Franklin Graham’s hateful lies and opportunism winning Huzzahs from white evangelicals

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Franklin Hophni Phineas Graham continues his personal crusade to destroy every decent remnant of his father's legacy: "Gays and lesbians cannot have children," Graham says, "biologically it's impossible." Let that slide. Franklin Graham is the product of an evangelical education, so it would be unfair to expect him to understand reproductive biology. But he follows that misstatement with a nasty lie that he knows is a nasty lie, and he visibly delights in the nastiness of it. "They … [Read more...]

Same old story, same old act: A song for World Vision, and for Jesus Jerks everywhere

Southern Baptist leaders Al Mohler and Russell Moore responded favorably to World Vision's reversal.

We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately But we ain’t learnin’ We’re the same sad story that’s a fact One step up and two steps back RNS: "World Vision reverses decision on same-sex marriage, ‘a mistake’" Christian relief organization World Vision has reversed its decision after announcing this week that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual. The earlier decision was a groundbreaking change for the … [Read more...]

The Gospel Coalition is very upset with those who refuse to participate in their lie

The lie works fine, just as long as everyone participates.

World Vision was founded in 1950. So LGBT Christians have been working for World Vision since, oh, about 1951. This is not a New Thing nor is it unusual, and it is certainly not unique to World Vision. Gay Christians have been working for almost all Christian organizations for as long as Christians have had organizations. This has been true even of some of the most vehemently anti-gay Christian organizations. You want names? We can name names: Mel White was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell and … [Read more...]

If the comment section of Christianity Today reflects the state of Christianity today, then we need to burn the whole thing to the ground and start over

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I had intended today to write about World Vision's recent clarification of its employment policy. The evangelical Christian relief and development agency has long had a policy that its employees must abstain from sex outside of marriage and remain sexually faithful within marriage. That remains the agency's policy, but it has now clarified that this policy applies to same-sex married couples just as it always has to opposite-sex married couples and to all single people … [Read more...]

When a pastor is scared of his congregation — and scared that God isn’t good

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John Shore's latest post coincides with some of the things we've been talking about here recently. He writes "To secretly gay-affirming pastors of conservative churches," touching on some of the things we recently discussed regarding Ken Wilson's A Letter to My Congregation and regarding the structural duplicity of so many evangelical institutions (see here, here and here). John describes a pair of conversations he had with the pastor of a conservative local church. The pastor first sought … [Read more...]

There’s a pattern here

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Justin Lee, "You love gay people? That's great. Prove it." You know why LGBT people have such a bad impression of Christians? It’s not because of protesters with “God hates fags” signs. We know they’re extremists. It’s because of daily being dehumanized by the Christians who lecture and preach at us, treating us as issues instead of as human beings — and because of the Christians we know who stand idly by, thinking that if they’re not actively hating us, that counts as … [Read more...]

‘An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are LGBT into the company of Jesus’

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Ken Wilson is the pastor of a large, midwestern evangelical church -- the Vineyard Church Ann Arbor. Vineyard churches are a relatively new and growing network of charismatic/Pentecostal evangelical churches. There's probably one near you, and you've probably been invited there at some point, because Vineyard churches are like that. Point being that any way you slice it and however you go about drawing the lines that bound the evangelical tribe, Wilson is an evangelical Christian who … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says maybe to civil unions

In the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, this couple is in a civil union. Bruce and Patty have been legally married for more than 22 years, but because Mr. Springsteen's previous marriage ended in divorce, the church does not recognize this marriage as legitimate. (Getty Images photo by Jon Raedle.)

From a legal point of view, "civil unions" just don't cut it. To see why, just consider why the idea of civil unions as a separate-but-equal marriage-like thing for same-sex couples seems initially appealing for some folks. Anyone who views civil unions favorably arrives at that point because they've recognized that there's an injustice -- an inequality under the law -- that needs to be corrected. They've recognized that it's fundamentally unfair for opposite-sex couples to have access to … [Read more...]


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