Hate is what you do, not what you feel


So too, inevitably, these Christians come to fear and hate the people whose equality they oppose, however reluctantly and regrettably at first. We only sometimes do wrong to those we hate, but we will always come to hate those whom we have wronged. [Read more...]

Carding people who walk into church

Photo by Roland Tiangco, filched from Printeresting.

Yes, Dolan — a bishop and cardinal in his church — decided that an analogy about cleanliness and purity rules was a good description of Jesus’ message. Dolan seems to think that the Gospels’ repetitive, relentless theme of Jesus’ unconditional embrace of the unclean somehow means that we should do the opposite. [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.

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...]