When Love Is Abuse

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Love. Love. Love. It seems to be all I hear about.I was raised in an evangelical home. Between five and ten years ago I went through a time of incredible pain at the hands of my parents. They believed I was bound by God to obey them even as an adult, they freaked out when my beliefs began diverging from theirs, and they cracked down, hard. Their efforts to control and manipulate me can be safely termed emotional abuse. I cried so much during that time. I was still so young, and out on my own … [Read more...]

Is Abortion an African-American Genocide? The Problem with Conservatives Citing Margaret Sanger

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Conservatives want to have it both ways. They argue that progressive support of welfare and affirmative action is racist in that it assumes that blacks need these things to succeed. Welfare and affirmative action take away from black agency and get in the way of black progress, they say, and are based in the racist assumption that African Americans are by nature dependent. Conservatives are, they say, all about restoring black agency and removing the chains of dependency---except, of course, when … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Have His Views on Slavery Changed?

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And here we are, the last of my four-part look at Doug Wilson's views on slavery. Why did I embark on this journey of further research? Why did I spend hours and hours reading Doug Wilson's writings? My interest was piqued by the disparity between these two statements, the first from 1996 and the second from last week: "Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character, it was a relationship … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Exchange with Thabiti Anyabwile

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Previously in this series, I have covered conservative theologian Doug Wilson's 1996 pamphlet, Southern Slavery As It Was, and 2005 book, Black and Tan. Wilson has often been accused of racism and has rejected the charges, but his writings tell another story. In Southern Slavery As It Was he argued that owning slaves is compatible with Christianity and that antebellum slavery was a time of racial harmony, and in Black and Tan he argued that blacks were better off in slavery than they had been in … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 24: An Open Thread

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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. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Minnesota Senator Forgets Lesbians Exist

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Have you seen this?While nondiscrimination ordinances are spotty and don't apply to the entire country and adoption laws in many states still need to catch up with the recent Supreme Court ruling, the major LGBT rights issue after marriage equality is actually shaping up to be "bathroom bills." Take a look at this, for instance: In a lengthy interview on Thursday, Sen. Warren Limmer, Rep. Abigail Whelan, and AM 980 KKMS radio host Paul Ridgeway explained why the trio are pushing for a bill … [Read more...]

The Truth about the Sweet Cakes Bakery Gag Order

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I wrote yesterday about Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple to whom they refused service. One thing I didn't touch on, however, was the so-called "gag order," which was also included in the final order issued by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Here is how Todd Starnes wrote about it in an opinion piece for Fox News:On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple … [Read more...]


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