Obama also did not create a religious exemption permitting discrimination on the basis of race or sex

Photo by Man vyi via Wikimedia Commons.

The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, who blogs at An Inch at a Time, wound up changing her plans for the weekend when she was invited to attend Monday’s White House signing ceremony for President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination for government contractors. Russell was one of many religious leaders present at the ceremony. Obama’s executive order [Read More...]

Love and justice are what give us ears to hear

"If I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith ... but do not have love, I am nothing."

Let me revisit what I’m trying to say in the previous post — “Without justice, we’re not reading the same book.” Tony Jones points toward something similar in his recent discussion of Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian: Vines’s book is oddly lacking in autobiography. He briefly recounts the day that he came [Read More...]

Without justice, we’re not reading the same book

KnowingGod

We will never produce justice as a result of better biblical understanding unless we also produce better biblical understanding as a result of justice. [Read more...]

If ‘evangelical morality’ harms others and can’t justify itself, is it ‘unfair’ to mention that it’s losing the argument?

Pluralism does not mean bumper bowling.

Evangelical morality is not losing the argument because it is insufficiently “progressive.” Evangelical morality is losing the argument because it is insufficiently moral. Evangelical morality has demonstrated itself to be immoral — to be a source of harm to real people. Those people — rightly, justly, and understandably — are demanding that this harm stop. “Evangelical morality” insists that this harm continue, but has thus far been unable to offer any reason why it should. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.12)

Farley

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on the Christians who would have turned Jesus and Mary away at the Egyptian border. Rachel Marie Stone on the death toll of anti-birth control sanctimony. William Lindsey on the cultural captivity of the anti-gay church. And Andrew Bacevich and E.B. White on the perils and the promise of American [Read More...]

Whatever happened to the clobber texts for slavery? (Unlearning the lies, cont’d.)

appomattox

When we see this text on the home page of this blog, we will know that WordPress’ excerpt function is functional, at which point we will replace this with an actual excerpt. [Read more...]

Gatekeepers are losing their grip

Some gatekeepers keep outsiders out. Others keep insiders in.

The problem with banishing members of the tribe for this thought crime, though, is that it gets everyone else thinking about it too. And now, thanks to those hyper-vigilant gatekeepers and those hysterical fundraisers and apocalyptic political campaigners, everyone has had a chance to think about this a bit more for the past 10 years. It turns out that 10 years is a long time to think about something you’re expected and required to oppose without at some point along the way noticing the utter lack of any convincing argument against it. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

WeDont

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the kind of humans loved by God; Joan Chittister and Randall Maurice Jenks on the kind of humans not loved by the church; Jonathan Rauch on “The Great Secession;” and Charles Darwin on one of the ways he disagreed with Jonathan Edwards. [Read more...]


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