I was raised in an evangelical home. Between five and ten years ag I went through a time of incredible pain at the hands of my parents. They believed I was bound by God to obey them even as an adult, they freaked out when my beliefs began diverging from theirs, and they cracked down, hard. Their efforts to control and manipulate me can be safely termed emotional abuse. Read more

Conservatives want to have it both ways. They argue that progressive support of welfare and affirmative action is racist in that it assumes that blacks need these things to succeed. Welfare and affirmative action take away from black agency and get in the way of black progress, they say, and are based in the racist assumption that African Americans are by nature dependent. Conservatives are, they say, all about restoring black agency and removing the chains of dependency—except, of course, when it comes to abortion. When it comes to abortion, African Americans’ agency and ability to make their own choices goes out the window as conservatives paint women of color as dupes participating in their own genocide. Read more

As bad as was Southern Slavery As It Was, I’ve been almost more shocked by some of the more recent things he’s said. Wilson’s statements about inferior cultures, his mention of tribes where “hair is washed with cow urine,” and his insistence that blacks were better off in slavery than they were in “pagan” Africa were so blatantly racist as to make Wilson’s claims to the contrary absolutely ridiculous. Read more

Previously in this series, I have covered conservative theologian Doug Wilson’s 1996 pamphlet, Southern Slavery As It Was, and 2005 book, Black and Tan. Wilson has often been accused of racism and has rejected the charges, but his writings tell another story. In Southern Slavery As It Was he argued that owning slaves is compatible with Christianity and that antebellum slavery was a time of racial harmony, and in Black and Tan he argued that blacks were better off in slavery than they had been in “pagan” Africa and that the Civil War opened the door to all things evil. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

While nondiscrimination ordinances are spotty and don’t apply to the entire country and adoption laws in many states still need to catch up with the recent Supreme Court ruling, the major LGBT rights issue after marriage equality is actually shaping up to be “bathroom bills.” Take a look at this, for instance. Read more

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

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

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

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

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