Answering Objections to Abortion Ban Obligations

I wrote, yesterday, about an Indiana lawmaker who plans to propose a full abortion ban in the next legislative session. I noted that if lawmakers are going to ban abortion they should also cover women's medical expenses, require paid maternity leave, subsidize childcare costs, and make higher education and job training programs more affordable. After all, I argued, if they're going to require women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, that's only fair.Of course, abortion opponents have obje … [Read more...]


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What Obligations Accompany an Abortion Ban?

A state lawmaker in Indiana has plans to propose a total ban on abortion. State Rep. Curt Nisly said Wednesday he will file so-called "Protection at Conception" legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January.Under his proposal, all abortions would be a crime and prosecutors could file charges against those who participate in the procedure. I assume Nisly's goal is to work through the courts and eventually force a Supreme Court rehearing of Roe v. Wade. The odds that this attempt … [Read more...]


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Full Text of Megyn Kelly Japanese Internment Interview

Megyn Kelly recently interviewed Carl Higbie, a Trump supporter and a spokesman for a pro-Trump PAC. Partway through the interview, Kelly interjected: "You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps for anything the president elect is going to do!" She was clearly horrified at Higbie's suggestion. It should be shocking that such a comment should have to be made to begin with. And yet, here we are.The rest of the video isn't any better.I transcribed the full interview, in case you'd rat … [Read more...]


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Heroes

Yesterday I published a guest post by an academic who grew up in a progressive church. She wrote about the role religion can play in sustaining people in the face of bigotry or oppression. She noted that she is not religious. Neither am I, though I once was. But not being religious does not mean not having stories. It doesn't mean not having heroes. We do have stories, and we do have heroes. “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who li … [Read more...]


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The Power of Metaphors

A Guest Post by Marta ShocketOriginally written on Thursday, November 10thThis morning I found myself thinking about Jesus on the way to work. If you find yourself turned off by that first sentence, please bear with me for a moment.I was standing on the train thinking about how to engage in protests that are radical, progressive, and loving all at the same time, and the word "Jesus" suddenly popped into my head. And it genuinely surprised me. I identify as agnostic and do not … [Read more...]


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Are Progressives Crying Wolf? Not So Fast.

Back in 2008, when Barack Obama ran for president, evangelicals foretold doom. They argued that Obama would take away Americans' freedoms, that the law would become "an instrument of oppression," and that those who resisted would be jailed or put in camps. A widely read letter released by Focus on the Family and written from the future---2012---warned evangelicals of a coming dystopia:The same question written in “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key in 1814 rings in t … [Read more...]


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Approaching the Holidays with Trump-Supporting Relatives

If you're anything like me, you have a lot of relatives back home who voted for Trump. This could make the holidays very, very uncomfortable.I'm no stranger to uncomfortable holidays. A decade ago, when I was in college, my evangelical family tried to make me break off my relationship with my now-husband. That was one of the most horrific experiences of my life. These tensions haven't disappeared, either. I get heat for not spanking my children, for not homeschooling my children, and so … [Read more...]


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