Everyone Who Promoted Doug Wilson’s “Gay Marriage is a Far More Serious Problem Than Slavery” Article

Content warning: Homophobia, White Supremacy, Anti-Blackness, Slavery Apologisms.

The following contains a list of notable and prominent Christian conservatives, fundamentalists, and evangelicals who has promoted Doug Wilson’s article, “Time for a Little Q & A.” That article was a response to Matthew Vines’s “40 questions for Christians who oppose marriage equality”, which was itself a response to Kevin DeYoung’s “40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags”, in which The Gospel Coalition’s DeYoung bemoaned that “the whole nation” threw “a party we can’t in good conscience attend” and that LGBT* people stole the rainbow from Christians as a symbol (“We thought the rainbow was God’s sign”).

Doug Wilson, already a well-known slavery apologist with a similarly appalling record on handling child abuse within his church, does not hesitate in his response to Vines to remind everyone about his history — and contemporary practice of — slavery apologism. Wilson argues that support for same-sex marriage is a “far more serious problem” than support for slavery:

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Wilson also answers the the question, “Did you spend any time studying the Bible’s passages about slavery before you felt comfortable believing that slavery is wrong?” with the dismissive “Heh.” One gets the feeling that if Wilson was asked about the horrors of the Holocaust, he might also answer with a “Heh.” Wilson responds with such laughter because the fact is he does not believe slavery is incompatible with authentic Christianity. Wilson has penned two books, Southern Slavery As It Was and Black and Tan where his defenses and dismissals of the horrors of slavery are on full display. A few examples from the latter, Black and Tan, follow.

The following excerpts contain direct, anti-Black, pro-slavery sentiments, so feel free to skip these if you find that triggering.

  • Doug Wilson argues that “pagan Africa” was “worse” than slavery:

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(Is it any surprise that Wilson, who thinks “pagan Africa” is “worse” than slavery, thinks same-sex marriage is also worse than slavery?)

  • Wilson argues that American slavery was just a “normal sin” and not a  significant “evil”:

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  • Wilson argues that white ownership of black bodies and lives was “benign”:

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  • Wilson argues that racism isn’t a concrete sin against humans, just an abstract sin against God:

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  • Wilson argues for “the obvious inferiority of black culture”:

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This is the legacy of Doug Wilson. And while many conservatives and evangelicals try to dismiss Wilson as “fringe,” the fact is, he has held great sway over many of them. Joe Carter of the Gospel Coalition has tried to pretend otherwise, while at the same time Wilson is himself a contributor to the Gospel Coalition and Carter speaks alongside Wilson at Christian conferences.

Now, one might argue that many of the people now promoting Wilson’s response to Matthew Vines are oblivious to Wilson’s anti-Black, white supremacist ideology. However, Doug Wilson’s response to Vines has Wilson’s anti-Black, white supremacist ideology at the front and center. He’s not hiding it.


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And in case you think maybe people just missed that point, nope, people are well aware of it and are promoting it for that specific reason:

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So who all is promoting Doug Wilson and his anti-LGBT, pro-slavery apologism response? Let’s take a roll call:

  • Joe Carter, Editor at the Gospel Coalition, Communication Specialist at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Professor at Patrick Henry Colllege

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  • Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration

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  • Justin Taylor, Senior Vice President of Crossway and Contributor to the Gospel Coalition

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  • Mindy Belz, Editor of WORLD Magazine

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  • John Stonestreet, Summit Ministries and Breakpoint

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  • Brian Brodersen, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

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  • John Lindell, Lead Pastor of James River Church

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  • Bart Gingerich, Managing Editor of Patheos’s Evangelical Channel

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It’s amazing how Doug Wilson brings out the racist, anti-Black underside of so many White Christians. God forgive us.

UPDATE, 07/04/2015, 3:15 pm:

Doug Wilson has written a second post, “Up To Our Knees”, doubling-down/clarifying his original post. Below are excerpts from it.

Again, the following excerpts contain direct, homophobic, anti-Black, pro-slavery sentiments, so feel free to skip these if you find that triggering.

