Boycotts, Hobby Lobby, and Misplaced Evangelical Outrage

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Growing up, my family didn't shop at K-Mart. Along with numerous others, we were involved in a 1990s evangelical boycott of the store. Why? Because K-Mart owned a bookstore chain called Waldenbooks, which sold pornography. The outrage rallied in this boycott had a similar feel to the outrage of evangelicals over Obamacare's contraception mandate. David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, is currently involved in a Supreme Court case challenging this mandate on the grounds that buying health … [Read more...]

The Totally Unoriginal Atheist Case against Abortion

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The Friendly Atheist created quite the brouhaha lately by publishing a guest post by Kristine Kruszelnicki, president of Pro-Life Humanists. This post was titled "Yes, There Are Pro-Life Atheists Out There. Here's Why I'm One of Them." My response? Thank you, Captain Obvious.No seriously. Are there really people who think that atheists can't be against abortion?  I do not understand this reasoning. Is there supposed to be a litmus test, that if you're an atheist you're automatic and by d … [Read more...]

Let It Gay? Subversive Messages from Disney’s Frozen

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Over Christmas break I visited my parents to find not only my younger siblings but also my conservative evangelical mother obsessing over Frozen. I was shocked. I had to ask myself---did they even watch the same movie? Did they not see the messages I did? Did they hear the same lyrics? How could they see Frozen and not realize that it was about self acceptance and freedom from others' expectations---and moral standards?It seems at least one blogger did pick up on some of those themes: The ga … [Read more...]

The Biased . . . and the Confused

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I was poking around pro-life responses to the declining abortion rate when I found this Catholic Online article. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were less than 17 abortions for every 1,000 women in 2011. The figure is down approximately 13% from 2008, and nearly half of what it was in 1980 when the greatest number of abortions were recorded at almost 30 per 1,000 women. . . .Unfortunately, the Guttmacher Institute has a glaring anti-life agenda. The Institute is infamously … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Alix on Civility and Confrontation

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Reader Alix and I disagreed last week in a comment thread about the role of things like personal attacks in argument with those with whom you disagree. As you may know, my comment policy makes certain requirements of those who comment here. This is my blog, and as such I set the rules. Alix and I still disagree on a few particulars, but I offered er the chance to write a guest post on the topic. Here it is. A Guest Post by AlixLet me tell you a story.Way back, years ago (before I had … [Read more...]

Let’s Not Willfully Misrepresent Our Opponents

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I'm tired of both the right and the left demonizing their opponents and willfully misunderstanding and misconstruing their arguments. Really. Freaking. Tired. [Edit: I originally offered several examples here, including one referring to "right-wing filth," one hypothesizing about whether or not a right-wing politician's face was "permanently stuck" in a whine, and two comments hypothesizing that pro-lifers would feel "smug satisfaction" if women who cannot afford a pregnancy were to start … [Read more...]

Private Charity v. Public Welfare

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As a rule, I don't like it when people say "this video will make you cry." So when someone sent me this link with those words, I determined not to cry. It didn't work. But this video also got me thinking about politics and differing points of view, and how our beliefs influence how we perceive things like this.Here in the U.S., far too many people call what happened in this video enabling dependency or giving people something for nothing. A man who spends his life giving to every … [Read more...]


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