Michael Rea, president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, apologized Saturday to anyone who may have been offended by a recent presentation by leading Christian philosopher Richard Swinburne at the 2016 Midwest Society of Christian Philosophers in which Swinburne said homosexuality could be considered a disability.
Reporting on the meeting, on the blog Philosophical Percolations, J. Edward Hackett, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Akron, said he rebuked Swinburne for medicalizing homosexuality.
"As one of the keynotes of the Midwest Meeting of Society of Christian Philosophers, he referred to homosexuality as a 'disability' and a 'incurable condition.' While Swinburne did not think homosexuality was intrinsically wrong in the same way that adultery was wrong, he argued (if that's the right verb under some principle of charity) that homosexuality was extrinsically wrong. Homosexuality was a disability in the lacking of the ability to have children, and God's commands of abstaining from homosexuality might prevent others from fostering this incurable condition in others," Hackett wrote, saying he told Swinburne that he "medicalized being gay in the same way that phrenology medicalized racism." more >>
Opponents of a Massachusetts law allowing biological men to use women's bathrooms and locker rooms say they have obtained enough signatures to force a ballot referendum, which would give voters in the state the ability to decide if the law oversteps individual privacy rights.
In July, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation into law that extended non-discrimination protections to transgender people statewide when it comes to the use of public accommodations like restrooms, locker rooms, showers and other public changing areas.
Opponents of the law, which will officially take effect on Saturday, argue that the new non-discrimination protections have effectively compromised public safety and privacy rights by allowing any male who might want to take advantage of the system to claim to be a woman just to have access to women's changing areas. more >>
Do you need to lock your doors and windows at night because a homosexual predator is coming after your kids? That is absolutely not what I mean when I say that LGBT activists are coming for your children.
I'm talking about educators and government leaders; I'm talking about celebrities and judges; I'm talking about people of influence who want to indoctrinate your children even before they get to school.
I'm talking about an all-out war for the minds and hearts of your kids. more >>
UPDATE: 12 PM, SEPT. 30: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from serving the rest of his term for refusing to allow probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a judicial commission ruled on Friday.
As the judicial commission is set to rule on a case against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended in May for refusing to allow probate judges to issue licenses to same-sex couples, evangelist Franklin Graham is urging Christians to pray for the judge who "stands up for what is right." more >>
I think most Christians know that comparison is a poisonous practice. Measuring your gifts, life circumstances, and callings against those of another believer always leeches away at personal contentment and fractures Christian fellowship. Yet, even still, the vast majority of us are chronic measurers. We are so prone to overlook the abundance of grace God has showered upon us as we enviously eye the lives of those who seem to have received more of it — permitting all kinds of evil to enter into our hearts as we do.
Feeling like we have been dealt a bad hand in specific areas of life, we grow bitter toward our friends in the faith and skeptical of God's impartial love. Why does God bless others in ways that he doesn't bless me? Why does he provide for others while he withholds from me? Why does he call others to a seemingly less painful path than the one to which he has called me?
Even Christ's handpicked apostles weren't exempt from this weakness. more >>
Pope Francis has backed hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics and other pro-traditional marriage supporters who marched against proposals to legalize gay marriage in Mexico over the weekend, saying that he supports the defense of "family and life."
"I join willingly the bishops of Mexico in supporting the efforts of the Church and civil society in favor of the family and of life, which at this time require special pastoral and cultural attention worldwide," Francis said after the weekly Angelus prayer, Crux Catholic Media reported on Sunday.
The Associated Press reported that as many as 215,000 people attended the traditional marriage rally, according to the National Front for the Family. They were dressed in white and carried white balloons in support of traditional marriage, or the union between one man and one woman. more >>