About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, and Bill Gothard

Roger Ailes, the long-time chief executive director of Fox News, announced last week that he was stepping down amid sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by Gretchen Carlson numerous and other female Fox News employees, including the popular Megyn Kelly. Donald Trump responded as follows: "I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he's helped them, and even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful … [Read more...]

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Political Party Convention Open Thread

I'll have more to say later---a lot more---about the candidates and narratives of this year's election, but I wanted to take a moment to post an open thread for discussion of both conventions. I should have opened this thread last week---or perhaps a dedicated thread for the Republican Party convention---but better late than never.Note: I know that there is ongoing disagreement over the Democratic candidates and that there are likely heightened concerns in the wake of the DNC email l … [Read more...]

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The Listening Parent (and the Thinking Child)

I was going to post something about politics today, but then I realized that there is way too much about politics out there right now, and that politics is a dark and unhappy place. So instead, I'm going to write about parenting.Last night I was watching Supergirl with my four-year-old son, Bobby, when he asked for a cup of milk. We were watching the show in the basement and had only just gotten all settled and started the show. I didn't really want to go upstairs to the kitchen, or to … [Read more...]

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Lesbian Duplex 778: 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. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

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Saturday Link Love: Donald Trump, Physicists, and the Republican Party

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.Note: Inclusion does not apply full agreement. Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All, on the New Yorker---"But the discussion was soon hobbled by what Schwartz regards as one of Trump’s most essential characteristics: 'He has no attention span.'"Trump, Inspired by Nixon? in t … [Read more...]

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Trump Does Not Know What Civil Liberties Are, and That Should Be Terrifying

The interview in which Donald Trump stated that, under a Trump presidency, the U.S. would not necessarily fulfill its NATO obligations has been discussed at length. What I have not seen widely examined is what that interview says about how Trump views civil liberties. This isn't going to be pretty, but it desperately needs to be discussed.Here is a segment from the transcript:SANGER: Erdogan put nearly 50,000 people in jail or suspend them, suspended thousands of teachers, he imprisoned m … [Read more...]

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Anonymous Tip: Booking the Church Next Saturday

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 332-335Farris starts this section by talking about the upcoming appeal in Seattle. Gail is appealing Judge Stokes' decision that Peter can sue child protective services for the search of Gwen's home. Peter is appealing Judge Stokes' decision that Peter can't sue over perjury and tampering. Both have to file opening briefs. I though this bit was interesting given what we've discussed so far: Willet had much more experience in a … [Read more...]

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