Kevin Swanson and Commander Fred

As reported on RightWingWatch: Radical anti-LGBTQ pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson warned last week that the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a propaganda effort designed to condition Americans to carry out a genocide against conservative Christians. Yes, really. “It’s a shocking story and meant for the persecution of Christians,” Swanson said on his radio program. “They create a gigantic caricature of a biblical Christian and then they turn them into rapists, so this kind of thing is p … [Read more...]


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Massive Resistance Then and Now

The Alabama legislature is considering doing away with marriage licenses. Alabama is considering a law that would abolish marriage licenses in the state.The proposed bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Greg Albritton, amends Alabama law to remove any requirement that couples obtain marriage licenses or have marriage ceremonies.Albritton said the law would protect the religious liberty of probate judges and clergy who have moral objections to signing same-sex marriage licenses while … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Editor Sees Persecution at Airbnb

I grew up in an evangelical home, believing (because I was told so) that evangelical Christians were persecuted. Unfortunately, the growing success of the LGBTQ rights movement has given evangelical Christians one more way to see themselves as persecuted---because, they argue, their religious freedom includes the freedom to discriminate. Even here, though, many evangelicals are so quick to claim that they're being persecuted that they'll go out of their way to do so.It seems World Magazine's … [Read more...]


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Rod Dreher Once Called Pedophile Priests the “Lavender Mafia”

In writing my recent post about Rod Dreher's response to Rachel Held Evans, I came upon something that piqued my interest. From Rod Derher's Wikipedia page: Raised a Methodist, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993. He wrote widely in the Catholic press, but covering the Roman Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal, starting in 2002, led him to question his Catholicism,[1] and on October 12, 2006, he announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.[12] At the time, Dreher had argued that th … [Read more...]


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I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means

World Magazine has published a piece titled No Middle Ground. It is an excerpt from a book by Erick Erickson. It begins as follows: When the state of Indiana passed legislation to protect religious freedom in 2015, corporate America, which tends to worship a green god of its own, threatened to pull out of economic activity in Indiana. And the media ginned up a hypothetical case of discrimination. A reporter asked the owners of Memories Pizza, a family restaurant that does not even cater … [Read more...]


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Will Marriage Equality End Parental Rights? Part 2

Last spring I dissected an article by Melissa Moschella, a philosophy professor at Catholic University of America. Moschella contended that the Obergefell decision was a threat to parents' rights. In the piece I looked at, she asked to whom children belong. Moschella argued that Obergefell suggests that children belong to the state, rather than to the parents. I pointed out that there have long been a variety of family forms and that the state by necessity must decide whose guardianship of a … [Read more...]


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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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