uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum -- Q. Aurelius Symmachus, 384 C.E.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where Have I Been?

A few comments here recently have noted that it's been a while since this blog has been updated. It's true, and I'm sorry. Here's why.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Al Mohler Does It Again

If Jesus taught that what comes out of a man defiles him, surely the blatant inaccuracies and lies peddled by many of his most ardent followers must concern him at least a little, especially when they are done in connection with the Bible.

But such was the case yet again recently when Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's flagship seminary, was asked at the SBC's recent convention to give his "succinct" and "Biblical" view of homosexuality. As per usual when Mohler opens his mouth, what he claims to be the case is almost precisely opposite what any mainstream scholar on the topic would tell you.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Exposing the FRC's Dishonesty

A facebook bully whom I had confronted in another forum yesterday challenged me to find an instance of the Family Research Council lying. Rather than write out a detailed comment on that thread, I figured I might as well do so here; after all, such an exercise is hardly difficult, and hardly sporting, but might prove entertaining and amusing to readers nonetheless. And it never stops being important to call out these organizations on their deceptions.

So I simply figured the best place to start would likely be the recently discredited Regnerus "study" of same-sex parents, which conservatives were calling "groundbreaking" before it had barely even scratched the surface of the literature, at which point any scholarly publication comes under major scrutiny. Despite being a very new publication, enough peer scholars had raised serious doubts about the study's obviously flawed methodology that the editor of it called for an audit, and the auditor famously declared that it was "bullshit."

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Of Gay Marriage

In light of the Minnesota Senate's passage of marriage equality Monday, I reprint my column in the Northwest Arkansas Times from 10 years ago -- August 2003-- on the matter. I am so proud of my state for taking this step. The headline was the same as the title of this post, hence my post title, even though we should of course hitherto refer to all same-sex marriages as just "marriages." Here it is, uncut and unedited (so be kind):

Monday, May 13, 2013

C'mon Minnesota!

I've never been prouder of a state I live in: Minnesota is poised to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first in the Midwest to do so legislatively.

The Senate is expected to take up debate today. DFL leaders say they have the votes to pass it, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will sign it.