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Being Anti-Gay Is Not “Because the Bible Tells Me So”

by Rodney Kennedy Rodney Kennedy has his M.Div from New Orleans Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Louisiana State University. He pastored the First Baptist Church of Dayton (OH) – which is an American Baptist Church – for 13 years, after which he...

Dear Williamstown: Sorry for Misleading You About Ark Encounter – My Bad! 

by William Trollinger Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. Image via JoeMyGod. It has been exactly ten years since Williamstown, Kentucky, underwrote $62.5m worth of bonds that made possible the building of Ark Encounter. This anniversary seems the perfect opportunity...

It’s Not (Just) about Drag: Weaponizing Children in the Anti-LGBTQ+ Culture Wars

by Patrick Thomas Supporters in Palm Springs, California rally in protest to anti-drag legislation. April 18, 2023. Photo by Tara Gray at The Desert Sun. In 2023, the need to celebrate Pride month seems more urgent than usual. Given the increasing presence of far...

Megachurch forces all members to sign anti-LGBTQ+ statement, or be removed from membership

by Rodney Kennedy  Rodney Kennedy has his M.Div. from New Orleans Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Louisiana State University. He pastored the First Baptist Church of Dayton (OH) – which is an American Baptist Church – for 13 years, after which...

The Pain that Fundamentalism Produces

by William Trollinger Anti-LGBTQ+ Protestors. Image courtesy of Getty Images. I was not prepared for the level of pain, hurt, anguish. I should not have been surprised, but I was. It was the winter of 2004. I had been asked to lead the “Winter Weekend Intensive” at...