Orlando and the Evangelical Responsibility

My heart sunk when I first read the news yesterday morning. Twenty dead, shot in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Then the death toll was updated---fifty dead. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history. When I first read the news, the identity and motivations of the shooter were still unknown. Some suspected Islamic terrorism while others pointed to possible Christian terrorism. Then the shooter's name---Omar Mateen---was released, and his family spoke out, and this was followed later in the day with … [Read more...]


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The Business of LGBT Rights

I recently came upon a Feministing article by Reina Gattuso. In her article, Gattuso critiques the capitalist exploitation of queer identities: Today in capitalism, I’m feeling meh about the commodification of queer identity. Most recent object of analysis: This Mic article about Levi’s 2016 Pride Line.The line, which does at least give a portion of profits to Harvey Milk Foundation, goes for queer dude denim looks and comes accessorized with colored bandanas a la queer and kink signaling sy … [Read more...]


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The Family Research Council and the Politics of Exclusion

Guess what I noticed on the Family Research Council Facebook page?Image description: A Family Research Council Facebook post featuring a picture of three girls in swimsuits in a locker room with the text "Protect Their Rights" emblazoned on it, the words "because they should not be silenced for feeling uncomfortable with a male student in their locker room" above it, and the words "urge Congress to take action to protect our children and stop the Obama administration's radical overreach" … [Read more...]


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For the Children of the Latest Target Protestor

By now, you've probably seen this video of a mother of twelve walking through Target, Bible in hand, loudly condemning Target for its trans-inclusive bathroom policy.Here are some of the things the woman said as she walks through the store: “Mothers, get your children out of this store!”“Are you going to let the devil rape your children, America?”“Repent, wicked Target…the judgement of God is coming on this nation and Target!” According to a blogger who grew up with one of the i … [Read more...]


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How North Carolina’s HB2 Affects Parents

North Carolina's HB2 naturally falls heaviest on the transgender community. It also affects cisgender people who don't conform to specific gender norms about appearance, especially women with short hair (see, for instance, this article about a short haired woman who was yelled at in a public restroom because she was taken for a transgender woman). One thing I haven't seen much talked about, though, is HB2's affect on parents. And no, I'm not talking about parents who are transgender or gender … [Read more...]


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Oregon Refuge Children Hid the Guns before Running

Have a look at the beginning of this article, from last week: Last Friday, as soon as their mother climbed in the shower, five Sharp children bolted down the driveway of their Auburn, Kan., home.Before they left, according to testimony in a Wednesday hearing, they took the guns out of a cubbyhole in the house and stashed them at the end of the drive. Then they got a ride from a neighbor to the Shawnee County sheriff’s office in Topeka.And on Wednesday — three months after making head … [Read more...]


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We Can’t Afford to Let This Become the New Normal

After Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee this week, the New York Times ran a story on what Trump says a Trump presidency would look like. What struck me full in the face as I read it is that this---this treatment of bigotry and fascism as though it's just one more flavor of American politics---is now the new normal.On Inauguration Day, he would go to a “beautiful” gala ball or two, but focus mostly on rescinding Obama executive orders on immigration and calling up corporate exe … [Read more...]


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