Richard Dawkins’ Patronizing Paternalism


Richard Dawkins has stepped in it on twitter again. This time he tweeted a photo of the wife of a prominent Middle Eastern dictator who does not wear hijab, with the text "This is how a good Muslim speaks. And how she dresses. And wears her beautiful hair." Can you say patronizing? Dawkins then deleted his tweet, not because he realized he'd said anything wrong but rather out of concerns that it might put this woman's life in danger, but not before someone on twitter captured a screenshot. We … [Read more...]

Young Earth Creationism’s Important Scientific Veneer


Several months ago, my mother sent me some books for the children. Most of them were standard fare and some I was really excited about, but one thing stuck out---an Answers magazine insert about volcanoes and designed for children. Answers, of course, is the publication of Answers in Genesis, a young earth creationist organization my parents support. At six, Sally is scientifically inclined and knows quite a bit about evolution from books, documentaries, and episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Photography Projects


Almost two weeks ago, a young French-Moroccan photographer was killed in an Al Qaida attack in Burkina Faso. According to NPR's article on the subject, Slain Photographer Sought 'To Give Life to the Forgotten': Among the 30 victims of Friday's al-Qaida attack on a hotel and restaurant in Burkina Faso was Leila Alaoui, a French-Moroccan photographer known best for her powerful portraits of Moroccans and intimate, sensitive images of migrants and the displaced. She and her driver, Mahamadi Oue … [Read more...]

Wanted Pregnancies and Unwanted Abortions


I have a lot of respect for Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN who runs a popular blog about childbirth, abortion, and reproductive health. But something she wrote in a recent post struck me as off, and I feel the need to address it. Access to child care doesn't reduce abortion.Really, how little do you think of women to say such drivel?Ben Carson tried to say the same thing. It’s insulting to women. Feminists don’t insult women.“I’m 22 weeks but just can’t bear the burden of finding affordable c … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 51: An Open Thread


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...]

Saturday Link Love: Bible Verse Blunders, Rotating Bishops, and Missing Action Figures


Saturday Link Love is a new 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. Blame Shifting Carly Fiorina Accused Of Crashing Kids’ Field Trip And Ushering Them To Anti-Abortion Rally, on Think Progress Donald Trump Acknowledges Bible Verse Blunder, Then Blames it on Christian Right Leader, on Friendly Atheist Sarah Palin Blames President Obama for Her S … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Gets Saved


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 195-198I am beyond frustrated with this section. Just beyond frustrated. Peter waited anxiously in the church parking lot for Gwen, Casey, and the Mansfields. He had barely slept all night, even though he left Gwen's by ten-thirty. His hear and his spirit did battle as he replayed over and over Aaron's counsel from Friday morning. He knew it was right for Gwen to come to church, but, nonetheless, he was worried about what Aaron … [Read more...]