The Biblical Case against Women in Combat?

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As you probably know, the defense department has just moved to allow women in combat. This is a move that conservative evangelical leaders have been warning about for decades, and their reaction was predictable. Let's take a look at what conservative evangelical author, pastor, and Christian Patriarchy leader Douglas Wilson had to say. No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a … [Read more...]

Is Abortion a Tragedy?

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I recently read a post about abortion written by progressive Christian Patheos blogger James McGrath. In it he said the following: So what is my view? I consider abortion a tragedy at any stage. But I do not consider it equally tragic indifferent of the stage at which it occurs. And I therefore consider it appropriate that the woman who is pregnant be the one to decide whether ending the pregnancy as early as possible is more or less tragic than the possible impact of not doing so. I do not thi … [Read more...]

Notes on Virginity: Idolizing My Inexperience

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Elizabeth Esther has been writing some excellent pieces about the purity culture and virginity recently, and others have joined in. Obviously, I've written about this sort of thing a lot myself, but there was one thing in particular Elizabeth Esther's post got me thinking about, and that's just how much I was taught to prize my virginity, and not just my physical virginity but my relational and emotional virginity as well.By the time I was halfway through college, I hadn't so much as held ha … [Read more...]

A New York Times Op-Ed on Illegal Abortion

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Last week the New York Times published an op-ed on the history and reality of illegal abortion. Here's an excerpt:Leeches, Lye and Spanish Fly By KATE MANNINGWHY would a woman put a leech inside her body, in the most private of female places? Why would she put cayenne pepper there?Why might a woman swallow lye? Gunpowder? Why would a woman hit herself about the abdomen with a meat pulverizer? A brickbat? Throw herself down the stairs?Why would she syringe herself, int … [Read more...]

Right-Wing Radio Hosts Discuss Man-Hating Feminists

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Jessica, a writer for Friendly Atheist, has a fascinating post up today in which she analyses  and responds to a conversation about feminism that took place between two right-wing radio hosts. This piece is instructive as well as maddening, because the radio hosts, Swanson and Buehner, employ essentially every anti-feminist stereotype and straw man out there. Here is the clip:If you don't have a moment to listen, don't worry, because Jessica took the time to transcribe the entire thing. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Is Contraception “Emasculating”? Sean Responds

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A guest post by SeanHi everyone! This is Sean.Libby sent me a piece called "The Emasculating Effects of Modern Contraception." This is about husbands and fathers. Libby is neither, but she happens to know one pretty well – me!She was wondering what I thought - so here goes. First I'll start with an excerpt from the piece.The most recent discussion about “neutered men” brings to mind a casual conversation I took part in a few years back at a sporting event. A group of mothers was c … [Read more...]

Assorted Thoughts on Civility

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I have a bunch of stuff in my mind right now and I sort of want to just dump it all out here in a semi-organized fashion. After this I'm planning to take a hiatus from writing about civil discussion and tactics because, to be honest, I find it fairly boring compared to what I usually write about. Before I get started, I want to make it clear that I am off of whatever high horse I sometimes get on (sorry!). This is just me trying to sort through this in my mind, and I'm most interested in your … [Read more...]


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