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No Comparison between SSM and Interracial Marriage

Jonathan Rauch, a defender of same-sex marriage, explains why the comparison to racist laws that banned interracial marriage are not parallels to objections to SSM. From his article "Opposing Same-sex Marriage Doesn't Make You a Crypto-Racist":

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 19, 2015

RFRA Is Not Jim Crow

In the controversy over the Indiana law, comparisons are again being made between same-sex marriage and interracial marriage: We’ve all realized that banning interracial marriage was bigotry and wrong; we should admit the same about same-sex marriage. One commentator drew the comparison on another line claiming that bigotry of interracial marriage was religiously motivated. The comparison is not an accurate one in any way.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 3, 2015

Death with Dignity

I’m very sorry to hear that Brittany Maynard ended her life Saturday. My sincere condolences to her husband, family, and friends.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 6, 2014

A Shift in Rights

The Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case upholding the First Amendment protection of religious expression (and conscience) is eliciting some odd complaints from those who are unhappy with the decision. The reason is that there has been a significant shift in how people think about the rights we have and the government's role to protect them.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | July 2, 2014

Clarifying, Not Banning

The headlines this week about the judge declaring Oklahoma's marriage amendment unconstitutional stated that the "ban" was struck down. Virtually every time amendments such as this one are reported in the media, they're referred to as bans against same-sex marriage.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | January 16, 2014

Who Would God Discriminate Against?

This question is asked regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act moving through the Senate. It would protect homosexual and transgender Americans from hiring discrimination. A better question might be, Who would God force to violate their consciences that are informed by His Word? But of course, the way you ask the question frames the debate.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 6, 2013

No Good People

American physicist and Nobel winner Steven Weinberg has famously said, "Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 18, 2013

Is God Anti-gay?

Justin Taylor posted today about a new book that seems to strike just the right message and tone in answer to this question.  The book is by Sam Allberry called Is God anti-gay?  Make sure you watch the video to get the gist of Sam's message - and his attitude.  He says that his identity isn't defined by his same-sex attraction, but by being a child of God.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | July 10, 2013

Conscience and Its Enemies

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Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | July 5, 2013

Indiscriminate Tolerance

The BBC has had a policy for some time not to use the word “terrorist” except when quoting someone.  Briefly in the aftermath of the bombings in London a year ago, the BBC did use the word but now they've reverted to calling those who perpetrated the attacks on London more neutrally as “bombers.” 

Article | Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 26, 2013