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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So You Don’t Like Hillary

I've sometimes had people assume that I'm voting for Hillary because of Donald Trump's comments about sexual assault, or because of his "offensive" and "brash" manner, and not because of issues. I worry too many feel that Trump's shortcomings center on his willingness to make off-the-cuff remarks and his failure to play by commonly established political rules and guidelines, rather than on issues. I worry that a widespread dislike of Hillary has led some to decided they may as well take a chance … [Read more...]


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Chain Email Calls Trump “Natural Born Killer,” Urges Christians to Vote for Him

Today we cover a pro-Trump chain email that is also circulating on Facebook. A Message For Christians About Donald TrumpHere's a famous joke about God and how he talks to us."A deeply faithful Christian man is stuck on roof at home with massive flooding up to the 2nd floor. Rowboat comes. He says "No, I'm waiting for God. I prayed and I know he's coming."  2nd Rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God." 3rd Rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God."Water rises. The man drowns. Now he's meeting God … [Read more...]


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Mixed-Race, How Does It Work? Mark Kirk Edition

When I saw the headline---Senator Mark Kirk Mocks Disabled Veteran Tammy Duckworth for Mixed-Race Heritage---I was immediately drawn in. What did he do?! What did he say?! Just for reference, you don't mess with Tammy Duckworth. You just don't. She's a double amputee with two decades of military service who defeated an incumbent Republican Congressman in 2012 and currently has her sights set on Mark Kirk's senate seat. She's pretty much as badass as badass gets. She's also mixed-race. Her father … [Read more...]


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Robert Saunders’ Race Problem, and the Republican Party

They told us we were supposed to change the world. They told us to run for office. They told us not to say racist things on Facebook. No wait, they didn't tell us that, and Robert Saunders, running for state legislature, is learning this the hard way.Saunders and I were both raised in an environment that mixed evangelicalism and conservative politics to the extent that the two became indistinguishable. And we were both homeschooled. For many, homeschooling is simply a method for giving their … [Read more...]


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Montana’s Robert Saunders: “I’m Not A Racist”

There's a famous quote from the Handmaid's Tale: "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." I would posit that we have a corollary when it comes to race: "White people are afraid they will be called racist. Black people are afraid they will be killed by the police." Check out this article about Robert Saunders, a state legislature candidate in Billings, Montana, accused of making racist comments while in college: “At the end of the day, I’m not a ra … [Read more...]


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Why I Lied About My Rape

A Guest Post by K. Matthews Note from Libby Anne: This post may be triggering to some readers. Sexual assault has been a frequent topic of conversation in 2016, and with that conversation always seem to come a few questions: What are rape and sexual assault? How can we ever trust women to tell the truth about them? Why might women lie about such topics? Well, here is why I did.When I first told just a few people about my rape, I lied. But I didn’t lie about it happening—I lied about i … [Read more...]


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