“God” and the Borders of Belonging

I recently went with Sally to her first Girl Scouts meeting. I wasn’t in Girl Scouts when I was a girl—my parents felt the organization’s goals and associations conflicted with their evangelical religious beliefs—but I’ve heard that they are inclusive, and that unlike the Boy Scouts, they are open to all religious faiths and lack thereof. So I really wasn’t expecting what I heard when the leader led the girls in the Girl Scout Promise. Read more

Ken Ham Says Gender Must Be Taught, But Is Not a Social Construct

Ham says the handout urges teachers to “destroy any distinction between male and female.” In other words, he wants the gender binary reinforced rather than set aside. But what does that mean, exactly? On the simplest level, Ham appears to want teachers to tell little boys “you’re a boy” and little girls “you’re a girl.” But it’s important to remember that these statements actually communicate a whole lot. Read more

There Is Usually More to the Story, Houston Edition

In the face of national outrage from very angry but woefully misinformed conservatives and religious conservatives, the city has promised to revise the subpoenas to narrow their scope. But the sad thing is that all of this—from the outrage to the subpoena revision—was unnecessary. There was no suppression of pastor’s speech. There was no threat to religious liberties or the first amendment. All there was was the legal process working the way the legal process is supposed to work. Read more

CTBHHM: Why Was Marian’s Husband So Loving?

I note this simply to remind readers of how serious Debi is being about all of this. Debi is basically telling her readers that they risk eternal damnation if they don’t do the eight things on this list—including being obedient to their husbands. It’s not just that wives should obey their husbands because that is the order God has created and where they will be most fulfilled. No, it is that if they are not obedient to their husbands, they are blaspheming the written Word of God, and that is damn scary. Read more

HSLDA Explains Its Complicity in Child Abuse Coverup: We’re Not the Police Force of the Homeschooling Movement

It is incredibly hypocritical for HSLDA to verbally promote self-policing but then refuse to participate in said self-policing. It is hypocritical for an organization to say that child sexual abuse should never be covered up but do nothing when another homeschool leader makes them aware of a child sexual abuser coverup and asks for their advice and support in dealing with it. Read more

When Up Is Down and Down Is Up, Submission Edition

I recently came upon an old article explaining the concept of wifely submission. While I’m unsure who wrote it, and it appears to be from the 1990s, it’s similar enough to the ideas taught by many evangelicals and fundamentalists that it bears addressing. Read more

What Ebola Tells Us about Ourselves

I’m also finding it more than a little hypocritical that conservatives are now all over Obama arguing he didn’t do enough about ebola fast enough, as though they’ve forgotten their harsh criticism of his decision to finally do something only a month ago. That’s right, I remember conservatives arguing that the real threat to America was Isis, not some “disease in West Africa.” Let the Africans take care of Africa! It’s funny how quickly that tune changed as soon as ebola finally made an appearance in the U.S. Actually, it’s not funny, it’s sad—profoundly sad. Read more

World Magazine’s Hypocrisy on Patriarchy and Child Abuse

I grew up reading World Magazine regularly. Today, I’m honestly not sure World knows what direction it is headed. Over the past year or so, the publication has been simultaneously distancing itself from the patriarchy movement within Christian homeschooling and promoting that same movement, and simultaneously calling for the self-policing of child abuse in Christian communities and allying itself with organizations actively involved in child abuse coverups. Read more

Complicating the “Islam Is Especially Violent” Narrative

There is a common narrative in the West that Islam is more violent that other religions. I want to is complicate this overly simplistic—and, frankly, wrong—narrative. It is absolutely true that some Muslims use Islam to justify violence, but those who use this to tie Islam to violence are quick to erase peaceful Muslims (who don’t tend to make the news) and quick to ignore violence perpetrated by the West. In this post I will look at justifications of violence against civilians, human rights abuses, and religious violence. Read more

Women Over There Have It Worse!

Do women in other areas of the world face greater challenges and barriers than we do here in the U.S.? Yes. But the fact that other women have it worse should not be used to downplay the very real challenges and barriers women in the U.S. continue to face today. Read more

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