When my parents told me I was being “rebellious,” that my character was “ungodly” and that I was “going down the path to hell” for not doing the laundry that day or being a good caretaker in general, what they communicated to me was: I was not fulfilling my role properly, to continue to fail would mean more punishment, more isolation, unless I followed “God’s will.”
This is a good first step, Mike Pence not talking to women, but let’s not limit ourselves. Mike Pence shouldn’t talk to anyone, ever.
“There is one thing that everyone has, even in rural Africa, and that’s a phone,” she said, recalling what she saw when she visited Kenya. “I created this so we can come together as a community, and so we can sit down and meditate or worship without being berated by someone else’s beliefs.”
When I read poetry, including the Psalms, it messes with my alignment. It forces me to sit up straighter and recognize words and ideas that pluck at the sinewy parts of myself I ignore. I hope in these few weeks we can all try to read some things that scare us.
Fighting the Christofascist uprising on our doorstep will take getting out of our complacency and belief that people can’t possibly be as bad as they seem.
As homophobic Christians dominate more of the national discourse, and as Religious Freedom acts of various permutations strip rights from queer and trans people across the U.S., reclaiming the Gospel has begun to feel urgent.
After I wrote “I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah,” readers had a lot of questions for me. While I’m working on follow up pieces, I wanted to answer some of the most common questions and provide some explanation.
To take back the country for Christ, we needed to outbreed, outvote and outactivate the other side, thus saith The Lord.
Trump doesn’t have a very strong base among evangelical Christians; can addressing anti-gay pastors in Orlando just two months after the Pulse shooting — and going off-teleprompter — fix that?
When faith, spirituality, and cultural practice feel complicated and contradictory, it can help to have a physical object to hold onto and reflect upon. These items can root us to our histories of faith — or they may simply be a symbol of old memories.
“I put “they/she” on a pronoun button for the first time and countless people — moms, older gay and lesbian folks, and my peers — asked me to share what that meant and what genderqueer identity is because they genuinely wanted to understand ideas that were foreign and difficult for them so they could love me better.”
If we don’t abundantly love each other, we can’t have an abundant relationship with God. I must embrace an interpretation of my faith that requires unconditional love for queer people because any less would be to deny my own humanity and that of my community.
Even if New Heart Community Church loses its membership in the Southern Baptist Convention, this pastor’s personal shift and his congregation’s openness demonstrate a ripple of change that has reached even very conservative corners of society.
A former student’s tale of coming-out as gay at Liberty University raises interesting questions about the place of LGBT people in conservative, evangelical Christianity.
“Transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography, and five counts of sexual exploitation of children.” YIKES.
A gay man in Florida reports being abused at the hands of his Christian group home. However, this is only the start of Florida’s problems with religion and the foster care system.
“Alternet’s B. E. Wilson researched 990 IRS tax forms and yearly reports from Invisible Children and 990s from its major donors and found deep financial ties to evangelicals and major funders of antigay organizations.”
Gabby’s Team Pick: Even Christians don’t like Rick Perry’s dumbass commercial.
GagaVision No.41 is about Lady Gaga’s encounter with a fundamentalist Christian protester outside one of her concerts. Also take a gander at the Southern twang remix version of “Born This Way.”
“Who will they demonize if not the gays?”