Postcards from the culture wars


Jesus Christ, pugilist; Big Mountain Jesus; the Cardinal has long paid for contraception; reaching out to white voters; not standing by for street harassment; a woman is not a laptop; meat-eating vegetarian extremists; and more. [Read more...]

Neil Steinberg & Dave Gushee on the damaging idea that ‘hating gays is a bedrock of Christian faith’


From Neil Steinberg: “Ask the next rabbi you see if he feels oppressed because the United States government doesn’t enforce Jewish dietary laws. He’ll take a step back — distancing himself from the crazy person — and say, ‘No, and believe me, we know what real oppression is.’” [Read more...]

DOMA unconstitutional; Prop 8 goes away


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


“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


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


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


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


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...]