I guess it could have been a dream


• The great state of Kentucky -- home of the Creation Museum, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Big Bone Lick and marriage equality.• Another Florida election goes wrong: Just a week after her coronation, the winner of the 2014 Miss Florida pageant was dethroned on Friday when organizers said they had crowned the wrong woman after a vote-count error. ... The ballot counter didn’t see that one of the five judges had changed his mind, writing a new line up on the left-hand side of … [Read more...]

I try to describe it, can never succeed


• Kimberly Knight has a terrific rant on "5 things you really mean when you say 'I don't approve of your homosexual lifestyle.'" She reminds her fellow Christians, yet again, that this slogan of "homosexual lifestyle" isn't something that intelligent and/or decent people should be using: "Frankly honey, you sound ignorant. Ignorant because you are evidently not thinking beyond what you have been taught to parrot."One of the real meanings communicated by that slogan, Knight says, is "ICK! ... … [Read more...]

Heterosexual marriage still unthreatened in all 50 states


Today turns out to be kind of newsy -- and good-newsy at that:1. "Indiana’s Marriage Ban Struck Down; Marriages Can Begin Immediately" Federal District Judge Richard Young has ruled that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses. And because Judge Young didn’t issue a stay, his ruling takes effect immediately. The county clerk in Indianapolis (Marion County) has already announced that they are issuing marriage license … [Read more...]

Don’t even speak of the beat menace


• Eventually -- perhaps a generation from now, perhaps two, but not much longer than that -- there will be a statue honoring Kate Kelly in Salt Lake City. People there will find it confusing. Either it will confuse them because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have become more inclusive, and so the idea of excommunicating an advocate for women's ordination will seem strange, or else because the LDS won't have become more inclusive, and thus most people seeing the statue will h … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.20)


Flannery O'Connor, in The Habit of Being I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky. Christian Piatt, "Five Reasons Churches Need to 'Come Out' on LGBTQ Rights" Perhaps you’re still wrestling with the “gay issue” because of your understanding of scripture. As long as you’re at … [Read more...]

My interview with N.T. Wright on marriage equality

"Did this clown just invoke the NAZIS in his argument against civil rights for gays? WTF?"

I am honored today to present my exclusive interview with noted British theologian N.T. Wright. The former Anglican bishop of Durham is a prolific author whose works are both enormously popular and respected by scholars. I have read, enjoyed and learned from several of his books, and it is a great honor to have this opportunity to speak with him. FC: Steve Chalke created a stir in the UK last year with his forceful argument in favor of same-sex marriage. That was a big deal not just because … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)


Dr. Jen Gunter, "An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape" There is no woman who I have ever met personally or as an OB/GYN who thinks that surviving a rape confers some sort of privilege. I am genuinely curious if you interviewed a few young women hoping to earn their college rape badge or is that just a conclusion you reached looking at the issue of sexual assault through the myopic lens of misogyny?Come spend a day in my clinic Mr. Will. Come see how the scars of rape linger … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)


Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), in Revelations of Divine Love For it is the property in God which doeth good against evil. Thus Jesus Christ that doeth good against evil is our Very Mother: we have our Being of Him, — where the Ground of Motherhood beginneth, — with all the sweet Keeping of Love that endlessly followeth. As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith: I it am. That is to say, I it am, the … [Read more...]