So I decided to go to cafepress, where anyone can send off some designs and end up selling t-shirts and the like. I ended up creating an online store for those into American philosophy. I have quotes and pictures of John Dewey, William James, and Alfred North Whitehead. Any proceeds I get from the store will be directed to the graduate philosophy union at SIU.
Progressive Protestant points to a problem. If evangelicals who are "socially moderate" constitute the religious left according to the media where does that leave religious folks who without reservation support gay and lesbian equality? We certainly have the same numbers as evangelicals who supported Kerry, if not more but we don't exist in this media environment because we don't fit the religious story that the media has set up for us.
It reminds me of the incredulous reaction Howard Dean, who is UCC, got when he said that his faith informed his decision to sign the bill for the civil union legislation in VT. That's why I'm glad to hear of the Christian Alliance for Progress, a group working to provide an alternative religious voice which includes the concerns of gay and lesbians in the forefront of their work. They are not ignoring this issue which I think is important if we want all religious voices to be heard in the public arena.
And now for some sad church stories. A Presbyterian pastor lost his pulpit when he claimed that gay and lesbians should be treated the same as anyone else. Yes, I checked, this is a PCUSA congregation. And a Baptist minister, helping the cause of interfaith relations, had a church sign saying that the Qur'an should be flushed down the toilet. He also said a revealing thing: he was only trying to lift up Christian faith. Here's a novel idea: perhaps it's possible to do so without tearing others down?