Michael Pettinger reviews Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LBGT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by James Martin, SJ Continue Reading →
A round-up of recent religion news. Continue Reading →
By David Halperin
You are David Halperin.
It’s 1960, and you’re twelve going on thirteen, and although you’ve noticed for a while now that there are exciting differences between girls and boys, it’s only recently you’ve begun to grasp that this fact might have some relevance to you. Your mother is sick with heart disease—slowly dying, though no one in your little suburban home dares to talk about that.
You and a friend are doing a project about flying saucers for science class. You go to your local library and check out a book you’ve never heard of, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers by a man named Gray Barker. It looks like any book you might find in your school library. It’s got an index, and even a bibliography, the entries composed the way you’ve been taught bibliography entries ought to be. You take it home and begin reading.
Soon you’re riveted with fear.
You read about a seven-foot monster “worse than Frankenstein,” with glowing green face and red eyes, that landed on a West Virginia hilltop in 1952. You read about a Connecticut man named Albert Bender, who in 1953 solved the flying saucer mystery and was visited by three men in black, who terrified him so he never would reveal the awful secret he’d discovered. You pray God to protect you from all these horrors, seen and unseen; and it never crosses your mind to doubt what you’ve read, partly because it’s written in a LIBRARY BOOK and you trust library books, but also because you know first-hand that life has secrets and shadows so dreadful no one will speak of them. You see them every day, as your mother withers away. Continue Reading →
Hate the sin, love the sinner says a coalition of Christian groups, including the Vatican, who’ve compiled a new rule book for treating non-Christians with tolerance while still trying to convert them.
A San Francisco woman charges that Abercrombie & Fitch, purveyor to the young and bare-skinned, fired her for wearing a head scarf. Apparently allowing her to work in the stock room in a scarf wasn’t “reasonable religious accommodation.” So who was she offending? The brand’s “natural, classic American style.” Continue Reading →
Family Research Council founder and National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH, committed to finding a way to cure the gay) board member, George Allen Rekers, just got caught exiting a plane with a young male he found on Rentboy.com. The two were apparently returning from a 10 day vacation in Europe. Continue Reading →
Leaked minutes from a meeting of liberal Episcopalian para-church laity have found their into the hands of The Washington Times’ Julia Duin, who dutifully characterizes the notes as a deliberate Continue Reading →
Cidney Dutton: On Nov. 8, Texans will be voting on Proposition 2, a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Two editorials in a local paper, the Waco Tribune, give distinct Continue Reading →
The Good Reverend and Gay Rights “‘Who succeeded in the great cultural battle over race and rights … those who could use religion to inspire solidarity and self-sacrificial devotion to Continue Reading →
If you’re gay and Christian, you have one of two choices. By Jana Prikryl The intersection of homosexuality and Christianity has all the makings of a bad joke: A nun, Continue Reading →
Banning gay marriage is, like, awesome! The In Defense of Marriage Coalition — many member churches of which have been accused of coercing parishioners to support Oregon’s ballot initiative, Measure 36, which would Continue Reading →