Saturday Link Love: Teenage Martyrdom, Legal Mischief, and Silicon Valley Domestic Abuse

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. After Columbine, martyrdom became a powerful fantasy for Christian teenagers, on Vox---"But if you were a Christian teenager in 1999, the word “Columbine” doesn’t just make you remember feeling suddenly unsafe in places you thought were okay. It’s synonymous with both a whole cottage indu … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Pheobe’s Checklist

Voice in the Wind, pp. 111-120Let's see, where were we? Oh, right! Marcus just took Julia to the games. I read Mary Beard's book on the Colosseum last weekend, by the way. At the time Rivers' book is set, the games took place in temporary wooden structures, or in the Forum, with wooden seating set up. Looking aback at Rivers' chapter on the games, she appears to know this---she speaks of spectators "crowding into the theater" and of "three circular walls" with "four superimposed sections." … [Read more...]


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On Will Estrada’s Strange Attempt to Make Trinity Lutheran about Homeschooling

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, a case being argued before the Supreme Court this week, hinges on whether public funds can be used to improve church property. The case began when the Missouri Department of Natural Resources declined to give a grant for resurfacing private preschools to The Learning Center, a religious preschool operated by Trinity Lutheran Church, despite ranking its application highly.In reading an article about the case, I was struck by these comments:An official for … [Read more...]


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And the Best Twitter Thread of the Week Goes to … the Chicago Police Department!

Tweets from the Chicago Police Department don't usually have me in stitches, but twitter users' responses to a tweet CPD posted on a recent gun confiscation had me on the floor. The CPD posted a picture of what appear to be two antique guns and two bags of marijuana with the text "Great intel lead to a positive search warrant for the 1063 team in the 10th District. Weapons and drugs recovered." Twitter users who saw the tweet were not impressed---and they let the CPD know in styl … [Read more...]


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Evangelicalism and Militarism

I recently came upon this headline and image in World Magazine:World Magazine is an evangelical publication, marketed as a conservative Christian equivalent to Time Magazine. The article in question is titled "Training for Godly Manhood" and is about Trail Life USA, founded in 2014 as an alternative to Boy Scouts, with a distinctly Christian perspective. (At issue was the Boy Scouts' decision to permit gay scout leaders.)Despite the Christian focus of Trail Life USA, I was taken … [Read more...]


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Muslim Theocracy Bad, Christian Theocracy Good?

Several days ago, Tiffany Trump posted the following to Facebook:Image description: Jesus, robed in white, is hugging Donald Trump in a protective manner in the Oval Office, surrounded by wisps of cloud. We pride ourselves on being a secular nation. Where does this fit in? We often compare ourselves to Muslim nations that function as theocracies, and declare ourselves different. We are not like them. Or are we?Images like the above are typically created by conservatives and by ev … [Read more...]


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Remembering the Egyptians’ Suffering: Why We Dip Out Wine at the Seder

A Guest Post by Rachel LazerusOver a decade ago, one of my college classmates, who happened to be an atheist, asked me to read an essay she'd read online about the Passover seder and give her my opinion. The article was by someone raised Jewish who was a famous, bestselling author. It talked about how growing up, her favorite part of the seder was pouring out ten drops of wine to represent the Ten Plagues. Now, as an adult, she can't handle the seder because celebrated the death of the … [Read more...]


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