Donald Trump: We Need To Be More Like the Terrorists

I know, I know, I wasn't planning to write about Donald Trump again, and Trump is, well, Trump. But I am going to give in and write about him anyway, because one of the things he said in a recent interview is just too grossly wrong that I can't let it pass without comment. And I think that's because of the sheer hypocrisy of his statement.Here are the relevant comments:I mean, one of the problems that we have and one of the reason we’re so ineffective, is they’re trying to, they’re using … [Read more...]


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Christian Terrorist Robert Dear and the Army of God

In the wake of last week's Planned Parenthood shooting, conservatives claimed that the shootings were unrelated to either abortion or that organization. Some claimed that it was actually a robbery, and that the shooting had started at a nearby bank and the shooter had merely fled to Planned Parenthood. This turned out to be false, and as more information has come out about Dear it has become increasingly clear that this was indeed an act of anti-abortion violence---a form of Christian … [Read more...]


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New York Times Describes Robert Dear as “Gentle Loner”

Have a look at how the New York Times described Robert Dear, the Planned Parenthood shooter, in an article published over the weekend:For contrast, have a look at the way CNN introduced Freddie Grey, a young black man who died in police custody earlier this year, in an article yesterday:Robert Dear is a "gentle loner" while Freddie Grey is "the son of an illiterate heroin addict."Words matter. A lot.I have neighbors who are recent transplants from India. In speaking with t … [Read more...]


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No True Christian: Robert Dear and Christian Terrorism

I've seen people claim that Robert Dear, the planned Parenthood shooter, was not a Christian. This despite the fact that he had crosses in his dwelling, reportedly was devoted to the Bible, and posted Bible verses and apocalyptic warnings on an online message board a decade ago. Frankly, I'm tired of this. When a Christian commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all Christians, just like when a Muslim commits an act of religious violence, that does not implicate all … [Read more...]


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All-Options PRC: The New Pro-Choice Center on the Block

You've probably heard of "pregnancy resource centers." The term itself is the rebranding of the older "crisis pregnancy center" label. These centers tend to be run by pro-life groups intent on dissuading women from having abortions. When I was young, my mother spent time as a volunteer at one of these centers, counseling pregnant women and urging them against abortion. These centers have often been accused of using misleading advertising or coercive tactics to bring women in and convince them to … [Read more...]


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Michael Farris Calls for Closing Doors to Syrian Refugees

The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday are bringing out a nasty side of the right wing. Of particular interest to me was Michael Farris's response. Farris, as you may remember, is the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College. He was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1993, and since then has focused on encouraging political activism among conservative young people through Generation Joshua.With this background, … [Read more...]


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Coming Full Circle

As a teenager, I attended an anti-gay "traditional marriage" rally in my state's capital. I listened to the speakers and cheered along with the crowd. After the rally was over, I spoke with press, explaining my opposition to same-sex marriage. At the time, I had never met a gay person, or, at least, I had never met a person I knew was gay. I believed a lot of lies about the "gay lifestyle" and was convinced that gay people were secretly miserable inside.I would never have believed that, a d … [Read more...]


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