If N.J. archbishop John Myers is right, then only Catholic marriage should be legal (and all Protestants are living in sin)

Dignitatis Humanae, Schmignitatis humanae. John Myers does not care for Vatican II's teachings on religious freedom.

I got married in New Jersey. Since I'm not Catholic, I didn't have a Catholic wedding. Newark Archbishop John Myers seems to think that shouldn't count as a legal wedding. And he says any Catholic who disagrees with him should be cut off from the rest of the sacraments as well: In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex … [Read more...]

Young-earth creationism is no better than any other form of malicious gossip

"And it's not just the biologists and geologists and astronomers ... they're ALL in on it."

I'm not arguing here that young-earth creationism is heretical. What I'm pointing out here is that it is immoral. Young-earth creationism is not an exclusively intellectual error. It is not a harmless mistake or an innocent confusion. Young-earth creationism is a sin. The degree of that sinfulness depends on the extent to which one becomes invested in promoting or defending this untruthful scheme. At one extreme are the hucksters and charlatans -- the bunco artists and shameless fraudsters … [Read more...]

Not all sins are stupid and not all stupidity is sinful, but young-earth creationism is both


Here's a paraphrase of a recent comment from Bill Nye, the science guy: "The atomic number of oxygen is not 43. It's not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs." This is not a controversial statement. This is not an anti-religion statement. It is simply an undeniable fact that the atomic number of oxygen is not 43. When undeniable facts "conflict with your beliefs," then you have only two options. You can, as Nye said, "question … [Read more...]

But if homosexuality isn’t ‘objectively immoral,’ then Anything Goes …


One of the most common and most popular objections that arises whenever anyone acknowledges that homosexuality is not "objectively immoral" is the argument that somehow this means that "anything goes." "If we start affirming then all of morality goes right out the window. If we don't say that gayness is objectively immoral, then the world has gone mad today and good's bad today and black's white today and day's night today ..." Et cetera. I do not understand this argument. The … [Read more...]

What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?


Excellent question. "What if you're wrong?" is always an excellent question and I'm grateful to my inquisitors and critics for making sure I never forget it. Even if I don't always enjoy the tone of their full expression of this question, I thank them for the helpful reminder that I always might be wrong. That's the constructive aspect of this challenge, which comes up every time I discuss this topic of LGBT people and the church or make an argument -- despite those clobber verses -- … [Read more...]

The clobber verses vs. ‘the only thing that counts’

Same argument. Same hermeneutic. Same body part.

I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." -- Galatians 5:12-14 So, yes, the anti-gay clobber verses are there, in the Bible. Open the Christian scriptures and, if you know where to look, you can find all six … [Read more...]

But what about all those anti-gay clobber verses?


"I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral," I wrote the other day. Again. This horrifies many of my fellow evangelicals -- not solely because they are anti-gay, but largely because they are pro-Bible. That notion of "objective immorality" is tied up with the need or desire to turn to the Bible for "objective" standards of morality -- for rules. If we cannot turn to the Bible for objective rules, then we're left without a rulebook, and how can we possibly get by without a … [Read more...]

Cheering for the punter, ‘fraught masculinity,’ and bending toward justice


Chis Kluwe had five punts for an average of 48.4 yards on Sunday in the Vikings' 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. I mention these statistics because the Minnesota punter is now my most favorite NFL player. * * * * * * * * * Kristine Haglund discusses "Why Mormon Men Love 'Church Ball' and Are Scared of Homosexuality." A look at this fraught masculinity may offer a glimpse into what drives the LDS Church, and Mormon politicians like Mitt Romney, to insist on the … [Read more...]