Smart people saying smart things (5.30)

Julian

Julian of Norwich says, “so verily God is our Mother.” Vixen Strangely on “Men Who Hate Women.” Plus the Episcopal bishops of Michigan, Ed Kilgore on religious liberty, and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ is not a new thing

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To hear the politicians, marketeers and fundraisers of the religious right talk, you’d think that Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian is full of of startling, unprecedented new ideas. It’s not. As Randy Potts reminds us at Box Turtle Bulletin: There have been books on gay apologetics for as long as there have [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.25)

Vonnegut

The Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma on colonial homophobia; Natalie Burris on white evangelical gatekeepers; Heath Bradley on celibacy and “the church that changes;” plus Kurt Vonnegut, TBogg and Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

Honoring liars & silencing gays: The NRB epitomizes the toxic pathology of white evangelical tribalism

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NRB is, in other words, a gatekeeper. It is, in some ways, the gatekeeper for the white evangelical tribe. It controls the spigot determining the flow of money, attention, awareness and, above all, permission. [Read more...]

Updated marriage maps

EqualityMap

With the big news yesterday out of Pennsylvania and Oregon, we take a look at Wikipedia’s newly updated marriage equality map. And then, as a little reminder of the invisibility of privilege, we also take a look at the most up-to-date version of the Heterosexual Marriage Map. [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ — live webchat today at noon

GGC

Matthew Vines is speaking truth to power and so, naturally, tribal gatekeepers are responding by speaking power to truth. You may remember Vines from a viral video posted to YouTube in 2012. That video has been viewed more than 700,000 times — which is astonishing when you realize that, unlike most viral videos, it’s more than an hour long and consists entirely of a lecture on biblical exegesis. Yes, that’s right, Matthew Vines made substance go viral. [Read more...]

Rejoice with those who rejoice: Big day in Little Rock

Griffen

“These are people who have loved each other and been committed to each other for years. I’ve got a ceremony I’m doing for a couple that’s been together longer than I’ve been married to my wife — 43 years. But they have never been able to live openly as married people. This is historic because now they are open. They are married. They’re not just together, they’re married.” [Read more...]

Tribal gatekeepers officially enshrine Phelpsian bigotry as ‘evangelical’ and ‘Too Christian’

The gospel according to Flip Benham -- and officially endorsed as "evangelical" by Christianity Today.

Bryan Fischer is a member in good standing of the white evangelical tribe. The tribal gatekeepers have rarely seen fit to criticize Fischer, let alone to pronounce his banishment. He can bear false witness day after day, saying the most horrible slurs about gay people, women, immigrants, black people, Latinos, feminists, scientists and college graduates, and yet he will never be “Farewell”-ed the way people like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren or even for goodness’ sake Rachel Held Evans have been. [Read more...]


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