Michael Farris Doesn’t Read the Bible (Apparently)

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Three months ago, Dan Price, C.E.O. of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, announced that he would no longer pay an employee less than $70,000 a year. Price hoped to ensure that all of his employees would have a minimum standard of living, and figured the publicity wouldn't hurt along the way. Yesterday the New York Times published a piece on Price's struggles since making that fateful decision, as two of his best employees quit, upset that newer and less q … [Read more...]

No, the African American Womb Is Not More Dangerous Today than during Slavery

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Several weeks ago I ran a four-post series looking at conservative theologian Doug Wilson's views of slavery and race. But there's one point I realized afterwards I left unaddressed---and it's an important point, because it's one often used by anti-abortion activists to inject race into the conversation. In his 2005 book, Black and Tan, Wilson wrote the following: Who cannot lament the damage to both white and black that has occurred as a consequence of the way in which slavery was abolished? I … [Read more...]

“Some Responsibility”: Evangelicals’ Shifting LGBT Rhetoric

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In a recent Christianity Today article, O. Alan Noble wrote the following of Christians who have supported the Obergefell decision: Many supported the court ruling because for so long our culture has harbored contempt, disgust, and hatred for people who deviate from heterosexuality. This is a tragic and inexcusable legacy for which the evangelical church bears some responsibility. When you can get bullied or killed for being gay, it matters when people are willing to come alongside you. Do you … [Read more...]

Is Abortion an African-American Genocide? The Problem with Conservatives Citing Margaret Sanger

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Conservatives want to have it both ways. They argue that progressive support of welfare and affirmative action is racist in that it assumes that blacks need these things to succeed. Welfare and affirmative action take away from black agency and get in the way of black progress, they say, and are based in the racist assumption that African Americans are by nature dependent. Conservatives are, they say, all about restoring black agency and removing the chains of dependency---except, of course, when … [Read more...]

Minnesota Senator Forgets Lesbians Exist

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Have you seen this?While nondiscrimination ordinances are spotty and don't apply to the entire country and adoption laws in many states still need to catch up with the recent Supreme Court ruling, the major LGBT rights issue after marriage equality is actually shaping up to be "bathroom bills." Take a look at this, for instance: In a lengthy interview on Thursday, Sen. Warren Limmer, Rep. Abigail Whelan, and AM 980 KKMS radio host Paul Ridgeway explained why the trio are pushing for a bill … [Read more...]

The Truth about the Sweet Cakes Bakery Gag Order

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I wrote yesterday about Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple to whom they refused service. One thing I didn't touch on, however, was the so-called "gag order," which was also included in the final order issued by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Here is how Todd Starnes wrote about it in an opinion piece for Fox News:On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple … [Read more...]

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Didn’t Just Deny a Lesbian Couple Service, They Also Doxxed Them and Their Kids

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While reading Doug Wilson's blog, I came upon this: Now these very nice Christian people have for a number of years been dismissed as brim-full-o-hate, and their carefully chosen words of love and moral concern are always dismissed as mere hypocrisy. People in this class are fined megabucks for politely declining to bake the cake. “No, thank you.” That’s just the worst, capable of causing over seventy forms of trauma in lesbians made out of rice paper. Let's set some facts straight, shall we? F … [Read more...]


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