Doug Wilson: Steven Sitler Is Not a Child Rapist


Remember last May when the Duggar parents gave an interview in which they noted numerous times that their son, Josh, had only molested his sisters over their clothes (except for that one time when it was under, but only for a few seconds)? “This was not rape or anything like that," they insisted in an obvious effort to minimize what Josh had done. Well, Doug Wilson took a page out of their playbook last week when he wrote the following: The twittermob has been circulating numerous untruths, amon … [Read more...]

Christian Blogger: “Life Will Never Be Fair”


Yesterday I read a post by David Rupert, a Christian Patheos blogger, titled "I Don't Use This F Word."  The "F" word Rupert is referring to is "fair." Rupert discusses his efforts to "scrub" offending words picked up at school from his young son's vocabulary, and then writes this:[T]here was one particular word that, even though it was banished, it still kept finding a way back in various forms. We called it the “F” word“Fair.”Among all the despicable words out there, this is the one … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson’s Pedophile Problem: The Root of the Issue


I posted yesterday about Steven Sitler, a convicted serial pedophile who attends Doug Wilson's Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and is back in court over concerns about the safety of his infant son. My post was long, and quoted at length from a number of sources. When readers pointed out that the court's finding that “(Sitler) has had contact with his child that resulted in actual sexual stimulation" likely referred to Sitler being sexually aroused by his son rather than to him molesting his son, … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson’s Pedophile Problem: Sex Offender For Whom Wilson Begged Leniency Back in Court with Infant Son


[Update: There is some disagreement over whether Steven Silter molested his baby or became sexually aroused by his baby. Regardless, the judge found has found it necessary to remove Sitler's wife from serving as a chaperone due to her failure to report "report disclosures" to the court. I have edited my post slightly to reflect the language used by the court.]I am really really really not happy to be writing this post. As in, seriously not happy. I've mentioned before that several years back … [Read more...]

We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming

Kim Davis

By now you've probably all heard of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her religious beliefs prevent her from doing so. Critics are calling attention to the fact that Davis was married four times as evidence of hypocrisy. But what I want to call attention to is a slightly different issue.Earlier today, fellow blogger Matthew Facciani called attention to the ways some of Davis' detractors have … [Read more...]

We Are Not All Josh Duggar

josh duggar

Evangelicals and fundamentalists often excuse abuse by arguing that all people sin, and that in God's eyes no sin is worse than any others. As a child, I was taught James 2:10 as a proof for this concept. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." This verse was used to convict me that I was a terrible sinner even though I'd never done anything "really" bad. After it came to light that Josh Duggar had an Ashley Madison account and cheated on hi … [Read more...]

Breaking: Leadership of Josh Duggar’s Treatment Center Allegedly Involved in Sex Abuse Coverup


Earlier this week Josh Duggar checked into Reformers Unanimous (RU), a Christian residential addiction treatment program in Rockford, Illinois, run by North Love Baptist Church and co-founded by the church's authoritarian Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) pastor, Paul Kingsbury. Over the past twenty-four-hours, I have spoken with a number of individuals involved with or affected by either North Love or Kingsbury. Of primary importance are allegations that Kingsbury is actively su … [Read more...]