The Thaw, Evangelical Teens, and Persecution Complexes

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I recently came upon a video from Christian youth outreach group Reach America. In it, Christian students explain that they face persecution in their public high schools for their religious beliefs, and list examples of this persecution. They finish by calling for change, calling for other Christians to rise up and throw off the persecution and restore the (mostly imaginary) Christian American of the past.For those of you who don't have the time to watch the entire video---and it does … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why HSLDA is Wrong about Romeike v. Holder

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If you follow the conservative media or have conservative facebook friends, you may know that there is a large brouhaha going on at the moment over the threatened deportation of a German homeschooling family that was originally granted asylum in the United States in 2010. Curious about the facts of the case, which conservatives are using as evidence of the evils of the Obama administration, the persecution of homeschoolers, and the fragility of American religious freedom, I asked a law student … [Read more...]

I Am in a Huffington Post Article on Children and Politics

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This week I appeared in a Huffington Post article on children's voices in the marriage equality debate."Libby Anne," a blogger for faith website Patheos, who uses a pseudonym so that her parents do not read her work and retaliate by cutting off contact with her younger siblings, recently wrote a post that said she spoke out against gay marriage as a child and now regrets it."I never spoke before a House committee, sure, but when I was that age, my father was quick to push me forward to … [Read more...]

The Bizarre Libertarian/Christian Reconstructionist Alliance

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Ron Paul has just announced a new K-12 curriculum for homeschooled students---The Ron Paul Curriculum. It is comprehensive---history, economics, math, science, literature, Bible---and focuses on the "biblical principle" of self responsibility and the history of liberty. It advertises itself as incredibly academically rigorous---such that a student who makes it through will test out of the first two years of college.All of this honestly sounds like standard fare for these circles---not unlike … [Read more...]

I Was Grace Evans; Or, Using Children as Political Props

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When I first heard about an eleven year old girl speaking against marriage equality before a Minnesota hearing, I immediately wondered if she was someone I knew. Why? Because it was so, so familiar. The truth is, I've been there. I never spoke before a house committee, sure, but when I was that age my father was quick to push me forward to speak to reporters in support of "traditional marriage," or against abortion, or in favor of gun rights, or what have you. And I saw this pattern repeated … [Read more...]

Image, Counter Image: The Facebook Meme War

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I'm sure lots of you have noticed the recent facebook profile picture trend in favor of marriage equality, especially the use of the now ubiquitous red square with a pink equal sign. You may also have noticed conservatives changing their profile pictures in opposition. I want to take a moment to look at a few of those.The first category were profile pictures that sought to respond directly to the equality message---sometimes really directly.This seems . . . I don't know, really blunt … [Read more...]

Quoting Rushdoony Just Seems Like a Really Bad Idea

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Not surprisingly, Kelly Reins Ladies against Feminism has put up a collection of links on gay marriage. They've called their link list "Cranial Dominionism: Defining What We Think about . . . Defending Biblical Marriage." In it they offer links and quotes from such standard evangelical luminaries as John Piper and Ken Ham. Most of it is standard fare, repeating the evangelical line on homosexuality and marriage equality, as is to be expected. But I also noticed something . . . odd. Kelly quotes … [Read more...]


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