Jamie Wight, Maranatha, & Sexual Predation Unrecognized


In recent weeks, I have been writing posts about evangelical theologian Doug Wilson's troubling way of handling child molestors and abusers. And by "troubling way of handling," I mean that Wilson has a habit of writing to judges requesting leniency for men on trial for sexually abusing children. Wilson remains an influential evangelical theologian who is supported by such prominent evangelical theologians and organizations as John Piper and The Gospel Coalition, yet what recent weeks have r … [Read more...]

No Ableist Slurs, Please!


From time to time I find the need to step in and remind commenters about my comment policy. This time, it has come to my attention that a number of my commenters have slipped into using ableist slurs. I slip in this area myself sometimes, and not long ago I had to edit a post because I'd accidentally used one here on the blog. This post is not a condemnation but rather a call to do better---and a reminder that ableist slurs are banned by my blog's comment policy.What are ableist slurs? Words … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Jamin Wight Not a “Sexual Predator”


Oh boy. So I've written before about Doug Wilson's excuse-making for serial child molester Steven Sitler, but I haven't written much about the other child abuser in Doug Wilson's closet---Jamin Wight. Long story short, while Jamin was a student at Doug Wilson's seminary and boarding with a Christ Church family, he sexually (and psychologically) abused the family's daughter, Natalie, for years, beginning when she was 13 years old. Jamin was ten years the girl's senior.When the abuse came to l … [Read more...]

What Happened to Teaching Kids to Respect People’s Name Preferences?


When I was in middle school, I briefly tried out the youth group at my family's evangelical megachurch. I was homeschooled, and wasn't used to being around so many public schooled kids, and I had no idea how to fit in or even identify with any of the kids there. But the real problem I ran into had to do with the youth group leader. See, he wanted the kids in youth group to call him Andy*. My parents forbade me from calling him that, and required me to call him Mr. Jones*. And because I refused … [Read more...]

Young Earth Creationists: Neanderthals Were Human


What with the news about homo naledi, a new hominin species, it's probably time to revisit young earth creationist interpretations of such skeletons. Given that young earth creationists start with the Bible and only then look at the scientific evidence, it shouldn't be surprising that they tend to argue that species like Homo Naledi or Neanderthal are either human or ape. Over the weekend, Answers in Genesis declared homo naledi an ape. Several years ago, Answers in Genesis declared homo … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 33: 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...]

My Atheist Daughter and Her Evangelical Grandmother


I've been an atheist for over half a decade now, but I still haven't told my evangelical mother. Oh, I've told her that I attend a UU church, and she knows I don't believe in young earth creationism or read the Bible every day the way she does. But I've never actually told her I'm an atheist. I'm in a bit of a different position than most---I grew up as the oldest of a large evangelical homeschooling family, and half a dozen of my siblings are still under 18. My ability to see my siblings is in s … [Read more...]