Smart people saying smart things

Max S. Gordon: “Proud Americans, Be Who You Are” In other words, I can’t dismiss Paul Ryan’s good-natured homophobia as anything else but what it is, a hatred of gays.  I can’t blame a generation gap, or that he’s from some other country that isn’t “free” like us, or any of the bullshit excuses that [Read More...]

3 things you can do if you want to be a big jerk

Jerks

Here are a few recent stories in which various people — including some public officials — demonstrate how to be a really big jerk. I don’t recommend being a big jerk, mind you, but if that’s your goal, then study these stories carefully. These folks are putting on a clinic in jerkitude. 1. Walk into [Read More...]

But if homosexuality isn’t ‘objectively immoral,’ then Anything Goes …

TwoKings

One of the most common and most popular objections that arises whenever anyone acknowledges that homosexuality is not “objectively immoral” is the argument that somehow this means that “anything goes.” “If we start affirming then all of morality goes right out the window. If we don’t say that gayness is objectively immoral, then the world [Read More...]

What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?

huck

Excellent question. “What if you’re wrong?” is always an excellent question and I’m grateful to my inquisitors and critics for making sure I never forget it. Even if I don’t always enjoy the tone of their full expression of this question, I thank them for the helpful reminder that I always might be wrong. That’s [Read More...]

The clobber verses vs. ‘the only thing that counts’

Same argument. Same hermeneutic. Same body part.

I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [Read More...]

But what about all those anti-gay clobber verses?

cartman

“I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral,” I wrote the other day. Again. This horrifies many of my fellow evangelicals — not solely because they are anti-gay, but largely because they are pro-Bible. That notion of “objective immorality” is tied up with the need or desire to turn to the Bible for “objective” [Read More...]

Cheering for the punter, ‘fraught masculinity,’ and bending toward justice

kluweshirt

Chis Kluwe had five punts for an average of 48.4 yards on Sunday in the Vikings’ 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. I mention these statistics because the Minnesota punter is now my most favorite NFL player. * * * * * * * * * Kristine Haglund discusses “Why Mormon Men Love ‘Church [Read More...]

‘God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean’

In comments a few days back, I see there was a question regarding whether I believe “that homosexuality is objectively immoral.” It’s my fault if I haven’t been as clear as I need to be on that point: No. I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral. But that’s not strong enough. It’s more [Read More...]


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