Christian petition affirms same-sex relationships

John Shore has launched a petition on Change.org called “Christians: Affirm that same-sex relationships are not inherently immoral.” It reads: I am a Christian who affirms that there is nothing inherently immoral about same-sex relationships. It’s time to end the Christian condemnation of LGBTQ people, which is in direct contradiction to everything for which Jesus [Read More…]

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Legal discrimination, but no name-calling, please

In an op-ed at CNN’s Belief Blog titled “Name-calling is ‘rhetorical pornography,’” a trio of religious right figures urge Christians not to use ethnic and homophobic slurs. I agree! The use of ethnic and homophobic slurs is hurtful and wrong. And, I suppose, I commend these three — Focus on the Family exec Jim Daly, [Read More…]

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Vatican vs. women (in this case, women religious)

The Vatican’s crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (i.e., on American nuns) is proving to be a public relations disaster and a morale-killer within the Catholic Church because it gives the appearance of a bunch of power-mad misogynists trying to distract from their own horrific scandals by exerting arbitrary manly authority over women [Read More…]

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Letters to the present church (with an eye to the future)

Letters to a Future Church is a pithy, lively little book. It features more than two dozen contributors crammed into 164 breezy pages. The book, edited by Chris Lewis, comes out of a 2010 conference in Toronto for which speakers were asked to compose short letters to the church, modeled after the seven letters to [Read More…]

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Trying to get down to the heart of the matter

I want to follow up on this earlier discusssion — “Mercy for the downpresser man is not the first step. Or the second, or third” — about what it might mean to extend grace to an oppressor or an abuser. What we’re talking about here is forgiveness. Can Pharaoh be forgiven? Forgiveness is a Good [Read More…]

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Please join us on May 18

Let us come together as one people, one nation, one humanity. Let us unite once more in peace and harmony, and begin our glorious future together. I will be there. Will you join me? Do not think about the children, just join us. Follow me. If you do not, it would be … unpleasant.   [Read More…]

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Satanazis III: Night of the Satanazis

Don’t imagine you’re safe just because Pat Robertson, Demon Hunter, is on the job. Sure, Robertson’s Age-Defying Shakes give him the strength to leg-press 1,000 pounds, but that won’t be enough when the Satanic baby-killers and the Nazis join forces to create the terrifying Satanazis who are coming to destroy your family and America and [Read More…]

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And none of this was lost on me

“Now for our prayer, we pray that the women who work in your [Military Religious Freedom Foundation] and the women in your family will befall fast moving breast cancer which can not ever be cured.” “For the church to lack love is for the church to lack everything. No heresy could conceivably be worse.” “I [Read More…]

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