Bill Gothard Explains Road Safety (aka How Not to Get Raped)


Do you remember when that Saudi historian said that western women drive because they don't mind getting raped? He used the danger that occurs when a woman's car breaks down, leaving her open to sexual assault by any passerby, as a rationale for maintaining the Saudi ban on women driving. Well. Watch as this road safety module produced by Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute (a program for fundamentalist homeschoolers) takes a weird turn.(I was sent this module via Wende Benner of H … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 29: 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...]

Proponents of Marriage Generally Make Marriage Sound Horrible


Suzanne Venker is at it again, this time with a column titled Why Men Won't Marry You. Is it just me, or do people touting marriage manage to make it seem incredibly unattractive? Venker notes that marriage rates are low, and asks why men aren't marrying as frequently as they once were. She offers several answers.1. Because they can: Men used to marry to have sex and a family. They married for love, too, but they had to marry the girl before taking her to bed, or at least work really, really … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Serving Subpeonas to Witches


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 109, 110-111 Remember Sheriff's Deputy Wally Elrod, who delivered court papers to Gwen before Tuesday's hearing way back when? Well, he's back, and this time Peter sent him subpoenas to serve! Sheriff's Deputy Wally Elrod loved serving subpoenas on government employees. It was so easy. It was easy because all Wally and to do was walk across the public safety building to various desks, rather than having to drive across town to pe … [Read more...]

Dear Jesus: A Letter on Anger and Christianity


Dear Jesus,We need to have a chat. You see, I've been reading the gospels and I have been struck by how angry you constantly were. Have you paused to read through your sermons before delivering them there to read for tone? This sort of anger is really unbecoming. I understand that there are injustices in the world and that you want to fight them, but this is not the proper way to go about things. You are attacking those on your side and participating in unseemly protests, and frankly, Jesus, … [Read more...]

That Jewish-Baker-Swastika-Cake Analogy Is Backwards


I recently came upon this quote by blogger Amethyst Marie: "What I'm really sick of is the "Would you expect a black caterer to work a KKK event?" or "Would you expect a Jewish baker to make a swastika cake?" rhetoric. First of all, you shouldn't have to be black or Jewish to find the KKK or neo-Nazis offensive. Second, WTF is up with this analogy? When have LGBT ever banded together to terrorize, imprison, torture, lynch, or commit genocide against Christians? If anything, the analogy should … [Read more...]

Marissa Jenae Johnson: Radical Christian, Palin Supporter

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Michael Stone of Progressive Secular Humanist here on the Patheos Atheist channel recently posted about the Black Lives Matter protesters who shut down a Bernie Sanders event in Seattle last week. I don't want to address the main thrust of Stone's post---except to note that black activists have plenty of good reasons to be upset with Democratic politicians---but I do want to address two specific points he made.First, this point:[P]erhaps even more damning, on her Facebook page, [Marissa … [Read more...]