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Christian Leaders Reject Ugandan Anti-gay Bill

posted by Diana Butler Bass

On December 7, Faith in Public Life released a statement condemning the anti-gay bill in the Ugandan Parliament that submits homosexuals to draconian punishments for their “crimes.”  Sadly, many prominent Christians have refused to speak out against the human rights […]


Catholic Hardball 2: DC Responds

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Updates on yesterday’s blog about the fight between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the DC City Council: According to the Washington Post, the DC city council has responded to the Catholic Archdiocese by “digging in its heels” on gay marriage. […]


New Catholic Hardball: Trading the Poor for Doctrinal Purity

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning’s Washington Post made me choke on my coffee:  “Catholic Church Gives D.C. Ultimatum.”  The Catholic Archdiocese is playing political hardball by threatening to cut off social services to the city’s poor–including the homeless, the hungry, the sick, and […]


Bill Donohue is Angry at Radical Secularists…Again

posted by Paul Raushenbush

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those “radical secularists” lurking ominously behind ever corner. In […]

Religious Voices for Gay Rights at the National Equality March

posted by guestblogger

Timothy Palmer is the Director of Communication and Outreach at the Religious Institute: Faith Voices on Sexuality and Religion People of faith will be conspicuous at the National Equality March in Washington this weekend.  I don’t remember hearing religious voices at my first March […]

Dear Imam, Rabbi or Pastor: The Wrong Embryo Was Implanted, Can We Talk?

posted by guestblogger

Kate M. Ott, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of The Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion   On Monday, Carolyn and Sean Savage of Sylvania, Ohio, told the national audience of the Today Show that Carolyn was implanted […]

Lutheran Gay Rights!

posted by guestblogger

Timothy Palmer is the Director of Policy and Communication at the Religious Institute: Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion Those of us who are both openly gay and openly Christian (and happily reconciled in the two) are used to the deliberate pace […]

Not Angels, but Anglicans

posted by Diana Butler Bass

For the last month, I’ve been in Australia and only occasionally heard news from the United States.  I haven’t minded too much missing arguments over health care and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  But I have fretted about missing the […]

Gay Bishops and the New Orthodoxy of the Episcopal Church

posted by Paul Raushenbush

It looks like the Episcopal Church is going to lift its ban on gay bishops.This is great news for those of us who support equal rights of gays and lesbians to serve at the highest office in any political or […]

Gay People Should Celebrate and Support the NAACP at 100!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gay people and their allies should take the occasion of the NAACP’s centennial to celebrate the NAACP’s century of accomplishments and recommit to supporting the organization and its objectives of ending racism in America.   Why? I’ll give you three reasons. 1) The NAACP […]

President Obama holds White House Gay Pride Reception

posted by Paul Raushenbush

If you haven’t seen this it will hopefully give you confidence that no matter what people say, our President is on the side of the LGBT communities.  The President’s great line was about Stonewall in 1969 saying “That night, nobody […]

Mark Sanford v. Elliot Spitzer- the Hypocrisy (and faith) Factor

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Alec Baldwin wants me to move on and not pay attention to the Mark Sanford fandango.  I basically agree.  But over the last couple of days I have been wondering why the Mark Sanford affair rankles me more than, say, […]

Was Tiller’s Murder Justice?

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross posted from             Last week, I had the honor of sitting next to a group of Gold Star Moms during the National Memorial Day concert.  We talked about their sons and exchanged some tearful hugs during the extremely […]

Sexual Orientation and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…. These values are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence as inalienable rights of every American. Generation after generation, people have fought to get rid of the “….except for”s: except for blacks, except for […]

A Memorial Day Salute to my Partner’s Father

posted by Paul Raushenbush

John Glenn Gooch’s military stone had only recently been placed in the cemetery when we arrived to plant flowers to honor him this Memorial Day weekend.  Glenn died this winter and is now buried near the town where he arrived […]

Lesbian Justice on the Supreme Court

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Soon after Justice Souter announced his retirement from the Supreme Court the nomination speculation game began.  Two of the names that quickly surfaced were Kathleen Sullivan and Pam Karlan and either one of them would represent the first lesbian on the […]

Hate Crimes Legislation and the Pulpit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Hate Crimes Bill passed the house yesterday 249-175 and so we have taken another step towards decency in our country and respect for all of our citizens.  This has been seen as a threat by conservative religious and legal […]

Gotcha Miss California

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning, Miss California USA told an MSNBC anchor that she prays for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Not unsolicited charity, her prayers are a response to an unexpected controversy from Sunday’s night Miss USA competition.  Miss California was one of […]

The Gathering Storm – Colbert Strikes Back

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Colbert Coalition’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest There were a lot of good spoofs of the National Organization for Marriage’s video The […]

