The Chik-fil-A Flustercluck: What’s Next?

For all the buzz about “boycotting” Chik-fil-A, we haven’t really seen anything that formally organized yet. Basically, thus far, what we’ve seen is a big corporation telling part of the public that “We don’t want your money here,” and that part of the public unsurprisingly responding “OK, then, you can’t have it.” This latest corporate [Read More...]

‘Stance’ vs. substance: why evangelicals are confused about the actual harm Chik-fil-A is doing to actual people

Inside the world of American evangelicalism, one must always have the proper stance. Stances, actually, plural, as one must have the proper stance on a whole host of subjects. “What is your stance on X?” is a common question in the subculture, with X including a wide variety of litmus tests such as abortion, homosexuality, [Read More...]

Bryan Fischer is an AIDS denier

Tweet from Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association: “New pill stops HIV virus. But won’t stop AIDS since caused by extensive inhalant drug use, not HIV.” So there it is. Bryan Fischer is an AIDS denier. The chief spokesman of the American Family Association is an AIDS denier. Do you need to know anything, [Read More...]

Permission granted, officially

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Thinking a bit more about “Maybe God is a better person than you think,” I was struck by the sadness of that situation. It must be an awful thing to believe that God will not allow you to be as loving, merciful and generous as you wish you could be. It must be an awful [Read More...]

Misogyny isn’t new; consent shouldn’t be confusing

Helen Lewis at the New Statesmen shows us “What online harassment looks like.” It’s an awful, potentially triggering, collection of “Obscene images, hate sites, and a game where people are invited to beat you up.” This is disturbing and disturbed. It’s hateful, hate-filled stuff posted by boys who simply hate women. These boys hate women [Read More...]

Maybe God is a better person than you think

Jesus Creed serves up a guest post by Jeff Cook on one of my least favorite topics: “apologetics” and those awful show-debates between Christians and new atheists. I love dialogue, I do not love this approach to “debate.” It turns the conversation into a matter of winning and pushes participants away from their complementary quest [Read More...]

Voices: Three personal testimonies

Three people sharing their stories. These are all worth reading in full. Anderson Cooper: While as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as [Read More...]

Including ‘generates controversy,’ but excluding doesn’t

Greg Horton of Religion News Service writes about the end of one great Christian music festival and the beginning of another: “As Cornerstone wraps up, Wild Goose Festival takes off.” Here are a couple of paragraphs that get at the core of the current situation in American evangelicalism: As Cornerstone prepares for its final act, [Read More...]


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