Trump Does Not Know What Civil Liberties Are, and That Should Be Terrifying

The interview in which Donald Trump stated that, under a Trump presidency, the U.S. would not necessarily fulfill its NATO obligations has been discussed at length. What I have not seen widely examined is what that interview says about how Trump views civil liberties. This isn’t going to be pretty, but it desperately needs to be discussed.

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Anonymous Tip: Booking the Church Next Saturday

But let me tell you what I am wondering. Peter says he is in love with Gwen and would marry her that Saturday if there wasn’t the whole previous divorce Bible issue at play here. But let me ask you this: When have Peter and Gwen ever had a conversation about something other than this case, Gordon, or Casey? When have they just hung out, as two people able to be at ease around each other? The answer is never.

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Magical Wishful Thinking on the Family, 2016 Republican Party Platform Edition

The Republican Party platform’s section on marriage and the family rests on some really bad science—or rather, on a fundamental misunderstanding of how science works. It’s as though no one ever taught the platform’s authors the difference between correlation and causation. It’s an elementary mistake. It’s data science 101.

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My Life Until the Election: A Political Parable, with Dinosaurs

Holy shit, you guys, there’s a herd of hungry velociraptors coming straight for us! We need to all get in this fleet of trucks we’ve got here and drive us to safety as fast as we can!

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Why Hispanics Are “White” on Surveys (and Other Things)

American immigration history is fascinating, as is the history of naturalization. I suspect most Americans have never heard of Takao Ozawa or Bhagat Singh Thind. I suspect most Americans know essentially nothing about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, or about why Hispanics are considered white on surveys or in government statistics. I suspect most Americans don’t know that at one time you had to be white to become a naturalized citizen, or that the Immigration Act of 1924 chose to use the year 1890 as an anchor for its quota system because that year best allowed them to limit immigration from eastern and southern Europe, whose peoples were considered inferior.

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The White Invisibility of Racial Profiling

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been pulled over by police. The first time, it was late and I was tired, driving across the state to a friend’s house. I was weaving slightly, and I think the cop who pulled me over thought I was drunk. When he saw that I wasn’t—and he didn’t even breathalyze me—he let me go, urging me to be more careful. The second time, I didn’t come to a full stop at a stop sign. Again I was only given a warning, a reminder to be more careful. I can’t recall any other times I’ve been pulled over by police, and I’ve been driving for over ten years. And no, I’m not the world’s most cautious driver. I’m pretty normal. I’m also white.

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Lesbian Duplex 77: 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. Click through and enjoy! [Read more…]

Saturday Link Love: White Teachers, Timeout Alternatives, and Abigail Fishers

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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Anonymous Tip: You Are the Worst, Peter

But we all know the really important question—did Peter invite Gwen to this party? By rights, he shouldn’t. First, he has crossed a hell of a lot of ethical boundaries as both Gwen’s lawyer and her potential suitor. Second, he told Gwen he was going to keep his distance and not pursue her while deciding for sure whether he believes marrying a divorced woman is biblical. By both standard ethical rules and his own rules, Peter should not invite her to his party. But come on. We all know he did anyway.

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Is Josh Harris Actually Taking Responsibility?

Josh Harris was interviewed on NPR recently. I know this because my husband started yelling at me to come into the kitchen right freaking now and I was like, wait, you can’t just order me to drop everything like that, that’s not how it works, and he was like, trust me, you’re going to want to hear this. And there it was. Josh Harris on NPR, discussing his 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. After reading his apology two months ago to several bloggers who have, like me, spent years blogging against the problems caused by the purity teachings promoted by Harris and others, I started listening with some optimism. I was seriously, seriously underwhelmed. [Read more…]