Don’t treat people as symbols for a tribal loyalty quiz

Worse than that, though, is what these tribal trustees are doing when it comes to LGBT people. They’re not treated as people at all — just as short-hand symbols who provide a convenient test. For the tribal gatekeepers, LGBT people do not matter as people. They do not even exist as people, but only as a useful gauge of any given defendant’s beliefs about the “authority of the Bible.” [Read more…]

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No burden, no regret in ‘fair, respectful, equal’

The burden, regret, reluctance and remorse all seem to be on one side of the ledger. The joy, relief and spiritual renewal all seem to be on the other side. I think that tells us something. I think maybe that tells us everything. [Read more…]

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When talk of ‘civil disobedience’ is just masturbation

Marriage equality does not affect Southern Baptists at all. It does not require them to start doing something they have not been doing or to stop doing anything they have been doing. It does not compel or prohibit them in any way. It does not require their obedience and thus it is not subject to their disobedience — civil or otherwise. [Read more…]

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Felonious nipples, VAWA & stories hidden in plain sight

North Carolina plan says show a breast, lose the right to vote; the bad old days were not that long ago; congratulations to Gomer Pyle; two famous Freds and why it’s easier to compare myself to the evil one; patriarchal Christian movie wants evangelicals to oppose birth control. [Read more…]

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The Bible, Steve Chalke, Wilberforce and ‘The Civil War as a Theological Crisis’

“How has the whole Church found itself believing something about slavery which is so at odds with the Bible?” prominent British evangelical Steve Chalke asks. It’s an interesting question. Christians today unanimously condemn slavery as a grave moral evil. The Bible condones it. Christians who insist we must never be “at odds with the Bible” are, in fact, at odds with the Bible — at least according to their own understanding of what that means. [Read more…]

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Muslim students, lofty neutrality toward the Other, and the Miley Rule

Whether it’s a Christian majority struggling to come to terms with their Muslim neighbors or a cisgendered majority advising a “position” of no position toward those unlike them, valuable wisdom can be found in the words of Miley Cyrus: Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. [Read more…]

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Missouri-Synod Lutherans: Interfaith action against gay people is fine, but not prayers for slain children

Praying for the victims of tragedy with other members of the community is forbidden. But interfaith coalitions are just fine when it comes to kicking LGBT people. This isn’t hypocrisy. It’s just that the people in charge of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod hate gays way more than they love the schoolchildren of Sandy Hook. [Read more…]

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TMI, barbecue and other people’s sex lives

Justin Lee offers a smart, gentle lesson about why we shouldn’t obsess over the sex lives of other people. Mike Moore offers a similar, but not quite so gentle lesson on the same point, and by the time he’s done, somebody won’t be allowed in that barbecue joint anymore. [Read more…]

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