Missouri Father Sues for Control of Daughters’ Sexuality

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Did you see this one coming? One Missouri lawmaker has taken the fight against birth control coverage to a new and very personal place: His own daughters, two of whom are adults.State Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland and his wife Teresa are suing the Obama administration over its minimum coverage requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, which includes contraception. They say the government is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs because they have three daughters, ages … [Read more...]

Educating My White Privilege

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I started this post some time ago, but recent events have made me feel that now is the time to finish and post it. Several days ago black teenager Mike Brown was gunned down by police. He was unarmed and had his hands in the air, and still the police officer shot him again, and again, and then left him for dead.I have a lot of privilege. I am white. I was raised in an upper middle class family. I am cisgendered and present as straight. I grew up in an evangelical community that was 100% wh … [Read more...]

“And How Many Daddies?”

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I recently ran into my friend Amy and her son Joey when I was downtown for an event with my daughter Sally. Amy had a similar evangelical upbringing to mine, and is today happily married to her partner of fifteen years, Kate. Their son Joey is two. I've gotten together with Amy for lunch on occasion, and when we ran into each other again last week we repeated, again, that we should get out families together sometime---when we weren't so busy. I introduced Sally to Amy and Joey and then we parted … [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee, Immigration, and Evangelical Compassion

Central American Migrant Movement on Mexico's Southerm Border

I haven't said anything about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from the countries south of Mexico, but I've been following the story. I've never quite understood why American evangelicals are so anti-immigration and pro-borders. And I say this as someone who grew up in an evangelical family solidly involved in conservative politics. But border issues were never my thing. The first year I participated in homeschool speech and debate in high school, the topic was … [Read more...]

Oh Noes! Little Kids Might Learn Gay People Exist!

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So, I recently came upon a Family Research Council video from 2008. Yes, it's a bit dated, but I watched it anyway. The entire thing was Tony Perkins talking with parents of two young elementary school students (one in kindergarten, one in second grade) whose teachers used age-appropriate materials to teach children about gay and lesbian individuals as part of coursework on diversity.Perkins talked about how "confusing" it is for young children to be introduced to "homosexuality," and … [Read more...]

Corporations Don’t Have Emotions

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Guest post by Rachel Lazerus If you’re just catching up on the ramifications of SCOTUS’s decision re: Hobby Lobby, please read Carmen Green’s post first. Since then, some new things have come to light: a) Other closely-held corporations that can claim sincere religious beliefs that paying for any kind of contraception harms them no longer have to cover any government-approved contraception. b) Since it is much cheaper for the government (and for private companies) to pay for birth control than … [Read more...]

Rick Warren: Protecting LGBTQ Individuals Would “Come at the Expense of Faith Communities”

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Have you seen this? Obama is preparing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity. Rick Warren and other evangelical pastors have signed a letter asking Obama to offer a wide religious exemption in his executive order. We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need. Exactly how would … [Read more...]


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