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John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

Entries by John Shore

What Christianity Without Hell Looks Like

(25) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:57 PM

The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

Yet the idea that hell is real persists. Why? Because over the centuries those in positions of power within the institutions of Christianity have...

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Spencer Tracy's Awesome Argument for Gay Marriage

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:18 PM

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This weekend I watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, one of the all-time great movies. Released in 1967, it concerns an upper middle-class couple (Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy) whose liberalism is challenged when their daughter brings home a black fiancé (Sidney Poitier).

At the...

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Let's Let Robin Williams Rest Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 6:19 PM

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Yesterday at the gym I was watching television, since you can't be on any elliptical machine at my gym that doesn't face a TV screen because God forbid that we have one freakin' moment in our lives in which we're not being advertised...

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Is Every Christian Who's Against Gay Marriage Necessarily a Bigot?

(1096) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 7:27 PM

The call of today's anti-gay Christians is "Stop calling us bigots, everyone! Just because we believe what the Bible says about homosexuality does not make us bigots!"

So let's think about that.

Pertinent question number 1: When does the anti-gay Christian become irrefutably a bigot?

Answer: The moment he...

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The Earliest Picture of Jesus on the Cross

(6) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:42 PM

As we remember the Crucifixion today, it's important to also remember the extraordinary tradition of our Christian faith and the centrality of Christ's death and resurrection to Christians throughout history.

We can glimpse a bit of the historical importance of the crucifixion through early Christian depictions of that event. The...

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To Secretly Gay-Affirming Pastors of Conservative Churches

(6) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:08 PM

One year ago I met with the pastor of a large conservative church. It was a secret meeting: when I found the guy tucked into the corner of a coffee shop, he was practically wearing dark sunglasses and a wig.

"My congregation would eat me alive if they knew I...

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Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

(4) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Since ancient times, Christians have used the Christian calendar (also called the liturgical year) to orient themselves to the two most significant seasons in the yearly Christian cycle of time. Those seasons are Christmas and Easter.

Within such a calendar every day has a vital, and traditionally sacred, place, relative...

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Christian Companies Want to Own Your Body

(73) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:51 PM

As you're likely aware, some 80 Christian groups and Christian-owned businesses now have wending through the court system lawsuits against the Obama administration, whereby they are seeking to block the contraceptive-coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their position is that use of the IUD and the...

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Gene Robinson, Jay Bakker, Ray Boltz and Other Progressive Christian Leaders Make 'Not All Like That' Christian Videos

(26) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:47 PM

As you may know (due to the extensive national press coverage it received), in early September The Not All Like That (NALT) Christians Project was launched. Modeled on the It Gets Better Project, the purpose of the NALT Christians website is to give any and all LGBT-affirming Christians...

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Anti-Gay Christianity Claims Another Life

(194) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 9:40 PM

This is Carlos Vigil, of Valencia County, N.M., just south of Albuquerque:

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Here's another picture of him:

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By all accounts, Carlos was a terrific young man: compassionate, thoughtful, kind, actively engaged in helping young...

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The Heart of a Moralist: Dan Savage's American Savage

(10) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:48 AM

One never hears the principal truth about Dan Savage used to describe him, which is that he is a moralist of the first order. Besides being that rarest of persons, an original thinker, the founder of the It Gets Better phenomenon is also frightfully brave, ridiculously articulate, exhaustively informed,...

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An Open Letter to Exodus International's Super-Remorseful Alan Chambers

(24) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:45 PM

Dear Mr. Chambers,

I am writing in regard to your apology yesterday for all the devastating things that your "ex-gay" organization, Exodus International, has done to LGBTQ people and their families over the past 37 years. It's so heartening when a person apologizes for how wrong they've been.

And congratulations...

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If Your Father's Day Isn't Quite So Happy

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 1:54 PM

If you're someone for whom Father's Day conjures up a host of feelings that don't add up to exactly happy, this is for you.

People always say that life is short. And in most ways it certainly is. But in one key way it's long. And that way is relative...

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Betraying the Spirit: How the Christian Right Gets the Bible Wrong

(626) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 9:18 AM

I just released UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, the much revised and updated version of my earlier title, UNFAIR: Why the 'Christian' View of Gays Doesn't Work.

Among the most significant new content in the book is this passage, taken from its (now) opening essay, Taking God...

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Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 3:33 PM

The other day this comment appeared on my post "15 Ways to Stay Sane Caring for an Elderly Parent":

We moved my 70-year-old mother in with us two months ago, and it is not working out. She has a compulsive eating problem and we cannot afford to keep up...
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Does God Want This Man to Stop Being so Effeminate?

(167) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Hi John,

Just read your blog posts on homosexuality -- very insightful. I am a homosexual man myself. However, I am extremely effeminate (not to the point of transgenderism), and I was wondering: What are your thoughts on males who behave like females (wearing make-up, into fashion, etc.) Sometimes, I...

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My Sister Is in a Three-Person Relationship; What Should I Do?

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Dear John,

First, I want to thank you for doing what you do. I've been reading your books, blogs, facebook, etc. for a while now. I've had friends who just don't think God wants them the way they are, and I've pointed them to your writings many, many times. I...

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To Matt Moore, the Christian 'Ex-gay' Blogger Found on Grindr

(127) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 11:53 AM

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This is Matt Moore. He's a blogger for The Christian Post. (So am I! Except I never blog there. I probably should; they've been really nice to me.) Matt, who is gay, writes about how homosexuality is sinful, wrong, an abomination unto God, etc....
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Gay-Condemning Christians and Their House of Mirrors

(372) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:25 PM

The Christian who believes homosexuality to be an abominable sin against God invariably points to the Bible as justification for this belief. What else can they do? Such a person isn't about to blame themselves for their bigotry. The Bible is all they have: There exists virtually no other "proof"...

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The Cliff Notes Version of the NRA's Response to Sandy Hook

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 7:25 AM

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We're all awfully busy these days. But we're all also of course deeply interested in what's happening around our current national conversation about guns.

If you missed the NRA's response to the Sandy Hook tragedy -- being the speech read last Friday by the...

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