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.

Does your denomination regard marriage as a sacrament? If so, Congratulations! You support marriage equality! Or does your denomination regard marriage as an “ordinance”? If so, Congratulations! You support marriage equality!
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John Corvino opens Bible, reads what it says — why would ‘conservatives’ disagree?

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

Set aside Corvino’s tone and just consider the substance of his exegesis here. I don’t see anything “liberal” in what he’s doing with this passage. He reads the text and accurately, without spin or interpretation, conveys what it says. It’s a straightforward, face-value reading of the text without any radical criticism or deconstruction or appeals to any esoteric scholarly theories. It’s just the kind of “common-sense” Bible study that conservative evangelicals profess to practice. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture war

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Praying that someone shoots the Satanic baby-killers; policies “marked by a deep mistrust of the people they target;” They Are Coming for Your Birth Control; marriage equality and antifeminism; “I can change my sexual preference tonight if I want to;” Richard Land falls upwards; “another generation of Tony Perkinses;” “JESUS + Mary;” and a sampling of recent ethnic/gender slurs from GOP officials. [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. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


Dispatches from war correspondents on the battlefield, including: “Love the bigot, hate the bigotry;” James Dobson says pastors will be imprisoned; Pat Robertson warns against D&D; Antonin Scalia and the dustbin of history; truth and lies about birth control; and Jonathan Papelbon blows a save. [Read more...]

Liberty Counsel redefining ‘Christian’ just as Falwell did


The beginning of that court battle back in 1976 was the spark that set the religious right ablaze. Falwell denounced the revocation of Bob Jones University’s tax-exempt status as government interference in Christian schools in the same terms Barber is using today: “the criminalization of Christianity” and “the government against Christians.” Falwell made that argument in 1976 in defense of Bob Jones’ racial discrimination. Matt Barber is making that argument in 2013 in defense of discrimination against LGBT people. [Read more...]

Delaware House passes marriage equality


Following New Zealand’s lead, the Delaware state House of Representatives votes to approve marriage equality. But Delaware legislators failed to follow the Kiwis example by celebrating with a beloved traditional Delaware love song. I suppose George Thorogood’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” wouldn’t really have been appropriate anyway. [Read more...]

Tone-deaf with perfect pitch: A new plan to chase young people away from the church, one-by-one


His first reaction to reading Nash’s explanation of why so many young people no longer feel welcome in the church was to pick up the telephone and personally inform a young person that she was no longer welcome in the church. Faced with Nash’s eloquent complaint that young people were figuratively being forced out of the church, his first reaction was to actually force a young person out of the church. [Read more...]