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Rev. Chris Glaser
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Rev. Chris Glaser is the author of a dozen books, including 'The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me about Life', "As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage" and "Coming Out as Sacrament." A longtime LGBT activist in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he is ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church. He posts every Wednesday morning on his blog, Progressive Christian Reflections. Originally from Los Angeles, he now makes his home in Atlanta.

Entries by Rev. Chris Glaser

What I Love About the U.S.A.

(5) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 11:10 AM

As I look upon the faces and read the names of the 14 people murdered during a holiday party of colleagues serving the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, I am reminded of why I love the United States of America.

I see men and women...

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Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:35 PM

As the first Jesuit pope visited the United States, the first openly-gay Jesuit priest went to heaven. As John McNeill passed through the pearly gates, Saint Peter asked, "Where's your partner, Charlie?" "Oh," John said, a little absent-mindedly, "He'll be along. He just didn't think he should leave the country...

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When Your Religious Liberty Touches the End of My Nose

(241) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:14 PM

Do you know that the Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples has been married four times and allegedly gave birth to twins fathered by another man five months after her first divorce? At best, this is irony, at worst, hypocrisy.

In my book,...

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Gerasene Demoniac Announces Presidential Bid

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:56 AM

With apologies to Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Unrestrained by the moderates of either ruling party of Gerasa, Mr. Legion has announced (howled, really) that he will run for president of the country, declaring that its dysfunctional government must be replaced by his Lunatic Fringe if it is to accomplish what...

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Religious Liberty

(200) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 9:42 AM

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision broadening the understanding of marriage, those who have fought same-gender marriage now express fears that they will be called upon to do things their consciences will not permit and are clamoring for "religious liberty."

It's ironic that those who denied...

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Jeb vs. Francis

(59) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Just when I had concluded that Jeb Bush was the likely Republican nominee for president in 2016, he said something that dumbfounded me:

I hope I'm not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don't get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals...

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Does a Corporation Have a Soul?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:21 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has launched an entitlement program for corporations. They are now considered individuals, and individuals with faith. Makes me wonder, if corporations go bankrupt, will they dream?

Will the Court soon assert that corporations have a soul, and cannot be aborted from the moment they are conceived?

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Thank God for Atheists!

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:11 AM

I believe people of faith need to imagine a world without God.

We then might take greater responsibility for our own lives and the circumstances of others, as well as life on this planet. Our consciences would not be alleviated by the notion that suffering or poverty is God's will....

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Bill Maher's Fundamentalism

(214) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:41 AM

I am a Bill Maher fan. My partner and I regularly watch the political comedian's show on HBO, and we share his political leanings. Though he doesn't quite "get" the need for or role of myth, he fulfills the traditional and mythological role of "fool to the king," using barbed...

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Cosmic Dust

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:59 AM

"Dust thou art, to dust thou shalt return."

On Ash Wednesday, many Christians will hear these words while receiving ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the cross. It reminds us of our mortality, our finite lives, and thus calls us to appropriate humility in the face of the...

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God Is Not a Control Freak

(523) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 3:31 PM

God is not a control freak! Evolution should be enough to prove this point. Evil too. And free will.

And yet, when faced with tragedies, such as Sandy or Newtown or AIDS, many people expect God to be at "his" control panel avoiding them. There is much wringing of our...

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Pushing Tiny Tim Over Fiscal Cliff

(108) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Republican Senators have defeated a U.N. treaty favoring the fair treatment of people with disabilities worldwide, even though wounded WW II veteran, former senator and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole sat "slumped" in his wheelchair on the Senate floor in support of it, a parallel to the Americans with Disabilities...

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Flag Pins & Crosses: "Mine Is Bigger than Yours!"

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 9:21 AM

I'm sure you've also noticed that American flag lapel pins on politicians are getting bigger. Is there a contest I'm unaware of? At New York City's 9/11 commemoration, politicians dispensed with the pins altogether and stuck small American flags in the upper pockets of their coats. Despite the solemnity, it...

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That's My Kind of Church!

(14) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Last week I found a church to my liking -- of all places, a megachurch in the South on television. Or maybe I should say, a "congregation," because it included people of many faiths, including atheism.

This congregation was diverse in other ways as well: all colors, ethnicities, ages, abilities,...

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Ayn Rand Was Consistent

(60) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 11:28 AM

Ayn Rand was consistent. She was an individualist and an atheist. Notice what I am NOT saying: I am not saying that an atheist is necessarily an individualist. In truth I am aware of more atheists who are collectivists than individualists.

Rather, I would say that belief in either...

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Anderson Cooper, Welcome to the Club!

(20) Comments | Posted July 7, 2012 | 9:02 AM

I want to welcome CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to the club! Not the gay club, to which he has belonged for a while. Rather, the club of those whose character is questioned because they didn't come out earlier. In place of the more difficult work of questioning a culture's character,...

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Modern Marriage Is Not Biblical

(331) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 9:20 AM

When an earlier president took a stand to provide access for a maligned minority to a public institution, a governor famously stood in the way to deny entrance.

Today's president has taken a stand to provide access for a maligned minority to a public institution, only to...

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