The Truth about the Sweet Cakes Bakery Gag Order

I wrote yesterday about Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple to whom they refused service. One thing I didn’t touch on, however, was the so-called “gag order,” which was also included in the final order issued by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Here is how Todd Starnes wrote about it in an opinion piece for Fox News: On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay… Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Three Things Happen

We have now come to a number of short bits, so rather than making this section drag out I’m going to hit three in one post. Last week, Gwen gave lawyer Peter a handwritten account of both social worker visits. This week picks up as Peter tells Gwen to check in with him later in the day to find out the scheduling of her exam with Dr. Schram, the psychologist. Read more

Sexual Predator Bill Gothard Defends Josh Duggar

I suppose it’s not surprising that Gothard is defending Josh, given that his own actions were in many ways so similar. In arguing that Josh touching his younger sisters’ breasts and genitals isn’t so bad because it was over their clothing, he defends his own actions by proxy. Read more

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Didn’t Just Deny a Lesbian Couple Service, They Also Doxxed Them and Their Kids

The next time you see someone upset about that nice baker couple Oregon ordered to pay $135,000 to that spiteful thin-skinned lesbian couple, let them know that that nice baker couple doxxed the lesbian couple and very nearly cost them custody of their two children as a result. And then send them a copy of the court’s final ruling. Read more

Doug Wilson: Black and Tan

In our last post, we dealt with Doug Wilson’s 1996 work, Southern Slavery As It Was. Today we turn to his 2005 book, Black and Tan, in which Wilson restated and defended the argument his earlier argument. Wilson wrote Black and Tan after being forced to pull Southern Slavery As It Was from publication because of serious plagiarism issues (which should tell you something about him as a scholar). I’ve seen people suggest that Black and Tan was simply a slightly revised republishing of Southern Slavery As It Was, but this is misleading. The book deals with the same themes, but it is also longer and deals less with the everyday aspects of slave life. Read more

Doug Wilson: Slavery As It Was

I wrote yesterday about Doug Wilson’s statement that supporting marriage equality is a worse sin than supporting slavery. In the course of writing this post, I took some time to read some of Wilson’s past work more thoroughly, and I want to take a moment to share with you more of what I learned. In this post I’m going to look at Wilson’s 1996 pamphlet, Southern Slavery As It Was. In another post, I will examine Wilson’s 2005 followup book, Black and Tan. Finally, I will turn to Wilson’s 2013 exchange with Thabiti Anyabwile of the Gospel Coalition. If needed, I may finish with a wrap-up post. Read more

Game of Thrones Open Thread!

What did you think about the way the fifth season wrapped up? What did the producers do well, and where did they miss the mark? What fan theories do you subscribe to? Read more

Doug Wilson: Supporting Marriage Equality Is a “Far More Serious” Problem Than Supporting Slavery

It might be worth reminding readers that Wilson has a long history of referring to LGBT individuals as “things” and even supporting their execution or exile. He has also argued that marital sex should be characterized by dominance and submission, conquering and surrender, and that “the sexual act cannot be made into an egalitarian pleasuring party.” Together with his longtime insistence that antebellum slavery wasn’t as bad as people think it was and his current insistence that supporting marriage equality is more sinful than supporting slavery, he ought to be the sort of controversial character that evangelical leaders avoid like the plague. But he isn’t. Instead, they retweet and praise his posts and writings. Read more

Orange Is the New Black Open Thread!

What went well? What fell flat? What should happen next season? Read more

Dating Is Dead: Long Live Whatever-We-Call-It-Now!

I married Sean because he and I had formed a strong partnership and camaraderie that I didn’t want to lose. So far two other couples who met through our friend group have also married, and for much the same reason—they sort of clicked and worked together well as a couple. The problem with more formal dating is that you feel the need to be on your best behavior, to put up a front and a mask. We didn’t feel that pressure, because we were just friends. We were already people we let our hair down around, even before we started dating each other. We didn’t feel the need to put up a facade. Read more

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