CTNAHM: Obey vs. Submit

By Aletha. This chapter is called Obey, Indeed?, and there’s been some confusion-mostly due to Michael’s writing-about the difference between obeying and submitting. However, say what you will about Michael, he is decent at solving problems that he creates. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the stirring difference between obeying and submitting. Read more

CTBHHM: In Which Shannon Smashes Her Husband’s Computer

Frankly, I don’t see this issue as somehow more doctrinal than some of the other points Debi has covered. I suspect she simply felt the need to ask Michael to explain when women don’t have to obey, because doing so might be encroaching on his territory and she might take women’s “liberty” farther than it should extend. Then again, maybe I’m just imagining this—Debi has never really given women a break, so I don’t see why she would have started here. Still, I feel like her decision to pass this subject in particular off to Michael must be significant in some way. Read more

So This Is Love

Sweet story, right? In spite of his anti-trans religious beliefs, Josh speaks of love and embraces his brother. Except that this is a very strange kind of love. Notice the pronouns—they’re female. Throughout the piece, Josh uses female pronouns to speak of his brother. You would think that “love” would include respecting his brother’s desired pronouns and accepting his gender identity even if there are religious qualms or differences. But no. Read more

Just Who Is Teaching Respect?

A few weeks ago my two youngest brothers, still in elementary school, shamed my mid-twenties next-in-age sister for getting a tattoo. They verbally berated her and heckled here and generally sought to humiliate her. My father was present at the time and witnessed all of this, but did nothing. My sister didn’t know what to do, because these two brothers are just kids and our father was not intervening. But what happened that day shook her up. She came to me wondering how—how—this could happen. What made them think they could treat her like that? Read more

Rick Warren: Protecting LGBTQ Individuals Would “Come at the Expense of Faith Communities”

Extending protection from employment discrimination to LGBTQ individuals will come at “an unreasonable cost” to the common good . . . how exactly? As for national unity, there were plenty of individuals in the 1850s arguing that abolitionism was a threat to national unity. Some things are worth shattering national unity over. And religious freedom? That would be the religious freedom to refuse to hire LGBTQ individuals. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 7: An Open Thread

This space is for conversation between commenters.* 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. And so on. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. Read more

Listen Up, Guys!

I’m tired of hearing guys say they wouldn’t mind being catcalled, so what’s the big deal? I mean, who doesn’t want to be complemented on their looks, right? Who doesn’t want to be reminded that they still “have it”? Wrong. Flat out wrong wrong wrong. For one thing, it’s not actually about complementing women. It’s really not. For another thing, this ignores the context within which women live out their lives. Read more

The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Summary & Explanation

By Carmen. There is a lot of ruckus about Hobby Lobby today, and I’ve already seen multiple sources providing inaccurate summaries about what happened. So in an effort to summarize in one place what the decision did and did not do, I decided to do the rare act (for me) of posting a Facebook note. I’ll try to provide a lot of background info so those who haven’t been following the case are brought up to speed. Read more

“Everybody Has a Past”

I recently came upon an article by Boz Tchividijian about a church that hired a known sex offender as pastor three years ago. Surprise surprise, the man was just arrested for sexually abusing a fourteen-year-old boy. But as Boz went over the church’s defense of their decision to hire the man, I was struck by one bit in particular. Everybody has a past . . . Read more

So. Hobby Lobby.

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision was today. I don’t have the time to write about it right now, but I thought I’d open a thread for discussion, and also for posting links to helpful blog posts and such on the topic. Read more

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