Gay Marriage and the New Improved Rick Warren

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rick Warren is now pro-gay marriage. Or, he never was against gay marriage. (video 1) Except that of course, he was against gay marriage.  (video 2) Rick Warren doesn’t equate gay marriage with incest or pedophilia.  (video 1) Except, or […]

Iowa Blesses Gay Marriage

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Iowa Supreme Court did the just thing last Thursday when it found laws prohibiting marriage between people of the same gender unconstitutional.   The court gave a UNANIMOUS opinion displaying a moral clarity on the subject which other states and ultimately the […]

Julian Bond: Black Rights and Gay Rights – A Common Struggle

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is a wonderful video for anyone who cars about the civil rights of all people.  It puts to rest the false idea that African Americans are more homophobic than other Americans.   Homophobia has no race and bigotry towards gay people […]

Marriage Matters: Why California Must Overturn Prop 8

posted by guestblogger

Guest Post by Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing – a multifaith organization with more than 4400 religious leaders in its network The California Supreme Court will hear arguments today to invalidate Prop […]

Milk: Best Spiritual Film of the Year

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  Belierfnet has nominated five fine films for best spiritual film of the year.  But the list leaves out the winner:  Milk. The movie tells the story of Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco superintendent who died a martyr for the cause […]

Ted Haggard, The Trials of a Gay Evangelical

posted by Paul Raushenbush

HBO will be airing a new documentary about Ted Haggard, the evangelical pastor and former President of the National Association of Evangelicals who fell from prominance when it was discovered that he was having extra-marital gay sex with a male […]

The Inauguration According to Westboro Baptist Church

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Just our own little bit of American Christian fundamentalism at the inauguration.  (I think they are secretly a radical pro-gay group doing street theater)


posted by Welton Gaddy

Just as I seek to protect appropriate boundaries between religion and government, I also protect appropriate boundaries between my work as President of Interfaith Alliance and my role as Pastor of Northminster Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. That is not […]

Gene and Rick: Post-Partisan Parable 2

posted by Diana Butler Bass

A few days ago, the Obama team announced that Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop who is an openly partnered gay man, will pray at Sunday’s Inauguration rock concert on the National Mall.    On the Rachel Maddow Show, Bishop […]

Bishop Gene Robinson to Give Prayer at Pre-Inaugural Event

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New Hampshire gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before the inauguration.  This is really great news and seems to me to be an appropriate and brave gesture by the […]

Rick Warren Gives Sanctuary to Anti-Gay Episcopal Churches

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is just a bit more grist for the Rick Warren debate.   Just as he took the side of the anti-gay bishops in Africa, Rick Warren has welcomed the anti-gay churches in America who are choosing to leave the […]

The Truth About Rick Warren In Africa

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Max Blumenthal on Daily Beast digs deeper into the work of Rick Warren in Africa.   “Team Obama likes to cite Warren’s work on AIDS in Africa to combat criticism about the controversial pastor. But how does burning condoms in […]

Rick Warren and the Inauguration: Why You Should be Concerned As Well

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Guest Post by Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing a multifaith organization with more than 4400 religious leaders in its network. First, you need to know who I am. I am a Jewish Unitarian […]

Melissa Etheridge gets it right …

posted by Brian McLaren

In the ongoing controversy over Rick Warren as the “invocator” at the inauguration, the wisest words I’ve heard so far have come from Melissa Etheridge. I especially love what happens when she uses the word “maybe.” You can read her […]

The Power of Prayer

posted by Renita Weems

Sure, Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren for the inaugural prayer proves nothing more probably than that Obama is a consummate politician. Obama will do what he has to do to win over voters. And he’s probably figured out that […]

Warren, Cizik, Obama, left, right, pro, anti, etc.

posted by Brian McLaren

What a fascinating time to be alive. Here we are … about to celebrate the 2008th anniversary of Jesus’ birth, and a whole bunch of us are still squabbling like cats and dogs about what it means to be a […]


Somebody needs to explain this to me, because I must be dumb: Rick Warren was somehow an inclusive choice to deliver the Invocation at the Inauguration?     Let’s look for a moment at what an invocation is. It’s that moment when […]

Rich and Rick: A Post-Partisan Parable

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week’s two major religion stories revolved around Rich and Rick–Rich Cizik and Rick Warren–and point out the uncomfortable but spiritually challenging direction President-elect Obama may be pushing religious communities with his post-partisan vision for America. For more than a […]

muslims and proposition 8

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As this is my first post on Progressive Revival, let me take a moment to thank the Powers that Be at Beliefnet for inviting me to participate here. It’s an honor to be blogging alongside the rest of you! My […]

Cizik & Civil Unions: Evangelical leader ousted over supportive comments

posted by David Gibson

An earthquake is rocking the Evangelical world as the longtime spokesman and Washington leader of the National Association of Evangelicals has resigned over comments he made to NPR revealing that he voted for Barack Obama (heresy) and he could support […]

The Religious Case for Gay Marriage

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lisa Miller at Newsweek writes this provocative, excellent case for gay marriage Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, […]

