Evangelicals and Their Strange Definitions of Persecution

The Daily show recently covered "anti-Christian discrimination."Do you know what that video brought to mind? I recently spent an evening at our local county fair, and happened to overhear the band playing on the music stage. It was right there, by the cow barns, the prize cucumbers on display, and the stands selling corndogs and cotton candy. The man with the microphone was sharing the gospel, explaining to those listening that they needed to cling close to Jesus. The band struck up a so … [Read more...]


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Masturbation: A Selfish, Addictive, Vicious Cycle

I recently came upon two videos on why Christians shouldn't masturbate. For each, I will offer the video and then the transcript with commentary. While the unnamed actor in each video works to be hip, these videos are nonetheless good examples of how evangelicals tend to approach masturbation (and it's not pretty).First the video for women:I'm going to provide the transcript for each, with commentary. We'll start with the video for women, just to shake things up. Hey girl, I was j … [Read more...]


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Are Creationists Withholding Information from Children?

I recently came upon an article by Lou Doench responding to a response by Neil Carter to a comment made by Lawrence Krauss. If you're confused, don't worry! I was too! Basically, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss said that parents who teach their children creationism are committing child abuse.“It’s like not allowing your children to have medicine, not allowing you children to be vaccinated, for example, is child abuse, because you are doing them harm.” “In some sense, if you withhold in … [Read more...]


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Michael Farris Doesn’t Read the Bible (Apparently)

Three months ago, Dan Price, C.E.O. of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, announced that he would no longer pay an employee less than $70,000 a year. Price hoped to ensure that all of his employees would have a minimum standard of living, and figured the publicity wouldn't hurt along the way. Yesterday the New York Times published a piece on Price's struggles since making that fateful decision, as two of his best employees quit, upset that newer and less q … [Read more...]


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Evangelical Author Shaunti Feldhahn’s Misleading Work on Marriage and Divorce

Ladies Against Feminism recently linked to a Western Journalism article from last year, written by Matt Barber and titled "You May Have Heard That The Divorce Rate In The Church Is 50% . . . Get Ready To Be Shocked." I clicked through because the overall divorce rate isn't 50%, and I've known that for years.  Heck, a New York Times article addressed exactly this myth in an article last year as well:Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are … [Read more...]


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Ariel Bradley: Christian Homeschooler, ISIS Bride

Last week BuzzFeed broke the story of Ariel Bradley, a 29-year-old woman who was raised in a fundamentalist Christian homeschooling family and is now the wife of an ISIS fighter in Syria. BuzzFeed writes that Ariel's mother was "prone to religious outbursts" and that the education Ariel received at home was sorely lacking. Ariel ran away from home as a teen and tried out a variety of beliefs in a search for stability and meaning. She got tattoos, tried drugs, and became a socialist and then an at … [Read more...]


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Dear Adam: Being Gay Is Not Just about Sex

There's a comic going around titled "If you're gay, I want you to know that I don't hate you," by comic artist Adam Ford. In it the author explains that everyone sins, and sexual sin of any sort keeps people from God, and actually he loves gay people and doesn't hate them at all and that's why he's telling them this. I'm not going to go through the whole thing (it's lengthy), but I do want to touch on a few points.We'll call the character on the left Adam, because that's the name of the … [Read more...]


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