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On Being Right the First Time

On Being Right the First Time

14th Amendment, Change, conservatism, Consitution, First Amendment, GLBT, Ideology, Marriage Equality, Religion, sexual orientation, Sexuality, Spirituality, Tolerance
It isn’t often that a writer gets to publish a retraction that says, essentially, “I was right the first time”. But this is one such occasion. I recently published a “Skeptic's Collection” post in which I expressed concern about what I viewed at the time as a possible infringement of the “free exercise” rights of the owners of the Sweet Cakes bakery. Citing personal religious objections, the owners of the bakery had refused to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The couple filed a complaint against Sweet Cakes, and my original understanding was that the bakery was fined for retaliating by publishing the couple’s private contact information, not for refusing to bake the cake. (Many of the privacy issues resulted from the fact that the complaint, once filed, becomes part of the publ...
The “Benedict Option” Reconsidered

The “Benedict Option” Reconsidered

Article Review, Change, citizenship, conservatism, Consitution, culture, Ecumenism, Equality, faith, First Amendment, Ideology, Marriage Equality, Politics, Religion, Sexuality, Spirituality, Supreme Court
Once in a while I encounter a book or an article that is a perfect summarization of the issues I have with conservative evangelicalism in general, and with regard to same-sex marriage in particular. The latest example of this is Damon Linker’s article in the 18 May 2015 issue of the conservative religious publication The Week. Mr. Linker’s text illustrates an enduring syndrome in the politics of religious conservatives, specifically conservative evangelical Christians: how the religious right is in many ways at radical variance with the fundamental principles of the Nation for which it otherwise professes such affection. As I read it, Mr. Linker’s argument is that while conservative evangelicals’ optimism and faith in “majoritarianism” were amply justified during the heyday of Jerry Falwe...
Pizza, Petunias, and Privilege

Pizza, Petunias, and Privilege

Change, citizenship, community, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, culture, First Amendment, Freedom, GLBT, Ideology, justice, law, Religion, Sexuality, Spirituality, Supreme Court
I am not accustomed to being Devil’s advocate or adopting a contrarian stance regarding matters on which the progressive community is agreed to the point of near-unanimity. The issue of Miracle Pizza of Walkerton, IN, refusing to cater gay weddings is, to some extent, an exception, however. I say “to some extent” because, given the emotional temperature of this issue, merely advocating that all parties take a moment to reflect dispassionately on both the issues and case law suffices to cast me in both roles, however. So far, the conversation has generated a lot more heat than light, and we need a lot more of the latter and a lot less of the former. If that makes me “pathologically rational”, then … well … there are much worse things to be. My problem is that I see both sides, the “free exe...