Blog Housekeeping

First, I’ve just learned that when someone reads my blog in a reader (or on a smartphone), it isn’t counted as page views. And, well, getting page views is how I get paid for blogging. So if you read my blog on a reader – and I totally understand if you do, I use a reader too – it would be awesome if you would come to my actual blog site every couple of days and click through some posts… Read more

The church that cried persecution

Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are very invested in being persecuted. Very interested. Here’s an example from a Fox News article on the whole Chick-fil-a issue: “‘If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door, respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill holding a copy of the sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other,’ he said. Pay attention, people of faith. Dark clouds are gathering. The… Read more

So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part IV

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before. If we normalize and accepting being gay, next we’ll have to accept pedophilia! If we allow gay marriage, we’ll have to let people marry turtles, or dogs! I remember hearing these arguments growing up, and they made perfect sense to me. So I’ve asked myself why they made sense to me then and make no sense to me now, and I have come up with not only an explanation but also a handy… Read more

So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part III

I thought I was just going to post twice on this subject – first pointing out that whether or not you hate gay people is irrelevant when you’re causing them objective harm by opposing their rights, and second examining whether one could oppose gay rights without “hating” gay people – but I’ve decided to write two more posts, each responding to a constant meme used by anti-gay rights Christians. In this post I will examine the argument that just like… Read more

In which I share a comment

So, I just had this shared with me on twitter in response to my post yesterday: “@lovejoyfeminism @koush regardless of how the media portrays gays as “normal” it’s been put to a vote in over 30 states and voted down in over 30 states. You aren’t normal. You’re deceived. You gays are also militant and are doing more harm to your cause than good with your “rubbing your gayness in everyone’s faces”…. The “normal” Americans are getting sick of it (hence the… Read more

So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part II

Yesterday we talked about how no matter how often Christians who opposes gay rights claim they don’t hate gay people, their actions still hurt gay people. On some level, then, it doesn’t matter whether these Christians actually hate gay people or not. But let’s go ahead and explore that question, shall we? Can a person oppose another person’s rights without hating that person? In other words, can a person oppose another person’s rights for some reason other than hate? After… Read more

So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part I

One thing I have heard a lot recently is Christians who oppose marriage equality insisting, over and over again, that they are not homophobic. They don’t hate gay people, they love them, they really really do! Or at least, that’s what they say. And I remember being there – I remember saying the same thing, and meaning it. And so now, with all the recent hubbub over Chick-fil-a, I have to ask myself. Is it true? Can someone could be against… Read more

Mitt Romney will put an end to porn! (somehow)

Guess what Mitt Romney said? This: “I want to make sure every new computer sold in this country, after I’m president, has installed on it a filter to block all pornography.” Here, you can hear it for yourself: Someday I need to write a post about porn. I grew up hearing it condemned as essentially the ultimate evil. Heck, Michael Pearl had this to say about porn: We live in a spirit world of both righteous and fallen angels. We… Read more

Interpreting the Constitution like the Bible

I was raised to be an originalist. When asking what the constitution meant, we were always to look at the “original intent” of the founding fathers. PZ has just offered a perfect example of this: That man [Scalia]  is a dangerous lunatic. He’s got a theological dedication to insisting that the US must be run exclusively by the 18th century principles of the Founding Fathers — even when he’s willing to consider limitations on the ownership of weapons, he gives it… Read more

Just which Bible are you reading?

I’m not the only one to point out that the Bible can be used to support very, very different things. Even Barack Obama has made this point: In case you’re having trouble reading that, here you go: And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should… Read more

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