Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

Pulpit Freedom Sunday is this coming Sunday.Religious right groups want ministers to preach about politics on Sunday to the point telling their flocks who they commend for various political offices.I hope this does not catch on.It may be Constitutional, but it doesn't seem good. Churches have a job to do that can be hindered by ministers exercising this right. I have been in churches where such a freedom would split a church. Congregants who think like the pastor of politics might … [Read more...]

On David Barton's claim that Unitarians were "a very evangelical Christian denomination"

David Barton told Liberty University students in their September 9 chapel that Unitarians were at one time "a very evangelical Christian denomination." In his effort to define what he called modernism, he said this about the Unitarians the late 18th and early 19th century:And the example of that is what happens when you look at Universalist Unitarians; certainly not a denomination that conforms to biblical truth in any way but as it turns out, we have a number of Founding Fathers  who were … [Read more...]

Is there more to the Dakota Ary story than has been reported?

In a comment posted here yesterday and at Towleroad, some potential new wrinkles in the Dakota Ary case were asserted. Ary is the high school Freshman, represented by Liberty Counsel, who was briefly suspended over comments made in a Fort Worth High School German class. The initial report was that Ary said he was a Christian and believed homosexuality to be wrong. However, a GLBT group is now claiming to have spoken to the teacher involved, Kristopher Franks, who paints a picture of harassment … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge Partners with Pacer Center's National Bullying Prevention Month

The Golden Rule Pledge has again partnered with the Pacer Center and National Bullying Prevention Month for October's effort to reduce school bullying. The GRP works to mobilize churches and youth groups to take a stand against bullying in school.I started the GRP in 2008 in response to a call from some Christian groups  urging parents to keep their kids home on the Day of Silence. I also wanted to respond to the Day of Truth (now called Day of Dialogue) which in my view is not a co … [Read more...]

NARTH Report: Suicide attempts increase during sexual orientation change therapy

Writing in the second edition of NARTH's (National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) Journal of Human Sexuality, Neil Whitehead proposed a reanalysis (NARTH summary here) of a paper by Ariel Shidlo and Michael Shroeder on potentially harmful outcomes of sexual orientation change efforts. NARTH's headline describing the paper isSexual Orientation Change Efforts Do Not Lead to Increased Suicide Attempts.Contrast NARTH's headline with the title of my post. After … [Read more...]

Florida Got On the Cain Train

Wow, Hermann Cain scored a big win in the Florida straw poll today.Beat out Perry - who was expected to win - by nearly 22 points.Herman Cain: 37.11%Rick Perry: 15.43%Mitt Romney: 14.00%Rick Santorum: 10.88%Ron Paul: 10.39%Newt Gingrich: 8.43%Jon Huntsman: 2.26%Michele Bachmann: 1.51%Michele Bachmann had Peter Waldron deployed to FL and she still finished lower than Huntsman. Time to follow T-Paw back to MN? … [Read more...]

High school student opposed to homosexuality will not have negative mark on record

Dakota Ary a Fort Worth area high school student wants an apology from the school district after he was removed from class for a negative comment about homosexuality.The school is investigating but the media reports have the boy making an offhand comment to another student proclaiming his Christianity and saying he thought homosexuality was wrong. The classroom teacher overheard the remark and sent the boy from class.If it turns out that the boy was expressing his views in response to a … [Read more...]

Janet Museveni denies role in Uganda's anti-gay bill, says Bahati is the source

Recently, Uganda's Daily Monitor summarized diplomatic cables from the office of U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier. Some of those communications, released on Wikileaks website, implicated Uganda's First Lady Janet Museveni as the originator of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Today, in the government affiliated media outlet New Vision, Mrs. Museveni responded to charges leveled in those cables. In her article, she denied being involved in the creation of the bill.The second Daily Monitor … [Read more...]


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