What Christian Opposition to Desegregation Can Tell Us about Christian Opposition to Marriage Equalty

Andrew T. Walker of the Southern Baptist Convention made this comment in an exchange with Rod Dreher of the Benedict Option: Are religious conservatives actually wrong and comparable to racists on this issue? I would answer, "Absolutely not. Christians are holding to divine truths about human nature." Both bloggers were responding to an article by David Gushee on the Religion News Service, addressing the future for churches that continue to take a hard line on homosexuality. There is fun … [Read more...]


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Silence Does Not Communicate Inclusivity: On Lesbian Christian Teen Lizzie Lowe’s “Misplaced” Suicide

I recently came upon this headline: Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian. I immediately wondered---what does "misguided" mean? Many Christians believe that gay and lesbian identities and relationships are perverse, and I have a hard time imagining how a child with LGBT-inclusive Christian parents would not realize they would be accepting. I skimmed the article looking for answers, and finally came upon this bit, toward the end: Asked how th … [Read more...]


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Trump Missed Chance to Move GOP on Gay Rights

Earlier today, the Washington Post published an article by Jeff Guo titled Donald Trump is teaching the GOP a different way to embrace gay rights. I read the entire article through, and I am so not on board. There is absolutely nothing in the article to suggest that either Trump or the GOP are embracing gay rights---unless one believes that the real threat to gay rights comes from radical Islamic terrorism, as Trump seems to. Have a look at this line, for instance: It would be a stretch to call … [Read more...]


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Hate Doesn’t Always Come at the Point of a Gun

Within twenty-four hours of last week's Orlando attack, I saw an evangelical Facebook friends post that this is the difference between Christians and Muslims on LGBT issues---that Christians love gay people while Muslims try to kill them. In a sick, twisted way, last week's brutal attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando is a boon to evangelicals. Now every time someone calls them out for their opposition to gay rights or their homophobia, evangelicals can now point to Orlando and say "no no, that is … [Read more...]


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Pastor Doug Wilson: Christianity Is the Real Target

Surprise surprise, our favorite pastor, Doug Wilson, has blogged about Sunday's shooting in Orlando. After discussing whether the dead are in hell (they are) and whether their sin was worse than anyone else's (it wasn't, because abortion), he gets down to what he sees as the root of the issue: No, no, they will say. It is all connected. Evangelical opposition to homosexuality and opposition to COEXIST religiosity both contribute to a climate of rejection, exclusion, and division, which in turn h … [Read more...]


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Let’s Talk about the Other 1240 Gay Lives Lost Each Year

Do you want to know the leading cause of death for LGBT youth? It is not Muslim gunmen or radical Islamic terrorism. It is suicide. Yes, that's right---an estimated 30% of gay youth, and 40% of transgender individuals, attempt suicide. By one estimate, as many as 30% of completed youth suicides are committed by gay or lesbian youth, or 1,488 suicides annually, 1240 more suicides than would be expected given the percentage of the population that is gay and lesbian. And that doesn't count trans y … [Read more...]


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Orlando and the Evangelical Responsibility

My heart sunk when I first read the news yesterday morning. Twenty dead, shot in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Then the death toll was updated---fifty dead. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history. When I first read the news, the identity and motivations of the shooter were still unknown. Some suspected Islamic terrorism while others pointed to possible Christian terrorism. Then the shooter's name---Omar Mateen---was released, and his family spoke out, and this was followed later in the day with … [Read more...]


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