Some religion, gender, and sexuality news from the past week:
In a similar case, a Christian student at Augusta State University’s school of counseling has alleged that she was threatened with expulsion because of her religious views on homosexuality, and is filing suit against the school. Jennifer Keeton claims she was ordered to take sensitivity training or face expulsion after she stated in class that homosexuality is an immoral lifestyle choice. More on these two cases in a future post!
Phillis Schafly claims President Obama is “subsidizing” illegitimate babies to increase his voter base. Great commentary from Robin Marty at RH Reality Check: “Remember, these are the people who fight against birth control, and say that there should be no access to abortion. Oddly enough, it doesn’t look like they want people to have babies, either.”
Encouraging news: New poll from Public Religion Research Institute finds slight majority of Californians support marriage equality. Latino Catholics were the most supportive out of religious groups of gay marriage (57%), followed by white mainline Protestants and white Catholics (54% and 51%) Latino Protestants were much less likely than Latino Catholics to approve of marriage equality (22%).
Anne Rice Quits Christians, Still Dates Jesus. More at Huffington Post: “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control . . . In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
I think we’ll see a lot more Christians making this choice in the future (and many already have). I have a lot of respect for progressives who work for change within the institution of the church, and I think their work is tremendously important. But for some people remaining in the church feels tantamount to endorsing oppressive doctrines and discrimination, and working for change outside the church seems a more coherent option.