Making Bigotry Sound Beneficial: A Longstanding Tradition

Have you noticed how much the rhetoric has shifted vis a vis gay people over the past several decades? Yes, there are some conservative evangelicals (and others) who still use language reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s, but for many more, opposition to gay marriage or other gay rights initiatives has been rephrased in different ways. It's all, "we love gay people, we just think children need a mother and a father." Or, "we have gay friends, we just don't think it's right to force a baker to … [Read more...]


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Whatever Happened to Small Government Conservatives?

I recently came upon this on the AP: RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.Legislative leaders announced Monday night the decision to reconvene a little over a week before the ordinance gets implemented April 1. They say three-fifths of the House and Senate members made the nece … [Read more...]


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Kevin Swanson: Media Pushback is Christian Persecution

If you spend much time at all listening to conservative evangelical pastors, Christian radio, or Republican politicians, you know that these groups promote a persecution narrative in which they position themselves as the victims of religious persecution. (And then accuse the Left of promoting a culture of victimization.) Given that we live in a country that is a majority Christian and invokes the Christian God on its currency and in its national pledge, among other things, this claim is … [Read more...]


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Conservative Rhetoric and Transgender Bathroom Battles

Interesting, the debate over allowing trans people to use bathrooms that match their gender identity seems to have moved beyond the argument that trans people are perverts to settle on a new objection---that perverted cisgender men will take advantage of transgender bathroom bills to gain access to women's bathrooms. Oh, I'm not saying there aren't still people who believe transgender people are perverts---there are---but if you look at most conservative news articles denouncing trans bathroom … [Read more...]


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Will Marriage Equality Destroy Parental Rights? Part 1

Many conservatives have argued, and continue to argue, that same-sex parenting is a threat to parental rights. An article by conservative writer and professor Melissa Moschella, titled To Whom Do Children Belong?, is a case in point. Moschella argues that marriage equality will lead to state-owned children. Now first of all, that is one hell of a slippery slope. But secondly, for a variety of reasons, the arguments she makes fail badly. Let's take a look, shall we? A crucial aspect of liberty is … [Read more...]


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Compassionate Bigotry and the Future of Anti-Gay Rhetoric

In recent weeks, a Townhall.com article from June 2014 has resurfaced. I read the article based on its title---5 Truths You're Not Allowed To Say About Gays In America---and have decided to give it a once-over here on the blog. While the article is now twenty months old, many of the themes it covers are very much at the forefront of current debates over LGBTQ rights. Further, the article's entire approach seems to me emblematic of hew rhetorics opponents of gay rights have used in recent years. … [Read more...]


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Why Public Speculation about the Duggar Children’s Sexuality Should Be Off Limits

When Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar signed on with TLC, they put their family before the public as a form of entertainment, and that is how many Americans seem to view the Duggars---as entertainment. I'm not surprised, then, to see people publicly speculating about the Duggar children's sexuality, but I am concerned. To be clear, I'm not talking about noting that the odds are one of the Duggar kids is going to be gay. I'm talking about public speculation about the sexual orientation of in … [Read more...]


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