Al Mohler says the apostle Peter was wrong and that’s why evangelicals should ‘focus on homosexuality’

According to the New Testament book of Acts, the apostle Peter was given a vision from God. The 10th chapter of Acts describes that vision. And in that chapter and the next, Peter himself explains what that vision meant. Southern Baptist enforcer R. Albert Mohler Jr. says that Peter was wrong. The vision from God, Mohler says, meant something else. "The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality," Mohler writes today for CNN's Belief Blog. Here's Mohler: “Look,” we … [Read more...]

Tribalism and the cruelly weird idea of zero-sum human rights

Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera said this recently on a conservative radio show: All of a sudden Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have turned the United States into a pro-homosexual regime and it's just despicable. That's as clear an expression as you'll find of the zero-sum notion of human rights that underlies so much of the anti-gay religious right. The United States is supposed to be a "pro-homosexual" regime. Millions of us Americans are LGBT people and our nation is supposed to have … [Read more...]

On Christianity and marriage equality (part 3)

"The future looks grim for the anti-gay moralists." "In 2005 the Supreme Court made sodomy legal in all 50 states and since then there have been absolutely no reports of anyone turning into a pillar of salt." "The most important cultural change that has increased support for same-sex marriage is the equality revolution within heterosexual marriage." "It's a contest between the Golden Rule and the condemnations of homosexual acts in Leviticus and Paul's Letter to the Romans." "The … [Read more...]

On Christianity and marriage equality (part 2)

More smart and wise recent posts from those of us kicking against the pricks. Sarah Bessey: "I'm an evangelical Christian. And I think same-sex marriage should be legal" As someone raised in a post-Christian culture, now living in a post-same-sex-marriage culture, AND as someone that is a heterosexual evangelical Christian herself, I think that same-sex marriage should be legal –and I think that Christians, even those that believe homosexuality to be a sin, need to back off the … [Read more...]

On Christianity and marriage equality (part 1)

While I was off watching lots of exciting rugby, many smart people were writing about the fight for marriage equality and full civil rights for LGBT people and, specifically, the role of American Christianity in that struggle. Here are several smart recent posts on the topic. Bert Montgomery: "The Church and the New Civil Rights Movement" We are in the midst of another renewal; we are in the midst of another set of leaders pleading with the guardians of the Christian establishment to open … [Read more...]

The battle against the culture wars II

More smart people saying more smart things about the "culture wars" and the culture warriors who fight them. Chris Clarke: "An open letter to the right wing in the wake of the passage of Amendment One in N.C." We are people who would really rather be left alone to live our lives. And we would rather leave other people alone to live theirs. That’s why you’ve been able to push things this far. We’ve kind of been hoping that you’d wake up one morning, look at the things you’d written … [Read more...]

The battle against the culture wars

Three smart people saying smart things about the "culture wars." John Aravosis: "Mr. Cantor, your culture war is my life" Brad Dayspring, the former spokesman for the number two Republican in the US House, Eric Cantor, had the following to say about President Obama's support for same-sex marriage: "With the economy in stagnation and crippling amounts of debt, the President seeks to further divide America by launching in a culture war." Your culture war is my life. And isn't that the … [Read more...]

The man comes around on marriage equality

So we just witnessed history. This is something that had never happened before. And now it has. No sitting president had ever said this before. And now one has. Cool. ABC News: "President Obama Affirms His Support for Same-Sex Marriage" "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising … [Read more...]