Why are Millennials Leaving Christianity? Fox News Has No Idea.

It is worth exploring the reasons for the decline in church attendance beyond evangelicalism. But that would best be explored by sociologists who have training in studying social change, and not by conservatives with an axe to grind. Meanwhile, I have a message for evangelicals like McFarland—stop blaming Millennials for not wanting to come to your church and fix your damn church. Maybe then we’d want to come. Click through to read more! Read more

The Gay Rights Cake Case and Evangelicals’ Self-Defeating Last Stand

Stetzer comes close to hitting on an important reality when he notes that evangelicals have been standing up for justice for themselves only, and not for justice for any other group, but he fails to follow through. What would it actually mean to stand up for justice for LGBT individuals? He never says. Click through to read more! Read more

Evangelical Blogger: Christian Leaders Need Extra Protection against Allegations of Sin

As a girl growing up in an evangelical home, I was taught that pastors are to be held to a higher standard than others, not a lower standard. We have already seen sexual scandal after sexual scandal beset pastors, churches, and ministries across the country. Suggesting that charges against pastors need a higher number of accusers than charges against other individuals to even be considered, at this moment in our society, is dangerous. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 149: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Teenage Daughters, Eleven, and Taylor Swift

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

Voice in the Wind: Temple Prostitute

As I read this section, I actually felt fairly happy for Julia. She has been through a lot, and it is nice to see her looking forward, finding something to occupy her time and interest, and learning the ropes of her social class. I find myself rooting for her—and being pleased to see her blossom! Of course, I don’t think I’m supposed to feel that way. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to see all of this as Julia being frivolous and vain and self-centered, walking her way to yet more destruction, which she’ll most surely meet. Click through to read more! Read more

The Impossible Standards of Christian Purity Culture

Dimarco’s argument is built on an assumption that sexual harassment only happens to women who are dressed in sexy, revealing clothing—clothing that she terms an advertisement screaming “sex” and “use me.” But that is not the case. Does Dimarco honestly think women don’t get catcalled on the street in the winter, when they’re wearing heavy coats? Because they do. In fact, the last time I got hit on by a random guy, I was wearing a bulky coat and a scarf and showing literally no skin. Click here to read more! Read more

“Kick Him Where It Counts”: Conservative Appeals to Violence as a Distraction Technique

This is about every conservative who talks about shooting anyone who so much as messes with his daughter, and then turns around and knee-jerk defends Moore—or Trump—against allegations of sexual abuse. It’s about every conservative who claims to want to castrate child sex offenders, and the next day defends someone in their church against allegations of child sexual abuse, because that child was always lying to get attention, and saying sexually inappropriate things. Click through to read more! Read more

Doug Wilson on the “Biblical Criteria” for Judging Roy Moore

Growing up, I heard a lot about the “freedom” we have in Christianity—that Christ sets us free from sin, that Christ is the great liberator. To the extent that those who ascribe to Christianity turn a blind eye to victims and de facto side with those accused of rape or of preying on young girls, however, this was false advertising. Click through to read more! Read more

The Federalist: Is What Moore Did Really So Bad?

I can’t believe I’m sitting here explaining why child marriage is a bad thing. This is surreal. Republicans criticize Islam because of child marriage all the time. But when it’s one of their own, suddenly they’re all about how child marriage actually makes sense, because grown men are financially able to support a family and young teenage girls are capable of bearing children. What. Click through to read more! Read more

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