Who Deserves Our Attention? On Outrage Blogging


Fellow Patheos blogger Chris recently had an interesting post about blogging, the internet, and outrage. A few days ago I stumbled across an article by David Wong titled “5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 5 Seconds.” One item in particular was uncomfortably familiar: “The Headline Is About a ‘Lawmaker’ Saying Something Stupid”: A low-level politician with no power said something incredibly stupid, and the opposing party is trumpeting it from the mountaintops to make everyone in the … [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...]

Forty Years after Roe, Young Activists Speak Out

Blog For Choice Day

Today is the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and it is also Blog for Choice Day 2013. Head on over to read dozens of posts by pro-choice bloggers. I was going to write something original for the occasion  and I did try, but I just couldn't. I spent the first two decades of my life dreaming of overturning Roe only to change my position at the very moment Roe came under serious threat. Growing up, late January was that time of year when the dreary weather combined with solemn remembrances of m … [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: Civic Responsibility Roundup

civic responsibibility

How do we balance individual and community? To whom do we owe responsibility - our local community, our nation, or all of humanity?Two weeks ago I announced Forward Thinking, a values development project created in collaboration with Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers, and introduced the first prompt. Dan is introducing our next prompt today (head on over to see it!), and in this post I will pull together some themes from the various responses to round off the one I introduced two weeks ago: … [Read more...]

“We Are the Government” and Other Thoughts


This post is an installment in Forward Thinking: A Values Development Project. Forward Thinking is an invitation to both readers and fellow bloggers to participate in forming positive values and grappling with thorny questions. Click here to for the introduction, or here for the current prompt.   What does civic responsibility mean to you? "Why do you view the government like this, like it's something out there, something separate, an enemy?" The speaker was Norwegian, the location a confe … [Read more...]

This Thing That Happens When I Change My Mind


So. I've started noticing this weird pattern. Just, weird.Here's an example from a comment responding to what I wrote about leaving Christianity and becoming an atheist: A personal relationship with Jesus is what you were missing in your childhood and young adulthood, and that rejection of Jesus Christ has estranged you from your family and caused you to go 180 degrees the other way. I want you to know that I am praying for you; that you would seek Jesus with your whole heart. He died a … [Read more...]

If Corporations Are People, They Can Be Martyrs. Right?

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby: The First Martyr Under Obamacare? This is the title of an article by Karen Swallow Prior posted today on Her.meneutics, Christianity Today's women's blog. I know there's a lot more going on here that I should be interested in, but I have to say, what is utterly fascinating to me right now is the assertion that a company can be martyred. December 26 was a fitting day for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to refuse judicial relief to the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, whose … [Read more...]