In a recent press release, a group called Faith in America has announced they will intrude into multiple public spaces of Phoenix during the yearly convention of the Southern Baptist Convention. Their goal is to demand that Baptists remove homosexuality from their list of sins and give Faith in America’s advocates bargaining power for a long-term conversation with the SBC. The conversation would hinge on what Baptists can do to make LGBT youth—which Faith in America calls “yOur youth”—happier and more affirmed within Baptist churches.
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Robert Oscar Lopez
Robert Oscar Lopez is an English and Classics professor in Los Angeles, and author of Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman (2011) and Jephthah's Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family 'Equality' (2015). Jephthah's Daughters will be available at createspace.com bookstore and Amazon.com after February 25, 2015. He edits English Manif.
Exactly 500 years ago a professor named Martin Luther felt increasingly alarmed about corruption in the Roman Catholic Church. In October 1517, Luther authored his famous 95 theses challenging the Vatican’s management of Christendom, beginning with the assertion that God “willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” While Luther did not want to tear apart the church, his actions did spur the Protestant Reformation.
The riots in Berkeley (yes, they were riots, not protests) were as shocking as they were productive. For many Americans, this was a first view into the decadence of higher education.
The story sounds like a bad joke: “Two gays and a kid they’re raising run into Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and her kids as they’re boarding a holiday flight to San Francisco…”
My former employer, California State University-Northridge, is the epitome of everything wrong with college campuses today. For almost a decade, I chronicled the utter insanity of the college as well as its hypocrisy. On this palmy California quadrangle, a “Hispanic-Serving Institution” comprised of over forty thousand students, Christian groups like InterVarsity are not welcome and the publicity office refused to promote a guest lecture by Shirley Jones, the Academy-award-winning actress who played Mrs. Partridge. On the other hand, a “queer icon” name “Bitch” can find its way to a prominent spot on the university website.
In May 2013, I received a letter from Provost Harry Hellenbrand, informing me that I had received tenure at California State University-Northridge. This was a joyous occasion. For most professors no watershed is as important as the moment one receives tenure.
February is shaping up to be a historic month for children of gays, or “COGs." Just when it seemed that a Supreme Court victory for gay marriage had no obstacles in sight, the issue of gay parenting has been reopened for serious questioning. The interrogators are no longer preachers, social scientists, or gay rights advocates, but children of gay couples themselves.