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Gender and Sexuality News Roundup (2/07/19)

February 5, 2019

One mission of CBMW is to help Christians think through secular and ecclesial trends on gender and sexuality. Through this work, we pore over a lot of different news reports and articles as we attempt to wade through the ceaseless flow of information on the web. In our weekly Gender and Sexuality News Roundups, we aim to distill some of the more pertinent information for you.

The articles below are from a wide variety of sectors and publications, organized generally into three categories. They are presented in aggregate, not necessarily endorsed.

If you see an article that you think should be featured in future CBMW News Roundups, you can send it to [email protected] with the subject “News Roundup.”


Ecclesial Trends on Gender and Sexuality

Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice, NPR (Tom Gjelten)

“Religious conservatives have rarely faced much competition in the political realm from faith-based groups on the left. The provocations of President Trump may finally be changing that.”ather Alert in Will, McHenry, Livingston, La Salle, Lake, Kendall, Kankakee, Kane, Iroquois, Grundy, Ford, DuPage, DeKalb and Cook counties.

United Methodists face vote on LGBTQ issues. Will it rip the church apart?, Chicago Tribune (Hanaa’ Tameez)

“Lewis said she felt the conversation was necessary ahead of the United Methodist General Conference this month in St. Louis. The conference meets every four years, but a special session was called to vote on a plan regarding same-sex marriage and the acceptance of LGBTQ clergy in the church.”


Secular Trends on Gender and Sexuality

Sobering reality’: LGBT progress report shows gains, but most states still won’t grant rights, USA Today (Jorge L. Ortiz)

“As the LGBT community continues to pursue equal rights, it can point to substantial gains at the state level, broad public support and increased momentum toward a federal Equality Act. On the other hand, most states still lack laws banning discrimination, and bills that would curtail gay rights keep popping up.”

Fight over LGBT rights is still a flashpoint at Texas Capitol, Austin American-Statesman (Chuck Lindell)

“The “bathroom bill” is dead and gay marriage has been a reality for 3½ years, but the fight over LGBT rights remains a flashpoint as the Legislature begins wading into policy debates in the still-young session.”

Radical Feminists Join Conservatives to Fight Trans Cult, Crisis Magazine (Austin Ruse)

“The remarkable thing about the Heritage panel was that it even happened in the first place. These were four radical feminists who have virtually nothing in common with conservatives other than opposition to the trans ideology.”

In conservative Catholic Poland, a gay and atheist politician is seizing the moment, The Washington Post (Rick Noack)

“On Sunday, the openly gay former LGBT rights activist finally announced the name of his new party, Wiosna (Spring), as he rallied his supporters around their shared goal of gaining a substantial number of seats during European elections in May, parliamentary elections later this year, and perhaps even more support during presidential elections in 2020.”

Japan’s Working Mothers: Record Responsibilities, Little Help From Dads, The New York Times (Motoko Rich)

“Men in Japan do fewer hours of housework and child care than in any of the world’s richest nations. That keeps women from getting better jobs and holds back the economy.”


Gender and Sexuality Miscellany

This Is What Anti-Christian Bigotry Looks Like, National Review (David French)

A hashtag, #ExposeChristianSchools, popped up on Twitter, leading a New York Times reporter to openly called for people to come forward and discuss their Christian school experiences.

How Donald Trump brought about the end of my marriage, Daily Kos (Jen Merrill)

“He replied that he didn’t think politics was something to split up over, that it didn’t matter that much to him. I said that it does to me. And that was the heart of the issue, right there: It matters a lot to me.”

Seven Questions to Ask Your Daughter’s Boyfriend, desiring God (Greg Morse)

“I asked these questions before the proposal, and I pray they serve as a good starting place for other brothers (and even fathers) as they sit down to talk with a young man pursuing one of our treasured women.”

Why It’s Good to Be a Woman, The Gospel Coalition (Lauren Hansen)

“Dodds’s stated goal in writing (A)Typical Woman is this: “I want women to be at peace as women, to be grateful for being made women, and to see it all as an essential part of Christ’s mission and work” (13). That is indeed a worthy and needed aim.”

How to Go on an Actual Date, Relevant Magazine (Brian Kammerzelt)

“Like art, a date is the pursuit of something meaningful.”

What does Paul mean when he says ‘let a woman learn quietly?’, Southern Equip (Denny Burk)

“God intends a certain order in the husband-wife relationship. The order of creation establishes the husband as leader in the first marriage and in all marriages to follow.”

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