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...]

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

BossPoliticians

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...]

Hate is what you do, not what you feel

Mitchum

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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