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Marriage Is Big Enough for All of Us

Some say that allowing same-sex marriage redefines marriage for everyone. It will make the definition of marriage hazy, consequently undermining a crucial social and cultural institution. (I use that weasel word “some” quite deliberately: “Traditionalists” sounds like an insult; “opponents of same-sex marriage” makes them sound “anti”; “Christian” and “conservative” wouldn’t reflect the diversity of […]

How Anti-Masonic Myths Hurt People

In the recent case of Lesley Pilkington, the Christian therapist suspended by the BACP for misconduct, one thing stuck out for me personally. The most egregious aspect of her conduct was, undoubtedly, telling her client — who turned out to be undercover journalist Patrick Strudwick — that childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a […]

Archbishop Cranmer versus Advertising Standards

Last Friday, the blogger known as Archbishop Cranmer made a bold claim: “Advertising Standards Authority persecutes His Grace,” the headline announced. The ASA sent him “all manner of official papers, formal documentation and threatening notices which demand answers to sundry questions by a certain deadline.” The correspondence was part of an investigation into an ad (which […]

ASA Persecuting ‘His Grace’ over Marriage Ad?

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Not Voltaire Friday afternoon saw a bit of muttering on Twitter over the plight of Archbishop Cranmer, the pseudonymous Christian blogger claiming persecution for carrying a Coalition 4 Marriage advertisement on his website. According to Cranmer, the Advertising […]

Christian and Agnostic

(This was first published in 2009.) I’m a Christian. I’ve been a confirmed Anglican since 2003. I’m a regular churchgoer and continue to be involved in all kinds of areas of parish life. I am also an agnostic. I accept the intellectual arguments for atheism, and recognized about 18 months ago that I had long […]

Feeling Pain for North Carolina’s Gays & Lesbians

North Carolina’s Amendment One was a constitutional bill so anti-gay that even David Blankenhorn, the defence’s sole expert witness in the Proposition 8 trial, disavowed it. And yet, yesterday, voters in the state passed it by a majority of 60% to 40%, robbing gay families of all legal protections afforded to heterosexual married couples. Unlike California’s […]

Anglican Mainstream, Core Issues, Homosexuality & Homophobia

The anti-gay movement is fighting back hard these days. And when I say anti-gay, I mean virulently. With Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues, two groups in the news at the moment for their now-cancelled “ex-gay” ad campaign on London buses, we’re not talking about mere “traditional Christians,” but egregiously homophobic organizations. I’ve documented Anglican Mainstream’s […]

The Meaning of Easter

I wrote these words just over a year ago, and I republish them to give friends and readers some idea why this non-theist continues to find meaning in the Christian Easter tradition. ________________ The Ash Wednesday words “From dust you came and to dust you shall return” have particular resonance for this Anglican agnostic. You […]

Daily Mail ‘Honour Violence’ Headline Smears Young British Muslims

The Mail Online has backtracked on a headline claiming that “two thirds of young British Muslims” support “honour violence.” The information was false. The “two thirds” figure actually related to those who believed in the concept of “izzat,” the concept of “honour” in certain Asian societies. In fact, 18 percent, or less than one fifth, of […]

Dawkins, Lennox and a Christian Myth about Unbelievers

The evangelical faith I once had was formed in a milieu dominated by a particular story about unbelievers. The story was rarely articulated fully, but it was assumed in conversations, prayers and sermons. It went like this: Deep down, unbelievers know they’re on shaky ground; unbelievers know the gospel is true; unbelievers are on the precipice of […]