Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal’s Parents

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By now you have surely all heard of Rachel Dolezal, who resigned earlier this week from her position as head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP after her parents revealed that she is in fact white. For years now, Rachel had been passing herself off as black. What Rachel did is inexcusable. She lied to people and violated their trust, she engaged in cultural appropriation and perhaps even plagiarism, and she used her assumed blackness to her advantage and for her own personal gain.I refuse t … [Read more...]

You always sound so angry!

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From time to time I get a comment like this: Libby Anne,Why in all of your posts are you so angry. Not outright anger, just an undertone of anger. Its really unbecoming. We all love you and Jesus loves you too. You should repent and let his grace and love cover you or you might end up turning only more bitter and angry as you age . . . . and we all have experienced those people. ;-)In Christ,Kevin Sometimes I wonder if people like Kevin have actually read the Bible they claim to be … [Read more...]

Are the Duggars Victims of Christian Persecution?

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Jill and Jessa Duggar's interview with Megyn Kelly aired this past Friday. For the most part, the two reiterated their parents' talking points, minimizing Josh's crimes and crying foul at the media. I want to focus on the Duggars' criticism of the media's role in all of this. It's not the legality of the Freedom of Information request through which In Touch learned of Josh's crimes that I'm interested in, but rather the Duggars' claims that they are being persecuted by the media for their Chr … [Read more...]

How Treating Sexual Thoughts as “Sin” Undermines Relationships

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As an evangelical child and adolescent, I grew up thinking that I would marry a man who would spend his entire life struggling with lustful thoughts---that he would need an accountability partner to help prevent him from cheating on me and that from time to time he would come to me and confess some "sexual sin," whether that be sexual thoughts or pornography use. I anticipated standing by my man as he spent his life battling with sexual desire. And then I grew up and married a guy who doesn't e … [Read more...]

It Took This for People to Listen?

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Last fall a petition was created calling on TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting after the Duggars deleted photos of gay and lesbian couples from their facebook page (they had called for happily married couples to post pictures of themselves, but apparently only meant heterosexual couples). At the time, I wrote a post I titled On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage. My words then are still relevant today, in the wake of revelations that Josh Duggar sexually abused five girls in two families as a t … [Read more...]

How Christian Culture Excuses Sex Offenders

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Over the past week, as I have followed the response to the revelation that Josh Duggar sexually molested five girls as a teen, I have grown only more disheartened. At times I've started to hyperventilate. Many Christians are placing more emphasis on protecting Josh than on protecting his victims. Just as many have proven themselves unable to distinguish between consensual premarital sexual contact and nonconsensual premarital sexual contact. Even more have acted as though forgiveness should n … [Read more...]

When the Perpetrators Matter More than the Victims

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In March 2002, Jim Bob Duggar found out that his fourteen-year-old son, Josh, was sexually molesting prepubescent girls. Jim Bob did not say anything about this to the authorities until July 2003, even as it continued to happen and the list of victims grew. And in the wake of these revelations, I have been absolutely horrified by the number of people who have said they would not have immediately reported their fourteen-year-old son for molesting prepubescent girls either.I have a … [Read more...]


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