Even those evangelicals who do view divorce on the grounds of abuse as valid frequently hold that those who are divorced cannot remarry, and must instead remain single, a belief that keeps women in abusive marriages they might otherwise leave—after all, those marriages becomes their only avenue to lifelong love and companionship. There is no second chance for love—no possibility of finding someone else.  Click through to read more! Read more

For many years, Wilson has insisted that allegations against church leaders should only be entertained on the authority of two or three witnesses. The result has been a defense of accused abusers against the allegations against them. Women’s testimony is discounted and put aside—not to be considered unless there are two or three witnesses. In the scandals that have taken down Paige Patterson, however, there have been emails and departmental records. Click through to read more! Read more

In a Christianity Today article published on Friday, prominent Southern Baptist pastor Dwight McKissic called for electing Beth Moore as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. “[I]f ever there were a time for a woman at the helm of the SBC, it’d be now,” he writes. This call rings oddly hollow, however, elevating symbol over substance.  Click through to read more! Read more

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 week, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a 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. Click through to read more! Read more

I’ll draw the curtain here, but I think it’s safe to say that we now know more about Deanna—as well as about the categories Farris puts women in. Deanna is feisty and not always submissive. But, she’s feisty and not always submissive in a cute way that makes menfolk all protective and the like. Click through to read more! Read more

I’m reminded of the pictures of smiling white teens and young adults holding small black and brown children in foreign countries that graced my friends’ parents fridges—and the letters were received from high school and college students requesting money for short-term missions trips over summer or spring break.  Click through to read more! Read more

In her book, Pride argues that child abuse is a made-up epidemic, that child abuse hotlines are the equivalent to the KGB in the USSR. She argues that sexual abuse is overblown and in fact that sexual abuse prevention programs encourage and facilitate incest.  Click through to read more! Read more

Justice Kennedy, it would seem, finds it offensive that religion was once used to justify slavery—presumably he would also find it offensive that religion was once used to justify segregation. I understand why Kennedy finds these things troubling. They are troubling. That he finds them offensive, however, does not change that they were so. People really did use sincerely held religious beliefs to justify slavery and segregation.  Click through to read more! Read more

Colter, in other words, told only a very selective version of the truth in her blog post, and published only highly selective documents. Ueckert and the Board of Trustees had access to the full documents regarding each case, ascertained that Patterson had lied to them directly about what happened, were deeply concerned by what they found, and made the decision to terminate any ongoing involvement with Patterson. Click through to read more! Read more

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