Being Civil Does Not Mean Selling Out the Underprivileged

prison

[Note: For an update, please see my followup post, Walking the Walk: In Which Tony Jones Makes Good.]I've written before about the importance of civil discussion, and about reservations I have about the widespread use of shame as a tactic for effecting change. But just as abusive name calling is a problem, so too is relativism, especially when the rights and lives of underprivileged groups are at stake.Let me give an example of what I'm talking about. Tony Jones is a progressive Ch … [Read more...]

Christian Persecution Complex Much?

Persecution

Remember when, after the 2012 election, I pointed out that the Right operates in a self-imposed information deficit? Well, a reader named Betty just left a comment on a post from last summer about LGBTQ rights, and this is a pretty decent example of that phenomenon: As a matter of fact, it is [Christians'] rights that are being limited and we are becoming the minority in this nation. In many countries to even hint at being a Christian is the same as signing a death warrant. In our country they h … [Read more...]

Women’s Bodies Are Not Male Commodities

TARDIS

Yesterday I came upon two interesting blog posts that discuss the way men's absolute fixation on women's bodies undermines their ability to see women as anything other than objects for their consumption, gets in the way of women being valued for their talents, interests, or achievements, and results in the policing of women's bodies and activities. One of these bloggers used The Modesty Survey to write about evangelical Christianity's modesty doctrine while the other used a the reception of a … [Read more...]

Scott Lively, Father of Uganda’s “Pro-Family” Movement

Scott Lively

This interview is two years old, but I only just happened upon it and wanted to share. In it Scott Lively, one of those American evangelical leaders who traveled Uganda to stir up homophobia, discusses Uganda's "kill the gays" bill. It's bad. Really, really bad.Not that even though Lively repeatedly says he is against the death penalty, the rhetoric he uses in talking about Uganda's dire situation and the threat posed by "the gay movement" makes it easy to see how his advocacy, along … [Read more...]

Exporting Hate: American Evangelicals in Uganda

Uganda

If you're like me, you've been keeping up with American evangelical organizations' role in a Ugandan bill that would criminalize LGBT citizens and strip them of their rights. If you haven't, this is an issue you might want to know something about. Either way, I think you'll find this short video important and informative:When Uganda first moved to impose the death penalty on LGBTQ individuals, many of the exact same American evangelical leaders and organizations that had been actively … [Read more...]

Is Creationism Racist?

Origins

I grew up reading copious amounts of literature from Answers in Genesis and attending conferences where Ken Ham and other leading creationists were speakers. I've been to the Creation Museum, and I've been reading Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine for close to a decade now. And one thing that was drilled into me over and over again is that racism is rooted in the theory of evolution and that creationism, which teaches that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, is the antidote to … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Read Jonathan Dudley’s Broken Words

Broken Words

Jonathan Dudley sent me a copy of his Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics over a month ago, and I have been remiss in my promise to review it. But now that I've read it, let me put it this way: This is the book you need to read so that you can effectively counter evangelical Christians' opposition to abortion, marriage equality, and evolution. This is the book you need to give to every one of your evangelical friends and relatives.Jonathan Dudley and I have a … [Read more...]


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