Everyone Who Promoted Doug Wilson’s “Gay Marriage is a Far More Serious Problem Than Slavery” Article

R.L. Stollar //// Overturning Tables

Content warning: Homophobia, White Supremacy, Anti-Blackness, Slavery Apologisms.

The following contains a list of notable and prominent Christian conservatives, fundamentalists, and evangelicals who has promoted Doug Wilson’s article, “Time for a Little Q & A.” That article was a response to Matthew Vines’s “40 questions for Christians who oppose marriage equality”, which was itself a response to Kevin DeYoung’s “40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags”, in which The Gospel Coalition’s DeYoung bemoaned that “the whole nation” threw “a party we can’t in good conscience attend” and that LGBT* people stole the rainbow from Christians as a symbol (“We thought the rainbow was God’s sign”).

Doug Wilson, already a well-known slavery apologist with a similarly appalling record on handling child abuse within his church, does not hesitate in his response to Vines to remind everyone about his history — and contemporary practice of — slavery apologism. Wilson argues…

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Posted Ironically Thru Twitter

Ryan Cagle

For the season of Lent I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my phone.

40 days without the distraction of all the craziness that is social media.

It was a fantastic decision, and one that taught me a lot. Strangely even though I knew those apps were not on my phone anymore I still would habitually scroll to where the apps were as if I was going to open them up. Endless scrolling through social media was so engraved in my brain that for forty days I would unconsciously try and pull up the deleted apps. Honestly, that is a little scary to me because it revealed how much of myself is dedicated to wasting time on my little distraction device. I realized that my phone has, in so many ways, captured me. I think my wife may even argue that it consumes me. It is unsettling. After Lent I reinstalled…

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Crime and Punishment in Sodom and Gomorrah

Is That in the Bible?

In many religious circles, Sodom and Gomorrah have become watchwords for the moral panic many people feel in connection with the perceived corruption and depravity of society. The metaphor is invoked particularly by those who oppose the increasing acceptance of homosexuality, and it is not hard to see why. The story of Sodom in Genesis 19 is a vivid tale of fire-and-brimstone destruction, and same-sex attraction is frequently thought to be the main crime for which its denizens are punished. Understandably, then, this biblical passage has become a target for Christians on both side of the debate who need the Bible to express either condemnation or silence on the matter. If the biblical story of Sodom is an infallible morality tale, then interpreting it correctly is of utmost importance.

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Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Ignoramuses

Why Evolution Is True

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “Brave,” is perfect; there’s nothing I can add but to link you to an excellent Atlantic article on the Charlie Hebdo affair by Jeffrey Goldberg, “The dangerous myths about Charlie Hebdo” (h/t: reader Cindy). It should be mandatory reading for those thick-skulled PEN members who understand neither the magazine’s aims nor the principle of free speech.


I can’t resist giving an excerpt from Goldberg’s piece, one of the best articles written about the whole affair:

Another myth: Charlie Hebdo is interested in advancing a “narrative” of “white privilege,” and therefore specializes in ridiculing powerless people.

The novelist Francine Prose, one of the writers protesting the PEN award to Charlie Hebdo, wrote recently that, “The narrative of the Charlie Hebdo murders—white Europeans killed in their offices by Muslim extremists—is one that feeds neatly into the cultural prejudices that have allowed our government to make so…

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When Creationism and Anti-Vaccine Activism Mesh

Debunking Denialism

Creationism and anti-vaccine activism

One of the more frightening conceptual aspects of pseudoscience is known as the crank magnetism effect. It occurs when someone, who promotes one kind of pseudoscience, becomes more likely of promoting other kinds of crankery. Someone who promotes HIV/AIDS denialism may also promote alternative medicine, someone who promotes conspiracy theories about 9/11 might also believe that chemtrails are real, someone who are against vaccines might advocate for conspiracy theories about condoms and so on. This might occur because of similar core beliefs, such as the alleged severe deceitfulness of the government or because of extreme religious beliefs, or perhaps because of the similar themes and content of many kinds of pseudoscience.

Cornelius Hunter, an intelligent design creationist associated with the Center for Science and Culture (previously named the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture) at the Discovery Institute, is a good illustration of the concept of crank magnetism…

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Faith-Healer Asks For Prayers…For Healing. No. Really.

Polemics Report

According to Charisma News, the preeminent faith healer, Benny Hinn, has been admitted to the hospital for shortness of breath and heart-related trouble. In fact, Hinn was in intensive care. He had just come back from a prophecy and healing crusade in Brazil, having spoken to hundreds of thousands of people in eager pursuit of his miracle working. Suffering from arterial fibrillation and a lack of oxygen in his pulmonary system, Hinn was actually placed in intensive care.

Hinn has now been released, with his family giving praises to God for his recovery. Hinn’s daughter says,

“The doctor told me my dad has helped so many people that he was going to be sure to do his best to get his health back to normal. (Finding that doctor) was a God thing.”

Oh, and according to the Charisma article linked above, Pat Robertson called and prayed with him for…

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