Mugabe, Putin and The Gospel Coalition?

Mugabe

It would be wrong and unfair for us to make a facile leap to the conclusion that just because the Gospel Coalition’s views on legal equality for LGBT people are identical to the views of Robert Mugabe and Vladimir Putin, it automatically means that they are in the wrong. But as long as we’re thoughtfully considering all of the possibilities and potential implications of this agreement, we should note that it is also quite possible that Mugabe and Putin are as horrendously wrong in their views on this issue as they tend to be horrendously wrong about everything else. And if that’s the case — if this view is of a piece with the immoral, abusive, unjust and oppressive immorality that shapes everything else these strongmen believe — then it would seem to be a Very Bad Thing to find oneself agreeing with them. [Read more...]

Satanists did not kill pony or turn woman into lesbian

Pinkie

“Initial media reports linked the death of the pony to satanic cults and ritualistic killing,” the police said in a statement. “The police have sought the advice of experts and have come to the view that the death of this pony was through natural causes. All the injuries can be attributed to those caused by other wild animals. This incident received significant media reporting, some of which was clearly sensationalist.” [Read more...]

The theology of assholes: More on ‘the insolent and sicklily squeamish mind’ of The Gospel Coalition

EverybodyHasOne

Everybody has one. I have one. So do you. So’s your mother. Jesus had one. Adam and Eve both had them, even before the Fall. God made them. And “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” So if you’re skeeved out by the existence of assholes — if you wish you didn’t have one, or if you wish that other people didn’t have them — then you’ve wandered into the realm of Bad Theology. [Read more...]

50 Shades of The ‘Gospel Coalition’

The Rev. Anyabwile makes his "O Face." You don't want to know what was cropped out of this photo.

The “Gospel Coalition’s” Thabiti Anyabwile imagines — in great detail — what other couples may do together in private, and then suggests that their private acts are somehow more shameful than his public fascination with other people’s private acts. The man is a peeping tom — and also, apparently, the World’s Most Awkward Sexter.
[Read more...]

Flipping the script on Russia’s anti-gay persecution

Sochi

Thers: “Would there be any question whatsoever of the United States of America participating in an Olympic Games hosted by a country that refused to guarantee the safety of Christian athletes or spectators, or that had passed laws against Christians similar to those Russia has imposed against homosexuals?” [Read more...]

Shouting back at hate speech is a moral obligation

"Christ Driving the Money

This is why it’s important to shout back at the pastor up the street, or at the pastor on the radio — even if that pastor is also a former governor. If their voices go unchallenged — unanswered, unquestioned, unmocked — then we allow them to empower bullies and to make marginal minorities “susceptible to abuse and violence.” [Read more...]

Pope Francis said what now?

(EPA photo) "If you're a seeker and you need a guide, someone to counsel you so you can find your way forward into a spiritual realm. And you're on an airplane. Don't look in first class." -- John Patrick Shanley

The pope’s remarks create a happily awkward situation for the bishops over whom Francis is bishop. “Who am I to judge?” is not a question one expects to hear from them, except maybe in order to quickly answer it themselves: “I’m the bishop, that’s who — so you’d better listen.” Now that the pope himself has given this question his blessing, it would be nice to see it redirected toward some of those bishops. “Cardinal Dolan, who are you to judge?” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (7.20)

Colbert

Those who believe God wants them to be “a bad guy.” What the Ultra-Neo-Reformed and the paleo-Catholic have in common (spoiler: it has to do with penises). Helping the poor a distraction from hating the gay. Reading the Lord’s Prayer in public — but not the verses that precede it. “Of course it’s a war on birth control, abortion, everything.” [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X