Against the tide

A new survey by Pew Research shows that more American adults now favor than oppose same-sex marriage, by a margin of 49% to 43%. In 2003 the same survey showed the opposite: 58% opposed vs. 33% in favor. Pew attributes the shift primarily to the coming of age of the Millennial generation — those ... Continue reading

The politics of beauty

My interest in beauty pageants probably peaked when I was 15. These days, the closest I get is laughing at Sandra Bullock's send-up of beauty contests (scholarship programs!) in Miss Congeniality. But I have been fascinated by the controversy over this weekend's Miss USA pageant, caused when ... Continue reading

Things Jesus never said

In the debate about whether homosexual love should be blessed as consistent with the Christian faith, it is frequently pointed out that it was the Apostle Paul, not Jesus Christ, who condemned homosexuality. It has often been argued that if homosexuality was really an offense to God, Jesus Christ ... Continue reading

Free will and felines

It was the cat's fault—that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Don't get me wrong, I like cats. Most of them are psychotic serial killers, but they have their moments, like when they drop a gift of bird entrails on your front porch. Cats are adorable. Even by cat standards, "Manson" was weird. ... Continue reading

In pursuit of happiness

I believe that God gave us the gift of sexuality so that we might express with our bodies the love that's in our hearts. I just need to tell you that I experience that with my partner. —Gene Robinson, newly elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, on the spiritual meaning of a homosexual ... Continue reading