Pat Buchanan joins Manhattan Declarers in ‘civil disobedience’ fappery


Pat Buchanan takes a break from race-baiting to pledge his support for "civil disobedience" against marriage equality. Like all the other pundits advocating this, he is unable to explain just how this would work. How does anyone "disobey" a law that doesn't affect them? Marriage equality, as Maurice Williamson said, "is fantastic for the people it affects," but it does not change anything for anyone else. Marriage equality does not compel Pat Buchanan to start doing anything. It does not … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars


"Love the bigot, hate the bigotry." "Conservative evangelicals, your hurt feelings for being called a bigot and for being viewed as reprehensible, your frustration with seeing the 'equal' signs on Facebook, and your losses in the so-called culture war are nowhere near the pain inflicted upon many in the LGBT community." "One pastor whom you would know, I won’t name him, he said to me this week, ‘we’re losing ground morally all the time,’ and he said, ‘I’ve told my people get … [Read more...]

Liberty Counsel redefining ‘Christian’ just as Falwell did


"Those who say, 'I love God,' and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen." -- 1 John 4:20 Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel/Liberty University explains how the religious right's opposition to marriage equality is a return to the roots of the religious right and an effort to recapture the spark that first got white evangelicals politically engaged back in the 1970s: It's like the Bob … [Read more...]

Delaware House passes marriage equality


Following New Zealand's lead, the Delaware state House of Representatives voted to approve marriage equality. But Delaware legislators failed to follow their Kiwi counterparts' example by celebrating with a beloved traditional Delaware love song. I suppose George Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" wouldn't really have been appropriate anyway. But since today was a huge day for marriage equality all over the place -- with France's National Assembly voting 331-225 for égalité, … [Read more...]

Tone-deaf with perfect pitch: A new plan to chase young people away from the church, one-by-one


So last week I posted a link to a terrific Open Letter to the Church by Dannika Nash. Nash warned that her generation of young people were leaving the church in droves because the church was pushing them out the door with an ultimatum in which they were forced to choose between staying with the church or loving their LGBT friends: The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70 percent of 23-to-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. ... My generation, the generation that … [Read more...]

‘Be ye not afraid’: Kiwi MP’s terrific speech on marriage equality


Here, via Steve Benen, is the Hon. Maurice Williamson speaking in favor of marriage equality in New Zealand's parliament. He represents Pakuranga for the National Party, which is a "centre-right" party in NZ. Williamson mocks the  apocalyptic, chicken-little panic of equality opponents and then forcefully promises to them that their fears are unfounded. "Don't make this into a big deal," he said. "This is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us, life will go on." All we … [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture war


"A Scout Is Kind." "The case against same-sex marriage seems, to me at least, muddled, odd and paltry." "And the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible." "What this bill is about, really, is the Bible. Is it right or wrong?" "Gay sex makes people explode." "I'm not gay. So I'm not going to marry one." "It is going to devastate the church, the synagogue, the places of worship that hire people because ultimately they're saying you have to hire whatever … [Read more...]

Jim Wallis sounds an uncertain trumpet on marriage equality


"If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" -- 1 Corinthians 14:8 Evangelical author Jim Wallis, a longtime peace and anti-poverty activist, has finally announced his support for marriage equality. Or, rather, has finally conceded that he will no longer oppose same-sex marriage. What Wallis actually said, in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill of Huffington Post, was this: WALLIS: We're losing marriage in this society. I'm worried about that -- among low … [Read more...]