Revisiting Focus on the Family’s Letter from a Christian in 2012

In 2008, when Obama was running for president, Focus on the Family put out a sixteen page document called “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America." In 2012, I revisited this letter. Today, in 2016, it's time I returned to it again.The letter begins like this: What will the United States be like if Senator Obama is elected? The most reliable way of predicting people’s future actions is by looking at their past actions. Jesus himself taught, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16 … [Read more...]


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From Traditional Daughter to Feminist Mother (and What That Means)

I was recently explaining to my daughter that Hillary has to work twice as hard as Trump does and be twice as organized and as competent as Trump is, because she's a woman. My daughter, Sally, was nonplussed. She didn't think that sounded fair. We talked a bit more about women's rights and the history of gender relations---all things we've touched on before---and my mind was drawn to the many studies and books I've seen and read on these issues, from Lean In to studies on how often women ask for … [Read more...]


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What Makes a College “Safe”?

Earlier this year, Business Insider posted a list of the "25 safest college campuses in America." The #1 safest college on the list is Brigham Young. The report stated that "students at Mormon-based BYU hold themselves to a high standard of honesty and trust . . . creating a safe and comfortable campus" and that "students accept a moral code of conduct forbidding the use of drugs or alcohol." They quoted a student stating that "BYU provides an extremely safe environment for people of all ages, … [Read more...]


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What We Can Learn from Mother Teresa’s Defense of a Pedophile Priest

Mother Teresa has finally been proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church, offering people around the world an opportunity to revisit her life and legacy. I knew that there were many problems with the Mother Teresa myth---that she believed that poverty was beautiful and that she denied her patients anesthetics and had her hospitals reuse needles---but I most certainly did not know about her defense of a pedophile priest. Take a look at this except from a 2012 article about the situation: Yet d … [Read more...]


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The Party of Family Values, My Foot!

If I learned anything about the Republican Party growing up in a conservative evangelical family, it was that the GOP was the party of family values. At the time, I believed the rhetoric. Why shouldn't I? I was a homeschooled child who had never been exposed to anything that might challenge this claim. I'd never met a gay person, but I knew that they led miserable, godless, sex-obsessed, dangerous, anti-family lifestyles, because that's what my parents and church taught me. I didn't realize that … [Read more...]


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Religion Is Not Black and White

I took a class on gender and sexuality in graduate school. I decided to analyze scholarly works on ways Christianity was used to limit women's rights and roles in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in my final paper, a historiography. At some point in the semester, my professor told me that I needed to start my project over, looking instead at scholarly works on the ways in which women used Christianity to expand their rights and roles. I was already partway through my research and wasn't … [Read more...]


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What Christian Opposition to Desegregation Can Tell Us about Christian Opposition to Marriage Equalty

Andrew T. Walker of the Southern Baptist Convention made this comment in an exchange with Rod Dreher of the Benedict Option: Are religious conservatives actually wrong and comparable to racists on this issue? I would answer, "Absolutely not. Christians are holding to divine truths about human nature." Both bloggers were responding to an article by David Gushee on the Religion News Service, addressing the future for churches that continue to take a hard line on homosexuality. There is fun … [Read more...]


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