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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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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Terrorist Attack, Mass Shooting, or Anti-Gay Hate Crime? How We Talk about Orlando Is Important

Was Orlando an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it an anti-gay hate crime? Since it can obviously be (and arguably is) both, let me rephrase the question slightly: Was Orlando primarily an Islamic terrorist attack, or was it primarily an anti-gay hate crime? I ask because I'm seeing an enormous amount of disagreement on this point, and that disagreement that matters, because it runs along ideological (and party) lines---and because it significantly affects our response to the tragedy.Florida … [Read more...]


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