There’s been a certain amount of cyber-snarking at the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) since Friday, when Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the organization has been using gun giveaways to evangelize. But let’s contextualize.
Reality show star Jamie Coots is not the first snake-handling pastor to die practicing his faith, and he presumably won’t be the last. The question is whether Americans have become more susceptible to the religious liberty claims he made.
Maybe evangelicals haven’t thrown in the towel on same-sex marriage, but they’re beating a strategic retreat.
Astonishingly, a plurality of Republicans now believe that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.
I for one am glad that A&E has seen fit to lift Phil Robertson’s suspension as patriarch of its hit reality show.
If you want to know why Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost the governorship of the Old Dominion yesterday, look no further than white evangelicals.
To defend against the alleged assault, the Armed Services committees of both houses of Congress have approved language to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act that instructs the Armed Forces to “accommodate the beliefs, actions, and speech” of service members “except in cases of military necessity.” “That’s like using a meat ax to do brain surgery,” says the American Jewish Committee’s Marc Stern, one of the country’s leading church-state lawyers and as staunch an advocate of religious liberty as exists on God’s green earth.
Let us pause to reflect on the changing of the guard at the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy shop. Richard Land, a member of the founding generation of the religious right, fought to restore — or maintain — conservative cultural values in society at large. And how does his successor, Russell Moore, compare?
Yes, the decision by the Boy Scouts to open its doors to gay boys but not to gay men is an awkward compromise, but social progress often proceeds by awkward compromise. The fact is that it is now officially possible to be both openly gay and, in Scouting lingo, “morally…straight.” And that’s what’s got conservative religious leaders’ knickers in a twist.