Is Civil Marriage a Right?

Last week the European Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage is not a human right guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, according to The Daily Mail's write-up of the case, the court ruled that if gay couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.Before I get to the main point, I have to say that last part struck me as bizarre. There's not a Catholic church in … [Read more...]

Prop 8 Play Lets the Lack-of-Facts Shine Through (mostly)

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Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.I'm not sure which is the best example of the American Foundation for Equal Rights stacking the odds in their staged reading of 8 - a play sourced from the transcripts of the Prop 8 trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger.  It might be the scene when the suave and gorgeous George Clooney (David Boies) cross-examines the John C. Reilly-looking John C. Reilly as David B … [Read more...]

Coming Out (and at ‘em)

Pride March

(UPDATE: It looks like some of you have questions about bisexuality.  Feel free to ask them in the comments and I'll answer them in tomorrow's post)Today is National Coming Out Day (the link goes to Lambda Legal, not HRC, since Lambda puts donations to work on activism and HRC throws party for legislators without much to show for it). That makes today a good day to mention that I’m bisexual to any new readers I’ve picked up here at Patheos.I mention it because, when you write a blog abou … [Read more...]

What about other Others?

Voting for the Christian round of the Turing Test is ongoing!   Get thee there if you haven't weighed in yet.  So, back to some of my undisguised opinions for a bit, as we wait for the survey results.  There's been a lot of commenting on the Natural vs Normative thread about homosexuality.  Benjamin Baxter of Prodigal No More just brought up a common philosophical argument against homosexuality that I want to take a minute to address.  He wrote: Stripping the procreative, only lea … [Read more...]

Natural vs Normative

I appreciate the Christians weighing in on why they oppose gay marriage and trying to explain how they think people are harmed. One genre of response has turned up in thread and is fairly widespread, so I’ll try to address it. Anonymous wrote: Many people are wondering why infertile heterosexual marriages are considered moral and praise worthy while homosexual "marriages" are not. The reason is that in an infertile heterosexual marriage the sexual organs are, at least, being used for the p … [Read more...]

Put Your Money Where Your Marriage Is

After New York legalized gay marriage Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler posted the following message to twitter (h/t Daylight Atheism): Now, fully 1 in 9 Americans will live in a state with legalized same-sex marriage. Our mission field is getting more complicated. Adam of Daylight Atheism offered his own gloss on this pronouncement, I’ve got a different hypothesis that requires some feedback by any opposed-to-gay marriage readers. First off, here’s what Adam wro … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/8/10)

--1-- Sorry for the delay in keeping up with my posts on sin and human nature.  It's been a crazy week at school (I was busy running logistics for a debate on gay marriage between Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry).  You can check out the Yale Daily News's coverage of the debate here.I'll be making up for the lost time by writing posts in the series over the weekend.  The first topic coming up will be my most-cited historical ex … [Read more...]


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