My interview with N.T. Wright on marriage equality

"Did this clown just invoke the NAZIS in his argument against civil rights for gays? WTF?"

I am honored today to present my exclusive interview with noted British theologian N.T. Wright. The former Anglican bishop of Durham is a prolific author whose works are both enormously popular and respected by scholars. I have read, enjoyed and learned from several of his books, and it is a great honor to have this opportunity to speak with him. FC: Steve Chalke created a stir in the UK last year with his forceful argument in favor of same-sex marriage. That was a big deal not just because … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)


Dr. Jen Gunter, "An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape" There is no woman who I have ever met personally or as an OB/GYN who thinks that surviving a rape confers some sort of privilege. I am genuinely curious if you interviewed a few young women hoping to earn their college rape badge or is that just a conclusion you reached looking at the issue of sexual assault through the myopic lens of misogyny? Come spend a day in my clinic Mr. Will. Come see how the scars of rape linger … [Read more...]

I am always praying through my vanities


• Big day around here: Younger daughter graduates from high school tonight. We're very, very proud of her, even if we're dreading the half-hour rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance" this evening's ceremony will involve. (If I ruled the world, I'd give Elgar's anthem a rest and have graduates process to something more upbeat. "Lovely Allen" maybe.) • Molly Worthen asks, "Did the Southern Baptist 'Conservative Resurgence' Fail?" (Short answer: By the SBC's own metric of baptisms and new … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)


Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), in Revelations of Divine Love For it is the property in God which doeth good against evil. Thus Jesus Christ that doeth good against evil is our Very Mother: we have our Being of Him, — where the Ground of Motherhood beginneth, — with all the sweet Keeping of Love that endlessly followeth. As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith: I it am. That is to say, I it … [Read more...]

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice …

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, in Arkansas: It has been over forty years since Mildred Loving was given the right to marry the person of her choice. The hatred and fears have long since vanished and she and her husband lived full lives together; so it will be for the same-sex couples. It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters. We will be stronger for it. Federal District Judge John E. Jones III, in Pennsylvania: The issue we resolve today is a … [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ is not a new thing


To hear the politicians, marketeers and fundraisers of the religious right talk, you'd think that Matthew Vines' book God and the Gay Christian is full of of startling, unprecedented new ideas. It's not. As Randy Potts reminds us at Box Turtle Bulletin: There have been books on gay apologetics for as long as there have been openly gay Christians, ever since 1972 when Troy Perry, who founded the first gay-affirming Christian church in Los Angeles in 1968, wrote The Lord Is My Shepherd and He … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)


The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, "African Homophobes Are Politicians, Not Lunatics, Writer Says" To think that the Africans are doing something that has never been heard of — it’s not fair. Don’t just see these things as happening out there. People are saying crazy things about gay people in your own country. The difference between [Ugandan anti-LGBT pastor] Martin Ssempa and [Americans] like Lou Engle or even Focus on the Family, is that here, you can counter their messages. You’re able to … [Read more...]

Honoring liars & silencing gays: The NRB epitomizes the toxic pathology of white evangelical tribalism


The NRB -- the National Religious Broadcasters association -- is an industry trade group. It's not a church or a denomination, but it has come to function like one. In America's white evangelical subculture, the NRB has come to function like a college of cardinals or a magisterium. This ecclesiastical power doesn't come from apostolic succession, or from some form of congregational democratic church polity. Nor does it come because they teach as one having authority, astounding their hearers … [Read more...]