Lourdes Torres, Christian Homeschooling, and Consent

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I recently came upon an excellent example of what I was talking about when I wrote my "The Tale of Two Boxes" post several years ago. Homeschool leader Chris Jeub had this to say in a recent blog post titled "Patriarchy Has Got To Go": In a nutshell, Phillips is being sued by his former nanny, someone he knew for over a decade and was very close to the Phillips family. Her lawyers have graphic details of Phillips forcing himself sexually, and Phillips’ lawyers are denying little of it, claiming … [Read more...]

Shorter Bill Gothard: Playing Footsie Isn’t Sexual!

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Yesterday Bill Gothard released a statement. Just as notable as what he refused to admit to is what he did admit to. Here is the relevant paragraph: This emphasis on outward appearance was also manifested by bringing selected young people to serve at the Headquarters and causing others to feel rejected and offended by my favoritism. My actions of holding of hands, hugs, and touching of feet or hair with young ladies crossed the boundaries of discretion and were wrong. They demonstrated a do … [Read more...]

“I So Need To Move”: ENDA, Religion, and Politics

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An LGBTQ friend of mine living in Missouri recently used the form offered by the Human Rights Campaign to contact her congressperson about her support for ENDA---the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. In speaking of ENDA, she told me that while some cities and counties in Missouri have local non-discrimination acts, hers does not. She could be legally fired or evicted at any time, and she knows it.Today her congressperson, Billy Long, … [Read more...]

Ten Thousand Children?

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I told you last week that 2000 child sponsorships were dropped after World Vision announced that it would hire married gay employees (a decision they took back two days later). As A Deeper Story reports, this was only the beginning: I just got off the phone with a few other folks, including Rich Stearns, CEO of World Vision. I had the chance to ask him questions, we heard a bit about the decisions made last week and where things stand now. You need to know that 10,000 kids have lost their s … [Read more...]

Losing the Battle . . . and the War

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It is obvious to anyone who is paying attention that achieving marriage equality is only a matter of time. Marriage equality has become the law in 18 states, whether through law or through the courts. The Supreme Court will likely weigh in in  favor of marriage equality in the next few years, setting the law in the handful of states that will remain longterm holdouts. This is a battle evangelicals will lose.But they aren't just losing the battle, they're also losing the war.Other … [Read more...]

Boycotts, Hobby Lobby, and Misplaced Evangelical Outrage

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Growing up, my family didn't shop at K-Mart. Along with numerous others, we were involved in a 1990s evangelical boycott of the store. Why? Because K-Mart owned a bookstore chain called Waldenbooks, which sold pornography. The outrage rallied in this boycott had a similar feel to the outrage of evangelicals over Obamacare's contraception mandate. David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, is currently involved in a Supreme Court case challenging this mandate on the grounds that buying health … [Read more...]

Sorry, You Don’t Get a Pass

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I've noticed that there are an increasing number of evangelical Christians who argue that homosexuality is sin but that gay people should have equal rights. In other words, they make a distinction between their religious belief on the one hand and ensuring equal legal rights for all on the other hand. While standing up for LGBTQ rights is an excellent step, it is not enough.I've had readers question me on this. Why do I want them to change their belief that homosexuality is sin, they ask? … [Read more...]


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