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Postmodern Sex

When I was reading this story about a bisexual husband, I was tempted to get all worked up about our therapeutic culture of infinite inclusion. But I couldn’t get past this quote from his wife, commenting on her own thoughts about his sexual orientation, which she’s not . . . . Continue Reading »

How Hastings v. Martinez Undermines Diversity

Even the Los Angeles Times can agree with Hadley Arkes that the Supreme Court decision in Hastings v. Martinez is bad news: Even if it passes constitutional muster, the “all comers” policy could lead to bizarre results, such as a Jewish group having to admit Christians or a pro-life . . . . Continue Reading »

The Newly Canonized Great Byrd

“Remember,” declared the Catholic bishop of Wheeling-Charleston (i.e., all of West Virginia), ”that Senator Byrd is now at peace with the Risen Lord and, with his late wife Erma Ora Byrd, is experiencing Perfect Joy.” The friend who sent this commented: What WONDERFUL . . . . Continue Reading »


Over the years I’ve observed churches succumbing to the temptation to wrap the ordinary duties of life in the shiney foil wrapping paper of high theology. That seems to be the case with the Southern Baptist Convention. The NPR website gleefully reports that a couple of weeks ago the SBC . . . . Continue Reading »



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