Bill Gothard Explains Road Safety (aka How Not to Get Raped)


Do you remember when that Saudi historian said that western women drive because they don't mind getting raped? He used the danger that occurs when a woman's car breaks down, leaving her open to sexual assault by any passerby, as a rationale for maintaining the Saudi ban on women driving. Well. Watch as this road safety module produced by Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute (a program for fundamentalist homeschoolers) takes a weird turn.(I was sent this module via Wende Benner of H … [Read more...]

Dear Jesus: A Letter on Anger and Christianity


Dear Jesus,We need to have a chat. You see, I've been reading the gospels and I have been struck by how angry you constantly were. Have you paused to read through your sermons before delivering them there to read for tone? This sort of anger is really unbecoming. I understand that there are injustices in the world and that you want to fight them, but this is not the proper way to go about things. You are attacking those on your side and participating in unseemly protests, and frankly, Jesus, … [Read more...]

That Jewish-Baker-Swastika-Cake Analogy Is Backwards


I recently came upon this quote by blogger Amethyst Marie: "What I'm really sick of is the "Would you expect a black caterer to work a KKK event?" or "Would you expect a Jewish baker to make a swastika cake?" rhetoric. First of all, you shouldn't have to be black or Jewish to find the KKK or neo-Nazis offensive. Second, WTF is up with this analogy? When have LGBT ever banded together to terrorize, imprison, torture, lynch, or commit genocide against Christians? If anything, the analogy should … [Read more...]

By Faith Alone? The Boundaries of Evangelicalism


Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen. This is often referred to as the "sinner's prayer." Indeed, most evangelicals believe that once you're saved, you're always saved. There is nothing you can do to lose your salvation.But.If you prayed the sinner's prayer … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]