Gay Marriage and the Freedom to Offend

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I recently came upon a blog post titled I've Been Scared to State My Opinion and that Scares Me. In the post the author, a Mormon wife and mother of two (she doesn't give a name, so we'll call her Sarah), explains as follows: I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year now, and in all the time there has been one major hot topic subject I’ve never broached. In fact, I’ve tip toed around it, and specifically avoided it. Even in seminary, I really soft peddled it. Not because I don’t have strong … [Read more...]

“You Did a Wrong Thing, Mommy”: In Which I Tell My Six-Year-Old That I Went to an Anti-Gay Rally as a Teen

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I was raised in very political evangelical home. As a small child, I attended a rally against Hilary's healthcare proposals in the early 1990s, sitting atop my father's shoulders. Before I was ten, I was a pro at working the polls, and would spend all day every election day working a table for the Republicans. Election night, 1994, is one of my most formative early memories. As an older teen I once tried to count how many candidates I had campaigned for, and lost track as the number went into t … [Read more...]

Conservatives Grapple with Marriage Equality

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Almost as soon as I heard about yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, my mind turned to the ways conservatives would respond. I have not been disappointed. See, for example, this argument from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:Five Justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature. In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: You Can Call Me Rita: Coming Out Lesbian to My Evangelical Parents

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~ A Guest Post by Rita ~My first bachelor's degree is in elementary education from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Taylor is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college that consistently is ranked #1 in its category by US News and World Report and happens to expel students for things like consuming tobacco and alcohol, premarital sex, and homosexuality. During my four years on campus I was nearly oblivious to the fact I am a sexual being, much less a lesbian. My sexual awakening … [Read more...]

The Charleston Shooting and Christian Persecution

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As I read about various reactions to last week's tragic shootings in Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, I was shocked to see many conservative leaders using the fact that the shooting happened in a church as evidence that Christianity is under attack in this country. See for example this from former Senator Rick Santorum: This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this ti … [Read more...]

Not Every Courtship Looks Like the Duggars’

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So, courtships. In a post I wrote recently on the Duggars, I mentioned that I "went through a controlling and manipulative courtship process and then lived in fear that my mother would find out I was having sex during my engagement." A reader objected, and this exchange followed:So, I think it's time for a public service announcement: Not all courtships look the same. It seems that the high-profile Duggar courtships have so shaped public perception of what a courtship within this … [Read more...]

Are Evangelicals Rejecting Legal Marriage?

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I recently came upon an article noting that a Christian couple in Australia has stated that they will get a divorce if marriage equality comes to their country. Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it.My wife a … [Read more...]


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