To The Point: The Facts About Indiana’s RFRA

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The national debate surrounding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is enough to disorient even the most experienced political analyst. There is a constant back and forth between opponents and proponents of the bill claiming that the RFRA in Indiana will/will not open the door for anyone to discriminate against LGBTQ people on the basis of their "religious convictions".If you were to read the actual bill that was passed in Indiana, you'd probably walk away with even more … [Read more...]

Be Not Deceived: RFRA Is Not About Religious Liberty

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There has been a firestorm in the media over the past 24 hours as Indiana’s House of Representatives passed a bill that exempts individuals and businesses from having to comply with the discrimination rulings based on their religious convocations. At the same time in Georgia, another RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) has been approved by the House judiciary subcommittee and is rapidly moving towards becoming law. Advocates are promoting both bills as necessary legislation to bolster r … [Read more...]

#MBIPrivilege

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I need to be honest. I hate talking about white privilege.It makes me extremely uncomfortable.And if I am being totally transparent, I don't really get it. I grew up in a lower middle class family, in a trailer park, in one of the wealthiest counties in the country.I saw privilege all around me all time growing up.But I never felt like I was a participant in it.I never considered that I received any benefits simply based on the color of my skin.I never considered h … [Read more...]

Moving Forward…

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Well, what a week this has been. Since the news broke last weekend about my former publisher dropping my book  because of my stance on LGBTQ issues, there has been a firestorm of news articles, blog posts, and social media comments from people all across the spectrum- many encouraging and some not so encouraging. But as this week comes to an end, I want to offer some thoughts on how I plan to move forward from all of this controversy.First, I want to reiterate that I have no negative … [Read more...]

Banned By Evangelical Book Sellers: How My Support for Marriage Equality Cost Me A Book Contract

Yesterday a piece went live on TIME.com that reported news that I had lost my book contract of over a year due to my theological position on same-sex relationships and my identification with the LGBTQ community. The story at TIME is fair and accurate, I want to take a few moments to elaborate a bit more on my current situation.When I received the news that my contract would likely be terminated last week, I was honestly shocked. My former publisher, Destiny Image, signed me in March 2014 to … [Read more...]

For the SBC, Fighting Marriage Equality Is Actually About Upholding Discrimination

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On Wednesday, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention released there "Legislative Agenda" for 2015. The agenda touches on many important issues like immigration reform, adoption, and religious liberties. But of course, no SBC legislative agenda would be complete without touching on the issue of LGBTQ equality. While there is nothing incredibly surprising in the agenda, I was particularly shaken by how clearly the ERLC spelled out their reason for fighting … [Read more...]


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