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Xe, Zir, Xyr: From “In Loco Parentis” to “Loco-Parental

Saturday, August 29th, 2015


University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using ‘he’ and ‘she’ | Daily Mail Online

They’re supposed to “start referring to one another with terms like ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead.”

A gay-rights administrator there said, “the new language regime will make the university ‘welcoming and inclusive’ and stop people feeling ‘marginalized’.”

The university did declare that the rules were not compulsory. Someone said they were absurd. I’d say that’s putting it mildly, but that would be putting it mildly.

Xe, …


Transgender, transgressive: “Vested interest masquerading as a moral principle”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who until recently was the Spokane chapter president for the NAACP, “identifies as black,” she says. Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn, apparently identifies as female. Dolezal was pressured to give up both her pretense and her position. Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair, and was honored by our President and by ESPN.

Conservative bloggers have pounced on the irony of the two cases. If Jenner can be a woman, why can’t Dolezal be black? What’s the difference? And can …


Religious Liberty Within the Bounds of State-Imposed Doctrine: Frank Bruni and the NY Times

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

I’ve been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty….

Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn: These aren’t religious acts, certainly not if the establishments aren’t religious enclaves and are doing business with (and even dependent on) the general public….

I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts. But outside …


Liberty U Student Editor Criticized for Recognizing Homosexuals’ and Christians’ Shared Humanity

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series To Treat One Another As Humans

The Christian News Network posted an article last Thursday calling into question a Religion News Service opinion piece by Tré Goins-Phillips, an editor at Liberty University’s student newspaper, in which he called for common ground with homosexuals.

I think I can see where the criticism comes from. That doesn’t mean I agree with it.

I have a personal connection here, I’m glad to be able to say. …


Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays:

Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of …


Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Book Review

For some time now I’ve been recommending Girgis, George, and Anderson’s What Is Marriage as the best available explanation for why marriage is for a man and a woman. It’s still on my list, but from this point on, for Christian readers in particular, I have another recommendation to make ahead of that one: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s excellent new book Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. I shy away from saying this in my reviews, …


Who Is the Bigot?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Who is the bigot?

Mark Joseph Stern proposes an answer to that question in a recent Slate article, taking his cues from a new book by Stephen Eric Bronner, titled The Bigot: Why Prejudice Persists.

Stern makes it amazingly simple: “Anybody who opposes equal rights for gay people” is a bigot by definition. That much is easy. As we’ll see in a moment, though, it’s hard to understand what moral basis he builds that belief on.

I’ll come to that shortly, but first, for context, …


“Gay Christianity:” Matthew Vines’s Empty Argument From Silence

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Is there such a thing as gay Christianity? Just over a week ago, Michael Brown and Matthew Vines met on Moody Radio’s “Up for Debate With Julie Roys” for an online/radio conversation on that question. The two have taken opposite positions in books they’ve each released this year.

Last week in their debate (starting at 30:40), Vines repeatedly pressed Brown on the question, “Can you cite me any first-century text that refers to long-term, committed same-sex relationships?” His purpose in asking was to …


“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” by Michael Brown

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality

Book Review

Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality by Michael Brown.

The question of homosexuality keeps moving inward on Christianity. Once it was, “can you be gay and be accepted in secular society?” Later it became, “can you you be gay and be accepted in liberal churches?” Now, with the publication of books like Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian (


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