“Burkini” Bans Shut Women out of Public Space

"Mr. Anderson, Mr. Anderson!" I called, trying to get his attention. Mr. Anderson was the church youth group leader. I was in middle school, and I was considering joining. I was from a large, conservative homeschool family, and at our hip, upbeat evangelical megachurch, that meant I didn't fit in with the other children. I had attended Sunday School only sporadically, and youth group would be a different experience---it would bring me face-to-face with my church's public school children and … [Read more...]


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Why Is the NRA Ignoring This 14-Year-Old Girl Jailed for Shooting Her Abusive Father?

So, guns. Gun rights advocates argue that protecting private gun ownership is important, because it is important to ensure that private citizens are able to protect themselves against threats. Except---wait a minute---what's that? A 14-year-old girl is behind bars, facing aggravated murder charges for killing her father, but her family says she did it to protect her mother and her family. Huh. Maybe there's more to the story? With tears flowing down her face, Brandi Meadows told the Fox 8 … [Read more...]


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This Pro-Life Simone Biles Meme Gets It All Wrong

Image features a picture of Simone Biles with this text:In 1997, a girl born to an "unfit" drug-addicted mother and abandoned by her father was Planned Parenthood's perfect target.Would later become arguably the best gymnast in the world.  Earlier today, I came upon the above image on Facebook. There are at least two things wrong with this meme. First, the meme mischaracterizes Planned Parenthood. Second, it forgets who actually targets children like Simone.Neither Planned Paren … [Read more...]


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Trump Missed Chance to Move GOP on Gay Rights

Earlier today, the Washington Post published an article by Jeff Guo titled Donald Trump is teaching the GOP a different way to embrace gay rights. I read the entire article through, and I am so not on board. There is absolutely nothing in the article to suggest that either Trump or the GOP are embracing gay rights---unless one believes that the real threat to gay rights comes from radical Islamic terrorism, as Trump seems to. Have a look at this line, for instance: It would be a stretch to call … [Read more...]


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RIP Korryn Gaines, Sovereign Citizen

It's probably not surprising that I have become skeptical when I hear that a person of color had a "traffic related" warrant or arrest. As such, I was immediately curious about the origins of the warrant for traffic-related offenses last March that Korryn Gaines was served before being shot by police in a standoff in her home. What I found surprised me, though perhaps it shouldn't have. In March, according to police reports, an officer pulled Gaines over because she had a piece of cardboard with … [Read more...]


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Hey Trump? Have you checked what your own religious book says about women speaking in public?

In his now-infamous response to Khizr Khan's moving speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Donald Trump said the following: "If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me." This was, of course, a reference to the repression of women in the Muslim world. And it is absolutely true that there are problems out there---take honor killings in Pakistan, for instance, or the ba … [Read more...]


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The Sky Is (Not) Falling! Police Fatalities Edition

In Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last week, he stated the following: The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. This is actually categorically false.As you can see, the number of officers killed in the line of duty is up 8%.But perhaps Trump meant to say that firearms-related police fatalities were up, not that overall deaths in the line of duty were up. In that case, he actually shot low---firearms-related p … [Read more...]


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