Training up children in the way they should go


I’m exaggerating, of course. The religious right isn’t really deathly afraid that these children will all turn gay because they once heard a nice story about a same-sex couple. The religious right is actually deathly afraid that having once heard such a story these children will grow up to be more tolerant of and kinder too same-sex couples. [Read more...]

Why the white evangelical religious right can no longer presume to claim moral superiority


The religious right lost the argument and the moral high ground because the other side met them toe-to-toe: You want to argue about abortion on moral grounds? Great, let’s do that. We say your opposition to legal abortion is immoral, and here’s why. You want to argue about the morality of same-sex marriage? Fine. We say your opposition to marriage equality is immoral, and here’s why. [Read more...]

Why I’m worried about ‘Election Day Communion’


And here, I think, we’re back in the ugly arena of compulsory forgiveness. We’re back in the realm of saying, “You really need to forgive your brother in Christ for standing on your neck” as though the Christian under the boot, and not the one wearing it, was the problem. [Read more...]

Another list: Where are all the Christian LGBTQ bloggers?


I’vebeen trying to compile a list of LGBTQ Christian blogs. As with the Bonfire, this started for the benefit of my own RSS feed subscriptions. But I also want to share this list because there are some terrific voices, writers, artists and thinkers here who deserve to be heard whether or not the tribal gatekeepers deign to permit them a “seat at the table.” And because by sharing this list, I hope that others can alert me to still other blogs and voices that I’m unaware of and missing out on. [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day


“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: Lot’s family in Sodom. [Read more...]

‘The arguments sounded so similar … that I got them confused’

A Missouri pastor reminds us of the bold stance that white segregationists took a generation ago to defend biblical authority. [Read more...]

Family Research Council warns against love, it ‘waters everything down’

Oddly, many evangelicals would gladly hang an "All Are Welcome" banner on their churches, but not one like this, attached to a rainbow flag. "All" doesn't always mean "all." And "welcome" doesn't always mean "welcome." (Photo by Drama Queen via ookaboo.)

Love, the Family Research Council says, is just squishy, namby-pamby liberal talk for abandoning absolute truth and biblical authority. The Episcopalians chose love over truth, so they’re shrinking. If you want your church to grow, according to the FRC, you have to be really, really anti-gay. [Read more...]

Culture warrior baffled by symbol with two short parallel lines


Being a culture-warrior means pretending you’ve never heard of equality: “When I moved to Washington I noticed these small blue stickers with two yellow lines permeating the city. They were on cars, t-shirts, and lamp posts. It wasn’t long before I Googled ‘blue sticker yellow lines’ and discovered it is the logo of the Human Rights Campaign.” [Read more...]