DOMA unconstitutional; Prop 8 goes away

DOMA

For more than a dozen years, supporters of DOMA, the federal law banning the recognition of same-sex marriages, have advocated a constitutional amendment saying the same thing as that law. Because they knew, and we knew, and everybody knew that DOMA was unconstitutional. After all, there’s really no point in even bothering with things like laws and rights and constitutions if at any point the majority can just start passing laws denying legal rights to minorities they don’t like. And now that’s official [Read more...]

Religious right will hold breath, turn blue, if DOMA overturned

PoutPout

“We will not stand by,” the statement harrumphs. But, actually, yes, yes they will. Standing by is exactly what they will do because that is all they can do. This doesn’t affect them. It doesn’t harm them. It doesn’t compel them to do anything. It doesn’t compel them not to do anything. All they can possibly mean by “We will not stand by” is that “We will assume a posture of extreme indignation and offendedness while standing by.” [Read more...]

The lies of Exodus were a bearing wall for evangelicalism

fragile

For American evangelicalism, Exodus was a bearing wall — a vital support column. It propped up the illusion that evangelical culture-warriors have any claim to the moral high ground. And, even more fundamentally, it propped up an otherwise unsustainable proof-texting hermeneutic. Without the support of Exodus’ lie, evangelicals would need to, in Tim Keller’s words, “Completely disassemble the way in which they read the Bible. Completely disassemble their whole approach to authority.” [Read more...]

‘Ex-gay ministry’ Exodus International apologizes, says it will close and stop hurting people

Chambers

Saying that “ex-gay” ministries are “imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical,” Exodus International president Alan Chambers apologizes for the pain he has caused and announces that Exodus is closing its doors. [Read more...]

Charisma magazine’s spirit of hate and lies

Charisma

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

TheRack

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

CWAA

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...]


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