Death Is Not the Answer

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I remember the Boston Marathon Bombings. I remember hearing of the attack on the radio, and wondering if my friends running and watching the marathon were alright. I remember being locked down in my apartment as news of the unfolding manhunt trickled in: an MIT policeman killed, a shootout in Watertown, the dramatic discovery of [Read More...]

5 Things Humanists Can Learn from “Welcome to Night Vale”

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Tuesday night, I sat in a packed auditorium while the Secret Police tried to determine the identity of a murderer through an evening of Mystery Dinner Theatre. At first, it was a total mystery, and the killer ran rampant – even killing other guests at the Dinner! But soon I developed a tentative alliance with another [Read More...]

Love, Lust, and the Bible: A Further Response to Matthew Vines

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Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian (and subject of yesterday’s post), kindly responded to my critique on Facebook: Thank you for writing this post and for sharing your perspective about what I’m doing. Thanks also for reading and engaging with my book.Some of your criticisms, however, are factually wrong. While it is [Read More...]

God and the Gay Humanist – A Response to Matthew Vines

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Matthew Vines‘ God and the Gay Christian has become something of a phenomenon. Charting Vines’ journey – with his family – from coming out to his Christian parents as gay to convincing them that the Bible really does “affirm” LGBT people, the book is essentially an investigation of what the Bible says about same-sex relationships. Weaving scriptural criticism and analysis [Read More...]

Why Protest a History Museum?

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Tonight I attended a protest outside the Missouri History Museum, and since some have asked me why, I thought I’d write a quick post about the issues as I see them. The protest stemmed from the museum’s decision to cancel an event which would have explored the concept of solidarity through the experience of activists from the [Read More...]

Humanism at Yale Week!

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The Yale Humanist Community – an exceptional group of Humanists led by Humanist interfaith activist Chris Stedman – is hosting a fantastic panoply of events in the second week of April – Humanism at Yale Week. From discussion panels to service projects, the week promises a wide-ranging exploration of what it means to be a Humanist [Read More...]

Utah Non-Discrimination Law: Compromise or Capitulation?

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An unlikely alliance of LGBTQ organizations and the Mormon Church this week announced joint support for a proposed law in the Utah Senate seeking to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace while respecting “religious freedom”. Hailed by some as a significant political achievement and a model of mature governance, others suggest that LGBTQ [Read More...]