Christians and Halloween

“Halloween is a Satanic holiday” is the most ridiculous, absolute lamest excuse that stingy people have ever come up with as an excuse to not give candy to those who ask for it. Christians, of course, will not use this excuse, since they know that Jesus himself said “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke [Read More…]

Christian Meteorology

I had been meaning to blog about “Christian meteorology” again well before Westboro Baptist Church announced their plan to picket the National Weather Service. While the Bible contains not a single reference to picketing, it is clear that God controls the weather. And so if one is going to object to the practice and the teaching [Read More…]

Our Children Should Always Be Allowed To Pray In Schools

Hemant Mehta shared some nice reworkings of a popular right-wing meme about prayer in schools, which were created by Tracey Moody. All of the depictions of children praying in the memes on his blog are ones that he would support – except for the one in which a teacher is leading children in prayer, and thus imposing [Read More…]

A Defining Feature of Conservative Christianity

This is another instance of me taking the summary I wrote of an earlier blog post, and turning it into a meme. I have been making a point of saying something about each of my posts when I share them, and I find that sometimes the attempt to sum them up in a succinct and [Read More…]

Visiting the New Mormon Temple

Yesterday I went on a tour of the new Latter-Day Saints temple in Carmel, Indiana. It was my first ever visit to a Mormon temple, and it was quite fascinating. The architecture and artwork are all customized for the local context, and so it is not a coincidence that the top of the temple will remind [Read More…]

When Churches Make People Need Therapy (or Why Anti-Gay Christianity is an Abomination)

I confess that I was not aware of Shane Dawson before I saw this video which has been circulating over the past couple of days. [NOTE: video contains swearing] I want to express my appreciation for the honest sincerity with which Dawson talks about his sexual identity. And I want to draw attention to the role that [Read More…]

The Right Thing To Do

Christians should support same-sex marriage regardless of what one personally believes about marriage because treating same-sex couples with dignity and respecting their rights to have equal protection under the law is the right thing to do. – Chuck Queen The quote comes from an article in Baptist News on “Why Christians can and should support the [Read More…]

Same-Sex Marriage and Opposite-Sex Divorces

If those who are against same-sex marriages want to use the Bible to argue against such marriages, they will need to explain why they are taking only part of the biblical definition of marriage. And if they want to complain about the redefinition of marriage, they should focus on the redefinition that made marriage a [Read More…]

Neither Side Will Be Happy

Reality often challenges our assumptions. Sometimes evidence strongly favors one conclusion over another – there is no need to be a relativist. But just as often, we pigeonhole and stereotype when people and things are much more complex. I’ve been delighted to see some great instances of members of groups objecting when the group that they are [Read More…]

Religion: Powerful and Dangerous Medicine

The purveyors of religion insist that their product is so powerful it can transform a life, but somehow, magically, it has no risks. In reality, when a medicine is powerful, it usually has the potential to be toxic, especially in the wrong combination or at the wrong dose. And religion is powerful medicine! – Marlene [Read More…]