There’s a comic going around titled “If you’re gay, I want you to know that I don’t hate you,” by comic artist Adam Ford. In it the author explains that everyone sins, and sexual sin of any sort keeps people from God, and actually he loves gay people and doesn’t hate them at all and that’s why he’s telling them this. I’m not going to go through the whole thing (it’s lengthy), but I do want to touch on a few points. Read more

We went camping earlier this year. You know, the lovely peaceful sort of camping at an out-of-the way campsite, with hikes, ‘smores, and afternoon naps in the tent. Well. Sort of. One afternoon as we all lay down in the tent for a nap, three-year-old Bobby decided he was a frog. He had walked quite a bit on our hike that morning and ought to have been tired out, but kids are nothing if not unpredictable. Six-year-old Sally decided she would… Read more

In calling evangelicals to remember their homophobic past, Noble fails to grapple with evangelicals’ homophobic present. This problem is going to become only more common as an increasing number of evangelicals present themselves the way Noble does, insisting that they feel nothing but love and goodwill toward gay and lesbian individuals and acting shocked and incensed when they are accused of bigotry. Surely not, they say! Not us! We evangelicals love love love gay people and have not a single iota of ill will in our bones! First of all, no. And second of all, no. Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion… Read more

Hemant Mehta recently crossposted an article published in American Atheist magazine. This article, written by Steve Lowe, was titled Dealing with Hotel Bibles. Here’s an excerpt: When I come across a Bible — or any religious book — in a hotel room, I personally take it to the front desk. I smile, shake the hand of the person behind the counter, and compliment them on something (the nice room, the helpful staff, etc.). If it’s the case, I mention that I’m… Read more

This week we have the ex parte hearing with Judge Romer, in which Lawyer Peter Barron asks the judge to order Casey to be examined by a psychologist of his choosing in addition to the CPS-selected psychologist. During a conversation between Peter and Prosecutor Gail Willet in the last section, we learned that the defense is entitled to their own exam “under JCR 23.2” but only for “good cause shown.” This afternoon’s hearing will resolve the issue. Read more

I was raised in an evangelical home. Between five and ten years ag I went through a time of incredible pain at the hands of my parents. They believed I was bound by God to obey them even as an adult, they freaked out when my beliefs began diverging from theirs, and they cracked down, hard. Their efforts to control and manipulate me can be safely termed emotional abuse. Read more

Conservatives want to have it both ways. They argue that progressive support of welfare and affirmative action is racist in that it assumes that blacks need these things to succeed. Welfare and affirmative action take away from black agency and get in the way of black progress, they say, and are based in the racist assumption that African Americans are by nature dependent. Conservatives are, they say, all about restoring black agency and removing the chains of dependency—except, of course, when it comes to abortion. When it comes to abortion, African Americans’ agency and ability to make their own choices goes out the window as conservatives paint women of color as dupes participating in their own genocide. Read more

As bad as was Southern Slavery As It Was, I’ve been almost more shocked by some of the more recent things he’s said. Wilson’s statements about inferior cultures, his mention of tribes where “hair is washed with cow urine,” and his insistence that blacks were better off in slavery than they were in “pagan” Africa were so blatantly racist as to make Wilson’s claims to the contrary absolutely ridiculous. Read more

Previously in this series, I have covered conservative theologian Doug Wilson’s 1996 pamphlet, Southern Slavery As It Was, and 2005 book, Black and Tan. Wilson has often been accused of racism and has rejected the charges, but his writings tell another story. In Southern Slavery As It Was he argued that owning slaves is compatible with Christianity and that antebellum slavery was a time of racial harmony, and in Black and Tan he argued that blacks were better off in slavery than they had been in “pagan” Africa and that the Civil War opened the door to all things evil. Read more

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