Are Progressives Crying Wolf? Not So Fast.

Back in 2008, when Barack Obama ran for president, evangelicals foretold doom. They argued that Obama would take away Americans' freedoms, that the law would become "an instrument of oppression," and that those who resisted would be jailed or put in camps. A widely read letter released by Focus on the Family and written from the future---2012---warned evangelicals of a coming dystopia:The same question written in “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key in 1814 rings in t … [Read more...]


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Approaching the Holidays with Trump-Supporting Relatives

If you're anything like me, you have a lot of relatives back home who voted for Trump. This could make the holidays very, very uncomfortable.I'm no stranger to uncomfortable holidays. A decade ago, when I was in college, my evangelical family tried to make me break off my relationship with my now-husband. That was one of the most horrific experiences of my life. These tensions haven't disappeared, either. I get heat for not spanking my children, for not homeschooling my children, and so … [Read more...]


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Meet the Inspiring New Women in Congress

My daughter watched videos about women's suffrage on repeat the week leading up to the election. She's only in second grade, but she's been fascinated by women's suffrage for several years now. When she was only five years old she sat down and watched an hour-long documentary about it, by herself. On Tuesday night, when she began to cry as I put her to bed, I told her about the brave female Senators and Congresswomen who will fight for her and for her friends. Hillary Clinton may have lost her … [Read more...]


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Tomorrow We Fight

My second grader began yesterday evening with excitement. She made her own charts to track electoral college wins. By the end of the night, she was in tears, sobbing. I had to look her in the face and say . . . something. I have never in my life felt so at a loss for words. Parents are supposed to tell their children that it's going to be okay, but they're also not supposed to lie to them. I think? I'm not always up-to-date on parental etiquette. As I tried to figure out what to say, she started … [Read more...]


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Election Open Thread

Election day has finally arrived! What races are you following? What news are you seeing? And, eventually, what are the returns saying? Discuss away! … [Read more...]


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The Party of Lincoln Is Rejecting the Legacy of Lincoln

In doing some research on Billings state senate candidate Robert Saunders, I came upon a provision in the Montana Republican Party platform that surprised me. We . . . support the original interpretation of the 14th amendment so that only children born to citizens and legal permanent residents are U.S. citizens at birth. In other words, the Montana Republican Party officially supports doing away with birthright citizenship. Donald Trump made waves last year when he called for ending birthright … [Read more...]


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Local Races Matter, Ya’ll!

Hey everyone! This is your reminder that local and state races matter. As you head out to vote, make sure to look beyond the top of the ticket. Yes, that means doing some research, but taking the time to do our homework before voting is part of our civic duty, and these races really do have longterm ramifications.Let me offer you a rather prurient example: Minutes after Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment, essentially ending American women’s decades-long quest for the right to vote, a youn … [Read more...]


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