Well you’re high on top of your mountain of woe


We recently looked at quantifiable evidence showing that white evangelicals have a delusional persecution complex. The tide of public opinion condemning white evangelicals' defense of legal discrimination against LGBT people has only intensified that sense of imagined grievance and martyrdom. "It’s as if we’re second-class citizens now because we support the traditional, biblical definition of marriage," Fox News commentator Todd Starnes whined. And CBN's David Brody argued that white … [Read more...]

Thou shalt not treat human beings as ‘controversial issues’


Dylan Matthews again distills the high points from the oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional. Everyone knows this. Everyone has known this for a long time. That's why opponents of same-sex marriage have long advocated for a "marriage amendment" to the Constitution -- because they know that without such an amendment, DOMA was destined to be struck … [Read more...]

‘PIB’ — the flailing desperation of the but-what-about polygamy, incest & bestiality slippery-slope claim


So the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments about same-sex marriage. Andrew Sullivan has a good summary of the key points from the first day of the discussion (Dylan Matthews has another good look). Unsurprisingly, the specter of polygamy made an appearance, something that may be familiar if you've ever discussed marriage equality with relatives, co-workers or fellow parishioners who oppose it, but can't quite explain why. It's not so much an argument as a defense of not … [Read more...]

Birth certificates and bathrooms in Arizona


Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for transgendered persons to enter what he, John Kavanagh, consider's to be the "wrong" public restroom. Brahm Resnik nicely summarizes the proposal in the title of a recent column, "'Show me your papers' -- before you pee." The bill would add the following to the state's definition of "disorderly conduct": A person commits disorderly conduct if the person intentionally enters a public restroom, bathroom, … [Read more...]

For Sen. Portman, Sen. Kirk and the rest of us: The next big step is the important one

President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk greet one another at the State of the Union in January 2013.

Earlier this year, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., returned to Washington after a long, arduous recovery from the stroke he suffered in early 2012. In an interview with Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun-Times, Kirk said he: [Plans] to take a closer look at funding of the Illinois Medicaid program for those with have no income who suffer a stroke, he said. In general, a person on Medicaid in Illinois would be allowed 11 rehab visits, he said. “Had I been limited to that, I would have had … [Read more...]

Don’t treat people as symbols for a tribal loyalty quiz


Ashleigh Bailey wrote a perceptive post last week on "InterVarsity, Lawsuits, and Leadership." Bailey digs down underneath to examine what's really going on in a series of disputes over sectarian campus groups and whether or not they can discriminate on the basis of religion. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a large evangelical Christian student group that has chapters at hundreds of colleges and universities all over America. As the name suggests, it's a Christian fellowship -- a … [Read more...]

No burden, no regret in ‘fair, respectful, equal’

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We've recently discussed the horror that awaits the poor teenager who posted a hateful "rap" to YouTube. And we heard David Blankenhorn describe the enormous spiritual relief he experienced when he laid down the burden of opposing equal civil rights for others, comparing that to the enormous joy and relief Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire experienced when she made that same decision. Now watch this video from today's testimony on marriage equality before the Minnesota state Senate Judiciary … [Read more...]

When talk of ‘civil disobedience’ is just masturbation

Richard Land likes to pretend he's Rosa Parks because that's so much nicer than admitting that he's James F. Blake.

Here is a "news" report from Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network: Leaders at this week's National Religious Broadcasters conference warned Christians may soon be forced to practice civil disobedience. Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and NRB board member Janet Parshall cited same-sex marriage and President Obama's birth control mandate as the reason why. Land said those issues are non-negotiable, even at the cost of paying fines and going to jail. What on earth is Richard … [Read more...]