Evangelical Editor Sees Persecution at Airbnb

It seems World Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Marvin Olasky, is a longterm participant on Airbnb. In addition to using the service for themselves when they traveled, they also made their own home available on Airbnb when they were out of town. “We made money; Airbnb made money; the city of Austin and the state of Texas made money (15 percent of our gross revenue),” Olasky explains. But all of that was about to change.

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Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or

I assisted a first grader while volunteering at a book sale at my daughter’s school a few days ago; she wanted a language book with pictures and French words like her friend had found, but I couldn’t find another copy. As I helped her look, the girl announced—as small children will—that she is going to be a scientist when she grew up. I told her that sounded great, and then—as she looked around—she noticed a pink sparkly barbie sticker book.

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What’s the Story with Visa Denials?

Has the rate of visa denial from these countries increased since Trump became president? We won’t know for certain until visa denial data from 2017 is released next year. But if nothing else, I think these stories point to our need to the reality that our nation is nowhere near as open or welcoming to the rest of the world as we might like to think.

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That Time Jesus Was at the Well with Steve Bannon

Nadia Bolz-Weber is hip and cool and tattooed and tries to bring Christianity to Millennials like me, interested in social justice and disillusioned by evangelicals’ focus on ending gay marriage or banning abortion. But if her tweets are a fair sample, she’s not actually doing liberation theology.

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Lesbian Duplex 112: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post!

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Saturday Link Love: iPhones, Virtue, Monsters, and Dictator Chic

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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Voice in the Wind: Yes I’ll Call It Anti-Semitic

Evangelicals insist up and down that they aren’t anti-semitic, that they are a friend to the Jews, that they are supporters of Israel, and so forth. Writing like this does not help make that point—and we haven’t seen the last of it yet.

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Christianity Today Goes Full Pick-Up Artist

The central problem with both Root’s evangelization method and pick-up artist’s tactics is that they approach people as targets rather than simply as fellow human beings. Both engage in smalltalk as a means to find an angle or locate a vulnerability, rather than out of a simple desire to engage in conversation with another human being. It’s calculated, it’s manipulative, and it’s uncomfortable—to say the least.

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Rod Dreher Once Called Pedophile Priests the “Lavender Mafia”

It’s safe to say that Dreher thinks he knows more about sexuality and sexual identity than he actually does. His piece goes on at length, claiming that seminaries are hotbeds of gay sex and that “the sexual abuse of minors is facilitated by a secret, powerful network of gay priests.” The Catholic hierarchy used this excuse to defray criticism when the extent of the abuse and coverup was first realized, and it’s still being used today. But as excuses go, it’s a horrible excuse.

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On Rod Dreher’s Ironic Response to Rachel Held Evans

Dreher argued that the focus of his book was on devout Christian living, and the importance of rejecting materialism and greed. He took Evans to task for assuming without reading his book that it focused on persecution. Did I mention that he took issue with Evans’ critique of his presumed focus on persecution? Because he did. A lot.

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