Oh boy. So I’ve written before about Doug Wilson’s excuse-making for serial child molester Steven Sitler, but I haven’t written much about the other child abuser in Doug Wilson’s closet—Jamin Wight. Long story short, while Jamin was a student at Doug Wilson’s seminary and boarding with a Christ Church family, he sexually (and psychologically) abused the family’s daughter, Natalie, for years, beginning when she was 13 years old. Jamin was ten years the girl’s senior. Read more

When I was in middle school, I briefly tried out the youth group at my family’s evangelical megachurch. I was homeschooled, and wasn’t used to being around so many public schooled kids, and I had no idea how to fit in or even identify with any of the kids there. But the real problem I ran into had to do with the youth group leader. See, he wanted the kids in youth group to call him Andy*. My parents forbade… Read more

What with the news about homo naledi, a new hominin species, it’s probably time to revisit young earth creationist interpretations of such skeletons. Given that young earth creationists start with the Bible and only then look at the scientific evidence, it shouldn’t be surprising that they tend to argue that species like Homo Naledi or Neanderthal are either human or ape. Over the weekend, Answers in Genesis declared homo naledi an ape. Several years ago, Answers in Genesis declared homo floresiensis human. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

I’ve been an atheist for over half a decade now, but I still haven’t told my evangelical mother. Oh, I’ve told her that I attend a UU church, and she knows I don’t believe in young earth creationism or read the Bible every day the way she does. But I’ve never actually told her I’m an atheist. I’m in a bit of a different position than most—I grew up as the oldest of a large evangelical homeschooling family, and half a dozen of my siblings are still under 18. My ability to see my siblings is in some sense contingent on my not rocking the boat further than I already have. It’s an unspoken agreement of sorts. Read more

And you know what? Gwen’s lawyer, Peter, ought to have told her all of this. And maybe he would have, if he weren’t so busy telling her that he’ll never let them take Casey from her again—which yes, is a thing he told her. Great lawyer, that. Read more

I may have come to the end of the post, but I haven’t found the answers I was hoping I would while writing my thoughts out. How can we value the feminine without pushing girls into gendered tracks? Read more

And frankly, the Duggars had the same problem in all of their justifications for how they handled their son Josh’s actions—it wasn’t like he raped his sisters, so why were people so upset? This whole “it wasn’t rape” defense for individuals who molest children really needs to be discontinued. There is more to sexual abuse than rape. At its core, these sorts of justifications betray a fundamental lack of understanding of sexual abuse, and how it works. Read more

I have yet to see the Christian movie of the hour, War Room, but I’ve been reading reviews and they’ve only made me increasingly uncomfortable. The movie centers on wise elderly Miss Clara’s tutelage of Elizabeth, a real estate agent with a troubled marriage whom she takes under her wing. And if you thought the relationship messages in Fireproof were bad enough—the husband, Caleb, is abusive, but nobody calls him out as such—the ones taught in War Room are, by all reports, only worse. Read more

But I have to say, there is some serious irony in the fact that Farris, Farris Jr., and others at HSLDA believe they can argue both that homeschooling families are constantly reported to social services by upset friends or relatives and that homeschooling families have a low rate of child abuse based on of how infrequently people call social services on homeschooling families. Read more

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