Losing the Battle . . . and the War

Generational Differences in Support for Same-sex Marriage

It is obvious to anyone who is paying attention that achieving marriage equality is only a matter of time. Marriage equality has become the law in 18 states, whether through law or through the courts. The Supreme Court will likely weigh in in  favor of marriage equality in the next few years, setting the law in the handful of states that will remain longterm holdouts. This is a battle evangelicals will lose.But they aren't just losing the battle, they're also losing the war.Other … [Read more...]

Sorry, You Don’t Get a Pass

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I've noticed that there are an increasing number of evangelical Christians who argue that homosexuality is sin but that gay people should have equal rights. In other words, they make a distinction between their religious belief on the one hand and ensuring equal legal rights for all on the other hand. While standing up for LGBTQ rights is an excellent step, it is not enough.I've had readers question me on this. Why do I want them to change their belief that homosexuality is sin, they ask? … [Read more...]

World Vision and Gay Christians

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Yes, I'm writing another post about World Vision (for my first two, see here and here). But bear with me, because I have a reason for doing so! I think we need to be very clear about what this moment is---and is not---about. Put simply, this is about whether one can legitimately be both openly and proudly gay and a Christian. For a brief moment, World Vision stated publicly that an individual could legitimately be both openly gay and truly a Christian, and evangelicals could not accept … [Read more...]

This seems relevant . . .

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World Vision Reverses Course

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Two days ago, World Vision announced that they would hire legally married gay and lesbian individuals. In other words, the organization decided to treat marriage equality as a doctrinal dispute left up to individual Christians and individual Churches rather than as a salvation issue that divided Christian from non-Christian. I reported on this decision earlier today.Following evangelical outcry, and in response to thousands of evangelical Christians ending their child sponsorships through … [Read more...]

What World Vision Says about Evangelical Priorities

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World Vision is a Christian organization that serves children in the third world. It is perhaps well known for its sponsorship program, through which Americans may sponsor needy children in the third world through monthly donations that go to pay for things like school tuition and medical care. This week World Vision demoted the debate over marriage equality to the status of doctrinal dispute on par with that over infant baptism when it changed its policies to allow for the hiring of legally … [Read more...]

Let It Gay? Subversive Messages from Disney’s Frozen

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Over Christmas break I visited my parents to find not only my younger siblings but also my conservative evangelical mother obsessing over Frozen. I was shocked. I had to ask myself---did they even watch the same movie? Did they not see the messages I did? Did they hear the same lyrics? How could they see Frozen and not realize that it was about self acceptance and freedom from others' expectations---and moral standards?It seems at least one blogger did pick up on some of those themes: The ga … [Read more...]


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