“They said if you report it, you hurt the body of Christ”

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You may have heard that Bob Jones University has fired GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). Everyone is wondering why, but it's not hard to guess. GRACE was due to release its report on Bob Jones University's handling of sex abuse and rape next month. This incident is just one more in a burgeoning series of evangelical sex and abuse scandals. GRACE was founded by Boz Tchividjian, who is a grandson of Billy Graham and a professor at Liberty University. With these … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard: When People Know . . . and Do Nothing

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I'll be honest: I'm more than a little bit upset right now. I think it's because I'm finally realizing the full impact of the growing Bill Gothard sexual abuse scandal. The real scandal is not that Bill Gothard sexually abused the young women placed under his authority. The real scandal is that it could go on for so many decades while leader after leader covered for him. This is the extent of the rot---that so many people knew what was going on and did nothing, including those who should have … [Read more...]

How (Not) to Challenge a Creationist

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I've seen Buzzfeed's 22 messages from creationists to people who believe in evolution floating around facebook and the blogosphere for a couple of days now. It features pictures of individuals who attended the Ken Ham / Bill Nye debate holding messages written on notebooks. I've seen lots of people talking about how ridiculous the messages are, and I've seen some people talking about how stupid and profoundly ignorant those people must be. And in all of this, I almost missed that Buzzfeed also … [Read more...]

Sorry Gentlemen, This Homeschooled Girl’s a Feminist

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You know those moments where you step back from something and you're not even sure what you just read? I'm having one of those moments, because I just stumbled upon Louis Markos' article, "Why Homeschooled Girls Are Feminism's Worst Nightmare." Speaking as a homeschooled girl and a feminist, let's see what Louis has to say, shall we?I have become famous (or infamous) at my university for my ability to spot immediately a homeschooled girl, at least the kind of homeschooled girl who majors in … [Read more...]

We Were Told To Do Hard Things. Well, We Are.

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Ryan Stollar's recent blog post, "Why I Am a Radical Activist for All Things Evil," really struck a chord with me. I want to stand there by him, facing our parents and the homeschool leaders who so moulded and shaped our lives and telling them something I feel deeply, passionately. You see, I am not here in spite of what they taught me, I am here because of what they taught me, and I wish they could see that.A month before I married against my parents' wishes, I wrote my dad a letter. I … [Read more...]

Let It Go: An Anthem for the Abused and Repressed

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I've read a lot of articles online about Frozen. I've read arguments that Disney was sexist in its adaption of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, because it cut out most of the female characters and added romance to the plot. I've read lists of all the things that make Frozen a progressive movie---from everyone's reaction to Anna's engagement to the unquestioning acceptance that a queen can rule a kingdom in her own right.But what I keep coming back to, again and again, is Let It Go. … [Read more...]

No, Explanations Are NOT a Problem

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I have to admit, I rarely come upon things that do this much of a dance on my blood pressure. But this . . . wow. It's an article from Shepherd Press, reposted by conservative Christian actor Kirk Cameron on his blog. It is called "The Problem with Explanations." Throughout this piece, I'm going to assume that Kirk Cameron posted it on his blog because he agrees with it. Let's take a look, shall we? God has not called parents to explain but to train. Explanations often lead to frustration and … [Read more...]


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