Thursday, March 13, 2014

Commentary Tidbits

National Catholic Reporter: Francis, you must meet victims of clergy abuse

Mercy Not Sacrifice: Why English Majors Make Lousy Fundamentalists

Mother Jones: Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown

Christian Science Monitor: Why has so much of Africa suddenly become so intolerant?

The Advocate: Number Crunch: A Church in Crisis

Bilerico Project: 'I'm Not Homophobic': Bigots Sometimes Lie

Recovering Grace: Bill Gothard Resigns from IBLP Presidency

Chicago Now: Bill Gothard resigned! There is hope for justice

Political Research Associates: Right-Wing Evangelicals in Uganda: Telling the Whole Story

Salon: How Hobby Lobby supporters talk about “religious liberty”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State: ‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Justify Performing Harmful ‘Reparative’ Therapy On Minors


  1. I really think the CSM article is wrong. I can remember seeing abundant examples of absolutely virulent homophobia from sub-Saharan Africa as far back as the early 1980s, with comments by gay travelers indicating that this was well known and had been true as long as anyone could remember. Different human cultures simply have different attitudes about things, and the effects of influences from the outside are usually pretty marginal.

    1. Infidel -- True; with news reports pouring in about new anti-gay legislation and attacks in Africa, it can be easy to forget that homophobia has a long history there. Still, the use of homophobia for overt political gain by some African politicians disturbs me, as does support for these elements by some American Religious Right leaders.


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