Talking to Kids about the News

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Some years ago I read the book Nixonland. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the glimpse it provided of the turbulent 1960s. But the book gave me a gift I didn't realize at the time. We all see history happening all around us every day, but we usually don't notice it. Nixonland made me keenly aware of it. Someday a popular history book covering our current period will mention Michael Brown, Dylann Roof, and even Rachel Dolezal. It will mention Hobby Lobby and the birth control mandate, Obamacare and B … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage and the Freedom to Offend

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I recently came upon a blog post titled I've Been Scared to State My Opinion and that Scares Me. In the post the author, a Mormon wife and mother of two (she doesn't give a name, so we'll call her Sarah), explains as follows: I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year now, and in all the time there has been one major hot topic subject I’ve never broached. In fact, I’ve tip toed around it, and specifically avoided it. Even in seminary, I really soft peddled it. Not because I don’t have strong … [Read more...]

“You Did a Wrong Thing, Mommy”: In Which I Tell My Six-Year-Old That I Went to an Anti-Gay Rally as a Teen

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I was raised in very political evangelical home. As a small child, I attended a rally against Hilary's healthcare proposals in the early 1990s, sitting atop my father's shoulders. Before I was ten, I was a pro at working the polls, and would spend all day every election day working a table for the Republicans. Election night, 1994, is one of my most formative early memories. As an older teen I once tried to count how many candidates I had campaigned for, and lost track as the number went into t … [Read more...]

Conservatives Grapple with Marriage Equality

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Almost as soon as I heard about yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, my mind turned to the ways conservatives would respond. I have not been disappointed. See, for example, this argument from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:Five Justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature. In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality: An Open Thread

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I am getting the impression that many of you want space to talk about todays' Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, and no wonder! I have several thoughts myself that will be the topic of future posts, but for the moment I thought I'd offer you an open thread. One thing I will note is that I, like many others, am stunned by how quickly things have changed. Not eighteen months ago I was still assuming universal marriage equality was decades away, and now this.Happy marriage equality … [Read more...]

Guest Post: You Can Call Me Rita: Coming Out Lesbian to My Evangelical Parents

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~ A Guest Post by Rita ~My first bachelor's degree is in elementary education from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Taylor is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college that consistently is ranked #1 in its category by US News and World Report and happens to expel students for things like consuming tobacco and alcohol, premarital sex, and homosexuality. During my four years on campus I was nearly oblivious to the fact I am a sexual being, much less a lesbian. My sexual awakening … [Read more...]

Are Evangelicals Rejecting Legal Marriage?

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I recently came upon an article noting that a Christian couple in Australia has stated that they will get a divorce if marriage equality comes to their country. Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises God’s involvement or authority in it.My wife a … [Read more...]


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