Kirby Delauter’s not the only one who doesn’t understand the First Amendment

Rarely does a hilariously inept use of social media by a small-time politician present an opportunity for a broad discussion of the constitutional protections of speech and the press. But, seeing as how just such a teachable moment occurred last week, it’d be a shame to let it pass by without comment. I am, of … Continue reading Kirby Delauter’s not the only one who doesn’t understand the First Amendment

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The lunacy of a nation: Reflections on gun violence in the U.S.

On June 10, Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., was transformed, from a good-hearted kid with his life ahead of him to a statistic. He was an athlete, a soccer coach, a people pleaser, a brother, a son. He had a girlfriend, and he loved to make people laugh. … Continue reading The lunacy of a nation: Reflections on gun violence in the U.S.

Thank God Answers in Genesis is wrong

My old pals at Answers in Genesis, the multi-million-dollar Kentucky-based Christian ministry that promotes young-earth creationism and the literal interpretation of the biblical book that is its namesake, made headlines last week with the launch of a barbed new billboard campaign aimed directly at atheists. First appearing in electronic form in no less high-profile a … Continue reading Thank God Answers in Genesis is wrong

Christian rebuttal of Ray Comfort’s “Evolution vs. God”

Yes, I watched all of street evangelist Ray Comfort's latest film, "Evolution vs. God," and no, I didn't like it. Which, according to young-earth creationist superstar Ken Ham, means I am a compromising Christian. Or maybe an atheist — I'm not sure. Really, I don't think K-Ham makes much of a distinction between the two, so it probably doesn't matter. … Continue reading Christian rebuttal of Ray Comfort’s “Evolution vs. God”

The conservative faction’s ‘secret weapon’ against same-sex marriage

Conservative opponents of same-sex marriage have all but lost their fight. And I think they're beginning to see that. In a strangely self-reflective postmortem on the movement, Gospel Coalition blogger and pastor Thabiti Anyabwile basically admitted as much, before sharing the one secret weapon he thinks may yet win the war: straight Christians telling gay … Continue reading The conservative faction’s ‘secret weapon’ against same-sex marriage

Young-earth creationists’ response to my pro-evolution blog

As some of you probably know, I run a website that promotes the compatibility of Christianity and evolution. It's a fun diversion, but one with an important goal: reducing perceived barriers to anyone and everyone having the opportunity to meet God, on his terms — not ours. Last week, one of my posts caught the … Continue reading Young-earth creationists’ response to my pro-evolution blog

I’ll take a tall latte — oh, and hold the gay marriage, please

David Barton is on the warpath again. Unable to understand why he and fellow opponents of same-sex marriage are losing ground faster than you can say "I do," he has set his sights on a new target: Starbucks. He's calling for a boycott, and I must admit, it's not a bad strategy. Starbucks hasn't been … Continue reading I’ll take a tall latte — oh, and hold the gay marriage, please

Why does Oregon have a self-service gasoline ban? The answers may surprise you

Two things should come as no surprise to readers of this blog: first, that the state of Oregon prohibits self-serve gasoline pumps, and second, that I — like lots of people who move here from almost any other state — don't like it. Why not? In my case, for admittedly selfish reasons. It annoys me. … Continue reading Why does Oregon have a self-service gasoline ban? The answers may surprise you