Out of everything discussed above, I find the International Mission Board’s initial failure to acknowledge that they had been aware of the allegations against Aderholt for over a decade most shocking. This omission suggests an ongoing interest in covering up what happened and a complete lack of (and lack of interest in) transparency. This in turn suggests that improper handling of abuse and sexual crimes within the church is not a problem that existed in the past and has been solved, but instead a problem that is ongoing. Click through to read more! Read more

White is boldly misusing the term “human trafficking” when she applies it to children whose parents paid to have them smuggled into the U.S. to escape gang violence. These children are not being trafficked. They are being smuggled. This is not a matter of interpretation. There is no disagreement about definitions. Misusing this term is deceptive.  Click through to read more! Read more

I have increasingly seen the Right break the world into law-abiders and law-breakers, dehumanizing those who break laws (regardless of the law or their reasons) and treating their lives and rights as expendable. This is wrong. A baby who is smuggled into the U.S. by parents fleeing violence or economic hardship is not sinning against God. And yet here we are. 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. 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

In other words, this hearing is going to be about procedural issues only. And thank goodness, because I’m already exhausted! The procedural issue that Judge Holman wants answered is, how do the Children’s Defense Fund and the National Education Association have standing to bring this lawsuit to begin with? Click through to read more! Read more

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter theme park just rounded out its second year of operation. In an article on the Answers in Genesis website, Ken Ham is upbeat, announcing that one million visitors came to the Ark in its second year, an increase on the prior one. The moment I saw his piece, I was curious. Friendly Atheist has been tracking Ham’s attendance projections and reports for years, and there has often been something somewhat funny going on.  Click through to read more! Read more

Give me someone who is loving for the sake of being loving, someone who is kind because they want to make the world a better place, someone who supports those in need of help not for any ulterior motive but because it is the right thing to do, and I will take that over this any day of the week.  Click through to read more! Read more

As the NPR commentators explained, the argument turned on speech issues—requiring crisis pregnancy centers to display the information, the Court ruled, constituted forced speech. There is a certain logic to this, and it’s not hard to see why many might find the Court’s decision reasonable—but this logic extends only so far, and is only surface-level. The illusion of consistency vanished the moment an NPR commentator read a section from Justice Breyer’s dissent.  Click through to read more! Read more

This is not a story of conservative congregations moving from an acceptance of refugees in the late 1970s and early 1980s to opposition to refugees today. Instead, it is a story of a political Right that has grounded its approach to refugees not in human rights but in the refugees’ foreign policy implications—and, increasingly, in refugees’ implications to a white, Christian state—for the past half century and beyond. Read more

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