“Hi, my name is Julie. I’m twenty years old. I was brought up with a mixture of evangelical and fundamentalist beliefs. I am the middle child in a family of ten kids, though we were not Quiverfull, my dad just wanted a large family. I was a Christian until I was eighteen and then I drifted towards agnosticism. I am now an atheist.” Read more

Some commenters on my pro-life movement post expressed skepticism that I could have so changed my mind so thoroughly over one lunch and one set of statistics. And so I asked myself: How did my perspective change so completely and so suddenly? What was it that so challenged how I had viewed the issue before, and why? In this post I further hash out what went on in my mind that day, and explain the paradigm shift I underwent. Read more

In this passage, Debi Pearl finally explains what the term “help meet” means. It turns out that her use of the term is dependent on her adherence to the King James Bible. In this post I examine an article in which Michael Pearl explains how he came to the conclusion that the King James Bible is the only inerrant Bible and that both the Greek texts and other English translations are in error. It’s a giant conspiracy, and you don’t want to miss it! Read more

“Do you want to be treated like men in every area of your life?” Joshua Harris asks. He goes on to say that if this is the case, “we won’t make you feel small or special or precious.” In other words, if women want to be treated like men, that means they can’t be special little princesses anymore. So much to say. Let’s take it from the top, shall we? Read more

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. Read more

A sizeable number of comments on my post on losing faith in the pro-life movement suggested that everyone should just use Natural Family Planning. Commenters assured me that it is the most reliable method of birth control out there, and it actually enhanses couples’ marriages and sex lives. In this post I will examine these claims and outline my own experience with Natural Family Planning, which I used over the course of four and a half years. Read more

Hey everyone, today is election day! Vote vote vote! Also, feel free to use this thread to discuss the election. Read more

I heard politics preached from the pulpit on a regular basis in the evangelical megachurch I attended as a girl, teen, and young adult. Today I hear politics preached from the pulpit at the Unitarian Universalist church I have been attending for the last few months. In this post I hash out a few of the similarities and differences I have noticed. Read more

I was taught that things like the assault weapons ban were wrong because we needed to be able to own things like machine guns and tanks so that we could fight back against government tyranny. This future battle was not merely hypothetical. We believed it was coming. Dad didn’t teach us kids to shoot because we were a hunting family. We weren’t. Read more

I have argued that increasing the use of birth control should be favored by pro-lifers as a way to bring down the number and rate of abortions. Several readers responded by saying that abortion would disappear if people would just stop having sex unless they were open to having babies. In this post I explain why I believe a willingness to consider promoting widespread and effective birth control is a moral imperative for those who truly believe that abortion is murder. Read more

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