Go Ahead, Tell Me What’s Wrong with Homosexuality

One of the reasons I found the "gay brownshirts" argument so frustrating is that it's a distraction from the fight I really want to have with Mark Shea and other orthodox Catholics.  I want to know why they think gay people are required to be chaste, why homosexual relationships are 'intrinsically disordered.'  Mark put out a call to his commenters on my behalf for reading recommendations.My questions are a little unusual, as I don't think it's necessarily wrong to limit the behavior (sexual … [Read more...]

What are we going to do about homosocial friendship?

Last night was the season finale of Sherlock (which I hope you were all watching), and, in one sequence, Sherlock and Watson end up handcuffed together.  As they clasp hands and start running, Watson shakes his head and mutters, "We're never going to hear the end of this."  Watson's frustration that everyone assumes he and Sherlock are, ahem, involved is shared by Maureen Ryan, who wrote at HuffPo that the "not-that-we're-gay" joke that follows around male-partners-in-crime (or crime solving) is … [Read more...]

My Radical Homosexual Agenda for the Military

Mark Shea is in agreement with Rod Dreher that Obama and the Dems are mounting a serious assault on the religious liberty of military chaplains. Quoth Dreher (quoting the news first):The Obama administration “strongly objects” to provisions in a House defense authorization bill that would prohibit the use of military property for same-sex “marriage or marriage-like” ceremonies, and protect military chaplains from negative repercussions for refusing to perform ceremonies that conflict with the … [Read more...]

It’s Hard for Me to Hear You Over the Sound of Your Nazi Analogies

The "Let's Talk About How to Have Reasonable Discussions about Religion" post has over a hundred comments and the tone in some sections is pretty well summed up by one reader: I love this comment thread. Leah: My commenters are great and tend to argue in good faith and assume that others do the same. Commenters: NAZIS! People who disagree with me are NAZIS! NAZIS EVERYWHERE! NAZIS!! And speaking of which, today, I was frustrated by a post by Mark Shea in which he mockingly awarded a Son of … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Whaddya Wanna Get Married For?

Sorry this is late, but what could be better on Valentine's Day than pouring kerosene on a fight about marriage? This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  In the last installment, my friend Matt argued that endorsing gay marriage means endorsing the foundations of divorce culture.  So now it's my turn to be prescriptive about marriage.  To start with a recap of what kind of marriage Matt opposed, let's go to the videotape (John Barrowman in Company):We'll look not too deep, We'll g … [Read more...]

Divorce and the Doctrine of Individualism

This post is part of a debate on gay marriage.  Matt led off with a post on gay marriage and deep friendship, and I rebutted him in three parts.  Now he debuts a new argument, which I'll respond to tomorrow.  (Oh, and once again, photos are my fault, not Matt's).The second of Professor Anthony Esolen’s arguments that I’d like to concur with is the idea that homosexual marriage would "seal us in a culture of divorce." Again, this hits at a major talking point of the gay rights movement. I … [Read more...]