That Jewish-Baker-Swastika-Cake Analogy Is Backwards

I recently came upon this quote by blogger Amethyst Marie: "What I'm really sick of is the "Would you expect a black caterer to work a KKK event?" or "Would you expect a Jewish baker to make a swastika cake?" rhetoric. First of all, you shouldn't have to be black or Jewish to find the KKK or neo-Nazis offensive. Second, WTF is up with this analogy? When have LGBT ever banded together to terrorize, imprison, torture, lynch, or commit genocide against Christians? If anything, the analogy should … [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 marriage equality, and even think that homosexuality is … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: Losing the Boy Scouts

In Part 1 I discussed the recent media attention given to opposition to the Girl Scouts, in Part 2 I discussed the longer roots of this opposition, and in Part 3 I discussed how my perceptions of the Girl Scouts have changed. I'm now going to turn to the Boy Scouts.Even as I was taught to associate the Girl Scouts with lesbianism and paganism, I grew up believing that the Boy Scouts was an upstanding, worthwhile organization. Based on faith in God and love of country, the Boy Scouts was held … [Read more...]

The “Homosexual Agenda”

I was (probably unwisely) perusing the conservative Catholic blogosphere, and it has started to get to me. I've read numerous blogs talking about the "homosexual agenda" that is taking over the country and oppressing everyone else. I remember being taught this growing up, to the exact minutia. Reading about it now, though, it makes me angry.You know what the "homosexual agenda" is? Gay people want to be able to live their lives without threat, hold jobs without fear of being fired for their … [Read more...]

Transgender Individuals, Bible Believing Christians, and Discrimination

Growing up, I believed that I belonged to the most discriminated against group in the United States, not because I wore skirts or because I was homeschooled, but simply because I was a Bible believing Christian. I believed that our rights were being eroded year by year, that government crackdowns on religion were just around the corner, and that someday people like me would be thrown in prison for their beliefs. Part of the antagonists in this story were the gays, lesbians, and transgender … [Read more...]