The Creationist Giraffe

On my journey away from young earth creationism, several memories stick out. Today, I want to address three of them. The first has to do with giraffes. Growing up, my father held up that giraffe necks as evidence against evolution. “You can’t just grow another neck vertebra,” he would say. “No amount of trying to reach higher leaves would result in another vertebra.” Now yes, this argument was flawed. A giraffe could in theory obtain an additional vertebra if a portion of its... Read more

What Is Doug Wilson’s Problem with Male Ballet Dancers?

A recent blog post by Doug Wilson has me musing on the lack of foundation undergirding much of the evangelical culture wars. In many cases, the way the world is is portrayed as though it is natural and obvious, when in fact evangelicals are often encoding ideas or practices specific to the U.S. several generations ago as though they are gospel truth. This time, Wilson is upset about a ballet number performed during an offertory at a church in Manhattan. Because,... Read more

Why I’m Concerned about Josh Harris’ New Documentary

As a teen, I practically worshiped Josh Harris. Raised in a prominent homeschool family—his father was Greg Harris, a popular convention speaker—Harris was homeschool royalty, and at 21, he penned a book that would make him, too, a household name in homeschool families like mine. Harris’ book, cleverly titled I Kissed Dating Goodbye, was published in 1997. In recent years, Harris has come in for harsh criticism from those of my generation. He has apologized—sort of—and has now embarked on a documentary project taking his ideas... Read more

Lesbian Duplex 129: 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... Read more

Saturday Link Love: Abortion, Rape, and Go Dog Go

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. My Gynecologist Wouldn’t Give Me an Elective Abortion—So I Broke Up With Her, on Self—“As it stood, my abortion was a personal choice; this was why Dr. Park had vanished from the scene of my health care. I wondered why she hadn’t told... Read more

Voice in the Wind: Into a Feminist Cult

Voice in the Wind, 235-241 This week we meet Calabah, who becomes a critical figure throughout the rest of this book and into the next. I couldn’t get a grip on Calabah’s motivations in this section, and I couldn’t remember her motivations from the last time I read this book, as a teen a dozen years ago. So this week I took the time to read through the rest of the book, and—it didn’t help. Calabah’s motivations are as much a... Read more

Toby Willis’ Conviction Is the Latest in a String of Scandals to Hit the Christian Homeschool Community

I grew up believing that my community was immune from problems like sexual abuse, which, I believed, affected “the world” but not good evangelical homeschool families like my own. It’s not surprising that I ended up with this idea—evangelical leaders often centered homeschooling on protecting children, both from negative peer influences and from other forms of harm. These leaders painted a pretty picture of wholesome families and godly children, but the reality is far from simple. This week, Toby Willis plead guilty to... Read more

Answers in Genesis: Islam Leaves Muslims “Hopeless”

I grew up in an evangelical home. From an early age, I was taught to evangelize. I didn’t have many people to practice on, because I was socialized only with “likeminded” families in our church and homeschool community. When it came time for college, I chose a secular university in part because I wanted the chance to evangelize my peers. This evangelism did not go as planned. After entering college, I found that what I had been taught about the unsaved—that they are miserable and... Read more

Shades of Sexual Deviance: Doug Wilson and the Tale of Two Boxes

At a recent meeting of the Association of Classical Christian Schools, controversial pastor, blogger, and religious leader Doug Wilson said the following: When it comes to the LGBT/QRS foolishness, you must have titanium spines. The world will come to you and demand that you muddle up your binary bathroom situation. In vain you will explain to them that you can only have two bathroom signs—XX and XY—because your bathrooms are at the far end of the science wing. The reporter will come right back... Read more

Reader to Michael Pearl: My Husband Bought a Pipe

In a recent issue of their magazine, Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy printed a letter from a reader worried about her two-year-old son. This paragraph struck me: I can spank him for ten minutes and he is still screaming angrily at me to stop. Today my HAND has a broken blood vessel. I know you suggest a plumber’s pipe, but my husband bought one that was way too big so I hate to use it, and end... Read more