Being Patriotic on the Fourth of July

firecracker-801902_1280

I grew up in a home where we celebrated our nation's founding and past in an overwhelmingly positive way. As I've grown my perspective has broadened and I've come to see social problems and worse as central to our nation's past. There are atrocities, such as slavery and the way the United States has treated native populations. There are also other problems that may be less stark but are no less important, such as the lack of rights for women or bias against our nation's immigrant populations. Eve … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about the News

parents-prep-new-tech

Some years ago I read the book Nixonland. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the glimpse it provided of the turbulent 1960s. But the book gave me a gift I didn't realize at the time. We all see history happening all around us every day, but we usually don't notice it. Nixonland made me keenly aware of it. Someday a popular history book covering our current period will mention Michael Brown, Dylann Roof, and even Rachel Dolezal. It will mention Hobby Lobby and the birth control mandate, Obamacare and B … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage and the Freedom to Offend

worried-girl-413690_1280

I recently came upon a blog post titled I've Been Scared to State My Opinion and that Scares Me. In the post the author, a Mormon wife and mother of two (she doesn't give a name, so we'll call her Sarah), explains as follows: I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year now, and in all the time there has been one major hot topic subject I’ve never broached. In fact, I’ve tip toed around it, and specifically avoided it. Even in seminary, I really soft peddled it. Not because I don’t have strong … [Read more...]

“You Did a Wrong Thing, Mommy”: In Which I Tell My Six-Year-Old That I Went to an Anti-Gay Rally as a Teen

Let Us Vote

I was raised in very political evangelical home. As a small child, I attended a rally against Hilary's healthcare proposals in the early 1990s, sitting atop my father's shoulders. Before I was ten, I was a pro at working the polls, and would spend all day every election day working a table for the Republicans. Election night, 1994, is one of my most formative early memories. As an older teen I once tried to count how many candidates I had campaigned for, and lost track as the number went into t … [Read more...]

Conservatives Grapple with Marriage Equality

81601297-same-sex-couple-ariel-owens-and-his-spouse-joseph-barham.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlarge

Almost as soon as I heard about yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, my mind turned to the ways conservatives would respond. I have not been disappointed. See, for example, this argument from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:Five Justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature. In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality: An Open Thread

gay-743009_1280

I am getting the impression that many of you want space to talk about todays' Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, and no wonder! I have several thoughts myself that will be the topic of future posts, but for the moment I thought I'd offer you an open thread. One thing I will note is that I, like many others, am stunned by how quickly things have changed. Not eighteen months ago I was still assuming universal marriage equality was decades away, and now this.Happy marriage equality … [Read more...]

The Charleston Shooting and Christian Persecution

church-581061_1280

As I read about various reactions to last week's tragic shootings in Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, I was shocked to see many conservative leaders using the fact that the shooting happened in a church as evidence that Christianity is under attack in this country. See for example this from former Senator Rick Santorum: This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this ti … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X