That’s Not Good Enough, Christianity Today—Updated!

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In the face of increasingly vocal calls to pull the rapist's article (you can read my prior coverage here), the editors of Christianity Today's Leadership Journal have stood firm and refused to take the post down. Instead, they have added an editorial note to the beginning of the article. It's not enough---not nearly enough---and that the editors think it is shows just how deep the problem is. Editorial Note: Since publishing the following piece on Monday, there has been a tremendous backlash f … [Read more...]

Evangelical Narratives, Sexual Predators, and Safe Places

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I have written time and again about the evangelical narratives used to excuse rape and child molestations, especially when committed by pastors. I came upon quite a few of these when reading through the comments on the recent article by a convicted rapist and child molester that was published by Christianity Today's Leadership Journal. (If you haven't read about the article yet, please do.) I want to take a moment to look at a few of the excuses I am seeing made, and to reflect on what these … [Read more...]

Christianity Today Publishes a Rapists’ Story

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Remember when the Good Man Project posted an article by an unrepentant rapist, supposedly as an example of things to avoid? Well, Christianity Today recently posted an article by a youth pastor who had sex with one of his students and is supposedly repentant---but doesn't really sound that way. In fact, it squicks me out exactly the same way the Good Men Project's posting of a rapist's story does. Maybe worse actually, because this guy is supposedly repentant. Except not.In the article, the … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson Outdoes Himself Advertising for His Book

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In a trailer for his book, Apostate, evangelical pastor and Christian homeschool leader Kevin Swanson playacts a dystopian future in which he is in jail for being anti-gay. Seriously. Watch it. It's amazing.Yes, evangelicals like Swanson really do think they're going to wind up in jail for being anti-gay. Because we put people in jail for being racist, right? Oh wait. We don't. The most bizarre thing about this is the one who actually wants to clap people in jail is Swanson---in the book … [Read more...]

Life. It’s Weird Like That.

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My husband Sean was raised in a religious home, so I think sometimes I can forget how different our upbringings really were. This evening I was talking to Sean about the movie Frozen, which come to find out is the top grossing animated film of all time. I reminded Sean of his skepticism on seeing a commercial last fall promoting Frozen as this generation's Lion King. Sean laughed and admitted that his skepticism had been misplaced---but then he went on."Did you know Lion King was the first … [Read more...]

That’s Some Accountability You’ve Got There

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Reader Rebecca recently responded as follows on one of my posts on the patriarchal system wherein a husband is the authority and his wife is to submit: Why would anyone think a system that offers absolute power and is bereft of checks and balances is a good idea?Don't be silly! Of course there are checks and balances! For instance, the church elders (who are all your husband's friends), or the police (who must never be allowed to intervene inside the home), or God (who exists in your ab … [Read more...]

Why Christian Homeschooling Culture Is Not a Safe Space

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Some months ago I stated in a blog post that I was becoming increasingly convinced that Christian homeschooling culture is not a safe space for young women and girls. A reader objected in the comments section, misunderstanding I think both what I meant by "Christian homeschooling culture" and "safe space."  Regardless, reading various figures' responses to the Doug Phillips scandal, and how they discuss Lourdes Torres, Phillips' victim, has made my assessment only more firm.There's this from … [Read more...]


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