Bathroom talk

How would one actually verify if a transgender person was using the bathroom of his or her gender identity?

Would we have video cameras aimed at peoples’ genitals?

Would we need to enforce “pants checks” in public restrooms?

Would we “self police” and start peeking our heads into stalls and over urinal walls?
Or would we need real, actual police and law enforcement officials?

Putting the ethics and politics of the question aside for a moment, how does any of this work practically? How does one detect, let alone enforce, any of these proposed rules from either side of the political aisle?

And if the answer is that there isn’t a practical way to enact any of these detection or enforcement policies without massive intrusions into personal privacy, doesn’t this sort of suggest that forcing trans people into one bathroom or another is kind of a moot point?

Honestly, I don’t check out the genitals of other people in public restrooms, and as far as I know, people aren’t checking out mine. If a trans man uses a stall next to me – pre or post transition – I literally have no way of knowing…which is pretty much as it should be, right?

RWW News: Jonathan Cahn: God Will Judge America For White House Rainbow Light Display

Apart from the “disestablishment of the church” comment (we have never had an established church), here is the most problematic part of this tirade for me:

Why doesn’t God “judge” America for things like this more clearly? Why aren’t God’s judgments obvious responses to human sin?

It is easy to imagine that the next large national disaster will be blamed on the rainbow White House… But the connection will be less than tenuous. Tornados in the Midwest? Water shortages in California? Earth quakes in Michigan?

If the White House angers God, why doesn’t God destroy the White House instead of sending earth quakes to Battle Creek? If gay pride parades are an affront to God, why don’t those get flooded out instead of the god-fearing farmers of the Midwest?

Does God have bad aim or something? Does god not realize the mixed symbols he’s sending?

David Benham: ‘Persecution Is Coming!’

There’s a powerful narrative circulating that Christians are on the brink of persecution in America.

(Let’s set aside, for the moment, that white American Christians are arguably the most powerful, wealthiest group of human beings in human history.)

Here, ancient Rome is held up as a direct example of what American Christians may soon face.

And here’s my response: this comparison is a disgrace to the martyrs.

Haven’t you the least amount of shame? As you prance around the country raking in speaking fees, you dare to desecrate the suffering and death of the martyrs by comparing yourself to them?


We need to do better than this. We have to do better than this.

We Need Better Ideas

It’s hard to believe that this blog post exists on a christian blog in 2015 – because it confirms that there are Christians asking these questions of Christian thinkers.

How is this possible?

We absolutely must have new and better ways of thinking about science and how it interacts with our faith.


We Need Better Ideas: Inerrancy

Nailed it.

At the very least, this proves that an inerrant Bible doesn’t amount to much without inerrant readers who can understand and interpret it inerrantly.

For the sake of argument, let’s grant the idea that the Bible is inerrant — that it provides “truth, without any mixture of error.” That still wouldn’t allow the Bible to function the way inerrantists want it to, because the humans reading such an inerrant Bible are not themselves inerrant. None of us approaches the text “without any mixture of error.” We humans are all — demonstrably as well as doctrinally — flawed, fallible and finite creatures who come to the text as mixtures of error. Even if the text were perfect, we would never be capable of reading it perfectly.

We Need Better Ideas: Higher Education

Evangelical Christian colleges are developing a nasty habit of expelling professors who accept the science of evolution, and in this case, Open Theism as well.

Here’s an interesting aside from the main point of Karl W. Giberson’s recent opinion piece on the issue:

And, if we add the victims of witchhunts in other evangelical traditions, we could staff a major research university.

We need better ideas about Christian higher education. Maybe it’s time to make hypothetical research university this a thing.