To Michelle Duggar, Michael Brown, and the Rest: Stop Attacking Trans Women

19 Kids and Counting, the oddly popular TLC show about a gigantic evangelical Christian family, may be approaching its final days.

Or so we hope. There are plenty of reasons to find the Duggar family (all 19+ of them) nauseating, and many LGBT folks, atheists, and others who don’t agree with their aggressive conservatism may have been rooting for them to go off the air for years. But the last straw came when the show’s matriarch, Michelle Duggar, recorded a robocall urging Fayetteville, Arkansas residents to vote against a transgender rights law. The ordinance (which passed) allows trans people to use public facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that correspond with their gender identity, rather than their sex assigned at birth.

Duggar’s call reiterated tired, defamatory claims that trans people (particularly trans women) are sexual predators:



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Finally, Pastors Are Beginning to Seriously Deal with Mental Illness

Yesterday’s New York Times had a front page story about Christian pastors finally talking about the serious problem of mental illness, helping members of their congregations who are struggling with it.

We know there has always been a stigma associated with mental illness, but the church has had trouble with this subject for unique reasons:

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Connect the Dots: Ken Ham Edition

(Via Skeptical Spectacles)

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Churches Are Great at Creating Rules (Seriously)

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how churches are great at creating rules (seriously):



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Exodus: Gods and Kings Star Christian Bale Speaks of the “Sadistic in the Extreme” Details of Moses’ Story

Last month I wrote about some interesting comments made by Exodus: Gods and Kings star Christian Bale (below), who plays Moses in the film. At the time, Bale had said of Moses that he was “likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.”

In recent interviews, Bale has been expounding on those thoughts. In an interview with Nightline, he noted that Moses was

… absolutely seen as a freedom fighter for the Hebrews, but a terrorist in terms of the Egyptian empire.


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