If ‘evangelical morality’ harms others and can’t justify itself, is it ‘unfair’ to mention that it’s losing the argument?

Pluralism does not mean bumper bowling.

Evangelical morality is not losing the argument because it is insufficiently “progressive.” Evangelical morality is losing the argument because it is insufficiently moral. Evangelical morality has demonstrated itself to be immoral — to be a source of harm to real people. Those people — rightly, justly, and understandably — are demanding that this harm stop. “Evangelical morality” insists that this harm continue, but has thus far been unable to offer any reason why it should. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.12)

Farley

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on the Christians who would have turned Jesus and Mary away at the Egyptian border. Rachel Marie Stone on the death toll of anti-birth control sanctimony. William Lindsey on the cultural captivity of the anti-gay church. And Andrew Bacevich and E.B. White on the perils and the promise of American [Read More...]

Whatever happened to the clobber texts for slavery? (Unlearning the lies, cont’d.)

appomattox

When we see this text on the home page of this blog, we will know that WordPress’ excerpt function is functional, at which point we will replace this with an actual excerpt. [Read more...]

Gatekeepers are losing their grip

Some gatekeepers keep outsiders out. Others keep insiders in.

The problem with banishing members of the tribe for this thought crime, though, is that it gets everyone else thinking about it too. And now, thanks to those hyper-vigilant gatekeepers and those hysterical fundraisers and apocalyptic political campaigners, everyone has had a chance to think about this a bit more for the past 10 years. It turns out that 10 years is a long time to think about something you’re expected and required to oppose without at some point along the way noticing the utter lack of any convincing argument against it. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

WeDont

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the kind of humans loved by God; Joan Chittister and Randall Maurice Jenks on the kind of humans not loved by the church; Jonathan Rauch on “The Great Secession;” and Charles Darwin on one of the ways he disagreed with Jonathan Edwards. [Read more...]

I guess it could have been a dream

Kentucky

Some late-night links (depending where you are), including: Gay weddings at the Creation Museum; latest Florida recount not yet halted by Supreme Court; it’s getting crowded out here; “jaywalking” while black; and a not-so-crazy conspiracy-theory technique. [Read more...]

I try to describe it, can never succeed

Evidence

Some Friday night links, including: chemtrails over Arizona, a political candidate’s joyriding, the Nicholas brothers, hide and seek, the anti-homosexual lifestyle, and more on why N.T. Wright is wrong about marriage equality. [Read more...]

Heterosexual marriage still unthreatened in all 50 states

MarriageMap22

No-fault divorce laws did not mandate that Catholic priests had to start sanctifying remarriages. The repeal of Prohibition did not mean that Southern Baptists had to start drinking. Marriage equality does not ask or require anything of Catholics and Southern Baptists either. Their insistence on pretending that somehow it does is, at a very basic level, just weird. [Read more...]


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