Postcards from the culture wars


"That's the really revolutionary act – to dare to believe that people can change their hearts and minds.""I don't hate myself nearly as much as you wish I did.""I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, Rev. Garlow, but I what I grieve for more is your loss of a sense of humanity.""From the bottom of my heart I wish I could take back my words and actions that caused anger, depression, guilt and hopelessness.""The middle spot is unsustainable on this issue. Gravity will win and one … [Read more...]

Hate is what you do, not what you feel


AZspot highlights an insightful, helpful post from Danny Coleman in which Coleman argues that toxic theology motivates "Christian" opposition to LGBT people more than personal animus does.Here's the core of his point: [Christians who oppose LGBT equality] 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. ... Attempts to reconcile this ancient God of wrath with the God of … [Read more...]

Carding people who walk into church

Photo by Roland Tiangco, filched from Printeresting.

"We don’t card people who walk into church," said Robert J. Baker, the Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama.Baker was talking about Alabama's nasty anti-immigrant law, which was challenged by a lawsuit filed by Episcopal, Methodist and Catholic bishops in the state. That suit managed to overturn some of the uglier, stupider parts of Alabama's law: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Alabama's appeal of a ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had b … [Read more...]

Christian denominations and marriage equality: A simple quiz

Sectarian arguments against same-sex marriage all boil down to arguments that only sectarian marriages should be legal. These are not good arguments.

This doesn't need to be complicated. Here's a simple quiz to help sort things out.Some Christian denominations regard marriage as a sacrament -- a tangible "outward sign of inward grace." For others it is an "ordinance" -- a rite performed in obedience to the commands Christ gave to his followers. Those are the two views shared by nearly all Christian denominations.All any Christian needs to do, then, is to consider whether they view marriage as a "sacrament" or as an "ordinance." That … [Read more...]

John Corvino opens Bible, reads what it says — why would ‘conservatives’ disagree?

"The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah" by John Martin (1852)

"The Sodom and Gomorrah story may be the biblical passage most frequently cited against homosexuality," John Corvino says in the video below. "It may also be the least relevant, because it's not clear it has much to do with homosexuality at all.""Don't take my word for it," Corvino says. "Let's look at the relevant text."And that's what he does. He opens the Bible and reads the relevant text, sticking to what it actually says.I appreciate that conservative defenders of the … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture war

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"It will be a blessing to the babies.""He stated his intent was to damage the building because they '”kill'• and '”murder'• babies.""Do we want to make the pill illegal? Yes. Do we want to make the IUD illegal? Yes. The morning after pill? Yes. The patch? Yes. Anything that's a human pesticide, they all have to be made illegal. A woman has to go to jail if she kills her baby.""Most importantly, both are marked by a deep mistrust of the people they target, by the belief that, if furn … [Read more...]

Pat Buchanan joins Manhattan Declarers in ‘civil disobedience’ fappery


Pat Buchanan takes a break from race-baiting to pledge his support for "civil disobedience" against marriage equality. Like all the other pundits advocating this, he is unable to explain just how this would work.How does anyone "disobey" a law that doesn't affect them? Marriage equality, as Maurice Williamson said, "is fantastic for the people it affects," but it does not change anything for anyone else.Marriage equality does not compel Pat Buchanan to start doing anything. It does not … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


"Love the bigot, hate the bigotry.""Conservative evangelicals, your hurt feelings for being called a bigot and for being viewed as reprehensible, your frustration with seeing the 'equal' signs on Facebook, and your losses in the so-called culture war are nowhere near the pain inflicted upon many in the LGBT community.""One pastor whom you would know, I won’t name him, he said to me this week, ‘we’re losing ground morally all the time,’ and he said, ‘I’ve told my people get ready for perse … [Read more...]