As the longest election cycle in the history of voting heads into the home stretch, it seemed like a good time to offer this refresher course on what the Bible actually says and doesn't say about LGBT people -- along with a reminder about what religious liberty is and isn't.
When we refer to bigotry against the LGBT community, where exactly does it from? Opposition to gay marriage has traditionally been a mainstay on the Republican platform, which has a predominantly Christian base.
Certainly all people should have a voice in a democracy. Demonizing and oppressing other groups with whom we disagree to get what we want, however, is not godly; it's certainly not Christian. These groups have learned to manipulate their constituency, and to play on their fears to raise money and support
While religion in the past has taught us how to live ethical lives and be moral people, it seems as though society is going through some sort of transition. When that which used to keep us safe begins to perpetuate violence, it is time to reevaluate these systems. The problems and promises of religions are most worthy of thought and consideration.
I have questions, a broken heart, and a lot of love I think could be useful. I'm not interested in a theological discussion or declarative statements about right or wrong here. There's a time and place for such things, and those discussions are important, but not today. Today is about inviting my LGBTQ brothers and sisters in the Church to tell me what they need.
Over the past few days I've been watching the social media feeds of the religious people from my past, waiting for one of them to mention the Orlando tragedy against the gay community and recognize it as such. Unfortunately I've barely seen a mention, and the silence is deafening.
The days following the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando will be filled with vigils. All across the globe, LGBTQI people and our allies are gathe...
Dear Youth Pastor, You epitomized the evangelical youth pastor of the '90s and '00s: you were hyper, childish, and such a dork. And we loved you. An...
As I came out to family and friends over the course of the next year and a half, the response was varied -- from unconditional love, to those who feared for my soul because now I was going to hell to blatant rejection. Many kept asking: "Why?"
Argentina and Uruguay are two of the least religious countries in Latin America, but Brazil on the other hand, while highly devout has already approved same-sex marriage. So a decline in religious belief is not necessarily the liberalizing factor, or is it?
I can't begin to count how many messages and emails I've received from people telling me the reason I'm gay is because I didn't do God the right way....
Keeping a pure thought life and remaining celibate until marriage can seem almost impossible, especially when we're surrounded in a sex-driven world full of temptations and messages urging us to toss our convictions to the wind.
I was lucky enough to find a relationship with God at an early age. My family owned a church, so the majority of my adolescence was spent being hauled back and forth to every church service you can imagine.
If dating and Cuffin' Season hasn't worked for you, perhaps try a new season: Courting Season.
Cultural taboos cannot trump the risks that come with leaving kids in the dark.
Here's what's true. Not everyone has a partner. It doesn't matter if you are after 50 or before 50; sometimes we are without a romantic interest. And sometimes we have a partner that we don't have sex with! What can feel like celibacy just happens in all sorts of ways.