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Potstirrer Podcast

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Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity … read more


48 - Christian & Affirming? Part I: Sexual Orientation

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of homophobia, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, sexual assault and suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

The relationship between the American church and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people has all too often been rocky, and conflict is inflamed by opposition by churches and Christian political institutions to equal rights for LGBTQ Americans. Opposition to equal rights for LGBTQ Americans is based on the belief among many Christian traditions, denominations, and sects that homosexuality and transgender identity are morally wrong, based on how they interpret a handful of Bible verses.

In Part I of a two-part series, Jaye focuses on the non-affirming position of many Christian institution as it relates to sexual orientation. She examines the "clobber" verses, making the argument that the non-affirming position is not conclusively supported by the Bible. What damage is being done to LGBTQ people, both inside and outside the church because of the non-affirming doctrine of many American churches? And - can you be Christian and affirming? Twitter: @potstirrercast IG: @potstirrerpodcast Facebook: Website: Flying Machine Network: Patreon:


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"Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation." University of California - Davis.

Blair, Ralph. 2013. "Clobber Passages." Evangelicals Concerned, Inc.

Helminiak, Daniel A. 2000 [1994]. What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. Novato, CA: Alamo Square Press.

Mallory, Christy, Brown, Taylor N.T., and Kerith J. Conron. 2018. "Conversion Therapy and LGBT Youth." The Williams Institute: UCLA School of Law.

Ryan, Caitlin, Toomey, Russell B. Diaz, Rafael M. and Stephen T. Russell. 2018. "Parent-Initiated Sexual Orientation Change Efforts with LGBT Adolescents: Implications for Young Adult Mental Health and Adjustment." Journal of Homosexuality. November 7, pp.1-15.

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Vines, Matthew. 2014. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. New York: Convergent Books.


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