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...]

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...]

On the Privilege of Discussing Abortion

In April 2012 I was asked by a Secular Student Alliance affiliate to represent the pro-choice side in a debate on the morality of abortion at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I was wary to accept. As a gay man, I reasoned I was less likely than most to be intimately affected by a [Read More...]

Nobody Expects the Atheist Inquisition!

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We atheists can be a scrappy bunch. We like to argue, to dissect ideas, to question language. So when I posted the following, as an ecstatic Facebook update during a night of wild dancing, I expected perhaps a few raised eyebrows at my choice of language, given that my Facebook friends list is filled with [Read More...]

Should Alan Turing Be “Pardoned”?

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Today Alan Turing, computer science pioneer, inventor of the “Turing Test”, and Second World War Hero, was pardoned by the British crown. The pardon repeals his conviction for “gross indecency” – he admitted to having a homosexual relationship after his house was burgled by an acquaintance of his lover, and was promptly prosecuted and plied [Read More...]

American Ethical Union Statement on Prop 8 and DOMA Decisions

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The American Ethical Union (AEU) celebrates with justice loving people across the country. The U. S. Supreme Court’s decision that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections is an ethical decision leading towards full marriage equality. The day will soon come when [Read More...]


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