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What Ailes Us All

Steven Conn | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Ailes was sacked because he is a serial sexual harasser. Years - decades? - of demeaning, insulting and doing who knows what else to women finally caught up with him. And then only because a few celebrity women with enough public clout finally said Enough!

Religious Liberty Is Not Just For Christians

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Yesterday I heard a story on NPR about how Donald Trump is trying to include religious freedom in his campaign. The story raised the question of how f...

U.S. Southern Baptists Formally Repudiate The Confederate Flag

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on Tuesday repudiating the Confederate battle flag as an emblem of slavery, marking the late...

American Independent Party Presidential Candidate Wiley Drake

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Southern Baptist pastor Wiley Drake, of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park in California, spoke with me over the phone about his run for ...

Southern Baptists

Martin Marty | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Monday's Sightings surveyed recent on-line religion stories and found only one about Southern Baptists. This was strange or exceptional or meant some overlooking of items on our part.

Religious Freedom Day 2016

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

My hope for the future of Christians involved in U.S. politics is that we are continually more thoughtful, and not less, and that we provide hope to nation and not more fear-based politicizing of every issue.

Southern Baptist Leader Speaks Out Against Controversial Therapy For Gays

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A leading Southern Baptist theologian spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning young gays straight, saying h...

I'm Not A Very Good Southerner

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Anthony Hatcher

If you honor pre-emancipation Southern heritage, you are honoring a society that engaged in the buying and selling of human beings. As for the plethora of Confederate monuments that dot the South, at the very least let's drop the pretense about the war they represent.

Spewing Hate: I Support My Ex-Pastor's First Amendment Rights

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Sosa

He's not being persecuted, we're just both taking part in a time-honored practice called free speech. It's protected, and there's not a single reason to believe anyone is going to stop you or me from stating exactly what's on our minds unless we cross into the zones of harassment or personal defamation.

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."

Southern Baptist Anti-Gay Stance Echoes Its Prior Support of Segregation

Jeffrey Small | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention taking place in Columbus, Ohio this week, SBC President Ronnie Floyd took a defiant stance against same-sex marriage in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Southern Baptist Compares Marriage Equality to Nazi Persecution

James Peron | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

To compare their anti-rights campaign to Bonhoeffer's pro-rights campaign is laughable. It merely indicates they are as prone to twisting history, as they do the Bible, to justify their own deep-rooted prejudices.

Should Babies Be Baptized? Pastor Sparks Debate Within Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The sprinkling-style baptism of a Dayton, Ohio, infant — a scene heartwarming and commonplace for Catholics and mainline Protestants — is to...

The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

Is the Southern Baptist Church Having an Identity Crisis, or Am I?

Sharon Groves | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Sharon Groves

I returned from the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission convinced that it's only a matter of time before the SBC changes how it relates to the LGBT community. The question is whether that change will be a gentler spin on "love the sinner, hate the sin," a softer rhetoric toward some and a harsher one toward others, or the beginning of a deeper journey toward understanding.

Southern Baptists Waning

Martin Marty | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Southern Baptists, present in every state of the union, outnumber Jews in the whole world. Only Roman Catholics outnumber them in the United States.

Finding Pride After Periods of Shame

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gregory G. Allen

When I moved to New York City in 1987, I was an 18-year-old closeted man unsure of what life had in store. A friend of my mother's back in Texas said she knew people who ran a church in the city, and this Southern Baptist boy was looking for something that reminded him of home and was eager to join them.

Southern Baptists Pass Anti-Transgender Resolution

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) Pushing back against a cultural tide of growing acceptance of transgender people, Southern Baptists adopted a statement affirming the ...

You Won't Believe What This Southern Baptist Preacher Said

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion

The Southern Baptist Convention hosted a summit last night on Ethics and Religious Liberty, and Twitter was lighting up with the #erlcsummit hashtag. ...

What Every Woman Should Know About Arizona's Latest Abortion Politics

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Women face many challenges in our lives that are uniquely related to our reproductive systems, something callous lawmakers exploit for political purposes that have nothing to do with real concern for women.

Sex: A Perspective From the Bench

Literally, Darling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

Frankly, sex was terrifying to me. I mean who thought to put that there? Exchanging bodily fluids seemed gross and fraught with STD and HIV perils. People willingly have sex, which requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, and they don't run background checks on people?

I Walked Out of Church and Ran Into God in the Hallway

Carissa Henry | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Carissa Henry

I was so overcome and blessed by the beauty before me that I stood there and cried. Right there in the hallway, by myself, while church was happening on the other side of the wall.

The Story Of The Shards Of Stained Glass From 16th Street Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old ...

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"