I’m Sorry

These children remind me of me ten years ago.

I recently had occasion to visit my state's capital building. As I walked through those halls, with their pillars and arches, two thoughts burned themselves into my brain. First, the capital building seems smaller than it did the last time I was here, ten years ago. Second, I am sorry, so very sorry. Ten years ago I was a teenager, still in high school. Did I know what I was doing? We got up early that morning, that day ten years ago, and piled into our fifteen passenger van. My dad, five or … [Read more...]

“I So Need To Move”: ENDA, Religion, and Politics

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An LGBTQ friend of mine living in Missouri recently used the form offered by the Human Rights Campaign to contact her congressperson about her support for ENDA---the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. In speaking of ENDA, she told me that while some cities and counties in Missouri have local non-discrimination acts, hers does not. She could be legally fired or evicted at any time, and she knows it.Today her congressperson, Billy Long, … [Read more...]

Losing the Battle . . . and the War

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It is obvious to anyone who is paying attention that achieving marriage equality is only a matter of time. Marriage equality has become the law in 18 states, whether through law or through the courts. The Supreme Court will likely weigh in in  favor of marriage equality in the next few years, setting the law in the handful of states that will remain longterm holdouts. This is a battle evangelicals will lose.But they aren't just losing the battle, they're also losing the war.Other … [Read more...]

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...]


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