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.

DeVos on Accountability and the Right to an Education

DeVos's confirmation hearings are this week. DeVos, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, has come in for a lot of criticism given her lack of experience with public schools (she has never attended, sent a child to, or worked at a public school) and her commitment to public charter schools and voucher programs. DeVos has refused to say that she supports public schools, and is a strong advocate of diverting public monies away from the public schools. She has also suggested that public s … [Read more...]


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Martin Luther King, Jr., Shape-Shifter

According to the Washington Post: Ohio’s governor says Americans shouldn’t focus so much on the highest-level people when there are ways to tackle many societal problems at the local and individual levels.Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) spoke Monday in Atlanta at the King Center on the holiday honoring its namesake, Martin Luther King Jr.Kasich says King got the attention of people in power through a “bottom-up” approach worth emulating. Kasich says efforts such as addressing drug … [Read more...]


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What Spiritual Warfare Has in Common with New Ageism

An evangelical group has plans to carry out a prayer walk in D.C. this week: Teams of intercessors will be prayer walking (marching) around the U.S. Capitol and the White House complex, declaring the coming presence of our Lord and destruction of the walls of protection around those [who] oppose Him. ... As President Trump finishes his oath of office, at the moment of the power transition, all intercessors are instructed to shout to the Lord with faith and expectation that the spiritual walls w … [Read more...]


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This Is How It Happens

The "pro-family" lobby frequently uses the language of the "traditional family" to combat efforts to define the family more broadly, including both gay and lesbian couples and other family forms. When I point out that the "traditional family" was one in which things like domestic violence were tolerated and accepted, individuals who engage in this rhetoric are frequently askance---that's not what they mean, they insist. They mean the family form---man, woman, children---not … [Read more...]


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Abortion in the Public Imagination

Have a look at the above screenshot from a World Magazine article. "Do we value life as God does?" the headline asks. The image shows a pregnant woman, likely in her eighth month, holding a book to her belly. My first thought, on seeing the headline and the image, was of maternity leave, of childcare costs, and of the high financial cost of prenatal care and childbirth. I thought of funding cuts for education and for social services. What world will that child be born to? One that values life? Or … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 103: 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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How I’ve Benefited from the ACA

Given the threat the Affordable Care Act faces today, I thought I'd start a thread for commenters to share how the ACA benefited them personally. I know from what I'm seeing on Facebook that that will likely be a large number of you. In the spirit of sharing, I'll start.When my children were very small, they were on Medicaid. Then our income rose, and we no longer qualified. The problem was that just before this happened my son was diagnosed with a condition that required surgery---to the … [Read more...]


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