My interview with N.T. Wright on marriage equality

"Did this clown just invoke the NAZIS in his argument against civil rights for gays? WTF?"

I am honored today to present my exclusive interview with noted British theologian N.T. Wright. The former Anglican bishop of Durham is a prolific author whose works are both enormously popular and respected by scholars. I have read, enjoyed and learned from several of his books, and it is a great honor to have this opportunity to speak with him. FC: Steve Chalke created a stir in the UK last year with his forceful argument in favor of same-sex marriage. That was a big deal not just because … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)


Dr. Jen Gunter, "An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape" There is no woman who I have ever met personally or as an OB/GYN who thinks that surviving a rape confers some sort of privilege. I am genuinely curious if you interviewed a few young women hoping to earn their college rape badge or is that just a conclusion you reached looking at the issue of sexual assault through the myopic lens of misogyny? Come spend a day in my clinic Mr. Will. Come see how the scars of rape linger … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)


Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), in Revelations of Divine Love For it is the property in God which doeth good against evil. Thus Jesus Christ that doeth good against evil is our Very Mother: we have our Being of Him, — where the Ground of Motherhood beginneth, — with all the sweet Keeping of Love that endlessly followeth. As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith: I it am. That is to say, I it … [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ is not a new thing


To hear the politicians, marketeers and fundraisers of the religious right talk, you'd think that Matthew Vines' book God and the Gay Christian is full of of startling, unprecedented new ideas. It's not. As Randy Potts reminds us at Box Turtle Bulletin: There have been books on gay apologetics for as long as there have been openly gay Christians, ever since 1972 when Troy Perry, who founded the first gay-affirming Christian church in Los Angeles in 1968, wrote The Lord Is My Shepherd and He … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)


The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, "African Homophobes Are Politicians, Not Lunatics, Writer Says" To think that the Africans are doing something that has never been heard of — it’s not fair. Don’t just see these things as happening out there. People are saying crazy things about gay people in your own country. The difference between [Ugandan anti-LGBT pastor] Martin Ssempa and [Americans] like Lou Engle or even Focus on the Family, is that here, you can counter their messages. You’re able to … [Read more...]

Honoring liars & silencing gays: The NRB epitomizes the toxic pathology of white evangelical tribalism


The NRB -- the National Religious Broadcasters association -- is an industry trade group. It's not a church or a denomination, but it has come to function like one. In America's white evangelical subculture, the NRB has come to function like a college of cardinals or a magisterium. This ecclesiastical power doesn't come from apostolic succession, or from some form of congregational democratic church polity. Nor does it come because they teach as one having authority, astounding their hearers … [Read more...]

Updated marriage maps


So, with the big news out of Pennsylvania and Oregon yesterday, here's Wikipedia's updated marriage equality map: And here, as a little reminder of the invisibility of privilege to the privileged, is the most up-to-date version of Wikipedia's heterosexual marriage map: It's encouraging to see more dark blue on the map at the top, but it still has a long way to go to catch up with the gray on the map below. … [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ — live webchat today at noon


Matthew Vines is speaking truth to power and so, naturally, tribal gatekeepers are responding by speaking power to truth. You may remember Vines from a viral video posted to YouTube in 2012. That video has been viewed more than 700,000 times -- which is astonishing when you realize that, unlike most viral videos, it's more than an hour long and consists entirely of a lecture on biblical exegesis. It's not flashy, or (for the most part) funny. It's just an earnest, whip-smart young man who's … [Read more...]