I Don’t Want To Be Anyone’s Special Little Princess

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I recently ran across this quote from Christian Patriarchy advocate Don Miller. Let's take it from the top, shall we? Do you want to be treated like men in every area of your life? And if not, is it confusing for you to want to be treated more kindly and tenderly in a social area, but more straight-forwardly in the sense of economic and cultural equality? People like Miller are always saying that feminists want women to be treated "like men." The reality is that I and other feminists want wo … [Read more...]

2012, the Turning Point for Marriage Equality?

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For ages now, proponents of "traditional" marriage have been arguing that any gains in marriage equality were the products of judicial or legislative "activism," pointing to the fact that every time marriage equality has been put to a popular vote it has been voted down. The people, they said, affirm the importance of "traditional" marriage. Yesterday that changed.Washington, Maine, and Maryland all voted to approve marriage equality while Minnesota voted down an amendment that would have … [Read more...]

Okay Then, Let’s Talk about Natural Family Planning

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A number of the Catholics who commented on my pro-life movement article pointed me to Natural Family Planning as the solution for everyone who has sex and doesn't want to get pregnant. As one commenter said: Natural Family Planning, when done correctly, is more effective that ANY form of artifical contraception. It is a fairly simple method but it does take a little time and effort. There must also be a willingness to abstain for a period of time during the woman’s cycle. This time of abstinence … [Read more...]

Election Day Post and Open Thread

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So, this morning I'm off to vote and then spend nine straight hours working for Get Out The Vote, doing whatever they need me to do. I don't live in a swing state, but I do care about the senate and congressional races, as well as the gubernatorial race and local races. I honestly think these races get ignored too often.Politically, I am a social democrat. This means I don't really have a political party in this country, or at least not one large enough to have a lot of influence at this p … [Read more...]

Preaching Politics from the Pulpit on Left and Right

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"Vote your values, not your pocketbook.""Vote your principles, not your principal." You want to hear something interesting? You see those two statements above? Both are things I have heard said by ministers standing in the pulpit, the first some years ago and the other this past Sunday. The strange part? The first statement was made by the pastor of the evangelical megachurch in which I grew up while the second statement was made by the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist church I have … [Read more...]

Vision Forum, Militias, Dominionism, and Weaponry

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A reader left the following comment on my post on Vision Forum and gender roles: My goodness, the almost single-minded emphasis on violence in the boys’ toys is seriously disturbing! That emphasis is not accidental. Christian Patriarchy organization Vision Forum uses the term "dominion" without any intended irony, and it's not the only leading organization in the Christian Patriarchy movement to be so focused on weapons and military training. Here's a paragarph from an article Doug Wilson post … [Read more...]

If You Don’t Want a Baby, Just Don’t Have Sex?

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One common objection to my pro-life movement post was to my emphasis on birth control. Several commenters argued that  abortion would disappear if people would just stop having sex unless they were open to having children. Sex and procreation should always be linked, additional readers insisted. Now as I have discussed before, we now have the technology to separate sex and procreation and there is no reason outside of religious dogma why we shouldn't separate the two. The idea that sex needs to … [Read more...]


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