Religious right will hold breath, turn blue, if DOMA overturned


As New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson pointed out, marriage equality "is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us, life will go on." If you're not a same-sex couple seeking to be legally married, this doesn't affect you. At all. It isn't something that is happening to you, or even something that is happening near you. And as such, if you're churlish enough to begrudge the people it does affect of something "fantastic," then there's nothing you can do apart from grumpily … [Read more...]

The lies of Exodus were a bearing wall for evangelicalism


Alan Chambers, ex-leader of ex-ex-gay "ministry" Exodus International, concluded his blunt apology yesterday with what seems to be a pledge to redeem himself and to help heal the people, and the church, he and Exodus have wounded: For the rest of my life I will proclaim nothing but the whole truth of the Gospel, one of grace, mercy and open invitation to all to enter into an inseverable relationship with almighty God. Chambers, a former pastor at a large Assembly of God church, is an … [Read more...]

‘Ex-gay ministry’ Exodus International apologizes, says it will close and stop hurting people


This just got interesting. On Wednesday, Alan Chambers, president of "ex-gay ministry" Exodus International, published a long, frank apology. It reads, in part: Friends and critics alike have said it’s not enough to simply change our message or website. I agree. I cannot simply move on and pretend that I have always been the friend that I long to be today. I understand why I am distrusted and why Exodus is hated. Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many … [Read more...]

Charisma magazine’s spirit of hate and lies


I used to think of Charisma magazine as basically Christianity Today for the Pentecostal/charismatic branch of American evangelicalism. It was a glossy general-interest magazine geared toward that sub-set of the subculture, with church news, celebrity profiles and lifestyle-trend pieces aimed to appeal to that audience. Like CT, it was generally conservative -- reflecting the conservative social and political views of its writers and readership, but not aggressively partisan, and thus … [Read more...]

When conscience and ‘obedience’ pull in opposite directions


A couple weeks ago we looked at a helpful short post from Danny Coleman in which he discussed the anxious conflict gnawing at many Christians who are reluctantly convinced that obedience to God's Law requires them to be unkind, unjust and unloving to LGBT people. Coleman pithily describes those Christians' dilemma: They do not hate or fear LBGT people. They fear God. They carry a perception of the wrathful Old Testament God who will destroy cities or nations if "sin" is found in the camp. ... … [Read more...]

Alabama pastor announces his opposition to the Golden Rule


For decades, the Boy Scouts of America excluded boys who were gay from participating in scouting. This was cruel and unfair, as Greg Walker describes: "It's hard on a personal level to say to a troop of young boys who have done nothing wrong and to the leaders, 'You're not welcome here,'" Walker explained. "I didn't make the decision. Boy Scouts of America made that decision." Walker pinpoints exactly why the scouts' policy of excluding gay boys was unjust. It is simply wrong -- unjust, … [Read more...]

Hudson Taylor would be proud of his great-great-great grandson

Hudson Taylor

"NFL Players Launch Pride Shirts" reads a headline on Joe.My.God: The NFL Players Association has launched a line of gay pride shirts on their website. All proceeds from the shirts will go to Athlete Ally, the anti-homophobia in sports organization founded by Hudson Taylor. Wait ... founded by who? You have to understand that Hudson Taylor is a famous name in evangelical circles. Hudson Taylor is a huge hero, in other words, among the very sort of people most likely to take … [Read more...]

Paprocki vs. the Pope, on ‘emotional … anecdotal stories’

Sonja at WIT shares a bit of Pope Francis' homily from Wednesday. It strikes me as saying rather the opposite of what Bishop Paprocki had to say in the same-sex marriage forum we talked about yesterday. Thomas Paprocki, bishop of Springfield, Ill., last Friday: Paprocki said [Sr. Jeannnine] Gramick presented her case from an emotional position while he said the church's stance comes from the position of faith and reason. "My position is not a question of anecdotal stories," he … [Read more...]