Guest Post: Covenant College Censored My Alumni Update

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A Guest Post by KathrynOriginally posted on The Life and Opinions of Kathryn Elizabeth, Person He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?-Micah 6:8, KJV When I was asked at the start of last spring semester whether I would be interested in assisting on research for an amicus brief in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases set to be argued before the Supreme Court later that spring, I jumped a … [Read more...]

Must We Do This Again? Duck Dynasty Edition

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By now you have likely heard that Phil Robertson, star of the Duck Dynasty reality TV show, has been suspended by A&E for making homophobic and racist comments in an interview with GQ. Samantha covers all of this in her blog post, "I used to be a homophobic racist too." And if you're like me and you are facebook friends with conservative evangelical or fundamentalist friends or relatives, you  have probably noticed the quick proliferation of defenses of Robertson's comments. But rather than … [Read more...]

Interfaith Marriage and Interfaith Parenting: A Reader Asks

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A reader recently emailed me with some questions and I thought you all might be able to help him out. First I'll quote from his emails (he has given me permission to do so) and then I'll give some guidance for your responses. I married my Baptist wife while I was still searching within Christianity. I was enjoying going to a Presbyterian church in Tulsa because the sermons the pastor preached were often from a viewpoint that I hadn't heard in the version of Christianity I experienced growing … [Read more...]

Doug Phillips’ Get Out of Jail Free Card

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There is little that bothers me more than the excuse-making that comes out in full force every time a Christian leader is found engaging in some form of moral wrongdoing. You see, so long as that Christian leader says "I'm sorry" properly, they're apparently immune from any form of criticism, whether now or in the future. In the wake of Doug Phillips' resignation, I have seen literally dozens of comments across the blogosphere in which individuals have praised Phillips and denounced bloggers who … [Read more...]

Pulling the Victoria’s Secret Dance

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Fundamentalist and conservative evangelical Christianity is weird. Women are taught to dress modestly in public, to stay away from pornography or premarital sex, etc. Prostitutes and strippers are derided, along with everyone who dresses "like a whore" (i.e. less modestly than they're supposed to). But in private, within marriage? Women are expected to perform. They have to somehow go from reserved modesty to being, well, a man's personal supermodel.Take this blog comment, for instance: I … [Read more...]

Can We Not Tell Gay Christians What To Do Please?

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The Friendly Atheist recently posted an article written by guest blogger Camille. The title was "Gay Christians Shouldn't Just Leave the Church; They Should Leave the Faith." Camille starts by discussing a fictional interview between Pastor Stanton Jones and a gay man named Todd, in which Stanton tells Todd that he should admit his sexual struggles to his evangelical church and ask them to support him in his quest to remain chaste. Camille then turns to a response by fellow Patheos blogger Tony … [Read more...]

Kate’s Questioning: One Girl’s Journey

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Kate recently wrote a post called "My Story: Questioning." In it she wrote a touching and almost poetic account of her own journey from a Christian homeschool past to a more open future. Her story is well worth reading. I want to excerpt the beginning of it for you and then send you over to Kate's blog to read the rest. Kate, as you may remember, grew up with my in the homeschool community years ago, my childhood friend. I lost her when I left all that behind, but in recent years I have gained … [Read more...]


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