Will Actions Follow the Ad?

posted by Welton Gaddy

Did you see this ad in the “A” section of today’s New York Times? After reading it, I am pleased to see the newfound commitment of some of my friends on the right to fight against anti-religious bigotry and violence […]

The Episcopal Split: A Battle Over Purity, not Orthodoxy

posted by Chloe Breyer

In his Letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul describes his frustration with members of “the circumcision faction”-an early group of conserative Jewish-Christians from Jerusalem who refused to eat with the Gentile converts in St. Paul’s community in Antioch. What […]

Prop 8 – The Musical!

posted by Paul Raushenbush

With Jack Black as Jesus, this anti-prop 8 mini-musical is worth a watch. See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Progressive Revival Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

What is the most pressing moral issue facing the Obama Administration? ( surveys)

Prop 8 Sunday Protests

posted by Paul Raushenbush

AP has this report on the first Sunday after the Prop 8 vote: On the first Sunday after a gay marriage ban passed in California, activists rallied in defiance, including hundreds of protesters outside an Orange County megachurch whose pastor […]

Liberty, America and Prop 8

Several years ago, I was asked to appear on the Larry King Show to discuss the legalization of gay marriage. I don’t know why they chose me exactly, except that I was a straight person who would vote PRO. In […]

Going Against Mormon Leadership, Brigham Young’s Descendant Opposes Prop 8

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The signs on the front lawn of former 49er quarterback Steve Young’s Peninsula home say “No on Prop. 8,” which normally wouldn’t be much of a story in the Bay Area, a gay-friendly region which is the center of opposition […]

Rick Warren & Proposition 8

posted by Randall Balmer

I have a great deal of respect for Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  I would even go so far as to count him as a friend, and I suspect that he might say the same […]

God, Marriage and Proposition 8

posted by Sara Miles

Given war, hunger, and the world-wide economic meltdown, it’s hard for me to have a lot of patience with the ideologues who, once again, have dragged the issue of gay marriage onto my state’s ballot as if it were the […]

Republican Earmarks for Gay Porn: Part II

posted by Eric Sapp

The Danville Register and Bee–the paper that originally broke the story about Rep. Virgil Goode’s connections with the “gay coming of age” movie, Eden’s Curve, and Goode’s earmarks to its producer–just released a very good editorial explaining their reasons for […]

Conservative GOP Congressman + his earmark for gay porn flick = interesting times in VA

posted by Eric Sapp

OK, I’m not making this up.  But it just came out that Rep. Virgil Goode, notorious for leading the protest against Rep. Ellison’s desire to be sworn in on the Koran and for being an outspoken opponent of gay rights, […]

Faith of their Fathers? Not When it Comes to the Culture Wars

posted by Robert P. Jones

Given the divisive role religion played in the 2004 election, many progressives have been waiting for a resumption of the culture wars in this election season.  Yet despite the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket, (a Pentecostal governor […]

Paying For Prophecy

posted by Ed Kilgore

As most politically active Americans focused on the financial system bailout legislation over the weekend, 33 Christian ministers took the occasion of Sunday sermons to defy federal tax regulations prohibiting endorsement of political candidates by churches and other tax-exempt organizations.  […]

Abortion? Gay marriage? It’s the (stupid) economy–again!

posted by David Gibson

Do the hot-button culture war issues like abortion and gay marriage matter? If you read only blogs or the news coverage (such as this NYTimes story, “Abortion Issue Again Dividing Catholics”) you might get the impression that these are the […]

Picking Palin: McCain’s Folly, or “crazy like a fox”?

posted by David Gibson

John McCain has certainly revived his maverick label by picking–or plucking from obscurity–freshman Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. (WaPo coverage here, and NYT coverage here.) Like every candidate, there are pluses and minuses with her. On the plus side, […]

Barack Obama and the (surprise!) Mainline Vote

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A new poll by the Barna group finds that Obama is leading in 18 of 19 different religious faith communities defined by the survey’s strict standards. McCain leads in only one–evangelicals. This is good news for Senator Obama and should […]

More high jinks from those jokesters on the Religious Right…

posted by David Gibson

This time the hilarity is from Stuart Shepard, correspondent for the Focus on the Family network (that’s run by that guy, whatsiname, who said he’d never ever endorse McCain–ecxept he might), who muses on bothering God about prayers for some […]

Election 2008: My Radical Gay Agenda (by Sara Miles)

posted by Sara Miles

When people talk about radical homosexuals, they mean me. When they talk about left-wing, socialist feminists, that would be me. And when they talk about Christian voters, that’s  me, too.    So I’m driving along yesterday with my friend and […]

A Poignant Dispatch from Gene Robinson at Lambeth

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rev. Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was pointedly not to attend Lambeth Conference. But he has been there and posted this poignant dispatch on his blog.   Since arriving in Canterbury, I had not yet visited the […]

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