Marriage is Not a Purchase, Your Spouse is Not Your Slave

Unclear on the concept is abounding these days.  Michelle Arnold shared the link to this terribly twisted approach to marital relations and all I can say is no.  Just no.For a clear-headed discussion of the patriarchy movement in general, here's those wild liberals at HSLDA stepping up to disown this nonsense.  Christianity is not about this.  Just no, never, no way no how, end of story.What is marriage?  The free gift of self between husband and wife.  It's faithful, it's fruitful, it's … [Read more...]

Unclear on the Concept, Teachers Sexting Edition

A friend passed on this article, about a public high school coach who texted her students a photo of a man licking the teacher's ear.  You can read the article if you want to know more about the contents of the image.  Here's the part we want to talk about here:“This picture is extremely inappropriate,” Mafes said. “If she had on what I have on and he was licking her ear, it would still be extremely inappropriate.” Mafes doubts the district will do much. However, district policy does state “ … [Read more...]

Is there a Christian Answer to the Transgender Problem? How about BIID?

I've written on the topic of transgender Christians before, see the last two links in the list below.  Today I want to answer a few questions that came up in the course of a private conversation concerning both gender dysphoria and body integrity identity disorder.  The two are related in that both involve a sense that one's (otherwise ordinary) body is profoundly wrong-as-created.  The two are also related in that the moral (and thus physical) response to both conditions is essentially the sa … [Read more...]

Don’t Kill People with Disabilities. Especially Family. @BADDtweets

I'm reminded by Ruth at Wheelie Catholic that May 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day.  My message this year is real simple: Don't kill innocent people.  Specifically we'll talk this year about the people in your family. Do not kill them. 1. Don't kill your children.  Even the disabled ones. If you are hoping to have a child, do not make plans to kill that child if he or she isn't good enough for you.  That's fake parenting.  There are plenty of real parents out there who understand that when y … [Read more...]

Civil Liberties and the Obama Indifference

Found myself in an awkward spot today, needing to be in the state capital at about the same time as President Obama.  He's out speaking at a historically-Black college and church about the civil rights movement.  I've just got ordinary places to be.  The difficulty is the traffic.  Small city, not a lot of roads to choose from, and he gets priority.  The rest of us get to be late.I care tremendously about the civil rights movement.  I don't care a bit about our president (beyond a generic con … [Read more...]

When the Romans Call You to Task, It’s Time for Sackcloth and Ashes

Reminder that today is a day of prayer and penance.  Why, you ask?  Because any society that makes Rome seem like the good guys is doing it wrong.Artwork: by Pietro Perugino,  Marcus Porcius Cato [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

Satan Ups His Game: Supreme Court Declines to Protect Secrecy of Sacramental Confessions

Bad news for human souls: The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of the case in which the Louisiana Supreme Court called for a priest to break the seal of the confessional.UPDATE: Simcha Fisher explains why there are other, better ways to protect victims of abuse.To bring you up to speed on the implications, here is why this is such a travesty, and what we can expect as a result of this ruling.If you prefer your theology brought to you by Alfred Hitchcock, here's my … [Read more...]