The perils and potential of N.A.L.T. (Not All Like That)

Dan Savage wants Christians who aren't anti-gay to stop telling him we're Not All Like That -- and to start saying it to our fellow Christians who are like that.

Dan Savage says Christians are constantly reassuring him that “We’re not all like that” — meaning that not all Christians are hateful or opposed to LGBT civil rights. But Savage says these NALT Christians should stop apologizing to him and start talking to those other Christians who are like that. For them, “We’re not all like that” might just be a revelation and an invitation to choose something better. [Read more...]

J. Jonah Jameson, ‘ex-gay’ therapy scams, and biblical illiteracy

Just in case you couldn't figure out that Peter Parker's boss at The Daily Bugle is  the bad guy, look at his mustache. And if that's too subtle, consider that he was named "Jonah."

Jonah is the Bad Guy. He’s always wrong. He is the butt of every joke because he deserves to be. Jonah is an object of ridicule and withering scorn. His story comes to a miserable end because he did everything he could do to earn such an ending. [Read more...]

Westboro Baptist teaches that Jesus failed


Sin, for the Westboro cult, has not been conquered. Jesus gave it his best shot, apparently, but he failed. So now it’s up to us — we must battle against sin, which still has the upper hand. We must live in fear of sin and in fear of death, and we must warn others to live in fear of sin and death, because Jesus was unable to conquer either of those things. [Read more...]

Religious right still doesn’t know what ‘civil disobedience’ means

John Lewis (left) and Jim Zwerg in 1961 in Montgomery, Ala.

Civil disobedience can be a powerful tool of nonviolent change, but it is really only appropriate or effective in response to an unjust legal prohibition. It does not apply easily or work well as a protest against what one regards as an unjust lack of legal prohibition. It’s hard to disobey a law that grants permission. [Read more...]

Christian QUILTBlogs: A new, improved list


A new, improved (but still not comprehensive or complete) listing of some terrific blogs written by LGBT Christians. This list is not ranked by traffic or popularity, but if you like, think of this as The 66 Top LGBT Christian Blogs in the Known Universe. [Read more...]

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...]