The Lesbian Duplex 15: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! Read more

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 system on others, would… Read more

Anonymous Tip: Gwen Gets Rescued

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. But no, this is book Gwen, and book Gwen needs rescuing. Read more

A Matter of Patriarchy

In God’s Not Dead, college freshman Josh Wheaton stands up against his philosophy professor’s attempts to disabuse him of his belief in God, and even challenges the professor to a formal debate. In A Matter of Faith, college freshman Rachel Whitaker swoons under her professor’s charisma and accepts his evolutionary teaching, and her father comes in to rescue her by challenging the professor to a formal debate. Read more

What Kind of Atheist Parent Are You?

Some months ago I mentioned Temperance Brennan in a blog post on atheist parenting, and my readers had a lot to say. To be specific, many of my readers argued that it was unfair that Brennan, an atheist, felt the need to defer to her Catholic partner, Booth, and let their daughter, Christine, be baptized. I did not write a followup post at the time, but my thoughts have been percolating and I think I’m ready to put them on paper. Or rather, in pixels, I suppose. Read more

When Marriage Looks Like the Only Escape

Looking back, I view the options I had at the time as suboptimal, but I’m glad I made the decisions I did. For me, it has worked out, and beautifully so. Sean and I adore each other, and the adversity we faced early on drove us together and deepened our relationship. We’ve built a promising life together. But for others, it doesn’t work out. And yes, that’s rough around the edges, but then, that’s life. Read more

On Indiana

As you may have noted, I have yet to write anything about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) debacle in Indiana last week. That’s probably because in the midst of the outrage, I felt a bit unsettled—for two reasons. Read more

Stop Stressing Out and Give Your Kid a Snuggle

As a working mother, I often feel guilt about the amount of time I spend—or don’t spend—with my children. Partly it’s because my own mom was a stay-at-home mom who taught me that working mothers have effectively abandoned their children. Thanks mom! Partly it’s because mothering has become ratcheted up to the nth degree these days. You’re enrolled in mommy-and-me yoga classes and feed your children organic locally grown carrots and peas, right? Sigh. A recent study suggests that this guilt may be misplaced. Do… Read more

Let’s Welcome Spring: An Open Thread

So how about the rest of you? How do you celebrate spring? Read more

Really, Pew Research? Bad Chart Saturday

Do you see the problem here? It does not work to create a chart like this where you break Christianity and Judaism down into their denominations/sects to get at nuance within these religious traditions while treating Buddhism and Hinduism as monolithic. Read more

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