This framing is bullshit. It’s also dangerous as heck. As the mother of a daughter who will soon be in middle school, this framing terrifies me. Women should not have to fear that they might be stalked, harassed, or killed if they turn a guy down—and yet that is where we are.  Click through to read more! Read more

I cut my teeth on conservative “pro-family” political activism. As a teen, I campaigned against abortion and marriage equality. In the evangelical circles I grew up in, we talked a lot about the importance of protecting “traditional family values.” To me, this meant promoting the heterosexual patriarchal family—breadwinning father, homemaking mother—and ensuring that tax policy and other government action was preferential to this family form. But is that what the term always means?  Click through to read more! Read more

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 week, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a 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

Here’s the problem with this entire framing: government agencies in the U.S. haven’t been waiting around for the Senate to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child already. The same is true of the disability rights—the U.S. has not signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but the U.S. has already implemented the principles contained within it nonetheless. Click through to read more! Read more

Human beings like patterns, and when we think we’ve found one (even if we haven’t), we like to attribute it to something. Sometimes that means we attribute it to supernatural religious forces—miracles, visions, angels. Sometimes that means we attribute it to other supernatural (or near-supernatural) phenomenon—ghosts, or aliens. Click through to read more! Read more

I spend this time looking at Mullet’s writings to highlight how very twisted this logic can become. Mullet is sincere. He appears to believe what he writes. And I would hazard a guess that when he gets out of prison in another six years, Mullet will be welcomed into a “bible believing” church as a witness of how God changes a man—and how he uses unfortunate circumstances to refine him.  Click through to read more! Read more

None of this is actually supported in the biblical text. Lacey and Foley invent it out of thin air. Their line of reasoning seems to be that Solomon was a man of God until twenty years into his reign as king; men of God marry one woman at a time; therefore Solomon could not have been married to more than one woman at a time before twenty years into his reign. Lacey and Foley do what they accuse liberal theologians of doing—they read their own assumptions into the text.  Click through to read more! Read more

It is possible that there was a specific, large regional flood that spawned the Epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Noah’s flood. It is more likely that the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written down far earlier and had a far wider spread, influenced the story of Noah’s flood.  Click through to read more! Read more

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 week, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. Click through to read more! Read more

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