Revisiting Focus on the Family’s Letter from a Christian in 2012

In 2008, when Obama was running for president, Focus on the Family put out a sixteen page document called “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America." In 2012, I revisited this letter. Today, in 2016, it's time I returned to it again.The letter begins like this: What will the United States be like if Senator Obama is elected? The most reliable way of predicting people’s future actions is by looking at their past actions. Jesus himself taught, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16 … [Read more...]


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Skittles Can’t Feel Pain, or Loss, or Heartbreak

You may be seeing things in your social media feeds about skittles today. I was confused at first too! It started with this tweet:The image is of a tweet by Donald Trump Jr., featuring an picture of a bowl of skittles with this text: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem." Trump Jr. adds this commentary: "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America f … [Read more...]


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The Civil Rights Movement Was Not That Long Ago

You know the story of Ruby Bridges, right?In 1960, Ruby desegregated her New Orleans elementary school. She was only six years old at the time. I remember reading about her when I was a child. A few years ago I learned that there was a made-for-TV movie about her experience. I got my hands on it, and it was well worth the watch. My daughter Sally is around the age Bridges was when she found herself in the center of a firestorm. I've read her the same books my mother read me as a child, a … [Read more...]


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Let’s Talk Dakota Access

This story has been largely invisible on national media. I've primarily been following it by shared Facebook statuses originally written by activists. The bottom line is this---the Dakota Access pipeline is being built near tribal lands belong to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, against the tribe's expressed wishes. Last Saturday, the company's security used attack dogs and pepper spray on the protestors. The tribe identified several sacred burial grounds along the route and reported these sites t … [Read more...]


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The Party of Family Values, My Foot!

If I learned anything about the Republican Party growing up in a conservative evangelical family, it was that the GOP was the party of family values. At the time, I believed the rhetoric. Why shouldn't I? I was a homeschooled child who had never been exposed to anything that might challenge this claim. I'd never met a gay person, but I knew that they led miserable, godless, sex-obsessed, dangerous, anti-family lifestyles, because that's what my parents and church taught me. I didn't realize that … [Read more...]


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Anti-Choice Ohio Law Made Abortion Less Safe

For years now, the anti-abortion movement has been passing restrictions on abortion in the name of protecting women. Last week we have yet more evidence that this is a feint. But first, we need some background. This past March, the FDA revised its guidelines for using mifepristone, the medical abortion pill. The Los Angeles Times editorial board explained as follows: The Food and Drug Administration was absolutely right to re-label mifepristone, a drug used to induce abortions, to reflect a regi … [Read more...]


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“Burkini” Bans Shut Women out of Public Space

"Mr. Anderson, Mr. Anderson!" I called, trying to get his attention. Mr. Anderson was the church youth group leader. I was in middle school, and I was considering joining. I was from a large, conservative homeschool family, and at our hip, upbeat evangelical megachurch, that meant I didn't fit in with the other children. I had attended Sunday School only sporadically, and youth group would be a different experience---it would bring me face-to-face with my church's public school children and … [Read more...]


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