Charisma magazine’s spirit of hate and lies


I don’t claim to have any special gifts of spiritual discernment, but I can hear what these Charisma writers are shouting at the top of their lungs. This is hate. And lies. And lies in the service of hate. Whatever spirit is at work in this, it cannot be a holy one. [Read more...]

When conscience and ‘obedience’ pull in opposite directions


Peter Wehner is clearly aware of the discomfort and anxiety that comes from the kind of faith Danny Coleman described and Tim Keller endorsed — a form of faith in which conscience and obedience are at odds, pulling in opposite directions. It’s like being stretched on a rack. And, one way or the other, such faith will always entail being racked with guilt. [Read more...]

Alabama pastor announces his opposition to the Golden Rule


It is simply wrong — unjust, unfair, uncouth, inhospitable, immoral, sinful — to say to “young boys who have done nothing wrong … ‘You’re not welcome here.’” And that’s exactly what the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy said to countless young boys for many years. [Read more...]

Hudson Taylor would be proud of his great-great-great grandson

Hudson Taylor

I’m happy to discover that this Hudson Taylor was, in fact, named after that Hudson Taylor. The founder of Athlete Ally is, in fact, the great-great-great grandson of the pioneering missionary. [Read more...]

Paprocki vs. the Pope, on ‘emotional … anecdotal stories’

Francis: “I do not like it when people speak about tough situations in an academic and not a human manner, sometimes with statistics … and that’s it. In the Church there are many people in this situation.” [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Mary Elizabeth Williams wonders if the Catholic bishops are “even trying to make sense on marriage equality;” the Woz says either tax corporations on income, like we do people, or tax people on profits, like we do corporations; Karl Smith calls for a helicopter drop; Lynne Stuart Parramore on the epidemic of wage theft — $19 billion a year; and Amy Davidson on Amanda Berry and Charles Ramsey. [Read more...]

Bishop squirms on the hot-seat in Phoenix

Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki's anti-equality message received a warm reception from the audience.

“One audience member asked the bishop how he viewed King David’s relationship with two wives if marriage has not changed through history. Paprocki said that was a long time before the Catholic church. … Another audience member asked about marriage between elderly people who would never have children. Paprocki recommended reading the biblical story of Abraham’s wife, Sarah.” [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


A long due apology from an ex-ex-gay; still waiting for a non-sectarian argument against equality; “you need to work on your marriage;” a forceful endorsement of amnesty for immigrants; wearing pants as an expression of “hostility;” doctors favor more access to health care — even for women; “Nazism, Communism, Marxism and all the ‘isms.’” [Read more...]