Posted inWar and Peace

A horrific ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya shows the limits of our moral attention

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2019, a brutal ‘gay purge’ took place in the Russian republic of Chechnya. It was not the first. Since 2017, gay men have been hunted, abducted, and tortured by the Chechen authorities. Some have been murdered. The story was briefly covered by Western media. Thinking that the return (yet again) of concentration camps to […]

Posted inSex & Gender

Uganda: ‘Kill the Gays’ Law Imposing Death Penalty on Homosexuals

Reading Time: 4 minutes Uganda is one of those countries that has had the unfortunate “privilege” of receiving money and missionaries from the United States. And those missionaries and that money isn’t about making the country a nicer, more cohesive country. It’s not about pulling those communities together. And this has been a long-term strategy. Just imagine going to […]

Posted inPolitics, Secularism

The Religious Right & Project Blitz

Reading Time: 5 minutes I have written before about how the religious right is raising their game to capitalise on the chaos and distraction caused by Trump in order to pass laws concerning abortion. This move to force their pious views and hardline Christian values upon American society is part of an organised and strategic policy known as Project […]

Posted inNews, Religion

And Now the Methodists…

Reading Time: 5 minutes Yesterday the United Methodist Church decided to revert back to a hardline stance against same-sex relationships, and many of my friends are heartbroken by this move by the second largest Protestant denomination (trailing only my own family’s Southern Baptist Convention, which has never accepted gay marriage). Backtracking like this almost certainly means a major split […]

Posted inLGBTQ News, Sex & Gender

The Bible and the Art of Blameshifting

Reading Time: 9 minutes This past Sunday at church, my daughters heard a sermon (they still attend with their mother) by Owen Strachan, a visiting preacher who until recently headed up the Biblical Council on Manhood and Womanhood, a conservative evangelical think tank created to preserve and defend the traditional American family structure. The CBMW would argue their rigid family […]

Posted inComedy, News

John Oliver’s Gay Rabbit Takes On Mike Pence

Reading Time: 3 minutes   Comedian John Oliver has a new kids’ book out about a gay rabbit, and the butt of the joke is Vice President Mike Pence. BBC News ran the story Marlon Bundo: John Oliver lampoons Mike Pence with LGBT book. CNN also ran the story about Oliver’s newest tome with John Oliver is trolling Pence with […]