Fr. John McNeill, "First Major Prophet of the Catholic LGBT Movement," Dies at Age 90

We celebrate the life and courage of John McNeill, who passed away in Fort Lauderdale this week. Jesuit priest John McNeill was the first Catholic theologian to go all the way on LGBT rights. Unlike his contemporaries, he didn’t seek a middle-ground compromise, arguing that homosexuality was a “lesser evil” that could be accepted in some circumstances. His theology defended LGBT rights in a new and complete way. McNeill, who was a priest, theologian and psychotherapist,¬†was best known for his landmark¬†1976 book, The Church and the Homosexual, which cast Catholic teaching on homosexuality in a completely new light. McNeill was Read More …

Goodbye and Thank You, Anne Gaylor: "Feminist, Activist and Freethinker"

We are sad to report that Anne Gaylor, the Principal Founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, died on June 14 at age 88. Anne founded FFRF in 1976 with her daughter, Annie Laurie; and a friend, Jon Sontarck; and was its president until 2004. FFRF has posted a great slideshow of her life on its website. Her daughter explains: The impetus for the group was our somehow becoming aware they were opening county board meetings with prayer. We went down to ask them to stop this unconstitutional practice, and thought we would sound more powerful if we called ourselves Read More …

God Bless David Frohnmayer: A Lion for the Religious Liberty that Protects the Vulnerable, Understands the Fallibility and Potential Evil of Humans, and Follows Common Sense, Passes Away

I was sad to learn of the passing of David Frohnmayer, former Oregon Attorney General, Dean of the University of Oregon Law School, and President of the University of Oregon. David will long be remembered for his public service and his intelligence and especially for his wisdom. He is one of my heroes for his crusading work for his daughters, all of whom have suffered and two have died from Fanconi Anemia, and for his wise analysis of religious liberty boundaries over twenty years ago when he litigated Employment Div. v. Smith. God works in mysterious ways. Thankfully, Frohnmayer was Read More …