Air Force chaplain quits Southern Baptist Convention over gay wedding

On Friday, The Associated Press ran a story chronicling the fallout over the first gay wedding on a military base, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Chaplain Col. Timothy Wagoner has abruptly left the Southern Baptist Convention, even though he didn't conduct the ceremony. A few days before the wedding, Col. Wagoner decided to attend as a show of support to the base community, and to Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali. Umali no longer has to hide his sexual orientation from his peers in the Air … [Read more...]

First gay wedding on a US Military base

Slate has an excellent article about the first gay wedding on a US military base. These newlyweds actually met in church - a church that is virulently homophobic. Both remain religious, but are finally able to shed a lifetime of shame and fear. It's a great time to be in the military. Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali (right) and Will Behrens (left) at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst chapel, where their civil union was held on June 23, 2012. [Photo by Jeff Shrugg...many more available on Slate] Tech. … [Read more...]

Military announces ‘Gay Pride Month’

The Army Times ran this AP story last night: WASHINGTON — Last summer, gays in the military dared not acknowledge their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes … [Read more...]

Follow up to Apostolic Truth Tabernacle

Interesting developments... I attempted to contact Apostolic Truth Tabernacle and their pastor Reverend Jeff Sangl to no avail today. I called but the voicemail was full. Apparently I was a little late in attempting to contact them. They have updated their site as linked above and put out a new message on the front page. It does not excuse acts of the past however and in an attempt to reach out I have created a video asking Rev. Sangl to answer some questions for … [Read more...]

Reinstating Gay Oppression in the Military?!?

Last year... I'm sure we all remember the outcry from the liberty hounds when the National Defense Authorization Act last year authorized indefinite detention over U.S. citizens as long as they are accused of 'terrorism' and can be held without trial until the end of the War on Terror (this is currently being challenged in court). This year... Well this year members of Congress are injecting a hateful bigoted religious agenda into the NDAA. The current bill up for vote holds two provisions … [Read more...]

Jesus was gay

That's right, Pastor Sean Harris would have punched baby Jesus - for being gay. Or so says Kenneth Low, author of Dark Knowledge. Kenneth contacted me on Facebook to let me know about his important book. He said: "Allow me to introduce myself. I’m a retired physician living in Davis and author of a book, Dark Knowledge. Essentially a logical argument, it leads the reader to a surprising revelation:  Jesus was gay. I’m opening a new avenue in public secular discussion." This is … [Read more...]

Graham County IS NUMBER ONE!!! (hateful county in the state)

Some of us think we already look this stupid. N.C.'s recently passed Amendment One is terrible. It prohibits gay and lesbian marriage, and functions as an amendment to the State's constitution. We already had a damn law here prohibiting gay marriage, so it was a superfluous slap in the face to the LGBT community. The vote was closer than many of us imagined - 61% For discrimination and 39% against discrimination. As you may imagine, the more rural counties voted 'for' it (for … [Read more...]

Christian says Sean Harris is an asshole pastor

Quite possibly the best Christian blog post I've ever read comes from the relatively new - but awesomely titled - WTFaith. Previously, I have called for Christians to start policing their own - wondering where these 'moderates' were all hiding. Why not put some distance between yourself and 'punch your gay kids' pastor Sean Harris, or the oligarchy in King, N.C.? Quality control involves kicking extremists to the fringe. My plea ended like this: Ridicule them, chastise them, teach … [Read more...]

Pastor Sean Harris interviewed by atheists!?!

The protest at Berean Baptist was well received by the community and surprisingly well covered by the media. Apparently something is coming on tonight on CNN's AC360 with Anderson Cooper. Initially, Sean Harris said that he would not be doing any interviews, but that the press was welcome to come inside to talk to the church members. I pleaded with their people to allow me to sit down with him, and they huddled. I told them that I did lots of interviews all day, and it was in their best … [Read more...]

Some little girls grow up to dig holes. Get over it.

Fort Bragg area pastor Sean Harris said that we should punch our kids if they 'act gay'. Referring to effeminate boys he said, "Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do." This is a brilliant sign featuring the daughter of Priscilla Parker, the new leader of MASH Fort Bragg (Military Atheists & Secular Humanists). It's funny and cute way to say - who cares if their daughter is a lesbian ('digs holes')?   Priscilla has … [Read more...]