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More on Sullivan

My thoughts on Sullivan are tainted by times spent on National Review’s blog “The Corner.” Pundits from Nation Review were often commenting on things that Andrew Sullivan had said, and he was often commenting on what they had said about him. I have noticed that the tone of Sullivan gets rather shrill when he is taking about the “political fundamentalists and social conservatives” as he calls them. Sullivan attempts to say that Christians who hold to certain values that are traditionally orthodox Christian beliefs are also Republican by political stripe.

I cannot understand how values held by Christianity over the millennium are now being redefined. Sullivan seems to think that Christianity is socially malleable. He also states that many personally devout Christians (he believes he is one of them) “are socially liberal on issues like contraception, gay rights, women’s equality and a multi-faith society.” While I think that issues like contraception (abortion is not a form of contraception), women’s rights and freedom of religion is a place where many intelligent Christians can disagree—I would not say that gay rights is on the same footing.

Mostly what I see from Sullivan seems steeped in his own sub-culture. I realize that when he posts things like he did in Time Magazine the whole blogosphere explodes, but when I look for an argument all I see are equivocations and other informal fallacies. I wish Reynolds would help me understand what all the hubbub is about.

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