Cathleen Falsani on the Evangelical Church and Gays

Cathleen Falsani

Falsani, author, most recently, of The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, has taken to the Huffington Post to write about Jay Bakker’s new book and whether a tipping point may be on the horizon in which gays are embraced in mainstream evangelicalism:

Some of my dearest friends are gay.

Most of my dearest friends are Christians.

And more than a few of my dearest friends are gay Christians.

As an evangelical, that last part is not something that, traditionally and culturally, I’m supposed to say out loud. For most of my life, I’ve been taught that it’s impossible to be both openly gay and authentically Christian.

via Cathleen Falsani: Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?.

HuffPost Religion: B+ So Far

I’ve hoped for a while that the Huffington Post would get into religion, and they have, with Paul Raushenbush.  They’ve got a new section covering religion, and so far I give it a B+.  Unfortunately, it trots out some of the same old voices, saying the same old things.  But they’ve also got some fresh faces, and even a little humor, like this laugh-out-loud post by John Bobey:


Hey John, what can I do for you?

Wow, I never thought you’d answer.

Well, the time before Easter and the Oscars is my slow season. Don’t make me sorry I didn’t screen this prayer–what’s up?

I was wondering–did you have Margaret break up with me on Valentine’s Day as a way of letting me know there’s someone better out there?

Um…yeah, if that will that make you feel better…and stop lying on the floor in the dark, rocking back and forth in the fetal position while crying and listening to R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts?”

You saw that?

Watching you blubber is the only time I wish I wasn’t all-seeing. Well, that and during “Two and a Half Men.”

Read the rest at John Bobey: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’s Ex.