Pillars of the community: Racism, rape culture and the superintendent

The local firestorm over this has focused on the giggling racism exchanged by Como and Donato, and that’s understandable. But the misogyny and rape language is just as disturbing, and it’s woven throughout their “conversations.” Their standard term for female students and teachers is “piece” and they’re seething with resentment that, as white men, they’re denied the free use and abuse of women’s bodies in the way that both seem to think is their entitlement. [Read more…]

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‘Everybody’: Blazing Saddles, religious pluralism and the American Constitution

The history of America is summed up in one brief scene of Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks’ ridiculous, exuberantly rude 1974 masterpiece. It’s the story of how “But we don’t want the Irish!” slowly evolves into “Everybody!” [Read more…]

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Texas evangelicals argue against evangelism

If you’re an evangelical Christian and you find yourself arguing that “religious liberty” means that religious identity is immutable and unchangeable, and therefore that evangelism is unnecessary and impossible, then you need to rethink the trap you’ve set for yourself. [Read more…]

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Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves

DeLong’s apology notes that he hadn’t just misread Sullivan — he had misread the public as a whole. Contra H.L. Mencken, he had actually underestimated the American public’s capacity for goodness and intelligence. Skepticism is necessary. Cynicism leads us astray. Be wise as serpents, but innocent as doves. [Read more…]

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More about the NALT Christian Project

Amethyst Marie: “I am the little girl in Sunday School who’s always the first to raise her hand. I am the girl who gets the lead solo in the Christmas pageant every year. I am the teenager who plays piano for the worship service every fourth Sunday. I am the lady who hosts a small group in her home. I am the teacher in your kids’ Children’s Church. I am the Facebook friend who posts Rachel Held Evans‘ articles on your news feed all the time. I am the friend who prays for you and with you every time you ask. I am Mary Lambert. I am Jason Collins. I am a Christian, and I am not an LGBTQ ally. I AM queer, and I am here.” [Read more…]

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Jesus Is Not At All Like That (my video for the NALT Christians Project)

I never made a YouTube video before, and that probably shows, but when John Shore invited me to contribute one to the NALT Christians Project, I couldn’t say no. (I’ve included the transcript — all the words, but none of the bad lighting and awkwardness.) [Read more…]

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The NALT Christians Project offers permission and an invitation

Here is the testimony of the faithful. Here are Christians from all over the place “unapologetically expressing their full acceptance of LGBT people.” And look! They’re still Christians. This love and acceptance is an expression of their Christian faith, not a rejection of it. [Read more…]

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The Power of Gay is more than more than conquerors

The Power of Gayness is more powerful than death. It is more powerful than life. It is more powerful than angels, rulers, things present or things to come. It is more powerful than powers — more powerful than height, and depth, and everything in all creation. That’s what a lot of Christians keep telling me, anyway, because they keep saying that just being gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender, somehow separates people from the love of God. [Read more…]

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