  • Wilson twice states that “sodomy” is worse than slavery:

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  • Wilson argues that being pro-LGBT is the real pro-slavery, and in fact will lead to the return of human slavery:

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Published by R.L. Stollar

R.L. Stollar is a child liberation theologian and an advocate for children and abuse survivors. The author of an upcoming book on child liberation theology, The Kingdom of Children, Ryan has an M.H.S. in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College.

16 thoughts on “Everyone Who Promoted Doug Wilson’s “Gay Marriage is a Far More Serious Problem Than Slavery” Article

  1. What a load of crap….

    Because I am a married hetro I might be sold to a foreign nation and forced to work on farms abroad because SSM is legal?

    Do these people even think?

  2. Great post and documentation. I’m glad you can capture some of this crap.

    I had forgotten who Doug Wilson was and read his thing after Vines tweeted it. It sort of took me a minute to accept he was actually saying the horrific things he was. I actually appreciate Vines just putting it out there graciously, and allowing normal human beings to be like, woh, this Wilson guy is so off base.

  3. Thank you for documenting the utter incoherence and lack of sanity of those on the far Right.

    I don’t have a problem with moral objections to homosexuality. Everyone has a system of values, after all.

    But to seriously suggest that the widespread enslavement of men and women for one’s own greed and profit is somehow “less problematic” than granting legal benefits to two men or two women is a sign that one’s system of values is unworthy of consideration … or even discussion.

  4. Interesting use of photo editing, particularly in the photo of his follow-up post, which had a good bit which you seemingly excised. This is a classic case of selective retelling. I could just as easily assemble a long post of the numerous times Wilson has condemned southern slavery as a sin: but that wouldn’t really fit into your narrative, would it? You should ask the black people who go to his church if he’s anti-black.

  5. Wow, cdspratt. If someone believes that buying and selling black people as property, condemning all their descendants to bondage, and doing it all on the basis of institutionalized racism (this is, to be fair to Wilson, the ‘gentle’ Christian version, since I didn’t bring in raping, lynching, or whipping to death, etc.), is not nearly as bad as getting a well-performed same-sex blow job, then how pro-black are they, really?

  6. Wilson has an outsized influence on a segment of evangelicalism. How anyone in a position of responsibility in the church can support him when his pro-slavery writings (he actually argues that slavery was good for America’s blacks) are so hideous is beyond me.

    I’ll tweet a link back here to your post. The people promoting Wilson need to think again on how bad this really is.

  7. There’s more offense to be had on Wilson post #2.Let him have his own Middle Passage, if he thinks that slavery was trivial compared to abortion. What this post #2 triggers is an intense desire to pack Wilson into a cage with airholes, and ship him by non-air-conditioned slow boat to Africa.

  8. Did anyone finish Wilson’s 2nd article? How could one conclude that Wilson advocates slavery?

    “So let me spell it out. The institution of slavery in human society is a memorial to the sinfulness of man. I am not saying that the institution of slavery is a good or nice thing. I am not applauding it, and I believe that the gospel of Christ was designed to be the liberty of every man, and therefore the destruction of slavery.”

    Wilson believes same-sex copulation and marriage are sin. To embrace and celebrate sin lays the foundation to all sorts of slavery, therefor it is “worse” than a single horrible institution wrought from yet another kind of slavery. The slavery of many americans to their greed — for example — led to many of the atrocities of the antebellum period. At least we can look back and grieve over our slavery to greed and the injustices is wrought. In this situation, we’re rejecting the moral decree of the sin altogether and celebrating the opposite. So:

    “A people freed from their sins cannot be kept slaves for long, a people enslaved to their lusts cannot, for love or money, be kept free for long.”

  9. I read this in the hope that you would refute Wilson’s position. It is very easy to simply call a person with a false position a “bad man” over and over again (which is the essence of this post). However, it takes real thought and work to not just expose falsehood, but refute it. This post would have been far more edifying had you taken the time and effort to do that.

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