Conservatives Grapple with Marriage Equality

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...]


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Marriage Equality: An Open Thread

I am getting the impression that many of you want space to talk about todays' Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, and no wonder! I have several thoughts myself that will be the topic of future posts, but for the moment I thought I'd offer you an open thread. One thing I will note is that I, like many others, am stunned by how quickly things have changed. Not eighteen months ago I was still assuming universal marriage equality was decades away, and now this.Happy marriage equality … [Read more...]


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The Charleston Shooting and Christian Persecution

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...]


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Now Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal

Late last week Homeschoolers Anonymous pulled its posts on Rachel Dolezal out of concern that these posts were contributing to efforts to minimize or excuse Rachel's actions. After seeing this I thought about pulling my post on Rachel Dolezal's parents, but have ultimately decided against it, largely because I stated upfront that the background I was providing does not to excuse Rachel in any way. But I've realized that this is not enough. As I've read comments on my post and elsewhere on the int … [Read more...]


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Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar Compares the Gay Rights Movement to ISIS

When I saw an article titled "The Gay Rights Movement: ISIS without Bullets?" I was intrigued. The idea was so beyond the pale I wanted to know what it was based on. The author of the piece was Gary DeMar. Wait. Gary DeMar?Yes. Gary DeMar.Gary DeMar is a Christian Reconstructionist and president of American Vision, a prominant Christian Reconstructionist organization. Christian Reconstructionists believe in implementing Old Testament law in our society today. DeMar is the coauthor of the … [Read more...]


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Let’s Talk about Riots

The discussion of the Baltimore riots has split America, with conservatives lining up to condemn the riots and liberals lining up to defend them and each side calling the other racist. African Americans, too, are often split along the same lines.For example, we see this from in the Atlantic: Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and "nonviolent." These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer to the wrong … [Read more...]


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Any Time I Hear Someone Say “Traditional Marriage”

Traditional marriage. Traditional marriage. Traditional marriage.This week Fox News published an opinion piece by Cal Thomas titled "Will we erase the boundaries that have guided humanity for generations?" In it he asked this: If human history, tradition, the Bible, the Constitution and biology are to be ignored or re-defined, on what basis do courts say "no" to anything? Of course, these same questions were on the justice's minds during last weeks' Supreme Court hearings.Justice … [Read more...]


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