Evangelical Rhetoric and the “Church of Gay Dominance”


Evangelicals aren't going down without a fight, are they?Marvin Olasky of World Magazine is upset that Jennifer Schoenrock, a deputy clerk in Missouri, was fired for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples---and that the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) did not defend her.You might think that AUSCS, which in previous decades wanted to restrict government power out of concern that officials could then impose a state-sponsored belief s … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Gwen Gets Rescued


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Last week, we left Gwen running into the parking lot crying after skeezy lawyer Bill Walinski attempted to coerce her into a "cozy" relationship with him. One reader rewrote the exchange in a way that gave Gwen a backbone, and the difference between book Gwen and backbone Gwen was startling. Backbone Gwen would file a complaint against Bill and then look into legal assistance or start thinking about ways to raise money to hire a new lawyer. … [Read more...]

Let’s Welcome Spring: An Open Thread


Sally and I have had some interesting discussions recently about religion and the seasons and holidays. A few weeks ago we attended an educational event on celebrating Norwuz, the Persian New Year. During Norwuz, people carry around plates of newly sprouted grass! While decorating eggs for Easter recently, I visited with a neighbor from India who told me about the Hindu celebration of spring, Holi. During Holi, people throw colorful paint on each other.It has been fun thinking about Easter in … [Read more...]

Really, Pew Research? Bad Chart Saturday

Religions on Same Sex Marriage

The above chart was put out by Pew Research, which actually rather surprised me. It's a bad chart! Can you spot the problem with it?The chart claims to be looking at the position of "major religions" even as most of the items it includes are not "major religions" but rather Christian denominations. But while the chart breaks both Christianity and Judaism down by denomination or sect, it fails to do the same for Islam, Buddhism, or Hinduism.Let me ask you this. Where does Christianity stan … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Calls Bill a Pig


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris When we left off last week, Gwen had just collapsed in sobs in her father's arms. Lawyer Bill Walinski flubbed the hearing, just as we had expected based on Farris's portrayal of him, and Judge Romer of the juvenile court had ordered Gwen's four-year-old daughter, Casey, into foster care for one week for observation, based, of course, on social worker Donna Corliss's lie that she had found fading bruises on Casey during a strip search. As I … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 14: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Loses Casey


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Remember that we left off as Bill Walinski, Gwen, and Stan entered the court room, leaving little Casey outside the room with her grandmother, June. Farris tells us that the hearing, in which social worker Donna Corliss and prosecutor Gail Willet sought to have Casey taken into foster care for a week for observation and evaluation, was presided over by Judge Philip Romer. Judge Philip Romer had been appointed to the bench six years earlier … [Read more...]