him, and that he gives us free will so that we can do that. Of course, Calvinists hold that God chooses who will believe in him and who will not, and a related train of thought holds that those with sinful natures are incompatible with freely … [Read more...]


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Supergirl’s Jeremy Jordan: My Gay Cousin Has Been Sent to a Christian Home for Troubled Teens

I have a good friend who was sent to a Christian home for troubled teens in Florida in the late 1990s. The stories she tells me are horrifying. The children were forced to work in the fields all day every day in the summer, and for long hours during the school year as well. While the home was co-ed, the girls were responsible for preparing and cleaning up all of the meals, on a rotation linked to their dormitories. The home used the ACE program, a curriculum used by Christian private schools and … [Read more...]


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From Conservative Evangelical to Trans-Affirming

I don't remember the first time I heard the word "transgender." I do remember being taught that it was wrong, disordered, even perverted. I grew up in an evangelical home. I attended an evangelical megachurch and my family subscribed to quite a few evangelical magazines, including some that focused on politics and culture wars issues. I was homeschooled, which created a sort of bubble that filtered the information I had access to. When I attended a secular university this changed, and my views b … [Read more...]


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