Worthwhile Reads: An answer for everything

Blogger Sober Second Look has another piece you should read: The conservative brands of Islam that I came to know intimately all had one thing in common: they gave you knowledge of everything. Everything in this world that mattered, anyway, as well as a glimpse of the next. Whatever question you might have, there was [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Leavers

These are a bit old, but I just came upon them and wanted to share. First, this from Christianity Today: The Leavers: Young Doubters Exit the Church Then a response on Camels with Hammers: Sex And Apostasy [Read more...]

Sierra’s Religion and Sexuality Project

Just as a reminder, Sierra of the Phoenix and the Olive Branch has started her Religion and Sexuality Project. For an introduction and list of questions, read here. For all of the installments so far, read here. [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: On Politics, Religion, and Libertarianism

After the two posts I wrote yesterday, I thought I’d offer some on related themes from a couple blogs I read: Libertarianism, Patriotism, and Starting Points: How I Apparently Became a Pinko Commie, by Sierra “You’ve been brainwashed by those bleeding heart liberal college professors of yours.” I stared at him. I hadn’t changed my position [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Patriarchy is all the same

Patriarchal marriage and “responsibility” on A Sober Second Look But most of the interpretations of the Qur’an and of Islamic law that we encountered when we first converted did not (and would never have) used the word “patriarchal” to describe their vision of the “ideal” Muslim marriage. Nor did they put much stress on the duty [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Generation Wars

This is a little late, but… Old vs. Young, on The New York Times In a partisan country locked in a polarizing campaign, there is no shortage of much discussed divisions: religious and secular, the 99 percent and the 1 percent, red America and blue America. But you can make a strong case that one [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Parenting Articles

Latebloomer offers a list of “Parenting Articles Worth Sharing,” and one of my own articles made her list! Anger Is Not a Sin, on Rachel Held Evans During the early years, however, Jose and I practiced a parenting style consistent with what we were learning in church—negative emotions were “bad” and somehow needed to be [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Duggars, Modesty, and the Beach

The Duggar Family Doesn’t Go to the Beach, and Why That’s Bad for Their Kids, by Sierra’ This kind of article infuriates me. It does. I start chugging smoke out of my nostrils and seeing the world with an extra shiny pink tint, like a greasy undercooked steak. Is it because the idea of broadcasting your [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Having It All Is Not a “Woman’s Issue”

Having It All: Not a “Woman’s Issue” As an aside, I have a secret fantasy of gathering a team of men to go to every male-dominated discussion (on specific issues in the law or a certain genre of film or investigative journalism or whatever) and when it’s Q& A time, earnestly ask the male panelists how [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Another Brave Review

Brave Princesses, Avatars in Refrigerators, and the Trouble with Tomboys Here’s the problem. The kyriarchy tells us that there are two gendered sets of virtues, and that masculine virtues are better than feminine virtues. For example: Masculine: Strength, Courage, Honor, Determination, Combat Skills Feminine: Compassion, Prudence, Negotiation, Calm, Emotional Intelligence, Domestic Skills … Ultimately, Merida [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Vision Forum hosts conference on food

Vision Forum Hosts Conference on Food Thus, Vision Forum has managed to weave patriarchy, fear of so-called “statism”, and distrust of environmentalism into a conference on food. Their distrust of environmentalism does not surprise me, given Doug Philips’ hostility toward environmentalists and Earth Day. Still, it disappoints me because environmentalism, sustainability, and food are closely connected [Read More...]

Worthwhile Reads: Oh the Quiverfull Lot

Portrait of a Lady Last night, for some reason, I was thinking about Kelly Bradrick. You may not have heard of her but she was a poster girl for Stay at Home Daughters and then for the large Vision Forum “conference wedding” with lengthy, manly monologues and a first kiss at the altar. Kelly is [Read More...]