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Sexual Puritans in an R-Rated Culture

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in America, Culture, Culture War, Dan Savage, Homepage, Homosexuality, Pop Culture, Power, Sex | 2 comments

As you probably know, Christian and I interviewed Dan Savage on our most recent episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors. For those not familiar, Dan is  a gay-rights activist as well as the nation’s most well-known sex-advice columnist. Going in, we pretty much knew that the episode would make some people uncomfortable. We were right. I won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that our conversation focused on sex in general and homosexuality in particular, and it featured just about everything you can imagine a discussion like that including. And true to form, some of our more conservative and Christian listeners disapproved. In a word, they thought it was distasteful and icky. Here’s the irony: Many corners of the Christian church have leaders who clamor for relevance, for a seat at the cultural table, and for a chance...

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Podcast #8: The One Where We Use the N-Word

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Alcohol, Food, Homepage, Homosexuality, Humor, Justin Bieber, Movies, Podcasts, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Racism, Sex, Women | 5 comments

In this episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors, Christian gives me a very special gift (hint: it’s small, sings like a little Canadian boy, and you put it in your mouth); we take feedback from a female listener who is frustrated by her former time in the church when all her “sisters in Christ” thought she wanted to steal their husbands; we delve into the issue of language and labels, focusing on whether and when it’s OK to use “the N-word” as well as whether jokingly labeling stuff “gay” or “retarded” is a retarded, gay thing to do; I bitch about my culinary needs never being met, while we hoist a poignant shot which Christian saved for the very end of the show. Listen to Podcast #8: The One Where We Use the...

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Pot-Smoking Beats Homosexuality!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Drugs, Football, God, Homepage, Homosexuality, Humor, Jason, Sports | 5 comments

According to a recent study whose conclusions were literally just reached on Sunday at around 7pm, there are more devoutly religious people in Seattle than in San Francisco. Such a finding is startling at first blush since Seattle is such a hyper left-leaning city, and everyone knows that the only non-Republicans who can possibly be said to love God are the even more right-wing Tea Partiers (and Seattle has, like, a total of seven of them). But then when you consider the fact that San Francisco is 87% gay — and if anyone despises the Man Upstairs more than normal Lefties it’s the abnormal (gay) ones — then the findings actually make a lot of sense. But how was such a conclusion reached? Through extensive polling? By evaluation  of technical census data? Pish posh. Who needs all that sociology mumbo-jumbo?...

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Duck Diplomacy

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Culture, Culture War, Duck Dynasty, Homepage, Homosexuality, Humanity, Jason, Pop Culture, Sex, TV | 31 comments

My first encounter with the whole Duck Dynasty  craze was when I was last in a Christian bookstore (still trying to get the taste out of my mouth), and I came across what I can only describe as a shrine to the show, and to Phil Robertson, one of its stars. And now, apparently, he has been suspended from the show by the network for his anti-gay comments expressed in an interview to GQ  Magazine (something about anuses bad, vaginas good). Now, Robertson’s views were hardly new, and certainly not new to the folks at A&E if they bothered to vet him, as this video plainly demonstrates. It seems to me, then, that to really get at the heart of the matter we need to understand that there are a few things that this is NOT about. First, this is...

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