Expert Truth: Is DOJ Wise to Depend on Advice from APA?

Received several emails last night and this morning passing along this headline: DOJ: Children Do Not Need—and Have No Right to--Mothers.As some headlines go, I'd say thatsa some-a spicy meataball! Here's what CNS News says:The Justice Department’s argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended Cal … [Read more...]

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Pastor Louie Giglio and the Chill Wind of Correctness

(image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)Considering the wide media attention accompanying the announcement that laywoman Myrlie Evers-Williams and Atlanta-based preacher Louie Giglio would offer prayers at President Obama’s upcoming inaugural, Giglio’s withdrawal from the podium just two days later garnered little notice outside of Evangelical circles, but it is a story that deserves some attention. So, I'm talking about it over at First Things:For Pastor Louie Giglio, a frequent visitor to … [Read more...]

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As Predicted: the Normalizing of Incest and Pedophilia

Although I hadn't as yet read any headlines about it, I understood Father Dwight Longenecker to be pulling a taut string of satire on this "Hollywood director coming out for man/goat love.And then I saw the actual article and realized that Longenecker hadn't, perhaps, stepped far enough away from reality to make it truly satirical!So, in the course of a week, we see advocacy for incest and as well as a sort of apologia for pedophilia suggesting that some people are "born with" the urge … [Read more...]

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Effective Evangelization Ought to Persuade, not Provoke

A few weeks ago Deacon Greg posted this video, and people are still visiting it and many of them are sending it on to me, believing I must not have seen it, and wondering what I think about the "tolerance double standard" it reveals.Well, here's my response to that, over at First Things:There is no denying that the notion of “tolerance” has become somewhat fluid in the United States over the last decade, or that double standards apply to its application. Just last week, the Boston Globe … [Read more...]

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Big Gay Al on the Boy Scouts and Homosexuality – UPDATES

"Look, I appreciate what you kids did. I really do. But this isn't what I wanted. I'm proud to be gay. And I'm proud to be in a country where I'm free to express myself. But freedom is a two-way street. If I'm free to express myself, then the scouts have to be free to express themselves too. I know these [scout leaders]. They are good men. They are kind men. They do what they think is best for the kids. No matter how wrong we think they might be, it isn't right for us to force them to think our … [Read more...]

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Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it.I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage."At that point, I posted to Facebook,"Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

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Kraft Goes Gay Pride: Protestant Potlucks Hardest Hit

It slipped my notice that Kraft Foods had photoshopped an Oreo with gay-pride colors for an ad.Thank God it's not a real cookie; Michael Bloomberg would be so torn! On the one hand, it's disgusting-looking; it looks like it would throw one into diabetic coma while also causing cancer from the numerous dyes. On the other hand, though, it's gay pride. How could he not embrace it?The trials of Nanny Bloomberg: to pander or to police?Over at the Evangelical portal, Nancy French is … [Read more...]

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Welcoming Eve Tushnet to Patheos

She's been writing and I've been reading her for a long time, but I think Eve Tushnet's name became much more widely known in 2010, when the New York Times profiled her, identifying her in the opening graph as that (to them) most exotic of all creatures, a "the celibate, gay, conservative, Catholic writer".My goodness, these labels, categories and pigeonholes -- our increasingly polarized world loves them, because they tell us who we should read or not read, hate or not hate in the blink of … [Read more...]

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Catholics: Talking Homosexuality without Sentimentality UPDATED

I've been called a few names for suggesting that sentimentality is a kind of soft tyranny. So be it. I concur with Flannery O' Connor that when we swim in the sticky syrup of sentimentality, we lead ourselves to ovens and gulags.Feelings are wonderful things and I am glad we have them, but they are often irrational things, as well. Think of the things you "love" and "hate". Often your passion is irrational to your friends, and -- if you're honest -- even to yourself. Because they are … [Read more...]

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Acknowledging Our Faithful Gay Priests Might be a Start – UPDATE

Over at First Things, Joshua Gonnerman brings a provocative title: Dan Savage was Right.Relax. He doesn't argue that Savage was right to call the bible "bullshit", but Gonnerman does write:Savage is of course wrong to refer to the Bible as bullshit. It is the prime document of the Christian faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and treasured by the churches throughout the ages. Only in Scripture can we encounter Christ and through him reach towards divinization, and the Scripture in which … [Read more...]

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