The perils and potential of N.A.L.T. (Not All Like That)

Dan Savage says Christians are constantly reassuring him that “We’re not all like that” — meaning that not all Christians are hateful or opposed to LGBT civil rights. But Savage says these NALT Christians should stop apologizing to him and start talking to those other Christians who are like that. For them, “We’re not all like that” might just be a revelation and an invitation to choose something better. [Read more…]

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The Internet and the end of the evangelical bubble (again)

He’s upset about something on the Internet, so he had the church secretary print it out. The print out was then placed in a file folder, which was carefully labeled and tucked away in the proper drawer. This is how he handles information, how he keeps control of it. And this has been how he handles people and keeps control of them. That used to work. It doesn’t any more. [Read more…]

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Invisible women and the God who sees

Hagar is another of the many women in the Bible who is misused, mistreated and disregarded by the righteous heroes of the story. But unlike with Dinah or those many nameless just-a-concubine women in those other stories, Hagar’s experience is not wholly invisible. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Shechem and Dinah. [Read more…]

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OMG’s ‘Sexy ‘n Spiritual’ fashion is a poe, right?

I can’t really believe that this fashion line is being produced by, or marketed to, evangelical youths when its promotional video wouldn’t be permitted to be shown in any evangelical youth group. It’s a pose, and a poe. A fairly well-executed one, but still just an attention-grabbing gimmick and not — thank God — an actual attempt at “ministry.” [Read more…]

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Politics (and corporate foundations) makes strange bedfellows

This is the story of a miserable hack notorious for writing dishonest hatchet jobs about church gatherings. And about the one time when he was … persuaded not to do so. I’ve written around most of the profanity and violence in order to keep this PG. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Dad’s concubine III. [Read more…]

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The ecumenical religion of patriarchy

The true religion for patriarchal boy Christians and for their Muslim counterparts is patriarchy itself. Given the choice between patriarchy and the Bible or between patriarchy and the Koran, these boys will choose patriarchy every time. [Read more…]

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