Slavery and same-sex marriage (cont’d.)

Stephen Prothero’s CNN op-ed from earlier this month titled “On gay marriage, Obama, Billy Graham and a tale of 2 Christianities” touches on some of the points in the previous post here. Prothero notes that the Rev. Billy Graham (or, at least, his children on his behalf) spoke out against marriage equality in North Carolina, [Read More...]

Slavery, seafood, sexuality and the Southern Bible

Do you see anything at all in that sheet about race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality? No, you do not. And that is why, despite what Peter says, his vision was only just God's way of telling him that it was OK to eat elephants, giraffes and snakes. Obviously.

I’ve written many times here about Peter’s vision of the treyf smorgasbord in the book of Acts (most recently here, and earlier here). I love that story, which is why I’ve linked to those chapters from Acts, reprinted them here, and summarized them many times. It’s a terrific story from the Christian Bible and I [Read More...]

Exposing the shameful secrets of Charles Worley’s fundamentalism

Fundamentalism thrives on isolation from and opposition to the world — isolation from and opposition to the rest of society, to other people, to The Other, to everyone else. The despicable Charles Worley and his Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina illustrates this opposition. But the fact that we know about Worley, that we’ve [Read More...]

Charles L. Worley seems to be training others to be just a awful as he is

OK, it’s getting late in the day and my plan of cooling down to a calm, rational tone to discuss this still isn’t working. So let’s discuss the Rev. Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. Actually, let’s just make that Charles L. Worley — there’s nothing “reverend” about this bastard, [Read More...]

Barton, Larson, Fischer: Checking in with the Liars for Jesus

Did David Barton pick the belt to go with the shirt or the shirt to go with the belt?

Historian John Fea asks: “Is it time to gather Christian historians together to sign some kind of formal statement condemning Barton’s brand of propaganda and hagiography?” Easy question. The answer is “yes.” David Barton is a liar and a con-man who poses as a Christian historian.* That’s bad for the reputation of all Christians and [Read More...]

On Christianity and marriage equality (part 4)

Christians who oppose equality are losing the argument. That’s why they’re so loud. Kathy Escobar: “Unless we’re all free, none of us is free” Christians should be leading the way on equality in absolutely every area, yet we all know that on the whole, we are lagging behind, stuck in white privilege & imbalanced power [Read More...]

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, [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 [Read More...]


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